The toboggan I have is about 8.5’ of useable surface plus the curl at the front. The top of the curl is 8” in width and it increases to 14” at the middle of the toboggan and than tapers to 12” at the end.
I use duffels for my gear and the only difference between the load I had and other trips when I use a canvas tent is the wood stove. In one of the pictures, this is the load structure from the weekend. In another picture, it shows the woodstove added at the end. I use a Four Dog titanium stove measuring 11” X 11” X 22” and weighing about 14 lbs. I stuffed the duffels full of sleeping bags to fill them out for the picture. In reality, they don’t fill out quite so much. If included, my canvas tent adds about 20 lbs.
I wrap a plastic tarp around the duffels to make it glide better through deep snow and to keep them drier. Some people use tanks to hold the gear together, but I find the tarp more multipurpose. On top is another duffel that holds gear I might need while getting from point A to point B. I also strap my snowshoes, ice chisel and shovel on top. The system I use to tie everything together is shock cord woven crisscross along the length of the toboggan. The shock cord clips into plastic carabiners running along the sides of the toboggan. This makes for very quick loading and unloading. It also makes for a very secure load that doesn’t shift. When I need to go over logs, I lift the front of the toboggan over about a foot and then pull the rest of it over. It slides up and over like a snake with the load intact. The same for going under logs; it will hug and conform to the ground surface to get under the log. That would be more difficult with a wooden toboggan.
It’s taken me 6 years to get to this system through trial and error. There was much fist shaking and cursing along the way. Every year, I tweak it a little more. Over those years, I’ve learned to handle the toboggan through dense bush and around hairpin turns. Each year, I learn a little more. I like this style of toboggan, but not everyone will. There are different modes of transporting in the winter and part of the fun is finding what works for you and continuing to improve it.