I'm glad to see so many of those 4X8 folding utility trailers in use! I just bought one myself and was wondering how it would hold up. I was originally thinking I'd basically use it for hauling everything to and from the river in pieces, rather than inflating the raft and hauling everything rigged and ready to go. From the sounds of things, maybe I can actually haul it ready to drop into the water!
I also like the smaller cars hauling 14' rafts. I'll be using a Mustang GT, which is going to look ridiculous but sounds like it will get the job done. Should have plenty of motor, and with 1,000 lb towing capacity, I assume that loads won't be an issue. Any ideas on what fully loaded rafts in that size weigh? Sure, it depends on what you are taking, but I am assuming the basics (raft, frame, oars, etc) are going to be relatively close for most folks. The rest is beer, right? LOL
I kind of like that frame that can be removed, but I've seen/heard others be concerned about road debris. I was going to build a platform out of plywood and 2X?'s (to get over the wheels) and throw some carpet on top. Seems like the best bet for protecting the boat. I also liked the side rails idea so that coolers, etc can be put under the boat, with the boat on top.
At the end of the day, I'm thinking I'll probably just leave a little room underneath for the oars and make the platform just high enough to clear the wheels. I think that will be best for wind, etc as well as protecting the boat itself. Does anyone else have any good pictures, close up with details, on these little fold-up utility trailers? Mine will be here next week, so that's my next project.