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Old 01-08-2013   #1
 
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raft frame

Looking to get a double rail frame for my new Willi2. Likely will go with DRE but does anyone know much about Row Frame out of Ft. Collins? Looks to be same materials and style as DRE but half the cost. What is the catch?

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Old 01-09-2013   #2
 
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buy the pipe and fittings and build it yourself cheaper and more fun. working n your raft is a great way to spend some winter time thinking about rafting
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Have you checked out their website? Raft Frame, Cataraft, Cataraft frame, Rowframe, and Whitewater Equipment

Looks like the same materials, but less price. You should give um a call and see what they have to say. Too bad no one has spoken up about their experience with this product, it would be nice to get some comments from someone who has one of their frames.
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I know this isn't the question you asked, but have you spoken with Mark at AAA Inflatables?
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Not to take business away from the frame companies but.....
Build your frame, it's pretty easy and you can customize it the way you want!!! Did I mention saving a ton of $$$. I put my double rail together in a day for around $550. It's a 5 bay collapsible, 1.5" tubing, speed rail with DRE towers, NRS oar locks and tile deck. It rides on a 09' Aire 143R...
It's my RED ROCKET!!
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Here is a better shot of the frame and deck
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Old 01-09-2013   #7
 
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AAA is the way!

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I know this isn't the question you asked, but have you spoken with Mark at AAA Inflatables?
After buying my new 15.5' Sotar last year, I heavily researched frames and spoke to frame makers here in Colorado. Each time I called DRE, i spoke to a different guy and got a butt-load of attitude.

Mark at AAA is the owner and fabricator. He'll work directly with you to make the frame you want at a price lower than what DRE can offer-and just as good or better than DRE.

I ended up with a sweet double rail frame that is fit to my boat, gear requirements, and body size at a sweet price.

I strongly recommend AAA for their easy to work with attitude and depth of knowledge.
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I assume that the rowframe guy is Gary Strome (sp?). If so, you can't go wrong with him. He will build you a great frame for way cheaper than you could get at either AAA or DRE. I have also bought the fittings and pipe from him to build my own frames. Either way he is at least worth talking to.
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I too have researched this and the major difference I saw in making your own frame and having one made is, the bending of the pipe. Professionals can bend the pipe on the 90 degree corners and that helps with stress on the frame in class IV and V rapids. (It makes a big difference for a Cat boat with the bending of the bars coming up from the waterline between the tubes). If you are rafting class III's and an occasional IV , then I don't think it is much of a worry. The place in Ft. Collins does not bend the frame from all the photos I have seen in the past. Good luck!
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Gary at rowframe will do you right. Very nice guy that just wants to see people on the water and not so much to make a dollar. Don't think you will be able to build one cheaper than getting one from him, especially a double rail.
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