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Old 03-23-2005   #1
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Raft Trailer

I need a raft trailer for my 14ft aire. I am looking for something used and affordable. It does not need to be fancy. Does anyone know where to get a trailer cheap?

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Old 03-23-2005   #2
 
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A used snowmobile trailer can work pretty well, just be careful about the sharp edges that can puncture your boat (a buddy of mine did just that on the boatramp at Westwater last fall). If you need modifications, Marshall Welding in Salida can put rollers or other extras on the trailer for you. Send me an email of PM if you want more info.

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I bought a trailer from X-treme Performance up in Erie a couple years ago and love it. It's a 8x12 Triton snowmobile trailer but works great for rafts as well. I have 14' and 16' boats. I got a new one but they had some used as well. Good luck!
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Old 03-24-2005   #4
 
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Keep an eye on the Grand Junction Thrifty Nickel, which you can access online. There seems to be quite a few out there, and I was able to pick up a lightweight flatbed for $350 last year.

Would this be the same Mut (Chris) from Durango? Went to Mexico about 8 years ago? This is Josh - thought you were back East...
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Josh,
Yes it is the same Mut. We did go back east but only long enough to get a law degree. I now am in Glenwood playing and practicing law.
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Old 03-24-2005   #6
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I've got one you can have in Durango
It was built by a High School shop kid
the wleels are too far forward so it wobbles at high speeds (40-50mph)
It would be fairly easy for a welder to fix
it is free to you or anyone else if you dont want it
contact me at [email protected] and I'll send you a pic
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Yeah, that's a good idea- not like one of the wheels could, I don't know, wobble off at high speeds...let's just say on the way out of Durango over the Florida River... and fly off the trailer (rim and all) into another car's windshield.

Nah, just couldn't happen.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I was able to locate a used flatbed in Rifle.
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Old 03-25-2005   #9
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Yeah Flaco
I think that trailer is still sitting up at your house with no wheels on it
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Nope- that was a different trailer I had where the wheels fell off. That was from hauling water; and I broke the axel. Totally different scenario.

I think the Forest Service inherited that trailer- one day it was just gone.

My current trailer has lasted 8 months now without spontaneously exploding, driving itself off a cliff, or releasing a plague of locusts. Quite remarkable.
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