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Old 08-05-2016   #1
 
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Custom trailer help

Despite efforts, I can't find a suitable trailer, so I'm going to have one custom made for my 14 x 6.6 NRS raft. What I'm telling them:

-a 14x7ft platform made of marine plywood to prevent overhang of the 14x6.6ft raft
-roller on the back
-winch
-14-15 inch tires for my drives to the Rockies
-spare tire
-D-rings on the side to tie down frame

Does this sound good? Anything I'm missing? Are these tires too small for long road trips and lumpy roads?

I appreciate the help.

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Old 08-05-2016   #2
 
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I think you pretty much covered the necessities. This is my only input: I just bought the 14' NRS Outlaw and and already had a 6 12 deck over utility trailer It has at 8" front rail but with the rocker of the boat it fits great. The bow of the boat sits perfectly on the front rail and even though the sides of the tubes do over hang a little I still have 3" on plywood showing on each side where the tube sits on the deck and about 1' at the bow and stern. Hope this helps. It is nice to have a narrow trailer in many in many of the places I tow mine.
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Old 08-05-2016   #3
 
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12 ft for 14 ft?

I am now thinking about getting a 12 foot platform for the 14 foot raft.

It'll save me money and be easier to tow and fit in the garage.

My only concern: Will the one foot overhang on the front and back make the raft vulnerable to debris on long drives? I plan to drive this thing all over the west.
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Old 08-05-2016   #4
 
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Just fine if your raft hangs off the ends pretty much how all of us roll. The raft wouldn't be making contact anyway at the ends. I've got a 12' deck for a 15.5' boat.

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Old 08-05-2016   #5
 
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I've got a ten foot trailer with a 16' boat. It works great.
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Just make sure the deck is as long as the flat section on the tubes.


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^^^ Dr Andy

How do you like that boat cover?
Ever roll with it on?
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I like it. Carvedog, had the idea to use a car cover.

I've tried to travel with it, but Bernoulli's principle balloons the top up. I've tried adding straps and stuff and finally got it to stay taut. But, then it was a pain to let air out or get into the raft for any reason. Now, I travel without it on.

I wish there were cut outs or pouches for oar towers though
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Old 08-06-2016   #8
 
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I meant to say 8 foot not right foot
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Old 08-06-2016   #9
 
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Thanks! Sounds like I should go with the 12ft bed for the 14ft raft rather than a 14ft bed.

LAST QUESTION:

Considering I'll be driving from San Francisco to Montana, Colorado, Oregon, etc., what tire size is best?
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At least 13"

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