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Old 01-19-2009   #1
 
fort collins, Colorado
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What does everyone do for raft trailers?

Any leads on nice custom trailers, especially aluminum? Or conversion plans? In short, what is everyone using?
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Old 01-19-2009   #2
 
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If I had a place to store it and an extra $2700, this would be mine.

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Old 01-19-2009   #3
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$600 Hiebco (made in Ignacio) 4x8 with a wood platform on top and a box under that. Works great for my 15' NRS. But the tongue is a little short for my sea kayaks so I had a 2' stinger made.
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Old 01-20-2009   #4
 
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I found a homemade motorcycle trailer on Craigslist for $300. Rewired it, put on new tires and added a removable roller bar on the back:
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Old 01-20-2009   #5
 
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I need to get some of those rollers, like you have El-flaco. I use a 5x10 flatbed with side rails. My trailer has 15" wheels so it can handle rough roads just fine. I run two 2x4 sideways to support the raft on the rails. That leaves me tons of room under the raft for gear. When I am not useing the trailer for rafting, it works great for my motorcycles, construction waste.... Very much an all purpose trailer.
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I bought a used 7 x 12 utility trailer with about 1 ft side rails and then added a roller across the back and a winch. My 14 ft raft fits nicely between the rails, so tie down is minimal as the only way the raft can move is back. I rig the raft with the cooler and dry box so that at the put in, it's pretty much slide off and go. I have since added 2 elevated, removable side decks with rear rollers that are just wide enough to support the tubes of my 16 ft cat. This allows me to carry both rafts without the weight of the cat on top of the raft.
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Old 01-20-2009   #7
 
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I have a 6x10 (or something like that) with 1ft. side rails, utility trailer that I mounted a couple of old side-mount truck boxes (5' long by 1.5' wide). Glued some carpet to the top of em and my 14' raft fits perfectly with plenty of clearance underneath for coolers, boxes, etc.... Plus the side mount truck boxes are great for little ammo cans, pfds, gear bags, whatever.
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I have a 6x10 (or something like that) with 1ft. side rails, utility trailer that I mounted a couple of old side-mount truck boxes (5' long by 1.5' wide). Glued some carpet to the top of em and my 14' raft fits perfectly with plenty of clearance underneath for coolers, boxes, etc.... Plus the side mount truck boxes are great for little ammo cans, pfds, gear bags, whatever.
The side mount truck boxes are a great idea. I wish I would have thought of that before I added my side supports.
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I need to get some of those rollers, like you have El-flaco. I use a 5x10 flatbed with side rails. My trailer has 15" wheels so it can handle rough roads just fine. I run two 2x4 sideways to support the raft on the rails. That leaves me tons of room under the raft for gear. When I am not useing the trailer for rafting, it works great for my motorcycles, construction waste.... Very much an all purpose trailer.
I need to build a box for mine- I think I'm going to get my buddy Repa to weld an expanded metal cage, though, so my wet gear can dry. It would be nice to have the cage be removable, so that I can still use it as a utility trailer (and a Snowmobile trailer, when I can finally afford one).

Rollers: when I bought these, they were only $9.99 per. They're still a great deal & well-built at $14:, in my opinion:
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Old 01-20-2009   #10
 
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[quote=El Flaco;125012]I need to build a box for mine- I think I'm going to get my buddy Repa to weld an expanded metal cage, though, so my wet gear can dry. It would be nice to have the cage be removable, so that I can still use it as a utility trailer (and a Snowmobile trailer, when I can finally afford one).

We could build the cage in sections with lighter gauge material. In other words, it can be done.
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