Thread: bunk carpet and slides?
08-13-2007, 03:43 PM #1
bunk carpet and slides?
Trying to understand the logic. . . Why carpet the bunks and install slides over them if the carpet is not doing anything other than speeding up the rotting of the bunks? Any real drawbacks to just having bare 2x4's with sliders on them?
Last edited by addicted; 08-13-2007 at 03:44 PM. Reason: spelling
08-14-2007, 10:02 AM #2
Don't install sliders - you'll hate them. When they get wet, the slightest pressure will send your ski off the bunks. I know, because I installed those plastic sliders from West Marine, and I was never comfortable with them. Took them off about a month afterwards.
The only thing I kept is the "L" shaped one at the leading edge of the bunk to protect the keel when I'm putting the ski back on the trailer.
08-14-2007, 03:50 PM #3
that's interesting. My trailer has carpet, but I am replacing the bunks. SMW's trailer that we took to the bug had sliders and I liked them. Just couldn't figure out why carpet and sliders. Anyway, a guy i work with gave me a nice set of sliders, so I have them regardless.
08-14-2007, 04:30 PM #4
No need for the carpet on top of the sliders. They probably had carpet on them and had the sliders put on. I just use carpet and spray it with silicon spray to help get the ski off the carpet. Put the sliders on, if you do not like them, pull them off.
08-14-2007, 08:47 PM #5
I thought somebody said sliders were bad because they scratch the s**t out of hull. I am always looking for something to make my ski slide off trailer and onto the dolley a lot easier.
08-14-2007, 09:13 PM #6
If you do use sliders make sure to tie down your ski all the time, don't even pull it up the ramp without at least one front tie down.
I have seen a ski slide right off a slider bunk trailer being pulled up a boat ramp.
A little Armor All on the bunks does the same thing as the sliders.
Depending on how much you use, one can adjust the slipperiness of the bunks. Use a lot of Armor All and your ski will slide off almost with one hand. A little goes a long way.
08-14-2007, 09:15 PM #7
How often do you have to apply Armor All?
08-14-2007, 09:26 PM #8
Depending on your carpet type, how much and how long you dunk you bunks... a few squirts per bunk lingers a long time, be careful, it gets and stays slippery.
08-14-2007, 10:07 PM #9
I have tried Liquid Roller and it helped a little but not like the video I saw. I used a whole can on 2 bunks it should have been very slippery. I will try Armor All, next time.
08-14-2007, 10:17 PM #10
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