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Old 03-12-2015   #121
 
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Well I hope to see you on the river this year elk, heard you throw a good BBQ.

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Old 03-12-2015   #122
 
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Well I hope to see you on the river this year elk, heard you throw a good BBQ.
Absolutely...Neither one of us will be hard to miss! Whom do we know?
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Old 03-12-2015   #123
 
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I'm new here, but figured I'd throw my homemade trailer in the mix. $300 utility trailer that I pulled apart, had a new tongue welded on, put in a new 3500# axle, and overengineered the deck. The deck lifts on two 200# gas struts, but could really use another one or two for easier lifting when the boat is on it. Roller is a piece of 1.75" OD .125" rolled steel tube with a couple heavy duty sealed bearings to spin it. I was inspired by a couple builds I found on here, so thanks for letting me lurk for so long!
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Old 03-12-2015   #124
 
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Very nice! Love the knockoff's - nice touch.

So you can tip that thing with the boat on it? What weight cylinders? I thought about doing something like that but ultimately bagged it, but I'm still intrigued! I hadn't thought about back to front tip, I was thinking side tip, which became my problem thanks to wheel wells... Any reason you didn't make it tip back, like for easier unloading?
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So you can tip that thing with the boat on it? What weight cylinders? I thought about doing something like that but ultimately bagged it, but I'm still intrigued! I hadn't thought about back to front tip, I was thinking side tip, which became my problem thanks to wheel wells... Any reason you didn't make it tip back, like for easier unloading?
I have 2, 200# struts, but I really think I should upgrade to 300#, or add secondaries on each side, it's still pretty heavy with the boat on it, but it's definitely liftable by one person. I originally thought about side tip, but scrapped it as well due to the wheel wells. I didn't do a rear tip on it because the rear of the trailer is open with a slide in piece - would've made mounting the hinge a bitch. I picked up a 7', .125"x3" piano hinge from Pacific Steel for about $20 and mounted it to a pair of 4x4s on the front, one is attached to the deck, one is attached to the rail on the trailer. Four .5" bolts hold it on to the trailer, and I built it to be able to hoist the whole thing off the box in case I need to use the trailer for hauling non-boat stuff. No pictures of that yet, since I've been too lazy to finish cutting my cables for the 1 ton hoist I have mounted in my carport for it.
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Old 03-12-2015   #126
 
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Damn, my traier's not even done yet and I want to do that... I totally could to, got it figured out based on your description. Oh man the wife would kill me, I might have to wait a bit. It won't really be any harder down the road. My deck comes off with 8 - 1/2"-inch bolts. I'd just weld half of the piano hinge to the top deck and blot the bottom to the utility walls.

How much do you think you're top deck weighs? Mine is probably pushing 200 now alone and the boat probably runs 300 for weekend trips.

Edit - one more question... how much throw does those cylinders have?
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The deck is easily 200+, it's fairly overengineered because I didn't want to risk any kind of warping since it's all wood. The struts are 36" overall, 20.5" fully compressed, so about 15" of travel. Got them on ebay for $40 for the pair. The mounts were another $36 for 4.

Edit - I should add that I mounted a bar to one side of the bottom of the deck that fits into a hole in the side rail, I drilled a hole in the bar and run a cotter pin through it to lock the deck down. Works surprisingly well.
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Old 03-12-2015   #128
 
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Absolutely...Neither one of us will be hard to miss! Whom do we know?
I've heard tails of you through a couple buzzards, sembob being one and I think Glenn as well. I'll be playing in the bitterroot area this spring and summer. Probably running a different rig. That is my big trip set up.
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Old 03-16-2015   #129
 
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She's done!

Here is my newly refurbished trailer:
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Back up lights!! Can't wait for the next gnarly late night take out!!!

plus two bonus photos:

One pic of the skeleton, all painted up minus plywood and one of the roller set up.

All told I have about $300 into the upgrades.
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