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Old 05-11-2016   #1
Signal Mountain, Tennessee
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Advice on raft rental for Gates of Lodore

I need to rent three oar rigs for a July 15th launch on Gates of Lodore. All of the licensed outfitters (e.g., RiverRunners) are completely booked. Does anyone have a suggestion for getting rafts to and from an outfitter? Apparently unlicensed outfitters cannot shuttle boats to/from the putin and takeout.


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Old 05-11-2016   #2
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Might try backdoor sports in Steamboat, I know Pete has rental raft rigs. Not sure he has trailers though.

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Old 05-11-2016   #3
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River runners in vernal... They hooked it up last year and also run shuttle

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Old 05-11-2016   #5
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I second Pete at Backdoor. He should be able to hook you up.

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Old 05-11-2016   #6
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It looks like you are flying in from the the southeast. What hub are you using: SLC, Denver, other? That could open up some options.

A couple Uhaul trailers to transport or rent a WellsCargo like trailer. Both will be expensive but could be reasonably split with a group.

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Old 05-13-2016   #7
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River Runners Transport makes the most sense. They can probably meet you at the put in and again at the takeout.

unless this is who you say is all booked up....
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Old 05-31-2016   #8
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I've used these guys and they are great as well. Good Gear, everything you could want.

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Old 06-01-2016   #9
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I would NOT use Pete at Backdoor. He rented me a boat that was crap (oars spinning in the oar rights, beat up oar locks, beat up everything)... I was barely able to control the thing. A year later I was on a trip and another guy in our party had rented the same boat, same problems only one more year without maintenance. He pretty much spun it off the wall shots all the way down the river...

I won't deal with Pete any more. It seems like all he cares about these days is shoving inner tubes out onto the Steamboat Town run.

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