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Old 10-04-2015   #1
Canon City, Colorado
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Enclosed Trailer

OK, so after lots of searching here, and elsewhere, I don't find many people using enclosed trailers, and the only enclosed trailer porn I could find here was from gobigohome on this thread.

I realize that there are some of negatives:
-Poor fuel economy
-High initial cost
-Space for parking
-Difficult to load, since you have to climb in and out every time.

However, for me there may be some significant advantages:
-Don't have to unload at home
-Increases "garage" space
-Could potentially use as a camper
And biggest of all:
- I could possibly leave everything rigged and yet still maintain protection from the elements without finding a garage large enough for a flatbed trailer to fit into.

My questions are:
Does anyone have any photos of how they've tricked out the inside of one of these? Particularly for sleeping and bringing rigged rafts in, though not necessarily at the same time.

How much weight will the sidewalls of these trailers support?? I'm thinking of a several of rollers spanning the width that follow the angle of the rear ramp up to above the wheel wells, and then level in from there, so that a boat wider than inside the wheel wells could fit, and roll in and out.

Any ideas or advise is appreciated, and photos are especially helpful!

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Old 10-04-2015   #2
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There is a Buzzard that uses a large uhaul type truck for hauling a raft, and even a Subaru. Think I saw it on a thread about the lochsa. They had beds set up in it.

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Old 10-04-2015   #3
Westminster, Colorado
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I've daydreamed about just this. I think I would go with an enclosed snowmobile trailer, the wheels are underneath and the entire floor is flat. Some models are 8' wide, which would suck up all but the biggest boats. Said daydream also includes roller bars the length of the floor since you can't grab the side of the boat to lift it up & out.
My guess is that mpg's wouldn't be much worse than an open boat on a flatbed, especially if you put some boat-tail fairings on the back like you see on big rigs occasionally.
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Old 10-04-2015   #4
Idaho Falls, Idaho
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Enclosed Raft trailer

I have used one for several years, in fact I am on my second trailer. I will get pictures in a day or two.

Benefits besides the one you list:
My car hauler can reduce some shuttle costs off a second vehicle
Once the boats are unloaded it serves as sleeping area without pitching a tent prior to a launch
Keeps road grime off the boats
I have a power inverter and 110 volt pumps for filling or topping off
Oars can be hung from the ceiling or walls

While I store nearly all my rafting gear in the trailer, the summer heat build up is really hard on rubber (dry suit gaskets) and fabric
I still have to move stuff for fall big game hunts and early spring jeep excursions

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Old 10-05-2015   #5
Riverton, Utah
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I use one, but I don't haul my boat inflated... I inflate at the put in.

I like it because it is lockable, it keeps my gear clean, I don't have to tie stuff down, it works great for sleeping and eating at the put in when the rain is pouring down.

I pull with a Duramax diesel, I get the same fuel economy with the open vrs closed trailer.

As to how much can the sides support... a lot. I have a buddy that has fold down bunk beds attached to the sides of his enclosed. He empties everything out, folds the beds down and sleeps on them.

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Old 10-07-2015   #6
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Trailer pics

from your search on the buzz you might have seen these pics already. We have done a lot of upgrades since then and I will try and find some new pics.
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Old 10-07-2015   #7
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Since the initial buy of the trailer we upgraded to a puma from a mini me. The puma fit fully inflated with no issues and the bed was the correct height so the oar towers fit under the bed. We have since mad an addition of a 14 ft. boat which will not fit in the 14x7 trailer since I put the 2 ft counter in the front. So when needed we pull a double trailer. not ideal but gets the job done when only driving short distance and doing day trips.

It is extremely nice to have heat, oven and stove and a sink with water when at camp and on the road. we also have a temperpedic mattress in the trailer which is more comfortable than the bed at home. The dogs stay nice and cool when we are on the river and they are not with us and it beats setting up a tent especially when raining. I also changed the back gait to swing up instead of down like a ramp which work like a rain shelter when open and made a hinge for the door sealing off the bed area a keeping in clean and dry when the back gait is open.

If I had the money and would do it differently a couple things I would try and look out for.

Flat roof-easier to insulate
snowmobile trailer with raised roof. -8ft wide and wheels underneath allow for 7ft raft
with that said-get a 18X8 or 20X8 to allow for a kitchen area and room to walk when raft is inside
side door-that works like a RV door not a utility trailer door

I am sure there is other stuff I am missing , but would love to see any other pics of somebody that has done the same. We use ours for camping all year and use it quite a bit for staying in ski parking lots and rafting in the summer.
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Old 10-07-2015   #8
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I'd like to see if anyone has built their own custom trailer. I have some ideas for enclosed convertible flat decks, just gotta learn how to weld first...
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Old 10-07-2015   #9
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Pretty sweet little kitchen!

I have an 18' Sotar, 92" wide, so it would just fit into the 8.5' wide trailers. The only problem with the deckovers is that they're either short inside, or tall as hell outside! I guess I'd been thinking I'd just have several cross members, all of them rollers, that would get the boat to just clear the wheel wells.

If a bed would fit above the boat toward the front of the trailer, and a bit of a kitchen like you've got all the way forward, that would be bonus. I was thinking an 8.5'x22' would get me what I'm after.

The ramp swinging upward is an interesting idea. Any pneumatic struts to help you lift it, or is it all grunt?
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