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    Replacing trailer bunks, KD or PT lumber?

    Pressure treated will eat the staples used to hold the covering, and Kiln Dried will suck up the water and rot.
    What did you use?


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    Stainless staples has worked well for me with PT.

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    The problem with PT, at least here in FL, is that it is very "wet" and will warp and twist as it dries out. KD will last longer than the ski will, it's off the ground when used as a bunk and will take years to rot. Actually, some of the pet cages I made with KD pine lasted longer than those made with PT. Now that they changed the chemicals used in PT, thay won't even last as long as before. Had to keep the EPA happy...dam the public.


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    Quote Originally Posted by way2fast View Post
    The problem with PT, at least here in FL, is that it is very "wet" and will warp and twist as it dries out. KD will last longer than the ski will, it's off the ground when used as a bunk and will take years to rot. Actually, some of the pet cages I made with KD pine lasted longer than those made with PT. Now that they changed the chemicals used in PT, thay won't even last as long as before. Had to keep the EPA happy...dam the public.


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    the carpet on the bunks will wear out before the wood rots and a stick of p.t. 2x4 is like $5.00 at lowes so whats the big issue? use the stainless staples and you should get several years of service from them
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    try artificial wood, the composite stuff used on decks and such or PT with stainless screws and washers. personally I've had good success with PT 2x4's using 1" galvanized roofing nails to hold the carpet on.

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    Composite stuff = big $.

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    My double has bunks reinforced, with the topside 2x4 plastic lumber. I've had those same 4 bunks for 9 years. I've gone thru more attachment hardware than anything.

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