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December 2017
Close to 150 members attended the ISSA's 44th Annual Convention in Cedar Rapids Nov. 17-19 with
another 70 enthusiasts coming in off the streets for the adjacent Snow and Powersports Show at the
Hilton Hotel Convention Complex. Above, Neal Beck with Myers Polaris visits with club members at the
dealership's snow show booth, while below, Ron Sexton and Bob Scott with the Eastern Iowa Sledheads
discuss trail bridge-building techniques at their Saturday afternoon seminar. More from convention
appears in the upcoming issues of the Iowa Snowmobiler magazine.
New Trail Grant Process Rolled Out at Convention        
The Iowa State Snowmobile Trail Grant Program rolled out its guidelines for the 2018-19 season at the
ISSA's 44th Annual Convention in Cedar Rapids Nov. 18. Co-administrators Chris Willey and Terry Durby
also discussed groomer policies during their Saturday afternoon question-and-answer forum.
The complete PowerPoint presentation is available
here and on the Trail Grant Program tab at right. Here
are some highlights:
  • Grants applications for next season will be posted and available for download on the ISSA website
    in February.
  • Clubs must use the new grant application.
  • Complete applications must be received by May 1.
  • Club grant reimbursements requests for this season must be received by May 1.
  • Snowmobile grant applications and reimbursements requests must be sent to the RSC
    Committee address at 168 4th AVE W, Thompson, IA 50478.
Ride Iowa Planned Again this Winter Along with Charity, Youth Events
   Based on feedback and inquiries at the 2017 ISSA Convention in Cedar Rapids in November, ISSA
officials will once again be inviting clubs to host Ride Iowa events this winter, weather permitting.
   Event coordinator and Past ISSA President Bruno Andreini said he was encouraged by the response
from members at convention, despite every ride planned last season being cancelled due to poor trail
   “The whole idea behind Ride Iowa is for clubs to showcase their trail systems to other riders from
across the state and to show people that they don’t need to travel a day out of state to ride when they
can get the same experience just two to three hours from their home,” Andreini said.
   Two events are already planned this winter. On Jan. 14, the ISSA returns to Huxley for its 11th Annual
Winter Kids Ride on the Heart of Iowa Nature Trail for families with the Spina Bifida Association of Iowa.
In February, Isabelle Willey, coordinator of the ISSA’s youth program, is hoping to host a youth ride.
Location to be determined pending snowcover.
     Here are additional ride weekends and host clubs:
  • Jan. 13: Floyd County Groomers/Butler County Snow Snoops/North Iowa Snow Seekers
    Clarksville to Rock Falls. For more information, contact Steve King at (641) 330-9755.    
  • Jan. 20: Trail Blaz-zers, Kuennen's House of Power, Maynard. For more information, contact
    Mark Kuennen at (563) 637-2870.
  • Jan. 27: Driftrunners, Howard County Fairgrounds, Cresco. For more information, contact Matt
    Miner at (563) 380-7142.                                                                           .
  • Feb. 3: Southeast Iowa Ridge-Blasters, Mount Pleasant. For more information, contact Aaron
    Dorothy at (319) 217-6361.  
  • Feb. 10: Saylorville Dam Snowmobile Club, Mercy North, Ankeny. For more informationa, contact  
    Craig Krapfl at (515) 707-7237 and Barry Starmer at (515) 240-5444.
  • Feb.17: Central Iowa Snowmobilers, Meskwaki Travel Plaza, Tama. For more information,
    contact Matney Blake at (641) 485-3163.
     Each ride starts at 10 a.m. Additional details will be posted on the Snowmobile Iowa Facebook
page. For more information on the Ride Iowa program,
contact Andreini at (515) 240-3858 or
Camso Snow Bike Kit Recall
     Kits used to convert dirt bikes into snow-riding vehicles are being recalled due to a pin that secures
brake pads that can loosen, posing a crash or impact hazard.
     Model-year 2017 Camso DTS 129 kits were sold across the U.S. and Canada at Powersports dealers
are affected, according to the Quebec-based manufacturer and the U.S. Consumer Products
     Consumers should immediately stop using bikes with the recalled conversion kits and contact an
authorized Camso dealer for a free repair, according to an alert posted on Friday.
     Camso has received reports involving the DTS 129 brake systems not functioning correctly. No
injuries have been reported.
     The recall involves kits used to convert off-road motorcycles or dirt bikes to track and ski vehicles and
with a serial number starting with 9025IUEXXXX located on the front right side of the undercarriage. DTS
129 and the Camso logo are printed on the side of the product.
     Consumers can call the manufacturer toll-free at 866-533-0008 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday
through Friday or online at
www.camso.co and click on “service and support” for more information.