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Old 05-23-2016   #1
Carbondale, Colorado
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Multi-purpose trailer?

So in addition to my rafting addiction, I now seem to also have a dirt bike addiction as well...
Question for you all:
Do any of you use your raft trailers to haul other toys?
I need a way to haul 4 dirtbikes on a trailer, and also use the same trailer to haul the raft (not at the same time)
Sounds easy, but flat surface raft trailer doesn't work with the bikes, and as soon as you put rails on for the bikes, the raft won't work.
Not to mention getting the raft off is a real PITA if you're not putting it in the water...
I don't have the room for a second trailer, so I gotta figure out a way to do both.
Anyone an engineering genius that's figured this out already?

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Old 05-23-2016   #2
NIMBY, Oregon
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I have hauled my ktm in front of a raft on a flatbed trailer multiple times. Please explain why the bikes won't ride with the raft. Not enough room and need a 20'+ flat bed?

In any case... cam strap three 2x6 boards across the top of a box trailer for raft trips. Remove the boards and load the bikes for braaaap.

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Old 05-23-2016   #3
River City, Oregon
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Elevated side rail decks that the side tubes of the raft sits on. But still open in the middle for hauling other stuff. The side decks are elevated enough to clear your bike racks and also allows boat gear storage under the raft. A winch and removable rear roller let you load a fully loaded boat.
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Old 05-23-2016   #4
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I use a customized ECHO ATV trailer. I had small stake pockets added around the perimeter of the bed and had 2 ft. high metal mesh sides made. 2 sections for each side and 1 section front & back so they aren't heavy for me to put on & off. With the sides off and 2X6 cross bars, the raft sits just above the deck for transport when rigged & ready. Take off the cross bars, put on the sides, and it's a gear hauler.
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Are you familiar with the rapid rig style of trailer? There's a few manufacturers.

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Old 05-24-2016   #6
Carbondale, Colorado
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Thanks for the replies. I just put the 2x6's across and there's enough clearance for the bike rails if I put 4x4 blocking underneath. Looks like it will work!

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