Sawtooth Welding Raft Trailer Review/Opinion?? - Page 10 - Mountain Buzz
 



Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 08-07-2014   #91
 
loot87's Avatar
 
Lyons, Colorado
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 84
Quote:
Originally Posted by BuckytheGREAT View Post
I agree... I have a 14' trailer from Randy. I wish I had gotten a 12. I also agree that the box is too high. Could make it a bit more shallow but I guess someday I'll be happy it's that high with ample of storage. In the long run, a slimmer one would be better, being lighter.

I also had him put a 2" receiver on the back of my trailer so I can hook on my bike rack just in case or other "toys".
Bucky, what's wrong the 14'? Weight?

loot87 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 08-07-2014   #92
 
Eagle River, Alaska
Paddling Since: 1995
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 52
My winch in removable, I would highly recommend this. When I get the boat up, I remove the winch and pull the next couple of feet by hand.
I have the 10' version with leaf springs and went that way so I could work on it.
Works great for a 14' Aire with overhang on both ends.
Only thing I would change is the height of the trailer, could probably take it down 2-4" and still have great storage.
I would recommend the home built trailer rout at DMV. If Randy were to list the materials and not just the trailer it would be alot easier to use it as the "home built" (it asked for materials used). I just listed what I thought was used ie 3500lbs axle, angle iron, etc. Never ended up using the original invoice from Randy for anything (but my records).
otisfireboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2014   #93
 
Evergreen, Colorado
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by otisfireboy View Post
My winch in removable, I would highly recommend this. When I get the boat up, I remove the winch and pull the next couple of feet by hand.
+1 to that! I have this too and love it.
HysideB0y is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 08-07-2014   #94
 
Evergreen, Colorado
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 27
otisfireboy, how did you attach your VIN plate to the trailer? I have mine in hand and was going to look for some form of super adhesive. I was going to try and maybe get some metal stamps and just pound it into the trailer...
HysideB0y is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2014   #95
 
duct tape's Avatar
 
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1974
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 738
Quote:
Originally Posted by HysideB0y View Post
otisfireboy, how did you attach your VIN plate to the trailer? I have mine in hand and was going to look for some form of super adhesive. I was going to try and maybe get some metal stamps and just pound it into the trailer...
I used metal tapping screws and some contact cement.
duct tape is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2014   #96
 
East of the Pine beatle, Colorado
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 1,385
You may have a 16' boat, but how long is the flat section? Everything else is gonna be in the air- not a lot of upside to a longer trailer in that case.

Sent from my SM-N900V using Mountain Buzz mobile app
Osseous is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2014   #97
 
Eagle River, Alaska
Paddling Since: 1995
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 52
Quote:
otisfireboy, how did you attach your VIN plate to the trailer? I have mine in hand and was going to look for some form of super adhesive. I was going to try and maybe get some metal stamps and just pound it into the trailer...
Self tapping screws that I stripped out once they were in, put mine above the side door on the frame for the box.
E
otisfireboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2015   #98
 
Fort Collins, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1991
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 8
Torsion Axle vs. Leaf Springs

Some folks have mentioned that the torsion axle is better than the standard axle with leaf springs. I've owned a few trailers and they all had leaf springs, so I guess I did not know that there was an alternative.

I am wondering what are the pros and cons of a torsion axle vs. a standard axle with leaf springs? Is one better than the other?

Thank you!
hilltop_yodeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2015   #99
 
East of the Pine beatle, Colorado
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 1,385
Better corrosion resistance, better road compliance- BUT they have to be properly weighted for your load. If the load rating is not close, it won't really do much, just bounce.

Sent from my SM-N900V using Mountain Buzz mobile app
Osseous is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2015   #100
 
Fort Collins, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1991
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 8
Torsion Axle vs. Leaf Springs

Quote:
Originally Posted by hilltop_yodeler View Post
Some folks have mentioned that the torsion axle is better than the standard axle with leaf springs. I've owned a few trailers and they all had leaf springs, so I guess I did not know that there was an alternative.

I am wondering what are the pros and cons of a torsion axle vs. a standard axle with leaf springs? Is one better than the other?

Thank you!
From what I have been reading, it sounds like the torsion axle works well with trailers that are heavily weighted, and that they are too rigid when the trailer is empty or has a light load. Here are some people's opinions:
torsion axles vs. leaf springs

Also, something that worries me about torsion axles is that apparently there are "four rubberized cords" inside of the axle that control suspension capabilities within the axle. I live in CO where the climate is dry and am wondering how long rubber cords will last before dry-rotting and breaking. The Torsion vs. Spring Axle Debate Demystified | Complete Trailers Blog

I would love to hear the opinions of those who own the Sawtooth trailer and have used their trailer for a wide variety of things. In addition to hauling my raft gear, I plan to also haul yard waste, compost, wood chips, and other things in the trailer when needed, and I'm assuming that the trailer will be driven empty from time to time when in route to a pickup.

Based on what I have read so far, I am leaning towards leaf springs, but I'd love to know what your experiences are. Thank you in advance for your advise, opinions and knowledge.
hilltop_yodeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Topic Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Looking for a raft trailer for 14 foot raft StevenB Whitewater Rafting 0 12-03-2010 02:26 PM
Alum. trailer fabricator? Marshall Welding? HarryC Kayaking | Gear Talk 9 08-06-2010 03:35 PM
Converting snowmobile trailer into raft trailer ecarlson972 Whitewater Rafting 21 03-01-2008 08:06 PM
Looking for your movies for the Sawtooth Film Festival BSU Outdoor Program Winter Buzz 0 01-11-2008 02:11 PM
Looking for your movies for the Sawtooth Film Festival BSU Outdoor Program Whitewater Kayaking 0 01-11-2008 02:08 PM

» Classified Ads
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:18 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.