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Bunk board experment
« on: October 05, 2018, 11:59:47 PM »

A while back I looked at Ultimate Bunk Boards. I just haven't been able to pull the trigger. I did some research online and found out some are saying they are a composite decking board.

So it just happens one of my bunks went south the other day. So off to Home Depot I went. I found some composite decking boards just like mentioned on the web. Not sure it was a great deal but they had some at 50% off. So I took a gamble on them and bought 2 of the 2 x 6 x 16ft boards at $47 total. My trailer uses two 5ft and two 9ft bunks so these should work great.

Considering they were $40+ a board at regular price I got to wondering what it was that was so special about them. I got online and found the company. MoistureShield is the company and man does it look like these should do well. https://www.moistureshield.com/water-applications/
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Building a dock, pier, marina or by a pool? Never compromise when building by water. MoistureShield® is the only wood plastic composite that can be installed on or in the ground, or underwater, without voiding the industry’s best warranty.

I will be connecting/extending each brace that the bunks bolt to with a metal brace that runs the length of the bunk. Welding the same size metal as the perches should last as long at the trailer. This will essentially do what the aluminum bracing that Ultimate Bunk Boards uses to stop the sagging.

I would imaging they will be slick as described by others so caution unloading will be taken.     

So how crazy is this idea?  lo
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Re: Bunk board experment
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2018, 06:01:14 AM »

Steve,
are you sure that your route is actually cheaper?  I replaced my bunk boards a few months back with the Ultimate product.

and yes, I did upgrade to the aluminum backed version.



think I spent $250 although today they're priced at $288.
I figured amortized over the life of the boat (it's aluminum so it'll outlive me) and knowing I no longer have to re-carpet (basically maintenance free) that it was at worst a break-even proposition. 

might not be for everyone, but seemed the logical solution for me.
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Re: Bunk board experment
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2018, 04:16:56 PM »

Sounds like you have a good deal going. All in all what do you think you've spent, mounting hardware included.  :-\ Assuming you have the hardware laying around or cheap access, you're back together for a fifty spot?
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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2018, 08:45:16 PM »

Sounds like you have a good deal going. All in all what do you think you've spent, mounting hardware included.  :-\ Assuming you have the hardware laying around or cheap access, you're back together for a fifty spot?
Well I have been working lately and haven’t decided but I was going to try and find stainless hardware. 16 bolts, 16 washers, 16 nuts, in stainless might be pricey. I can do it with other hardware that I have and yeah it won’t cost me a penny more than the $47 and the gas I spent to go 2 min up the road to Home Depot.

Will have to get a new cordless though mine just quit a few weeks ago out of nowhere. Worked great then nothing.  ~rant or guess I could jack it up off the trailer here at the house.  :-*

I don’t see how this max price for me would be over $75 with stainless hardware.  Otherwise $50 is what I’ll have in materials.
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