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Old 10-10-2009   #1
 
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Minimum trailer footprint for a 16' raft?

I know this has been discussed but I have yet to find an answer. I have a 16' Avon and wonder what the minimum length of trailer I can use to haul the raft without jeopardizing the boat. I have been curious about an 8' trailer with a 4' tongue. Would that suffice? Thoughts?

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I used a similar trailer for my 16' cataraft. I bought hitch extender to center the boat on the trailer better. If the boat is hanging off the back to far the trailer is really going to want to try and get away from you..You really want and try to keep more weight on the tounge....
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The raft is light, you can wieght the tongue with other gear to keep that problem from being an issue.

I haul my raft on a slightly too short trailer. You just need to make sure it doesn't hang too far off the back. I let the back 3+ feet go unsupported. If The boat goes under inflated it could end up limp and dragging. had a close call once, and have heard of others dragging their boats to major damage...
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The raft is light, you can wieght the tongue with other gear to keep that problem from being an issue.

I haul my raft on a slightly too short trailer. You just need to make sure it doesn't hang too far off the back. I let the back 3+ feet go unsupported. If The boat goes under inflated it could end up limp and dragging. had a close call once, and have heard of others dragging their boats to major damage...
I have an 8' trailer I use to haul my 16'cat. It has 10' aluminium pads welded onto the sides that the tubes sit on. Works out well... There is room to store gear in the trailer ed under the tubes/frame.. keeping the overall CG low.
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With a 4' tongue on an 8' trailer you are going to have 5+ feet of boat hanging off the end of the trailer. To turn your vehicle sharply without rubbing your boat on your tailgate you will have to slide it back from the hitch....That's why I was thinking it might be wise to extend the hitch and slide your boat towards your vehicle more. It also makes it easier to see your small trailer behind you when you are backing it empty...
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With a 4' tongue on an 8' trailer you are going to have 5+ feet of boat hanging off the end of the trailer. To turn your vehicle sharply without rubbing your boat on your tailgate you will have to slide it back from the hitch....That's why I was thinking it might be wise to extend the hitch and slide your boat towards your vehicle more. It also makes it easier to see your small trailer behind you when you are backing it empty...

This hitch extender..... Is this an after market product or am I in for a conversation with a welder?
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Yeah, I did neglect to mention that my 8' trailer has an extra-long tongue. Without one, an extender is probably a good idea.
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I have a 16 ft cat on a 8 ft trailer, extending the tongue is a must. As mentioned above you run the risk of rubbing on sharp turns. 3 in square tubing is common on many snowmobile trailer tongues, which can be extended/sleeved with 3.5 in. Fits like a glove. Really simple. Cheap. Done a few and they worked out well. Principle works with all different size sq tube. Hope it helps!
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Now I get it, the extender doesn't go on the trailer it goes on the hitch of your truck. Aha! Another 18" will probably solve the issue. Thanks for all the responses!
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