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Old 05-06-2002, 06:43 PM
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Hey guys I asked this question before but my tiny brain has forgotten the answer. What kind of wood is best for trailer bunks. If that wood is not available what is the second best option? I am looking to make a HUGE improvement on my trailer this year and that is the first stop.

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The best wood I have found is wolmanized......of course and wood is better than what I have found on most trailers. Buy some outdoor carpet, wrap, staple it and you will be fine. There is no bullet proof wear and tear cloth

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Cypress (sp?) holds up great to water and elements. Might be over-kill, but I think it should do well on a boat trailer. Also, I've not tried it yet, but several OSOers suggested a spray from marine dealers to slicken up the carpet to make loading the boat easier.
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CheckmateF1's brand new American High Performance Trailer was delivered with all cypress bunks. They appear to be a bit stiffer than the other woods I have seen, (no comments).

We replaced all the wood on my trailer last year with pressure treated pine, the long ones special ordered 4" x 10" x 14 feet, and the front hull cradle supports from Home Depot. My trailer is holding up great, and looks great too. A lot better than when Rocket delivered it to the original owner. It even tows better. Also, go for the Fish'n'Ski carpet from Home Depot. It works great, with stainless steel staples.

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Cypress for sure. Too bad you aren't closer to Florida, I have a stack of them left over from last years debacle of building trailers (had a drunk and thief for a partner). A couple weeks ago, I changed the carpet on my open fish trailer. I have had it for 14 years, and the wood is still solid as it can be. The V block was made from pt wood, and was soft and half rotten. As far as carpet, I used a decent indoor outdoor from home depot, so I could get the color that matched my bimini (deep green). As it worked out, the more expensive carpet actually cost me less, because it came on a wider roll, so that one length wide would cover my bunks, whereas in the cheaper carpet, I would have had to buy it longer and had more wasted. I don't remember the name of it, but it is fairly soft and is wider than the two cheaper carpets they have. I used monel staples to attach it. My gf and I did the whole job in a little over two hours. I have pictures of the process if you want to see them. While I was at it, I put on new wheels and tires, coupler, and diamond plate fenders. It looks like a new trailer. I have a new winch to install too.
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Find a real lumber yard in your area and ask them for Cypress beams. 4" x 6" are usually available.

With full thickness Cypress beams do it once and its over. Never think about them again.

All of the better trailer manufactures down here in the south use Cypress.

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Cypress, ruff cut, looking at 2 4x6x12, big stuff.
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Thanks guys that is what I remember was the best of course after you all said it

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