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Old 07-15-2014   #71
 
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I thought it be more entertaining for all of my buddies and I to laugh when the boxes started breaking off the tounge of the trailers.

Just like the dry boxes everyone has been buying that are 10lbs heavier than a normal one lmao, there are thousands of .080 ones and now we all need one "named after a disease" that is super heavy because the other ones are turning to dust, please mbuzz wake up
Cool, just thought you'd laugh with your buddies. Wow cool dude, your are one helpfull asshole! Who else that is completely unrelated to the topic at hand can you rag on in this thread...

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Old 07-15-2014   #72
 
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In typical Mountainbuzz fashion you all jump on something like mindless lemmings following each other to your death over a cliff. Instead of actually calling someone who builds a REAL raft trailer and getting some input from a pro and making an educated buying decision you take internet banter as gospel.

You were touting the excellent craftsmanship pushing his trailer to everyone, Ray Charles could see it was a bad design on the tounge.

Stop listening to people on here all you SHEEPLE, call around and actually ask the builders. Sick of the homemade thrown together crap and stupid questions all the time about how cheap can I make something

Same goes for frames and everything else the people on here cobble together
The last person you should talk to if you want objective opinions on specific products is the builder. What are they going to tell you, that their competition makes better products? Get real moron.

The problem is that folks on this forum have seen through your bull shit and you can't handle it that they we don't all ditch our tinker toy sets for $4000 dollars worth of bent metal and powder coating, just cause ORTO11 says they're the better. Oh, shit I've been doing it wrong for all these years. Anyone wanna buy my rig, cheap? I'm gonna roll the dice and follow the Man's advice and jump on one of those sweet CWI copies of a saturn self-bailer. Maybe I'll get it in a year, in the mean time I'll have lots of time to spam the Buzz about how great my shit is supposed to be!
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Old 07-16-2014   #73
 
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Heads up to all Sawtooth trailer owners. Randy contacted me a few weeks after I received my trailer and said his new welder made some mistakes. He sent me a diagram of how the tongue should be reinforced with a bar down the middle attaching to the 1st and 2nd crosspieces and some gussets on each side where the tongue attaches to the box. When I got this work done locally the welder said the original welds had already partially broken. To his credit Randy did contact me and is paying me the cost to have the extra work done, but I encourage those with new trailers to call him and ask if this was a one time thing, now corrected, or if there are other ones out there that need fixing.

Sorry this is delayed in getting sent, been out of town and forgot all about this thread until I saw it pop back up.
Thanks for the info. I reached out to Randy via email and he promptly gave me a call. He said my trailer is fine. He said there were about 4 trailers that had the issue and he reached out to each of those owners. Definitely a stand up guy.
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I thought I would do my duty and post some pics of the trailer. Its pretty sweet.
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Very nice. But apparently you didn't listen to orto...shame on you
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Very nice. But apparently you didn't listen to orto...shame on you
Nah...I'm a lemming.. and a happy one at that!
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what, not a sheeple, like me?
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what, not a sheeple, like me?
That too!

I should also throw in my opinions on the trailer after playing with it...

Its a sweet trailer. I took it out (risking getting pulled over by the CSP for not having it licensed) last weekend and ran Pumphouse to Radium. Being able to lock stuff in it was awesome. It freed up my truck's bed. Access to my gear was really simple. It is certainly high and I didn't want to back it into the water too far to see if the lights (I got LEDs) were really water proof. At the take out, I used a 50ft webbing and knotted each end to the right and left rear side of the frame. I pulled the center of the webbing under the raft and ran it through the front handle and hooked it to the winch. It came right up with no problems or stress on the boat... it was pulling the rear frame forward and guided the front up and over the roll bar via the webbing under the raft. I learned this trick from the guys at DRE and it worked like a charm.

The quality of it is outstanding. The only downsides I see to it is that it is big-time steel and its heavy. I think its between 600-700lbs (as I was told by the guy to delivered to me). Since its steel and we had rain, it started to rust in places (which is normal)... so I put some CorrosionX on the trouble spots and that is no longer a problem. That stuff seems to be pretty good at stopping rust (and removing some of it too). The heavy factor isn't too big of a deal for my truck since its a 6.7L Cummins Diesel and I certainly didn't notice any decrease in gas mileage because of that. But I live on a pitched double switch back driveway, so its weight in muscling it around into place is a PITA. I need to get a grader to flatten out some space for this at the switch backs.

The space for storage is huge and I'm pretty sure I can get the raft rolled up, the dry box, cooler, the frame (broken down), oars and PFDs inside of it for off-season. Lock it... tarp it... and I have room in the garage.

All in all... its outstanding and this sheeple/lemming is pretty pleased with it.
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Figured I'd post a review as well.

I've had mine for about a month. Overall I'm happy with it and felt like it's a good deal for the money.

Pros: It can hold a ton of gear underneath. I used it for a long multi-day trip and it was great to have. Pulled nicely over miles of dirt road. I had two sliding doors installed which was worth the extra cash. Also had the raised adjustable winch which in my opinion is mandatory. The 12' model holds a 16' raft easily. I like being able to lock everything up, and the protection my gear gets from the diamond plate sides while driving. Plenty of tie down anchors. Good price.

Cons: One of my side doors is very difficult to close. The little bar that slides back and forth to lock it isn't lined up with the hole so it requires me to push the door down as hard as I can and then try and shove it closed. I plan to get a drill and widen the hole to fix this issue. The trailer is tall. I found loading the boat difficult; I'm going to try the above mentioned method of tying webbing to the frame and underneath through the front handle. The metal mesh on the top is weak. I already broke part of it off when I slipped off the cross bars and put some weight on the mesh.

All in all I'm pretty happy about it. Time will tell if it's quality or not, but it seems to be well built and solid. .02
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That 600-700 pound guess above is very low- I weighed mine for registration, and it was just over 1200 pounds (7x12 with one side door, and a spare tire), so it is heavy. Pulls great though- I pull it with a Tacoma, and frequently have a 3 stack plus gear. Survived the road into sandwash (immediately after it flashed) just fine. I use the pull from under and back method of loading- I have a piece of rope with a loop on each end, then a loop in the middle. THrow a loop over each oarlock, rope is under the boat, thrid loop right at the bow- hook it to the winch, and my kid can load the raft fully rigged by herself. I dont back it into the water- there is no need, just put the back of the trailer within a foot or two so the back of the raft is floating instead of draggin on the ramp. Super happy with the purchase so far (been using since late May, have about 3k on it)
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