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Old 06-11-2016   #1
 
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Stacking boats

What is the furthest distance you have taken two boats stacked on a trailer?

I have a 4' x 10' dual purpose trailer with 7.5' wide split deck on top. I need to get a 14' raft, 13' cat, a tandem IK and all of the gear for four people into the trailer for a Main Salmon trip. My drive time will be around seven hours.

I'm not sure if I will have room to put a rolled boat inside the trailer. The boats fit and stack well, but the length of the drive concerns me.

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Just did a drive from CDA ID to the North Fork John Day, had two boats on a rapid rig no issues traveled the speed limit +

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We once drove from Hite (Cataract takeout), back to Potash, and then back home to Canon City, CO with 2 stacked 18' boats. It was about 12 hours or so of driving, IIRC? Shouldn't be a problem- just keep an eye on your boat pressures, esp if you have a leaky boat. Things can get awfully sloppy if your boats get deflated.
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It'll be like having a small parachute behind you so you'll get really crappy mileage and put a lot more strain on the engine. If these are concerns, you could just roll the cat and IK and stow them in the raft for the trip.

Have a great time!

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Check your tire pressure and tread. Ditto what Andy said.
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Yep, good advice so far, make sure to watch your pressure with the elevation changes.
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We have done long drives stacked (8+ hours); we had them three high going to the Main one year but that was ugly and never again. Watch how you stack as it is easy to get rubs on tubes, we try to use something in between the tubes, old carpet etc. That said my husband much prefers to have the big boat inflated and smaller boats rolled and that is usually what we now do even though it means rigging at the destination.
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Old 06-12-2016   #8
 
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We've driven from the front range in Colorado to Corn Creek with double-stacked cats. No problems, but made a few stops to adjust pressure and straps.
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Routinely driven between Missoula and Boulder, and Boulder to Main Salmon with stacked 16 and 14 ft cats. No problems. Just pad obvious wear points.
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Body shops have rolls of foam that new bumpers are delivered in. Usually about 5' by 10' if you ask nice they will give it away usually.

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