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Old 05-03-2009   #1
 
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Trailering your raft to the river

I have talked to several people about using trailers, and everyone has a different opinion. Here is my question. How far will you trailer your raft inflated? Is it better to deflate it and use the trailer to haul your gear? Are there concerns about rubbing and chaffing if you keep your raft inflated? Ok, that is more than one question, but I am curious as to what everyone thinks.

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Old 05-03-2009   #2
 
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I keep my raft inflated on the trailer all the time. I'd drive it inflated and trailered anywhere. My trailer isn't set up for gear hauling (yet!). I take it three hours to the San Juan trailered, or just about anywhere. I drive it up to Westwater on the trailer (4 or 5 hours). I haven't deflated my boat since I got it three years ago!
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Here is a shot of my set up from last week on the way to the Yampa. Six hours each way.
It seems to work pretty well as I can fit a ton of gear below the raft.
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Sweet looking setup... I am looking for a trailer, but I have heard that some people have concerns about chaffing caused by the vibrations. Do you keep the frame off the raft due to chaffing, or just to make it easier to lod?


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Here is a shot of my set up from last week on the way to the Yampa. Six hours each way.
It seems to work pretty well as I can fit a ton of gear below the raft.
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Keeping your boat inflatated on a trailer is easy and nice for your boat. Less rigging and cleaning up, and less boat folding. Just be sure that gravel dosn't get between the tubes and the trailer deck, and watch the pressure. A boat coming out of a cold river and then driven over a pass on a hot day could be trouble. If you do deflate your boat be sure to wrap it in a tarp so that it does not rub directly on the trailer. My tarp has several holes to prove this is a good idea. I usually deflate my boat on long trips to cut wind resistance while towing and share a ride. This is a picture of 9 people with 4 rafts, 3 frames, 4 Iks and gear for an 8 day trip carried by 1 pickup and a Toyota Matrix. It wasn't pretty, but it made sense last summer with fuel > $4/gal.
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Sweet looking setup... I am looking for a trailer, but I have heard that some people have concerns about chaffing caused by the vibrations. Do you keep the frame off the raft due to chaffing, or just to make it easier to lod?
Thanks!
My frame is still on my raft, the frame on my roof is for a raft that is rolled up under my raft in the trailer.
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Some material types are more sensitive to this type of "strap wear". I know Sotar recommends being careful, and I'm not sure about the PVC brands but expect it might be similar. Hypalon is bombproof this way. for long inflated hauls (4-5 hrs), we'll put some padding between the straps (where they touch) and the boat. chafe pads under the frame cover that quite well.

Often they are deflated for space, if you have only one trailer, and 3-4 boats, deflating may be the best option.
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I own a maravia so rolling it isn't really that easy. I've done it and I can fit it in the back of my SUV.....but I prefer trailering her inflated just about anywhere I go.

Did it once last year and will be doing it again in June.....15 hours one way to the MF and back.

I keep the frame off though to limit bouncing/rubbing. My trailer is set up so I have room for coolers, boxes, gear under the raft while it sits on side-mount truck boxes I threw on my utility trailer. Glued some cheapy carpet on top of the boxes. She rides nice.
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20 hours over two days from Denver to Libby MT in '07, fully inflated and rigged. I prefer to drive fully inflated it rigged, even when I had to derig and roll for PRO to take to Lee's and back from Diamond on the Grand.

I like to have a pretty tight boat when its on the trailer so will pay attention to the inflation - I don't like looking in the rear view and seeing the boat bouncing up and down (against the lashing straps) on the trailer. Usually on trips to Westy by the time I get to Glenwood Canyon I'll take a break and top it off after the elevation drop makes it squishy.

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I have a 15' NRS that I do not trailer for anything where someone else will be driving my rig (=shuttle service... not you CoPad) or a long highway trip. I roll the boat and strap the frame w/out the seat ontop of my rack. Mainly I just feel better about doing 85 without my favorite toy flapping in the wind.
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