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Old 01-19-2014   #1
East Glacier, Montana
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Trailer Ideas

Just got a raft but really want a trailer so that I don't have to rig at the put-in. I don't want to put a lot of money into one. Any thoughts on buying a cheap one at Home Depot and modifying it to carry a raft? Other thoughts?

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Old 01-20-2014   #2
San Juan Islands, Washington
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there's been a number of threads on trailers over the years, Here's one
Trailer Porn
You'll find a few more if you search

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Old 01-25-2014   #3
bozeman, Montana
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watch craigslist mt trailers, watch it often theres usually something that will work cheap. I've seem some really nice trailers for under 800.
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Old 01-26-2014   #4
Wondervu, CO, Colorado
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You will get more bang for the buck with a used trailer. The little Home Depot ones with the small wheels are fine for short hauls. But I often need to travel over 1000 miles for a river trip. Getting a trailer capable of safe travel at sustained highway speed is a must for me.

I figure the greatest wear and tear on my gear (boat, frame and trailer) is not the few days floating but the 2-3 days driving. Impact with gravel at 70 mph, loose straps beating themselves to death, rough gravel roads and a trailer with spring leaf suspension....

I have a 9x4 utility trailer. I built a hinged deck for the top. It used full size light truck wheels (good for highway speed, common size) Over the years I have made some upgrades. I installed LED lights and a full ground wire (not frame ground) and have never had an electrical problem since. At about 5000 miles I had to replace the bearings and axles on both sides, due to wear.

In hind site I wish I had spent a little more and got a trailer with a better bearings/suspension system. The wear and tear of long road trips is more than I expected.
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