GameTote Moose, Elk and Deer Cart  
 

Q & A

 

How did you get started in the GameTote business? – In the summer of 1993 my son, John, told me about a game cart he had welded for a friend. He said it was a good one with a single motorcycle wheel and thought perhaps if we could figure out a way to break it down for shipping and storage it could be something we would like to add to our product line. He was well aware of the problems with carts then being marketed and felt that the single-wheel design provided the best foundation for a cart to work best in most situations an elk or deer hunter would be likely to encounter.

As the owners of CycleTote Corp. we manufactured an aluminum bicycle trailer and had become familiar with the telescoping of metal tubing. We found that available steel tubing included 1 ¼ inch DOM tubing with a .120” wall thickness and regular 1 inch HREW tubing with a wall thickness of .065”. The one would telescope inside the other very tightly, allowing for the needed breakdown-ability (without the usual joint weakness) and a multi-triangular design which was incredibly strong. With this as our base we continued to collaborate until each of the perceived areas of concern was considered and the design was ready. John’s experience and knowledge of problem areas were critical.

John and 5 of his fellow firefighters were rewarded for his efforts when the first GameTotes were completed and ready for hunting season. 900 happy GameTote owners and 21 years later, we have received nothing but compliments for having the best game retrieval cart on the market. With the exception of the height adaptors now being offered and the harnesses we declined to offer, there has been neither a perceived need nor a suggestion for improvement or change of any kind.

For his ideas and for pushing them through to fruition John deserves the lion’s share of credit.

How much does the GameTote weigh? – Previously weights varied because each GameTote had its own peculiar salvaged motorcycle wheel. All wheels are now the same brand new 300X19 spoked motorcycle wheels with drum brake and each GameTote now weighs 53 lbs.

Is it really necessary to have a brake? – It depends on where you hunt and where your animal will go before it drops. The brake can be critical with a big load in hilly country. It gives you control, prevents runaways, and allows for rest stops, making it possible to go where you otherwise could, or would, not.

Is the larger diameter wheel an advantage? – Definitely. It won't get stuck in smaller depressions and will roll more smoothly and with less rolling resistance over debris, rocks, holes, branches and rough ground. It also provides necessary clearance for brush, rocks and downed timber. The 19 inch motorcycle wheels that we use have an outside diameter of about 25 inches.

Why the single wheel? – Two wheeled carriers require relatively flat terrain and a wider path. When confronted with slopes and hillsides, ditches, holes, creeks, ravines, etc., you run into mobility problems. Often you must either go straight up and down or wrestle mightily to keep from leaning too far to the side and dumping your load. The single wheel enables you to follow the narrow path or to go where there is no path. You can meander through the bushes and trees, around the rocks, up and down the bumps and hills, and generally go where the elk and deer go.

How much will the GameTote carry? – Far more than you can handle. We've tested it with 15 seventy pound. sandbags (1050 lbs.). Loads in the 350-400 pound range are surprisingly easy for two average hunters to negotiate, and loads over 500 pounds are not uncommon. You should evaluate your strengths and abilities together with the terrain and other variables such as obstacles on your path. If you're not sure, try a test load and cut back until you're comfortable.  

What are the GameTote dimensions? – Fully assembled – 88 ½" X 26" X 13". Broken down (Click for picture of the GameTote cart disassembled) – 45 ½" X 26" X13".  

Is the GameTote more difficult to balance? – A two-wheeler has an edge in that it needs only the front-back balance while the GameTote needs side to side as well. In addition we chose to sacrifice an additional degree of balancing effort by carrying the load higher with a big, single wheel in order to maximize crucial advantages. See “Balance” under “User Tips” and see the advantages of a large single wheel.

Why this design? – It’s simple, uncomplicated and works best. . The use of tight-fitting and telescoping heavy steel tubing allows for uniquely hinged wheel supports and slide on handles so that break down for transport or storage does not result in the customary loss of strength and rigidity. The very first GameTote made in 1993 was exactly the same as those made today. Except for the height adaptors that are now available on the accessories page, and pulling harnesses which we have declined to offer because of risks involved, there has never been a call, suggestion or need for correction or modification.

What are the terms of the Lifetime Warranty? – GameTote Corporation warrants to the original owner of a GameTote that should it ever fail to do the job for which it was intended, i.e. carrying game, because of defective materials or workmanship, it shall, upon receipt at the office of the company, be repaired or replaced and returned free of charge to such owner. This warranty shall not include damage or failure due to neglect or oversight, including improper assembly or failure to grease the bearings periodically or properly adjust and maintain the brake cable assembly.

How do you rate GameTote and the other carts in the review for each of the 16 considerations listed in the Game Cart Selection Guide? – GameTote merits the highest mark (none better) for each with the exception of # 5 “ balancing ease” . As pointed out in the Game Cart Review, we chose to sacrifice some balancing effort with the bigger wheel in order to gain five advantages that we deem to be relatively more important, especially in remote areas with more difficult terrain. These are: greater wheel strength, more clearance, ability to traverse slopes without dumping the load, smoother and faster rolling with less effort on any terrain and, mobility (ability to go where the elk and deer go).

 
If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to call us at 970.498.0578
 
 
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