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Old 03-03-2016   #1
 
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Raft trailers

I'm looking at investing in a trailer this season. I've seen the really nice raft specific trailers out there for sale (super nice if you have the $, about 1500-2000).
Anyone out there ever used a snow mobile trailer and modified it for rafts? Any major issues that I should be aware of by going this route? Other than length and width?

Seems like I can pick up an 8 foot flat bed and modify it with a roller at home for less than $700.

Thoughts?

PS my raft is 14.5' long.


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Old 03-03-2016   #2
 
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Snowmobile trailers are fine. Your boat will hang, but the trailer typically has a long enough neck that you can spread your overhang over the front and rear of the trailer.
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They work well. You may have to extend the tongue. The little wheels might be an issue if you drive on access roads with clearance issues. If you can find one with a tilt bed that can come in handy for some putins and takeouts.
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Old 03-03-2016   #4
 
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I am thinking about modifying one of these. I have heard that the wheels/ tires may need upgrading for long trips, but at these prices there is some budget room to play with.

I saw one in person built up with walls for hauling stuff and it looked decent. Does anyone have experience with these to share?

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My prediction: You buy anything from Harbor Freight (as shown in the link in the previous post)-- in 1-3 years it will start falling apart..................................
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Snow mobile trailers

Get an aluminum one with the torsion axels. They only weigh 400lbs and can haul 1500 lbs. I've had one 8 years and changed the tires once. The only problem I see is on wet dirt roads the front of the boats get covered with mud.
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I've been using a 9.5ft X 6.5 ft Echo ATV trailer for about 5 years for a 14 ft. cataract and now a 14 ft raft. Works great. My friend who helped me find the trailer had stake pockets welded on the frame and had 2 foot high panels with metal mesh built for it. There are 6 panels total so they aren't super heavy for me to put in place when I want to haul cargo. Most of the time I haul my raft inflated, rigged & ready. I haven't added a roller to it but it's never been a problem, as the lights are all sealed and I can back into the water to float the raft on & off. 13 inch tires. I've trailered my raft & gear all over Utah & Idaho with no issues on the highway or off road.
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As has already been said, lots of people use snowmobile trailers. They work fine to a point. I ran one for about 4 years. Went on a 1500 mile road trip lightly loaded and went through 4 tires, 2 were brand new halfway through the trip and trash when it was over. If you don't pull long distances they hold up fine but you need to go slower or you'll overheat them (experience).

Those trailers are typically pretty easy to modify - add tongue length and sometimes even deck length. You can also usually modify to take 12" or 13" "normal" trailer wheels by shimming under the axel or flipping the axel. Look at what your going to buy and see if it will be relatively easy to modify.

I think the best thing is to modify utility trailers, like Cataraftgirls, or other folks that are sure to reply. They usually take the simplest mods and are easily converted back to utility mode for your random trailering needs. That's what I have done most recently.

Another option is to modify an old boat trailer. It can be relatively simple depending on your skills and imagination. If you or a buddy doesn't weld, it's probably not going to be cheap though. I did that for a friend 2 years ago and he loves the trailer, has $700 into it all told. It's simple, light (like 300 lbs) but less flexible than a modified utility and harder to adapt. It runs on 12" tires and is lower than most modified utility trailers.

Look at the trailer porn thread. There are lots of ideas there if you're the tinkering type.
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Took an old boat trailer an modified it into a deck trailer for my raft. Click image for larger version

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Another option is to modify an old boat trailer. It can be relatively simple depending on your skills and imagination. If you or a buddy doesn't weld, it's probably not going to be cheap though. I did that for a friend 2 years ago and he loves the trailer, has $700 into it all told.

Look at the trailer porn thread. There are lots of ideas there if you're the tinkering type.
This is what I did as seen in Trailer Porn thread. Well, my retired Dad (that's in constant need of new projects) built it for me.
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