Originally Posted by TimHarden
Thanks! Sounds like I should go with the 12ft bed for the 14ft raft rather than a 14ft bed.
Considering I'll be driving from San Francisco to Montana, Colorado, Oregon, etc., what tire size is best?
bigger the better - 15 would be best, 14 better, 13 ok. The draw back with bigger tires is a higher deck - so balance you're loading ability with rolling efficiency.
I agree on 12' being better than 14'. the longer it is, the more you have to push the boat back to engage the roller - actually same issue either unloading or loading. It sounds like your size will work fine but if you're not totally sure just lay out the dimensions with tape or flagging or something on the ground around your boat and see if there is enough room. It's really nice to have enough space to stand on the trailer and mess around in the boat or cooler. I made my own deck, did not do this and wish I had another 3" per side.