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Old 04-05-2017   #1
 
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Looking for trailer advice.

I have a new 16 foot Lion, and 13 foot nrs raft. I don't have a trailer yet, but Im looking to buy one. Any advice?
I was thinking of a 6x12 utility with added cross bars

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I feel like I'm plugging the porn threads alot here lately, but they are good resources for ideas.

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Old 04-05-2017   #3
 
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These guys make a great trailer, but any trailer that looks like this is going to work the best for rafting. Flat Bed, but big wheels and tires for long high speed trips. Waterproof LED lights, rollers on the back and a winch.

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I did the whole utility trailer thing for a while and it was terrible, it sucks to unload stuff and then pick it up s heavy ass raft to get it up on the rails. Then you think its a great idea to throw your cooler and gear under the raft but then you can't get to it with the raft on there. Now I just back up and winch the raft onto the trailer fully loaded and take off.
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My one advice if building or order any trailer, create "step-sides or running boards". Great for tie downs and to climb up to reach your load and work off on sides!Click image for larger version

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Step sides also protect fenders from trees and posts in backing-up mishaps. Trailer lights can be mounted on these as well.
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Old 04-05-2017   #7
 
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Here are some pics of our solution to converting utility trailers. All rollers are removable.
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I took one of those 6 x 12 utility trailers with the fold-down expanded metal ramp in the back to drive yer yard machine up onto and converted it into this beast. First thing I did was cut that ramp down and turn it into a drop tailgate to enclose the trailer when I'm rafting. It's got short sides so I never have to lift the raft very high to get it up on top. I took some box steel and cut it in half to make two C shaped channels. I welded one on each side with the opening of the C facing in to make a slot to slide my sheets of plywood up to make the deck. Took another piece of box steel shorter cut it the same way and welded it with the two Cs back to back to make an H shape spine that goes between my sheets of plywood to support the deck. I made a crappy roller for the back out of some piping PVC that I need to replace. So now I have a sweet raft trailer with a completely enclose and lockable inside where I keep all my gear and when I need to I can remove the decking use it to haul dirt and garbage or whatever.
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Here are some pics of our solution to converting utility trailers. All rollers are removable.
Any issues with tubes deforming during storage/travel while resting on the rollers? I've seen boats with some interesting profiles from resting on something for extended times, and I could see a raft in the hot sun on a long drive forming to those rollers a little.
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Voodoo: What don't you like about the sectioned PVC over iron pipe roller? Looks simple and bomber...

The steel channel and plywood looks like a great solution, too: nice job!
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