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Old 04-11-2010   #1
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Trailer size

So what size trailer would i want for a 15' cataraft? Does it need to be 15'?

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Old 04-11-2010   #2
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Trailer length

A 12-foot trailer is fine. The ends only hang off a 18 inches on either end of the trailer.

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Old 04-11-2010   #3
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I hauled around a 16' cat on my 8 foot snowmobile trailer for years. Not ideal but can be done. I did extend the tongue by 3 feet. It was free though. I wouldn't go smaller than ten if I was paying for one. Ten and twelve foot snowmobile trailers are pretty easy to find, and simple to put a roller on. Plus the low deck height make for easy loading
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Old 04-11-2010   #4
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The boards on mine are 9 1/2 ' and my boat is 15 works fine as long as the tongue is long enough.
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Old 04-12-2010   #5
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If you go with a shorter deck, watch your air pressure. A stiff raft can stick out the back 3-4 feet no problem. If it goes limp on you, it can end up with a serious (road) rash.

Another thing to think about is trailer weight. If it is light enough you can manhandle it into the spot next to you or unhook it to turn around in tight areas. If you have a something big and heavy it can suck to maneuver in tighter forrest access areas.

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Old 04-13-2010   #6
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I too think tongue length is a big factor. A really short tongue will cause the boat to hit the vehicle on very tight turns if the boat is longer than the trailer. My dad and I lengthened ours to six feet, and now we have no problems. Most catarafters I know have 10 or 12 foot trailers with long tongues.
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Old 04-14-2010   #7
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don't get too hung up on the length of the tongue. while it does need to be long enough you can buy hitch receiver extenders at most trailer supply companies that will work just fine.
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Old 04-14-2010   #8
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I have a 14' raft and I haul it on an 8' fold up trailer, no problem. The tounge is barely long enough, but it is, even on tight turns. The bed itself is almost exactly the same size as the flat part of the raft bottom, the front and rear curve up of course, so they would "hang off" regardless of the length of the trailer bed.

Depending on the trailer and towing vehicle, be wary of how long you extend the tongue and how you load the trailer if you do. Extending the tounge can shift the weight forward of the trailer axle, depending on how you load it. And that in turn will put more tongue weight on the rear of the vehicle. So you have to be wary of the allowable tongue weight on your vehicle. You can always load the heavy stuff (cooler full of beer) in the back for towing sto compensate though.
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Old 04-14-2010   #9
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9 1/2 fr. trailer, 14 ft. Cat, standard length tongue, No problems. Trailer weighs 550 lbs without the sides (Cat rigged & ready), 700 lbs with 2 ft. high removable sides for longer trips with gear. Easy to move around and store in my side yard.
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Old 04-15-2010   #10
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I'd completely deflate the tubes while trailering
1) if you go over a pass you don't have to worry about deflating them somewhat for expansion.
2) you don't have to worry about rocks etc kicked up from your tires and chiseling into your tube coatings
3) a friend had someone come around a corner real fast and hit into his trailer knocking the trailer and the raft down a hill. Popped a tube.

your straps don't have to be cinched it takes about 15 minutes to reinflate my rig .. for the extra time I'd rather be safe than sorry. Plus this cuts down on your trailer requ'ts to that of the frame only ...

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