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That is perfect. Where did you purchase and if you don't mind how much did it set you back? Looking for one ASAP.
I know RiverboatWorks in Salida had a comparable trailer available in the not too distant past, I think it is around 1400 brand spankin new. Its a big nut but totally turnkey, you won't be re-rigging someone else's jerry-rigged trailer (like mine...).
 

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The decking is plywood, but it has a layer of waterproof paint or something along those lines.

The roller appears to be some sort of steel. Sorry, not exactly sure.

All the info can be found here:

Versamax series Flatbed Trailers for sale in Oregon - Washington

I purchased it at a local retailer where I live, price was roughly $2,300 with the roller and winch. I'm sure you can find cheaper trailers, but I like that brand. The other trailer (4x8' utility) in the background is the same brand, is 8 years old and is still going strong. I added some 2x10"x10' with carpet and hauled my boat for years with it. I'm hoping for easier loading and unloading with the flatbed. No underneath storage, so that's a trade-off, but I'll just travel with the boat loaded, ready to go.
 

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I've seen a couple double decked trailers that sure looked handy, looked much better than stacking boats. with upper deck supported out of stake pockets so removable.
 

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So far 12 last year total and 12 this month so far. Thanks to several peeps on here as well as word of mouth elsewhere.
We have sold them in CA, ID, and UT since Feb.

we have refined them a little and offer winches, lockabkle storage underneath color combos, as you can see by judds Bronco trailer. (not sure after the SB if that is a good idea LOL)

We have more pics to add to our site and are building 5 right now.

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Just got done with my trailer build. The oar box in the back is the way to go, lets you lock them up and not worry about them in route. Another cool trick is using elevator bolts for the plywood.
Did you build that trailer or have it built for you?
 

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100% Homemade except for the springs / axle / wheels, bulldog hitch and stand.

It is pretty heavy. I got the material off a construction site so it is mostly 1/2" angle (Way overkill). Due to the weight I put brakes on it. It was pretty funny when it came time to flip it over inside the garage. Really a fun project. The total cost, with the free onstruction connection was $700.
 

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Trailer roller idea... mount oar locks or two blocks will drilled holes to rear of trailer. Slide in oar for loading or unloading...you have a removeable roller. I haven't tried it yet to see if actually works though
 

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Trailer roller idea... mount oar locks or two blocks will drilled holes to rear of trailer. Slide in oar for loading or unloading...you have a removeable roller. I haven't tried it yet to see if actually works though
Your oar locks are going to taller than the oar, so the raft will hang up on the locks.
 

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Your oar locks are going to taller than the oar, so the raft will hang up on the locks.
It shouldnt matter if the oarlocks are wider than your raft floor rolling over it. Interesting idea. I am looking for a way to make a good roller. Any ideas how the rollers are made on the raft trailers. Just bearings in pipe???
 

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It shouldnt matter if the oarlocks are wider than your raft floor rolling over it. Interesting idea. I am looking for a way to make a good roller. Any ideas how the rollers are made on the raft trailers. Just bearings in pipe???
Me too....roller for raft that is. Watching this thread with interest for ideas.
 

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It is really easy.

They make bearings for pipe. I bought mine at Ace they were for 1-1/2" black pipe (Also bought at ace) with a 3/4" shaft hole. Also buy 2 bolts to match the hole in the bearing with at least 3" of smooth shank before the head. Then make two 1/4" + thick plates to hang or support the roller. Drill a hole in each plate toward one end that is equal to the diameter of the bolts. Make sure that when the roller is installed the plate will not hit / touch the raft. Then you cut off the treads on the bolts. You now have all the pieces made. The bolt will go thru the plate into the bearing in the pipe. Do a mock up to get the distance and angle that the plates stand off the trailer. Tack weld them on. Then measure between them and cut your pipe. Insert the bearings into the pipe and push the bolts thru the holes in the plate and into the bearings. At this point make sure you like everything. If you do tack weld the bolt head on to the plate and weld everything up....If your bearings go out you just grind off the weld and pull the bolts to change. I also tack welded the brearing into place. (Note if you look at the picture of my trailer I welded the bolt to the inside of the plate - looks really clean but will be hard to service when it goes due to having to grind the plate off one side). Good luck
 

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Still a work in progress. Got a free winch over the weekend, and am planning on putting new wiring in with lights. I have to get new tires, and a few other odds and ends. I ripped out the old flooring, because I got a whole lot of Trex decking from a guy a few blocks away from me for free. I intend to put some rollers on top of the back gate, and should be ready to go very soon.
 

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420,

Good call on replacing the tires. You just see too many people broke down with a busted tire that looks 100 years old, or their axle has rotted/warn through.

Might I suggest looking at replacing the axle (and possibly the springs too) with something a little heavier duty? One because who knows how many miles it's got on it already. And two because that current setup looks VERY light duty.

If you do replace the springs, might I also suggest shifting them back maybe 6-12 inches. Your tongue weight will be a little heavier, but it should cut down on the "waggle" most trailers evenly balanced get when the weight is ever shifted more towards the back. (IE - a heavy cooler chunked in the back b/c your buddies didn't know any better) Which in turn should mean you can travel at a little faster speeds safely, and maybe have your boat sit back a little and not risk rubbing on that free wench.... oops I mean winch.

If you buy new, etrailer.com has lots of the essentials.
 

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Yes, I have been looking etrailer.com for a while now. The trailer is 10 years old. I am definitely replacing the leaf springs, and the tires/wheels. As for the axle, I believe it is rated at 3,000lbs. Unfortunately, I do not think it is possible to move the axle back further, without cutting off the hangers, and rewelding.
 
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