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Old 03-29-2020, 11:01 AM
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Does anyone have any experience they'd like to share about recovering their bunks on a trailer. It's about time to do mine, and I'd like to do it myself. Not sure if the old carpet has to be removed, or if I can just wrap the new carpet over the old. Is there one carpet to use over another? Thanks
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I just did mine. Ordered carpet form sturdy built online. Awesome quality. I tore the old stuff off and scuffed the wood. My theory was the old stuff was stretched out and the thickness of both the old and new wasn’t good imo. Wrapped with the new carpet and shot a ton of stainless staples in it. If your bolts go through the wood beams you can use a hot soldier iron to melt the carpet around the hole instead of cut it. Makes a nice tight fit.
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I was thinking it might be better to remove the old stuff. It shouldn't be that big of a deal. What made you chose sturdy built?
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Once you recover the bunks cut out the carpet where it meets the brackets. Let the brackets touch the bunk. The carpet holds moisture and SALT.
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i know it sounds crazy, but i quit using any kind of bunk cover 10 or so years ago. just treated wood. no scars or scratches yet. the bunk covering holds moisture and mildews and rots the wood. i guess you could put some of those plastic strips on, but they would hold moisture also.
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Interesting
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Carpet accelerates the wood rot,so rather than replace the ripped carpet, I went to trailer bunk slides mounted on top of my 2 by 10 wood bunks.
They work great and install in about 20 minutes.

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I'll check it out
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Does anyone have experience with the polymer guides
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I have a buddy that has them on his float on trailer. Seems to work good boat slides easy on them no scratches to hull.
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Thank you
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For the guys that have used the polymer, how heavy is u'r boat and do u strap u'r boat to the trailer, or just at the nose. Any concern about the hull moving on the trailer
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Original trailer-2009 aluminum float-on; bought new carpeting from trailer supply shop; just wrapped new stuff over old stuff; stainless screws with finish washers; did it 3 years ago; I trailer approx. 60-75 trips per summer....carpeting, bunks are solid...….
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I just did mine - Rolls Axle Trailer - I got the carpeting from West Marine (I think HD may have it too) and then bought some pressure treated pine for the two side bolsters that were rotten and needed to be replaced. Fortunately they used some other wood on the main bunks ?Cypress? that stands up pretty well, and they were fine. For attaching the carpeting I opted for stainless steel roofing nails as IMO the staples pull out, and these will grab more wood. Time will tell.

Funnily enough I was thinking about Trex for the side bolsters for a minute or two, until I realized how much it flexed!
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Good idea
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I would always strap the transom down. It’s the law. My fast load trailer has cypress with carpet. It’s 10 years old and still in great shape had to replace carpet once. My buddy boat was around 7000 pounds that was on the polymer.
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That's close to mine. My boat is around 9,000 pounds. Doubt she'd move around on the polymer
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I put the polymer slide covers on the trailer for my pontoon boat after I discovered that the aluminum had corroded badly where it contacted the wet, salty carpet. Fortunately the pitting was minor and easily fixed with some JB Weld and epoxy. The poly covers were easy to install and made loading fairly easy. I don’t think I would use it on the trailers for the Fiberglas boats. I have carpet on all the bunks on those trailers and just spray them as needed with liquid roller. Just have to remember not to unhook the winch cable before the boat is in the water. They will come off on the ramp otherwise. Don’t want to tell you how I know that.😀
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I did that, sprayed the liquid roller. Floated the transom and she still shot off the trailer. Lol. Whew
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Why wouldn't u use them for fiberglass boats?

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