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Old 08-06-2016   #21
 
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I have my 18' raft on a 10' trailer. That's pushing it to the limit, though. As soon as I have a spare $5000 lying around, I'm going to get a 20' or 22' enclosed trailer, and leave my boat rigged, in it's own "garage" all the time. And I'll have a tiny kitchen built into the angled front part for making breakfast/coffee instead of having to unpack the boat to cook on put-in morning.
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Another thing I would suggest is mounting the winch as high as possible. The winch mount my trailer came with almost pulled the boat down on to the trailer. I ended up cutting it off and raising the winch about 1-1.5' above the frame so the winch lifts while it pulls. It works WAYYY better. I don't really have to take anything off the boat at the ramp. Also, buy a good, dual drive, sealed bearing winch if you run a heavy boat.
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run less than 13's & you're likely to get to know most of the tire repair guys along your route....
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Old 08-07-2016   #24
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FYI most trailer tires have a maximum speed rating of 55-65. I think for a Deck over trailer a 205/75R14 is the best of both worlds. Holds way more than you need, easy to get in a radial. I started running a 155R12 car tire on my trailer, I didn't like the bias ply 5.30X12's it had before. I gave up about 80 lbs per tire in capacity but it can go 80 all day long and not have an issue.
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I have a cargo trailer that's only 1 foot deep and I put a deck on it that is removable. It's sweet because I can put all my gear underneath and if I need to use it as a regular old utility trailer I just pull the deck off. It has a drop tailgate where I throw all my stuff when I get off the river. I cut some box steel in half and welded the halves to the top sides of the trailer so the plywood just slides in or out in a big channel. I cut some more box steel in half and welded them back to back like in an "H" shape to go in between the pieces of plywood to keep it from flexing down too much. My homemade roller works only medium well that will require some more tweaking. What I love most is I can lock the whole inside and keep all my extra gear in there.Click image for larger version

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As soon as I have a spare $5000 lying around, I'm going to get a 20' or 22' enclosed trailer, and leave my boat rigged, in it's own "garage" all the time. And I'll have a tiny kitchen built into the angled front part for making breakfast/coffee instead of having to unpack the boat to cook on put-in morning.

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Old 08-08-2016   #27
 
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Last question: The custom builder says the bed will be at 34" if I go with 15" tires. Is that too high even with the roller and winch?


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Lower than my Rapid Rig trailer which is around 38'', it does make the argument though that you might want to consider a trailer such as a Rapid Rig or something like Voodoo's as they can add storage without an increase in height. For example look at the pics of Voodoo's that trailer appears to have 14" wheels and dosent sit any higher than a deckover trailer. If storage is not a concern then a deckover is a super easy no fuss trailer. Simple answer: no its not too high and will also be less likely to drag ass on poor roads.

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Old 08-09-2016   #29
 
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Custom trailer help

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If you're going that high anyway, get one with storage. You live in California and are driving long distances to rivers. Having a secure place to carry all your gear will be super handy. Click image for larger version

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Mine is at 45" when the decks are raised to the highest hole. I can lower them to 38" if I don't need as much space. I've got 22.5" of storage space under the decks at full extension. Enough to store my Yeti 160 and the rest of my gear. I just got back from a trip where we had 2 rafts stacked on top of it and 2 coolers, dry boxes and all the gear underneath. No one ever bought a house and said it had too much storage.

Best part is it's just a regular 6 X 10 utility trailer with some pockets welded on the side and a roller bar on the back. Decks and winch bar were custom made. I can remove the decks and use it as a utility trailer.


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