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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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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/search/sss?sort=rel&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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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?
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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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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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Do you have a picture of your trailer?
 

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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.
I like your idea. What size utilility trailer did you start with and what size is your cat? I was wondering about removing the ramp. Do you put something else there to keep equipment from falling out? Any pictures would be great. I like the utility trailer idea to have storage underneath.
 

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I haul up to a 16' raft on a 12' trailer. It is just a raft. It can hang of the front and the back. You just can not jack knife your trailer as hard with the boat half way up the toung. But it is still just a raft. It does not weigh enough to destabilize the trailer hanging off of the ends. My boards go long ways with the trailer.

I made a set of board that slide down in the back of mine that are lower than the new deck to hold gear in the trailer. I will upload picture today.
 

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10' utility with a 15' raft. Look for a longer tongue if you can find one- makes backing up a lot easier. Remember, rafts and cats have rocker, so you're not going to have as much surface in contact with the raft as you might think. I would get a 12' trailer if I had it to do over- but the 10' has worked out pretty well. When you load it up, put as much weight ahead of your trailer wheels as possible. Prevents sway.

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There are lots of options out there... I've done the snowmobile trailer conversion. You can add a roller and extend the tongue pretty easy on most. Just pay attention to how the tongue is designed. Most are simply box tubing running back to the axel and then thru bolted to a bracket. You simply pull the wiring, pull the bolt and buy a longer piece of box tubing, drill a few holes for the coupler, pivot pin and lock pin and finally splice in some more wire. When I did it I went with a heavier wall so it would remain stiffer over the longer span.

I have also converted both boat trailers and utility trailers by adding a raised deck. There are threads discussing both conversions; I started one for my utility trailer rebuild but I can't recall the name and I know nany of us have posted discussions to the trailer porn thread too. Search and ye shall find more ideas...

What I can say is that in my experience having a deck that is bigger than the boat (wider that is) is super nice because you can walk around on the side of the trailer and access the boat. If the deck is too narrow your forced to crawl up over the side or cram toes in for a foot hold when you're digging around at the ramp.

Like Osseous said, length doesn't matter that much, my 15' boat sits on a 10' deck, and what hangs over wouldn't be touching the deck anyways due to the rocker... I just have about 2' off the front and 3' off the back. Don't let your rubber ride on the roller if you have one - it will wear the rubber - no bueno.
 

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I don't know how to put the pics here but they are on my mountainbuzz page.
Click on my avatar and you can see them
 

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One more thing I forgot to mention. With all that wood and the tires and aluminum, this trailer floats for about 20 seconds until the box tubing fills up. So just back it in slow especially if the water is swift. I do not think a steel trailer would have that problem.
 
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