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    Trailer Bunk Flex

    I just bought a used double-place Shoreland'r trailer, and I was about to move my RXT on to it. I noticed the bunks are slightly bent and they offer a fair bit of flex if I put my weight on them (170 lbs). Is this normal with longer bunks? The bunks on my Triton LXT are pretty rigid, however they are only 60 inches as opposed to 84 on the Shoreland'r. I'm wondering if the flexing is definite sign that the bunks need replaced?


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    Are there metal stiffening ribs along the underside of the bunks?

    If not, you can add some aluminum U channel to the bunks to stiffen them.

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    Shoreland'r builds a nice trailer, but I have never known them to use pressure treated bunks... as most trailer manufacturers don't. If your trailer is a few years old... I would definitely recommend picking up some pressure treated 2 x 4's and redoing them! If your carpet is in good shape, you can reuse it... just remove it from the old bunks and use stainless steel staples to attach it to your new bunks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdaddyRXP View Post
    Shoreland'r builds a nice trailer, but I have never known them to use pressure treated bunks... as most trailer manufacturers don't. If your trailer is a few years old... I would definitely recommend picking up some pressure treated 2 x 4's and redoing them! If your carpet is in good shape, you can reuse it... just remove it from the old bunks and use stainless steel staples to attach it to your new bunks.
    Good advice, right now be a good time to do that.
    What kinda of carpet or what to get best for replacement?
    Didnt know if some used carpet would work or not or if it needed that same stuff back on it.????

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    Quote Originally Posted by skoepp View Post
    Good advice, right now be a good time to do that.
    What kinda of carpet or what to get best for replacement?
    Didnt know if some used carpet would work or not or if it needed that same stuff back on it.????
    Just a few options...

    http://www.iboats.com/Boat-Trailer-B...view_id.238465

    http://www.overtons.com/modperl/prod...ID=1009&r=view

    http://www.jamestowndistributors.com...ct.do?pid=3688

    http://www.etrailer.com/dept-pg-Boat...nk_Carpet.aspx

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    Use the stuff in the links. I don't recommend using regular carpet. I use to work at a carpet store, and the backing on house carpet is very abrasive. If you were to wear through the carpet to the backing, it would mess your hull up instantly. I have seen guys get some disgusting burns from it (think cheese grater).

    I just redid my bunks on my Triton. The carpet had worn through to the bunk. My bunks were only 60" originally, I made the new ones 66". That is pretty impressive that yours came with 7' bunks. I have never had a trailer come with bunks that long.

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    Check this place out if you don't want to go through the hassle of installing the carpet yourself. I ordered new bunks from here last year with carpet on them, shipping wasn't bad.

    http://shop.easternmarine.com/index....categoryID=221

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheEngineer View Post
    I just bought a used double-place Shoreland'r trailer, and I was about to move my RXT on to it. I noticed the bunks are slightly bent and they offer a fair bit of flex if I put my weight on them (170 lbs). Is this normal with longer bunks? The bunks on my Triton LXT are pretty rigid, however they are only 60 inches as opposed to 84 on the Shoreland'r. I'm wondering if the flexing is definite sign that the bunks need replaced?
    I got a double trailer with what i consider pretty long bunks. They are only 70 inches compared to your 84 inch bunks.
    Those are some long bunks, depending on where the braces are mounted underneath i could see how could have some flex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skoepp View Post
    I got a double trailer with what i consider pretty long bunks. They are only 70 inches compared to your 84 inch bunks.
    Those are some long bunks, depending on where the braces are mounted underneath i could see how could have some flex.
    Yep,
    I just bought a new trailer with 84" bunks. The bunk supports were 3 inches from the ends of each bunk. I added a cross member to the frame in the middle of the bunks and added a 3rd bunk bracket to each bunk.
    All good now.

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