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    Posted: 06/08/2014 at 1:39pm
I noticed yesterday when loading my 18' Bass Buggy that one of the bunks is about to go, luckily it got us home!

The first part of the question is it looks kind of like the metal on the bunk mounting is a little bent, so I wonder if that is safe to heat and rebend or if I should look at replacing.  I'll try to get some pictures posted as work progresses!  I think all three on the one side are somewhat bent.  I'm sure I can buy new ones, but then will they match the other side is the question!!!!

The second part of the question is creating a new bunk.  Do I just buy some 2" x treated lumber and replace replace it and wrap in carpet or is there a better, but not overtly expensive better method!  I wonder about that PVC(?) 2 x material they use on decks!

The tricky part will be getting the boat lifted off the bunks on one side, but I think I can handle that.  I have bottle jacks and heavy duty floor jacks.  I've also read some threads on the subject!!
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I've read that pressure treated lumber can have negative effects on your pontoons. I recently put bunk glides on mine. I like that it loads and unloads easier and there's no dirt or in my case salt in the carpet next to the pontoon. I would think the PVC boards might do well.
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Just use a hammer to whack the metal back where it goes.
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from what i have read the pvc is not rigid enough on it's own,some have tried and found it flexes to much.better off with non-treated boards.yes,you'll have to change more often but should last a couple of years. i use slide in camper jacks (pick-up truck ) to lift the side of my toon to work on it.
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I have PVC boards on mine.  They are not as slick as the factory plastic bunk slicks.  I'm seriously thinking of going to the factory slick stuff.  maybe I miss read.  You will need to put 2x boards on.  Then cover with carpet.  Pressure treated for the bunks is not necessary.


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I'll just get an untreated 2x. I'm taking it carpet over that is the best, unless I want to put something over the carpet.

As for the support, it is welded to the trailer, so I'll either heat and bend back or just hammer it back like suggested.   
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The bunks under the boat are 2x4, any reason I shouldn't go bigger? I'm thinking of getting a 2x10 or 2x12 and splitting in half to gain an inch or two of surface area.   I would think this might give more surface area fur the boat to rest on as well as make loading easier due to more suave area to catch the logs....??

The reason for the larger boards spilt is I've heard those tend to be something like hemlock vs pine, which should last longer. My neighbor, who uses scaffolding in his trade suggested white pine vs. Traditional lumber.   

Also, as far as the carpet is concerned, should I buy trailer bunk carpet or is any indoor/outdoor carpet fine?

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Remember... when your boat is actually resting on the bunks it is "line contact", so at that point the width of the bunk no longer matters.  Wide bunks serves as a nice "funnel guide" to get the boat centered on the trailer, and also allow for variation in log diameter from boat-to-boat.

Personally I used 2x6's for my bunks, and bought a bunch of 12"w bunk carpet.  Combine that with some Monel staples and a pneumatic stapler and you're off to the races.

Also:  the bunk mounting ears on my trailer were bent as well.  I was able to use a large adjustable wrench to grab the ears and bend them back into place.  No heat was required.
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If you want to pay for shipping or take a trip to KC I have 100ft of burgundy 12" bunk carpet from here. I will let you have...I got double shipped.
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Originally posted by curtiscapk curtiscapk wrote:

If you want to pay for shipping or take a trip to KC I have 100ft of burgundy 12" bunk carpet from here. I will let you have...I got double shipped.

Burgundy would be fine with me.  Any idea what it might cost to ship?  Also, how soon could you get it out?  I'm hoping to get this thing off the trailer this weekend and get the project going.  
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Originally posted by curtiscapk curtiscapk wrote:

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Looks like 20 bucks. Let me know, I do have a paypal account if you want to do it that way.

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Originally posted by curtiscapk curtiscapk wrote:

Looks like 20 bucks. Let me know, I do have a paypal account if you want to do it that way.

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Shipped! Make sure and review it on this site once you put it to use!
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Originally posted by curtiscapk curtiscapk wrote:

Shipped! Make sure and review it on this site once you put it to use!
Sounds like a deal!
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New bunks are made, boat should be about ready to get lifted, hope all goes well!

The current bunks are installed with lag screws.   Any reason I can't use carriage bolts with the heads over the carpet and cinch them down tight to where they become flush?
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You run the risk of scraping the tubes.  I'd use lag screws.  My 2 cts only.
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Originally posted by p3cflyr p3cflyr wrote:

You run the risk of scraping the tubes.  I'd use lag screws.  My 2 cts only.



I wonder about that, more forethought and I would've countersunk and drilled and installed before carpet.   

For now, I used lag screws, but bought carriage bolts in case I change my mind.   I really think they could be sunk down deep enough so they don't rub, not sure if there would be cross metal issue's.   Anyone?????

For now the new bunks are installed and the boat is back on the trailer sitting happy! I haven't had much experience with this boat and trailering it as I've only had out twice, but I think the new 2x6 bunks will be much nicer than the old 2x4 ones!

I also want to say thank you to Craig for the carpet hookup as well as James for the generosity of having the carpet passed on as well!    
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No problem! Those look great! Now I need to do mine! I would do whatever you can to not have non-stainless equipment touching your toons! They will corrode quicker than you think!
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Originally posted by curtiscapk curtiscapk wrote:

No problem! Those look great! Now I need to do mine! I would do whatever you can to not have non-stainless equipment touching your toons! They will corrode quicker than you think!


So any near contact is bad, hadn't thought much about the contact.   Hmmm.... wonder about stainless carriage bolts, probably be expensive.

I guess I'll keep a close eye on the screws, just don't like the potential for failure..... almost happened once!

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