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I just purchased my first raft - a 14' NRS Otter for fishing. My challenge is finding a good affordable trailer. I am based near San Francisco and am willing to drive three hours to pick one up. Endless Google searches aren't fruitful.

Any recommendations of trailers and where to get it? Hoping to spend no more than $1200.

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I found one on craigslist..... they called it a "utility trailer" but was actually a FishCraft trailer with winch, roller and bunks... told them I would have to take all the "junk" off to use it for "utility" purposes so they lowered the price...
 

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you could find a utility trailer and convert it to a raft trailer, lots of ideas on here. Search trailer porn, etc.
 

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Would it work to build a platform and put a winch on this?

1720 lb. Capacity 48 in. x 96 in. Super Duty Folding Trailer

Is this solid enough to handle drives to Montana and Colorado?

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if you're planning on using to for long trips with heavy weights (maxing out it's payload capacity) I'd start off with replacing that axle and putting larger wheels on it. (15" wheels, and a 3500lb axle with better bearings than that harbor freight axle) you'd probably only be adding $300 for the better axle and another couple hundred in wheels and tires. you might be better off hitting a local trailer manufacturer and having them build you something for the $700 - $900 range.
 

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I would only be loading it with the 14' raft, frame, and a cooler. Do you think I'd still need to make those modifications?
 

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Honestly, I would not trust the tires or the axle in that trailer. especially at freeway speeds. but I've seen them on the freeway before here in Idaho hauling along at 80mph, so maybe you'll be okay. would just suck to shred one of those tires and toss those shredded pieces of rubber and steel in to your raft at high speeds. that trailer would be wicked easy to overload though. (especially if you're rigged for a multi day trip)
 

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that's what I said... and no.. I would NOT trust it. (not with my boat anyways) other's opinion's may vary though. Maybe somebody who owns one might chime in.
 

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Ya, I wouldn't use that trailer to haul garden seed around my property pulling it with an ATV. If you have a Cargo Pro dealer in your area they make a great raft/cataraft trailer. Rear roller, winch, tilt deck, and all aluminum. Great deck material too unless you get the cheaper one with 2x6 wood as a deck, but still nice. Might set ya back $2K. But this boating hobby costs money.

As mentioned, a 3500lb axle is a standard item on a real trailer. And 15" wheels are the way to go. I think mine are 14" wheels at the moment and they work fine. Avoid the "doughnut wheels".
 

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http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/tro/5661615645.html

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/tro/5664405015.html
edit - actually on second thought this one is pretty badass too, looks like an old uhaul - galvanized and all. It would be pretty easy to adapt...

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/tro/5663362453.html

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/tro/5662901346.html - for the price would be the first I looked at, plus has most of the parts to adapt to raft trailer (turn the high sides to decking).

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/trb/5635797904.html
Brand new and priced such that you could spend another $150 adding bunks.

There were others, specifically a half dozen of the harbor freight variety...http://sfbay.craigslist.org/search/tra
 

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Thanks! Then I build a flat platform on these?
Yes, look at the trailer porn thread for inspiration.....you'd have to do something similar with the harbor freight trailers if you went that route, just shorter.

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