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Old 11-13-2013   #11
 
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Here's my converted snowmobile trailer (and 14' NRS), It has an 8' x 9' 3/4" painted plywood deck over a 6' x 8' box that lifts with the help of two gas struts. The spare is under the box, and the front box gets used for firewood, grills and other stuff that isn't used very often. It's still using leaf springs and the 10" wheels (10 ply tires) and they've never given me any problems. I thought about putting a roller on the back, but I tried using a piece of PVC over the edge of the plywood deck and I think the boat slides over it as well as it rolls on a roller.




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The Millennium Falcon of Trailers:



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The WhiteWaterWorthy approach:

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That's what I'm talking about

tomrefried,

That's the kind of ideas I've been looking for! Not that the Millennium Falcon isn't sweet...

Those struts must not hold that thing up while loaded do they? or is it somewhat balanced? What sort of hinge arrangement do you have? Your likely to see me copy some of that this winter (if you don't mind of course?). I've had similar ideas with the top opening backward but only while empty. That opens up a whole new group of ideas...
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tomrefried,

That's the kind of ideas I've been looking for! Not that the Millennium Falcon isn't sweet...

Those struts must not hold that thing up while loaded do they? or is it somewhat balanced? What sort of hinge arrangement do you have? Your likely to see me copy some of that this winter (if you don't mind of course?). I've had similar ideas with the top opening backward but only while empty. That opens up a whole new group of ideas...
The struts will hold the boat up with the frame, oars, and other stuff for a day trip, the loaded cooler has to ride in the back of the car but it's not that big of a deal everything else fits in the trailer. The hinges are welded to the box and deck making the deck non removable but it does have stake pockets (that I've never cut out) if I ever have to use it as a utility trailer. It still tilts if I ever wanted to use it at a ramp. I'll take some detailed pictures later today. The trailer came with my boat when I bought it, It was a pile of parts, but the guy said he'd build what I wanted. It took a couple months and trips to check on it and I finally made it towable myself and took it home (It was Tieton season so I didn't mind the drives). I think it came out pretty good.
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Old 11-13-2013   #16
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A couple of Canyon aluminum trailers at a take out

Here are a couple of Canyon Elite aluminum trailers I saw parked at a take out on a trip to Oregon.
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Painfully noisy but very effective. How was the grand?
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One other angle I found while running thru old pictures. I replaced those tail lights with LEDs. Mucho bettero!
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Painfully noisy but very effective. How was the grand?
My next run at it will include bearings.

The Grand was a nice escape. Big hits, no flips!
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Old 11-14-2013   #20
 
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Tomrefried,

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I'll take some detailed pictures later today.
I'd love to see a few details. I'm also currious as to the power of the gas struts? It seems they're rated in pounds of lift. I looked them up and there are lots of options all the way to 350 lbs of lift/cylinder. My fear if I over do it would be closing the thing with no boat on it. Is that difficult with your trailer?
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