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05-03-2009, 06:49 PM #1
Anybody ever built a raft frame or have one for sale?
So i have all the other pieces and now i just need a frame and building one doesnt seem all that tuff. Anybody have any suggestions or thoughts on this idea?
05-03-2009, 06:50 PM #2
or i would love to buy one if someone has a used one sitting around.
05-03-2009, 07:55 PM #3
You can make one using Hollaender fittings and fence top rail but the price isn't much less than a nice NRS frame, and it's no where near the quality. I'm very happy with my NRS frame, I've changed crossbar locations several times since I've had it.
05-03-2009, 11:32 PM #4
Just get an NRS and some new panty hose to keep your giant vag in check. Or you might be able to buy this from Ben and Ira. It only has one day on the Lochsa under its belt and other than two near pins it barely has a scratch.
05-04-2009, 12:25 PM #5
My buddy built a frame from parts he got at a hardware store...it broke the first day (first rapid) on the Rogue. He still made it down though...thanks to my duct tape.
05-04-2009, 12:41 PM #6Registered User
- Join Date
- Jan 2005
- Bend, OR
Check out NRS gearswap. A bunch of frames on craigslist here in portland, but I know MT craigs doesn't get much traffic. I see them posted on the idaho and grand canyon yahoo user lists sometimes too.
Fit matters; you don't want to have to cram it between your tubes and wear em out.
Custom might be better than NRS, but probably not much cheaper.
Watch for rust. You don't want it bending and shredding a tube off a big pile.
As for rafts,
I've gotta say that coming down a creekboat run and meeting your rafts with beers and ladies is livin (cherry creek, giant gap, truss, etc.).
A pontoon boat with a barbecue and boom box after the last drop for bald rock for the ride across the lake might be up there.
05-05-2009, 07:24 AM #7
Lots of info in this thread.
Another interweb geek forum. Not so much hazing. Not quite as funneh.
05-05-2009, 07:34 AM #8
I 2nd the mountainbuzz rec, a few good frame threads going on in Gear Talk.
I also have a frame for sale there... http://www.mountainbuzz.com/swap/sho...ct=12377&cat=3 super easy to break down and ship if needed. Also length or width could be cut down to a smaller size if needed.
05-05-2009, 07:56 AM #9sick, spiteful, bad liver
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- Nov 2005
You can build a frame out of lumber. Buy a couple oarlock stands and some 2 x 6 and some nuts and bolts. for day trips (Lochsa), all you need is the frame. For long trips (Grand Canyon), hang a deck from the frame with chains (or straps) and you're good to go.
It's retro, and gear snobs will look at you funny, but it works very well. I've run such a frame on my old Avon Pro bucket boat for 25 years and thousands of river miles. Cheap, easy, adaptable.
05-05-2009, 10:53 AM #10
Thanks all for the info but i think i got it dialed, and Jesse you better put on your drinkin hat cause now i have a setup with a cooler.