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Old 02-08-2016   #1
 
Orangeburg, New York
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Raft Trailers in the Northeast

Anybody have any ideas how to find a raft trailer in the Northeast? I'm putting together a rig I will use for fishing and whitewater paddling and there aren't many options here. Also if you have any rafts/frames/paddles/pumps/etc I might be interested too.

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Old 02-08-2016   #2
 
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Search craigslist for a utility trailer, or landscaping trailer. You could also modify an old boat trailer by adding some decking.

https://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/...&query=trailer

What rivers do you plan on running?? There are not many trailer/ramp boat launches on whitewater runs in the northeast. Maybe the salmon River in Pulaski. Most spots you will have to carry or drag the boat a few yards to get it in the water.
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Old 02-08-2016   #3
 
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Thank you for your response FlyingDutchman. I think I am going to go with an NRS Outlaw and fishing frame to use on Salmon River, Delaware, etc. I also want to use it as a paddle raft on some whitewater like the Deerfield. I was a guide in the Southeast on Nolichucky, French Broad, etc. I need the trailer to transport so I don't have to break down the fishing frame while I am using it. So many more options for trailers out west. Any recommendations on size for a 13 foot raft?
Thanks again.
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Old 02-08-2016   #4
 
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You can easily find a snowmobile trailer- and just add a roller to the back. They're essentially the same.

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You can use a utility trailer. I have one l use for my cataraft. I mounted some deck boards on top of the metal railing. My ramp comes of easy. So l use it for rafting or hauling atv. l even carpeted the deck boards. Plus with a utility trailer, you can unload the heavy things off your boat and put them in the trailer then put raft on top.
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That's what I chose to do also- I carpeted some bunks that bridge across the rails of the trailer- bolted in place. I made a roller out of threaded plumbing components and a section of pvc. For a winch I had a welder fabricate a mouth that angles forward and provides clearance in front of the bow of my boat.

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https://westernmass.craigslist.org/boa/5437825929.html

Check out this add for a raft, fish frame, trailer and oars. Full package. A little used but still not bad.
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Most of the snowmobile trailers I find are 7x8', how do you guys work with them when your raft is 13-14' long?

As someone who's been deflating his raft, stuffing it into my SUV, and strapping the frame to the roof each time I row, I highly suggest a trailer. Cannot wait until I get one. Probably going with a boat trailer, as they're the length I want and usually have a winch already built in.
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That's what I chose to do also- I carpeted some bunks that bridge across the rails of the trailer- bolted in place. I made a roller out of threaded plumbing components and a section of pvc. For a winch I had a welder fabricate a mouth that angles forward and provides clearance in front of the bow of my boat.

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Here you go- it's covered in snow right now, but if you need any details just holler

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