Looks like some village is missing it’s idiot.
I legit thought WBarklow was our old friend James shilling for some new rip-off raft trailer company...I was just trying to troll him into revealing himself. Looks like it may have worked?🤣🤣🤣 he gone lolI think floatmaboat & Barlow are the same person giving us some entertainment as we lament about the heat and not being on a river. Good on ya! Much appreciated.
I’d add a gusset to the leading edge of the wench before your boat and the before mentioned end up down stream.So I picked up my trailer from Tim (3 Forks, Mt.) and thought I’d give it a review for those of you thinking of getting one;
I wanted the 12’ trailer, (7’x12’ $2300), but I wanted an extra plank wider. Final size is a full 12’x7’9”. Total length is just over 16’. That bumped the cost up to $2550. It pulled beautifully on the way home, at up to 70 mph. The tongue weight is heavy, around 60 lbs.
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The frame and undercarriage are nicely welded and finished. The joints are welded both sides, which didn’t have to be done, but reflects his attention to detail. View attachment 67654
The axle is a 2300# axle, with a five lug hub on 2 5/8” spacing. It has a grease zerk for the hubs, and a nice rubber plug to keep things clean. The tires are 175/80-13”. 2/4 ply, rated to 1300# each View attachment 67653 View attachment 67654 . This leaves the trailer deck sitting at 28” off the ground.
The roller is full width. It’s a simple tube, spinning on a rod at each end. No bearings.
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There are three things that I can see that I’d point out as flaws, or at least needing to be aware of; the wood on my deck is bad. The 1x10s are planer gouged, bowed and crooked. I’m not too upset about it, since availability has been awful lately, and these were probably the best he could find.
Second, the planks are fastened with 1/4” carriage bolts, lock washers and a simple nut, instead of nylock nuts. Forty nylock nuts would not cost more than about $15. I’ll be changing that out myself. Lastly, Tim sells these without a title, as a homebuilt. The buyer has to go through the bother of the inspection and paperwork, plus the additional expense.
It has a budget winch with a strap that reaches about 3’ beyond the trailer. The tongue jack just barely levels the trailer when fully extended.
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I had to add a 6” lift hitch for my Tundra to level the deck. All in all it’s a good trailer for hauling a raft. It’s about $2,000 less than an aluminum model, so I’d say it’s worth the money.
There’s definitely a demand for a decent trailer in Bozeman. The problem with Tim is that you expect X quality, on par with other professional manufacturers, but get Y. There should be a discussion about what you will provide, and options with pricing for each. So if someone wants a junky Chinese winch, it’s a certain cost, or a solid 2-speed Fulton winch is this much. Give the customer an option. Then, if they choose cheap, it’s on them, not you.I left my career as a Industrial Construction Superintendent last November and have started my own light fabrication company. I mostly do architectural railings and such but recently I've done a few repairs and upgrades on some raft trailers (whose builders shall remain nameless.) Seeing these problems and hearing about the dissatisfaction of several trailer brands I'm considering building a few new trailers. In ya'll's opinion would you say there's a decent demand for a well built raft trailer company in the Billings/Bozeman area?