Trucks & Trailers - Main bunk overhang
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03-19-2011, 04:29 PM
I am looking at purchasing a new tandem aluminum trailer and after looking at different manufacturers I notice that they all have different amounts of the bunks hanging out past the aluminum I beams in the rear. Is this to save $$ on aluminum? On most higher end boats, i.e. Ranger, Shearwater, Pathfinder they are usually flush with the actual rear of the trailer and not hanging out on bunks only. Any input?
Does it really make a difference either way for loading/unloading and trailering?
03-19-2011, 09:28 PM
Race, just make sure the bunks extend past the end of the boat's transom. There is always a chance that the transom could sag if it isn't supported past the end of the boat.
03-19-2011, 09:47 PM
Cantilevered wood will sag over time and leave the transom unsupported or create a hook in the bottom of the hull. But wood is cheaper than aluminum, so it is a common way for trailer builders to try and save money. It is shortcut you can see, which is often followed by the shortcuts you did not see. You are going to be happier in the long run if you a trailer with adequate bunk support, because it means the trailer builder cared.
03-19-2011, 09:57 PM
Do yourself a favor and go see Ben @ Loadmaster trailers in Tampa for your new trailer. He will sell direct to you.