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Old 02-08-2016   #1
 
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Trailer Questions and Size (Colorado)

What size trailer would I need for a 13 foot raft?

Would I do fine with an 8x5?

Anyone in CO have one for sale?

Thanks!

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Old 02-08-2016   #2
 
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Is it a flat bed or utility style? I'd think you would be okay if you can use some planks to widen the trailer. It okay for the raft to extend a couple feet bow/Stern but I wouldn't want my boat to be wider than the trailer.

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I bought one of these last year and have been very happy with it. You can get a 7x10 or 7x12. For your 13er, 10 feet long is plenty
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Old 02-08-2016   #4
 
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Thanks Fuzzie. Those look great. I was hoping to pick up a used one for under $1k. Don't mind putting some work into one if needed either.
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My current trailer is a 5x8 utility trailer with a 7x11 platform on top, plenty wide and long for my 13'. All told I'm into it less than $700, including a new axle, tires, wiring, and decking materials.
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Resurrecting an old thread to get everyone's take a potential trailer I'm looking at. We have a 14' RMR. Outside tube to tube dimension is 7'1" and the flat bottom area is roughly 10'. There's a great deal on a 6.5' x 8' aluminum flatbed in great shape. Worth it or is this just going to be awkward and lead to raft abuse? Thanks for the input!
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Just make sure there is enough tongue to ensure you can get the weight forward of the axle while also maintaining enough clearance between boat and vehicle to allow for popping a hatch or tailgate.
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Old 07-31-2017   #9
 
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All I can say is don't go too cheap on a trailer, a good trailer is well worth the money. Just not having to worry about it is key. Especially if you take long road trips. I wouldn't recommend less than 6X10.
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I agree with Treswright3 that cheap trailers are a false savings. I own two trailers, a no-name 5x9 utility trailer and a drift boat trailer by Baker Trailers.

Over 10 years I have done zero maintenance on the Baker Trailer.
The utility trailer however has needed...
1. New wheel bearings, both sides.
2. Repainting once due to extensive rust.
3. New 2x6 wood floor since the non-treated raw pine rotted out.
4. New lights and wiring harness, original one was just stapled to the underside and road gravel cut it to pieces. Lights NEVER worked well, poor ground.
5. Weld repair when the tongue fell out! (bad welds, broken low grade bolt)

In hind sight I would be several hundred dollars ahead if I had purchased a better utility trailer from the get go. Not including the hassle of road side break downs and overall reliability. That tongue fell out during a trip, fortunately I wasn't on the highway at the time.
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