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Old 02-13-2012   #1
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trailer frame knowledge

Anyone out in Buzzard County have trailer frames set up on both sides of their rowing frames. Front and back as it were. I've got a 14ft. raft with a three bay frame with room both fore and aft for a trailer frame. I've thought of grabbing one or two for the extra storage/seating and utilizing a table for the top of one of the trailer bays. Question is......Is it ok to have a trailer frame resting on the raft tubes where they begin to rise toward the bow and stern? If they are strapped to the main frame, creating a "hinge", and D rings on the non frame side, would I be creating any problems? Does this make sense or are you chambering a round?

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Old 02-13-2012   #2
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I've done it. Not a problem, but remember the tubes may not have a wear pad. I rope-wrapped the corners of my trailer frame to serve as wear pad. Didn't hurt anything. Watch your seams, i.e., if the trailer frame rides directly on seam-tape could wear it through. Frankly, not sure a 14' boat is long to accomodate 2 trailer frames. Beaver-tail floor boards may work better.
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Old 02-14-2012   #3
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always heard them called drop frames. why not?
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Old 02-14-2012   #4
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Carve, I have heard them called caboose frames and trailer frames, but never a drop frame.

MeanJoe, It can work. It would be a better baggage boat at that point than a passeger boat. It's best to have passengers keep their feet tight to the floor. Wear patches are a must. I have seen the issue with too narrow of a table to be very stable (when set up) with a trailer frame on 13 - 14 foot rafts. Best to think it out before you buy or build, so you are at the right place!!
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