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Old 03-21-2017   #1
 
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Raft trailer

So I finally gave in and bought a Sotar SL 13'6. Now I must get a trailer. I'm located in Bozeman,MT. I talked to a local company called sleeping giant in Livingston,MT.

Our standard raft trailer prices, as per our conversation are:

"Powder Coated: $2035.00
(includes tilt, tie down rails, roller, winch and stand, 14 tires with a 2000# torflex axle. The deck is painted, both sides of 3/4 AC Plywood)

Painted: $1925.00

Additional Options are:
Jack: 61.75
Spare Tire and Carrier: 204.00
Treks deck option: 350.00"




Is this a good buy? I was hoping to spend a lot less, but I guess you get what you pay for.

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Old 03-21-2017   #2
 
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The one in the foreground looks like a 500$ trailer. The one in the background is more the style I like but both look cheesy and flimsy.
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Old 03-22-2017   #3
 
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I don't think either look necessarily cheesy. It will definitely withstand the 2000 lb axle rating. The price seems high though for other similar new trailers i have seen.
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Anyone have recommendations for places in Idaho or Montana?
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I have no personal experience with them, but I see a lot on here about saw tooth welding. their prices seem fair and the quality looks on point.
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Old 03-22-2017   #6
 
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I called the number on the website and the owner said he sold the raft trailer business to one of his employees. I plan to give him a call today and see if he's still building trailers.
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Old 03-22-2017   #7
 
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Boat Trailer

If you have the time for a project, look on craigslist for a used powerboat trailer (EZ Loader, etc). These trailers are generally built well, and they have full size wheels on them. My biggest complaint about a lot of the trailers you see are the extra small wheels (the ones in your picture have full size wheels), I don't want my raft riding around on an 8 inch wheel. You can pick up these trailers for pretty cheap, and with a little welding (or even bolting if you don't have access to a welder) you can make up a nice trailer. Take the money you save and put it towards an anchor system on your raft!

https://greatfalls.craigslist.org/boa/6049367991.html

https://missoula.craigslist.org/bpo/6054158099.html
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Old 03-22-2017   #8
 
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I use a 6.5 X 13 modified ECHO ATV trailer for my 14 foot raft. I bought it about 5-6 years ago when I had a 14 foot cataract. 13 inch tires, 2000 LB spring axle, powder coated, swivel jack, spare tire, tie down loops, metal ATV deck. No winch or rear roller. I had stake pockets added around the perimeter of the deck & 6 sections of 2 foot high metal mesh removable panels built. 2 panels on each side, 1 front, 1 back. With the panels it turned an open flat bed trailer into an enclosed utility trailer. I can use the trailer as a flat bed with the raft rigged & ready, or transport gear on long trips as a gear hauler. I did add a solid plywood & carpet deck over the metal ATV deck, but that was under $100 to do. I also now use it with the sides on & two lighter weight cross bars as a kayak/canoe/gear hauler. Very versatile trailer. Best investment I ever made.

The entire price of the trailer, plus the modifications with the side panels was $1800.
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Old 03-22-2017   #9
 
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I got in touch with the new guy in charge for the raft trailer builds at Sawooth.


So I called and got this quote for 10x12 trailer.


Model: Snake River Gold

Price: $1,785

Standard Outfitting:

7 ft wide x 12 ft long
3,500 lbs. Axle (spring or torsion, your choice)
205/75/R15 Tires
2" Ball Coupler
1500 lbs Swingaway Jack (Single Wheel)
Load Roller
LEDs Lights
4 Flat or 7-way plug (your choice)
14 Tiedown (Recessed in Channel)
2"x10" Decking (non-treated)
Powdercoating ($400 value)
Spare tire ($135 value)

After I pay Sales tax, It's only a few hundred less then the one I mentioned earlier. However, this one comes with a bigger wheels, spare tire and a 3,500 lb axle.

Any thoughts?
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I'd say its a far better trailer for the money, and with the powder coating it should last forever if well maintained.
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