bunk material

Discussion in 'Boat Repair Help' started by kramkram, Jul 30, 2020.

  1. kramkram

    kramkram New Member

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    Purchased a used tandem boat trailer and it needs new bunk boards.Just wandering what kind of wood or composite has been used . Something that last for a good while.24 ft seaark that should have came with tandem axle trailer.
     
  2. twaskom

    twaskom Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Can't help a lot Mark but treated wood and aluminum do nor mix well. I have been told it will Pitt the aluminum. If you have carpet in between you should be ok but some won't use treated wood anyway. You might give some thought to the Slick bunk systems. Basically plastic runners on the wood. On top of the carpet or without carpet and just attached to the wood bunk. Screws are all countersunk so no problem there.

    The only warning is the boat will slide many times easier so do NOT unhook it before backing down the ramp or it could end up on the concrete. Also make sire your straps are good because it can slide so easily. Many I have seen will leave a little carpet in place to keep the boat from sliding too easily.

    See what the other members think and do you research before you make any decisions.

    I have the slick bunks for two of my boats but have not installed then yet.

    tight lines
     

  3. orion11

    orion11 Member

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  4. twaskom

    twaskom Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Briton, I have seen that and wondered how it was doing. I ended up just getting 3” x 16” pads for my boats. Came in a pack of 10. They are about a 1/4 inch or more thick.
     
  5. orion11

    orion11 Member

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    twaskom, That is different than what I used. What I used comes on a roll and when unrolled, formes around the board, s.s. screws under board. Seems really tough. Brion
     
  6. twaskom

    twaskom Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Yes the ones I have are different. I have seen yours and watched a video of it being installed. I was just meaning I went with a different brand. The in essence do the same thing but stall a little different.

    since carpet on the bunks is not needed for the ones I have, I may put new wood on and just put the slick pads right on the wood with no carpet. Still deciding.
     
  7. Khh27

    Khh27 Well-Known Member

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    Would trex work without covering it
     
  8. Khh27

    Khh27 Well-Known Member

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    Someone told me there is a product called liquid rollers that make the bunks super slick
     
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  9. orion11

    orion11 Member

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    I have a 15' pontoon and I spray the front 3' with wd40 after I launch. Makes loading easier. Logs have contact with the unsprayed part when launching until they float off. Works very well for me. Brion
     
  10. Cuda

    Cuda Well-Known Member

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    I use treated 2x4s then I put a few heavy coats of Thompson's water seal and let them set in the hot sun. I did that for 3 days that was 12 years ago I am now just putting on new carpet that wore out. And the wood looks really good yet for it's age and use. I have a 16' 7" Polar Craft boat all aluminum with ice runners with a 60hp Evinrude boat and motor are 1982 I think the trail is the same age.
     
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  11. twaskom

    twaskom Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Kyle, I do not know the answer to that. I think it probably would. It would need to be thicker or have a wooden plank under it for the supper. BUT, I am just guessing.
     
  12. Cuda

    Cuda Well-Known Member

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    I forgot to mention that I used good indoor outdoor carpet. It was the same carpet as in the boat! A good carpet and glue is a must!
     
  13. garywilson

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    Marykate Liquid Rollers Trailer Bunk Boards Lubricant, 10 oz. is about $14 a can from Overton's.
    I installed Overton's Trailer Bunk Glide-On Kit over the existing carpet (it was getting pretty worn) for just over $100.
    Nice, slick. They are pre-formed to fit over a 2x4.
    Have to slow down more when loading so I don't hit the winch!
     
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  14. ferdthe4

    ferdthe4 Active Member

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    I used treated 2x4 on my trailer then put trek decking on over the wood with ss deck screws hasn't been a problem the last few years. Boat slides off the trek easier than straight wood or carpet.
     

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