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Old 05-24-2016   #11
Hard pack, Utah
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Thanks for all the feedback so far guys

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Old 05-24-2016   #12
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A trailer question

Related to the O.P but not precisely-

My trailer is not fully decked but I use 3- 2x10s running across the width of my trailer to support my raft. Also have a roller on the back. Seems to work well. That being said, I have seen many trailers with 2- 3 x 10s running the length of the trailer along the top of each side rail. I need to replace my boards so was wondering what people prefer. Am I missing advantages/disadvantages of each setup? Seems to be alot of both types on the trailer porn thread Thanks-

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Old 05-24-2016   #13
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My last trailer had 2x12 planks running under the tubes. Worked well for local runs but gusts in Montana would push it around making multiple stops necessary. Also I'd have to nanny the pressure more because if allowed to get extra soft the straps would loosen up and it would really want to move around. I now have a full deck and can use my windshield more than my side mirrors.

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Old 05-24-2016   #14
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Lots of good advice here, several of which I wished I'd read first rather than experienced directly. Just a couple of things to add:

1. I use neoprene sleeves wrapped over the cam part of the strap to protect the boat. The worst damage I have on my 13 year old boat is from a cam rubbing while on the trailer.

2. If you are using open hooks, make sure to run the strap through whatever you are hooking to so that the hook is hanging, not pulling up. They will loosen when the boat gets softer and it usually seems like it will work down until the tire runs over it.
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Old 05-24-2016   #15
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There is no such thing as an American made radial trailer tire. Even the name brands Goodyear maxis... Are all overseas tires. In the RV world many are converting to LT tires.

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Old 05-24-2016   #16
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Be mindful of pressure on the tubes and the floor, especially if you're going over high passes.
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Old 05-24-2016   #17
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I stopped rafting all together for fear of damaging my raft when trailering. It sucks cuz i want to go paddle, but its a jungle out there.
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Old 05-24-2016   #18
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Put one half twist in any long spans of straps and they will not sing in the wind. I used to be a flatbed truck driver before I became a full time boater.
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Old 05-24-2016   #19
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Originally Posted by elkhaven View Post

Bigger tires = less problems. I'm not saying to stuff 36's under your trailer but 14-15" wheels significantly out perform 12" which outperform the little snowmobile trailer wheels... Get the biggest wheel and tire package that works with your rig.

I too touch my tires and hubs at stops - that'll tell you a lot about impending failure.
Get out of here with that nonsense. Snowmobile trailers are designed to be dragged by a lifted dodge diesel towing two 600 pound sleds going 80mph. Raft trailers are made for old lady's towing two hundred pound rafts in a forester going 55. Love blowing by these things twerking down the highway with the raft 5' over the roofline.
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Old 05-24-2016   #20
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It's for threads like these....

That I read mountain buzz regularly 😀. Informative and Entertaining!

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