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Old 09-11-2013   #1
 
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Sawtooth Welding Raft Trailer Review/Opinion??

Can anyone provide a review of the dual-use raft trailer Sawtooth Welding out of Nampa Idaho offers? It looks like an all-around great trailer for the price.

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They look a lot like a "rapid rig" trailer sold by Cascade Outfitters. That one is over $3K. Perhaps Sawtooth Welding is making a competitive trailer? I've seen rapid rig trailers around and they are the bomb if you have a lot of stuff and need to haul a couple boats. From the web ad, the Sawtooth trailer may have a beefier axle too?
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It does look like the cascade trailer. One of the big differences, besides price, is the top locks. You can also change anything since they're built to order.

I'm sold, I haven't been able to find a trailer in Colorado that I like. I just need to figure out where to raft on the way back from Idaho.
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Yeah, I wonder how long it will take before a lawsuit comes up with that one.

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I have a Rapid Rig and it is awesome, but mine was built by the designer before he sold the plans to Mirage to build for Cascade.** I like how the on the Sawtooth they added full sides, winch and a full top versus the rails.* The elongated tongue with motorcycle mount is cool.** Mine has a winch but the Cascade one doesn’t, and the top rails over several years start to kind of leave rail spots in the rubber.* No big deal but it happens, the full mesh top looks better. **The full sides should be better for gas mileage, although then you can’t add/remove small items from the trailer without opening the tailgate and crawling in there, same with the top.* Pros/cons I guess.

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What I would change on the Sawtooth though versus mine is that they mounted the tail lights low instead of up high to stay out of the water, a fully rigged boat with fishing frame is heavy to get up that high on the deck, you want to get it down in the water if you can without getting the hubs in.** Mine also has a torsion axle, I’m convinced that’s the way to go, no more springs to deal with and soaks up the rough roads.** The deck looks nicer in the Cascade but oh well, mine is Trex anyway so no maintenance ever.* They have been creeping the price up at Cascade over the years, but they do put it on sale every year.*** The Sawtooth looks like a nice rig too.**
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Sorry, I don't know why my phone always puts all those weird asterisks in there.
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Thanks for the reply.

I think I'll ask to have the lights put higher up..that's a good point. I'm having an access door put in front of the wheel so I can pull stuff out. I've also asked if he could make the gate "lock" half open so it'll be lower when winching a fully rigged boat onto the deck.
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Thanks for the reply.

I think I'll ask to have the lights put higher up..that's a good point. I'm having an access door put in front of the wheel so I can pull stuff out. I've also asked if he could make the gate "lock" half open so it'll be lower when winching a fully rigged boat onto the deck.
Did you end getting a trailer from these guys?
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Thanks for the reply.

I think I'll ask to have the lights put higher up..that's a good point. I'm having an access door put in front of the wheel so I can pull stuff out. I've also asked if he could make the gate "lock" half open so it'll be lower when winching a fully rigged boat onto the deck.
Did you end up getting a trailer from these guys?
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I did..and so far I really like it.
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I've talked to Randy at Sawtooth and the guys at Mirage/MEI Trailers where they previously made the trailer sold by Cascade (who may not be carrying it anymore this year, although it's still shown on their web site).

There are some nice additions with the Sawtooth version and both have a 3500# axle, but I'm a little concerned with Sawtooth using a leaf spring vs. the Mirage torsion bar.

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