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    Broken 2x4

    Well after my road trip from Ottawa to Montreal on seadoo, I was forced to put my seadoo on my trailler backwords. (long story don't ask... lol)

    Anyhow, after getting home, noticed one of my 2x4 was cracked. My question is, would it be best if I would replace both with 2x6 or stick with a 2x4?

    Feel free to give me your opinion.

    I'm thinking a 2x6 would give better support...

    Stretch


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    depends how u have your bunks positioned. if the bunk sits between the chines in the bottom of the hull, then 6" wide bunks will have the ski resting on the chine. From what i see, 2x4 is best.

    some suggestions maybe... to taker the flex out of them, get some angle aluminum and screw it to the bottom of the bunk. will take alot of support and keep the bunks from flexing or breaking. how long are the bunks you have now? you could also make them longer to support more surface area...

    i'm gonna be redoing my trailer for better support and cushioning since i'm having the whole hull trued and re-gelcoted, and may plan is longer 2x4, angle aluminum underneath, and bunkaps.

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    I`ll be trying out the bunkaps tomorrow, I do know they did cushion the ski better than the carpeted bunks...PR...

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    Would it be better to get 2 pressure treated 2x4s? or the original ones will do?

    I just wanna fix it once in for all.

    And I'll for sure be putting some aluminium angle bars and looking into those bunkaps for sure.

    Also, another question.
    I'm just wondering if you guys know if its illegal to pull 2 trailers at once...
    Like if I was to put a ball behind my trailer and modify it so that it would have everything the second trailer needs to be legally hooked up. I'll make a picture.

    [ TRUCK ]-[ TRAILER #1 (modified with wiring and ball and place for chains in the back) ]-[ TRAILER #2 ]

    And no I don't want a doolie, I don't have room in my garage.
    It's mostly just for long trips so we can go down 1 vehicule instead of 2.

    Stretch

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    I went with pressure treated lumber. they will eventualy distort when drying, but Ok. as far as the dual towing thing, I would think that the first trailer wouldn`t be legal or handle the stresses from additional weight and forces placed on the frame for that scenario. You would need a pretty beefy primary trailer with HD parts rated for a higher capacity, then you would have to look into your local and state laws governing that...PR...

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    Just stick with P.T. 2x4's.
    They are relativly cheap and will last.
    Home Depot has some colors of carpet that can be used on bunks but black is hard to find.

    How long did the Ottawa to Montreal trip take?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pale Rider
    I`ll be trying out the bunkaps tomorrow, I do know they did cushion the ski better than the carpeted bunks...PR...
    Be careful that your ski doesn't end up on the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BOATADDICT
    Quote Originally Posted by Pale Rider
    I`ll be trying out the bunkaps tomorrow, I do know they did cushion the ski better than the carpeted bunks...PR...
    Be careful that your ski doesn't end up on the ground.
    Why?...PR...

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    The ski will slide on the bunks alot easier.
    Don't disconnect the winch until you are in the water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BOATADDICT
    Quote Originally Posted by Pale Rider
    I`ll be trying out the bunkaps tomorrow, I do know they did cushion the ski better than the carpeted bunks...PR...
    Be careful that your ski doesn't end up on the ground.
    that's with the bunk MATES.... not bunkaps. with bunk MATES the ski will push off the trailer with ur pinky of jstu go flying off the trailer on an incline. the BUNKAPS are not those polymer bolt-on things that make it slippery as ice.

    DO NOT BUY BUNK MATES!!! everyone was a nay-sayer when i got mine, now i know why, lol.... i always believed they weren't harming my hull, well guess again!! is destroyed it... but just as well, it gave me reason to have my hull trued as we speak

    i'm getting the bunkaps for sure.

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