Raft Trailer Advice?
I'm looking for advice on what size & specs to look for in a flat-bed raft trailer.
We have a 15'6" raft and are looking to buy a trailer capable of carrying said raft inflated. We figure we're likely to use it more often for day runs on the Animas, etc. (we live in Durango) if it's inflated and on the trailer for instant gratification (instead of deflated, rolled-up and stored in the shed).
* What length of trailer is the minimum ideal? (We're looking at 14', but wondering if we can get away with 12' and more overhang...?
* How high should the side-rails be? (NOTE: the question arises because the trailer won't be wide enough for the raft to sit on the deck below the side-rails. Instead we'll mount 2 x 10 boards on the top of the rails and the raft will sit atop that.)
We're thinking that we'll primarily (but not necessarily) use the trailer for day-use (since we have another smaller utility trailer that we could use to carry the deflated raft + all gear for longer trips). So we're noodling on whether to ask for higher rails (to allow coolers, dry box, other gear to be stored beneath; i.e. for transport to longer trips)... or just keep 'em low for easy raft-loading (and not worry about storing much gear underneath; i.e. just make it a day-trip type trailer).
Look forward to your input!