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Bunk Wood? 23 Jun 2009 01:36 #1

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Just a quick question, is using pressure treated wood the general consensus for bunk replacement?

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Bunk Wood? 23 Jun 2009 01:43 #2

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That is what alot of trailers come with.That is what i put on mine ,it wont rot.

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Yes, treated is the way to go. It will probably dry up and break/crack/split before it will rot. Minimal increase in cost compared to longevity. You'll probably wear out the carpet first...

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Bunk Wood? 23 Jun 2009 13:33 #4

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while you're replacing the bunks, you should check out some of the "plastic" products available to replace the carpet. I used the stuff that King trailers uses, and it made a world of difference, my trailer behaves more like a roller trailer now when launching, be sure to keep the safety chain hooked up til you're in the water. Note that I also stacked my bunks so I could put a slot in them so I could launch at the local "sling" type launch.

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Bunk Wood? 23 Jun 2009 14:34 #5

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PT would be a good choice, but note that PT Lumber from a lumber yard is typically a utility grade, commonly used for sill plates, etc.
This means that you will get a very random grain in each board.
I.E., the strength, flex etc. will vary between boards! And you will not have a very good selection to choose from, IMO.

If that is important to you, then custom order some PT in a grade and grain that best suits your needs. Pick your boards and have them sent out to be PT'd.

Flex: get flat grain in what they call Std&Btr.
Strength: get vertical grain in what they call Std&Btr.

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Bunk Wood? 23 Jun 2009 14:59 #6

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Go to a mill have it cut to fit
Treat it your self but really does not matter
You can get it cut in any thickness
cover with carpet top only and just down the side enough to staple it to the wood this allows the wood to dry out after use
PT wood has a tendency to warp and split

Just what I have had good luck with but not for everyone

Harry

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Captain Zac;313726 wrote: OAK

PT wood has a tendency to warp and split

Oak = Strength for sure..... but does not do well with moisture resistance. You may be OK if it can dry, as you say!

The reason that PT has this tendancy is due to the grade selection as I mentioned earlier.
If you want Good PT Fir, select each piece and have it sent out for treatment. That's the only way you will get good PT Fir.

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Has anyone tried what is being called "YELLOW WOOD" for bunkers, it is being advertised on TV in some areas as an alternitive to green treated wood, it seems to be a much better grade of wood. Pat

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