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Old 01-29-2019   #1
 
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5x8 big enough?

I will be needing to convert a utility trailer to haul a 14ft raft. Do you fellas think I could build a platform up from a 5x8 that'll work or should I look for a bigger one?

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It can be done maybe best for short trips, I started this way.

That boat is a 156D Aire and the trailer box is 4x6. This looked sketchy as hell but it worked. I had to stop A LOT to adjust straps and air pressure.

To secure it I ran straps through the lacing of the floor and completely around the tube so there was little chance of it moving.

You can also see a picture of how I extended the tounge.

All in all it worked but was less than ideal.
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I'd like a trailer that small for a second trailer, or as mentioned, for short trips.

I think it would be cool to be able to pin it to my motorhome's back bumper and hinge it up against the back wall. (with the raft rolled inside for long trips..to be used for the local shuttle only).

Those are tiny wheels and not suitable for long highway trips. Those baby wheels will be spinning a million RPM.


If you already own the trailer, it's far better than nothing.
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I'd like a trailer that small for a second trailer, or as mentioned, for short trips.

I think it would be cool to be able to pin it to my motorhome's back bumper and hinge it up against the back wall. (with the raft rolled inside for long trips..to be used for the local shuttle only).

Those are tiny wheels and not suitable for long highway trips. Those baby wheels will be spinning a million RPM.


If you already own the trailer, it's far better than nothing.
FYI I saw Neff make an aluminum trailer and rack off the back of a customer's motor home just like you mention it was pretty slick.

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That's awesome

I know Neff! Need to connect with that guy again. Haven't seen him since we ran the Gallatin a few years back
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I think it could work.

Here is my 5' x 10' trailer with 14' boat. The crossbars are chain link pipe with PVC on top (cheap roller). This has worked well, even for 12 hour road trips. I am not sold on my design though, I think two 10' long planks about 12" wide above the sides of the trailer with a single roller in back would work well too. The four roller set up is nice for moving the boat side to side to grab stuff from underneath it.

Those rollers pop off pretty easy and I have full use of the trailer.

With the winch, I can load the boat myself, but it is easier with two.

Check out the raft trailer porn thread for different ideas and designs.
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