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Bunk size and length
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posted 04-14-2003 04:47 PM ET (US)
I am replacing bunks on a trailer. What is the size of Bottom 2 bunks? Do you use 2x6 or 2x4? How long are bottom and sides? How far apart? Has any one used EZ sliders (plastic stripes) on the bunks instead of Carpet? Also if carpet what type? Carpet kits from west marine seem expensive. Thanks fot the help>
posted 04-14-2003 05:23 PM ET (US)
Bob, the bunk boards on my E-Z loader are 2X6's. You can take a look at it if you want to get a better idea of the spacing. I live in Kailua and own a Dauntless 160. What model Whaler do you own? I'm also a firefighter on Oahu, what station do you work at?
posted 04-14-2003 07:41 PM ET (US)
You are replacing them, so: same size at the
old ones. Most are 2x4, with the 4" side on
the boat. Some are 2x6, with the 6" side on
the boat. I've see one that was 4x6, with
the 4" side on the boat (way overengineered).
Use pressure treated lumber, prefereably the
Carpet is probably indoor/outdoor stuff. I'd
posted 04-14-2003 10:11 PM ET (US)
I recently replaced my bunks on one of my trailers. I talked to one of the biggest trailer manufacturers and they told me all they use is "Green Fir"..... Not pressure treated or coated in anyway.....
Both of my trailers have 2x6 bunks.... I don't see where a 2x4 would be of any use unless you want to save .05 cents or a 2x6 just will not fit where you want to place it on the hull bottom....
Both of my trailers have 4 bunks.... 2 bunks are 2x6 by 10 feet long and the outer ones are 2x6 by 5 feet long... The boat is also resting on 3 keel rollers....
Many people think that a float on trailer is the way to go.... Well, that is OK.... I had a float on trailer that had 4 bunks, No Keel Rollers..... 2 bunks were 2x6 by 10 feet long and the other 2 were 2x6 by 5 feet long... Now why should I remove my Keel Rollers so I would have a Float on trailer....???? Would removing my Keel Rollers make a better trailer. I don't think so.. I think the Keel Rollers and the Four 2x6 bunks are the way to go.. I do not think this is overkill but then again, I have never had any problems....
posted 04-14-2003 10:47 PM ET (US)
Thanks for the help. Anyone use the plastic stripes instead of Carpet. Perry I work at FCC.
posted 04-15-2003 09:02 AM ET (US)
while not on topic, either of you guyes know a Ron Arevalo? He's a LT at the Honolulu Airport. Met him out in New Mexico on training last fall.
posted 04-15-2003 01:33 PM ET (US)
Don, Ron used to work for our Fire Dept. before he left for State Crash/Rescue. His father still works with us and was my captain several years back.
posted 04-21-2003 09:50 AM ET (US)
RE. 2x6 bunks..My 2x6 bunk on the starboard side covers my aft floor sump drain tube..Not to create a new topic but does any one else have this problem as it may be a consideration when replacing the bunks..I don't want to go to a 2x4 even though this may correct the problem...
posted 04-21-2003 08:16 PM ET (US)
I assume you are referring to an Outrage Hull..??
I had the same problem with my Outrage 18 when I bought it... The person(s) had a 2x4 directly over the Clam Shell... "Yikes"...
I replaced the 2x4 with a 2x6 and moved the 2x6 inward more so the Clam Shell would not be resting on the bunk... A 2x4 will not fit between the Clam Shell and the Outer Hull configuration on my Outrage 18...
I have looked at other Outrages and have seen several different ways of placing the bunks.. I chose to have a 2x6 on each side of the Strakes. This helps center up the boat also... I also have 3 -10" Keel Rollers and a 5" Bow roller...
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