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    replacing bunk carpet
from max #10724  
9/23/2008 6:30:04 AM


 looking at replacing the carpet on my ranger trailer. does anyone know whats involved? how is current carpet attached?staples? glue? can i get new carpet from ranger or is there a good after market brand? any input is appreciated.

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   I bought from 5keepers #10346  9/23/2008 8:21:57 AM
 the heavy grade indoor/outdoor carpet ( they have 2 grades) at Home Depot. I think it is better than most factory installed. I suggest new treated boards as a good idea and installing carpet with stainless steel staples.

   I went with from buckstop #14944  9/23/2008 8:30:30 AM
 A 22 oz. boat carpet that matched the carpet in the boat, obviously not necessary, but I would go with a good marine grade carpet. After all it is what sits between your boat and scratches. I agree take this time and replace the wood. No need to take chances that the wood fails next year. I used a waterproof contact cement on both sides of the wood, wrapped the carpet then stabled it on the opposite side from the boat contact. After it was wrapped I heated a bolt the size of the one on the trailer and melted the hole for connection. This way no fraying and ripping the carpet.

   Staples from Jeff Hahn  9/23/2008 8:52:24 AM
 Instead of stainless steel staples, use Monel staples. They will never, ever rust. They are more expensive, but worth the extra cost to avoid the hassle down the road.

Jeff Hahn

   The easy way from Fisherboy #10852  9/23/2008 8:58:14 AM

Shuck out about $80 for a pair of pre-carpeted boards.

Drop your boat in the water; spend about 20 minutes replacing the boards; then go fishing.

That said, I'm going to recarpet my own when I pull the boat off the trailer this winter. But I did it the other way and it was quick.

   easy way from max #10724  9/23/2008 9:06:40 AM
 thanks to all that replied

where can i get pre-carpeted bunks? ranger? aftermarket?

what type/size wood are bunks made of? 1X4's?

   Boater's World ($69 for a pair) from Fisherboy #10852  9/23/2008 9:16:08 AM
They may or may not have them in stock, but they'll get them for you. Measure yours and go shopping. Chances are you can get them cheaper at a mom & pop marine or trailer near you.

Ranger didn't "make" the original ones, but you can go to a Ranger dealer and order a set, but you'll pay a lot more.

   Trailer Bunks from TDale1523 #10697  9/23/2008 9:27:35 AM
 If you measure the width of the bunk on your Rangertrail you will probably find that they are 2x6. Most of the after market precovered bunks are 2x4. I did my own on my previous Ranger trailer. I used pressure treated 2x6's. I bought the bunk carpet from Bass Pro Shop and used monel staples to attach. The only problem was most after market bunk carpet is usually only 12" wide and you have about 4" on the bottom of bunk not covered. You also have to drill the holes for the mounting hardware. The next time I do this on my present Ranger trailer I will just order them from Ranger.

Good Luck

   bunk carpet from bassbama #11023  9/23/2008 9:39:28 AM They have bunk carpet and instructions how to install, cut the ends and what supplies are needed.

   Has anybody seen plastic bunk boards? from njpaulc #10311  9/23/2008 10:53:45 AM
 Saw them on a trailer parked at a launch. Looked like the plastic decking used for backyard decks, if it doesn't scratch the hull, it should last forever. I also have a friend who used pressure treated lumber and those silcone strips and left the carpet off. He's got that on an old Kevlar hulled Tracker, don't know if it's what you want for your Ranger (LOL).

   composite lumber from MikeF  9/23/2008 1:00:56 PM
 They do make 2X6's in composites that can be used for bunks. If I were going to replace my bunks I would start with composite boards and add the carpeting using the monel staples mentioned above. One more trick; recess SS carriage bolts into the bunks before adding the carpet and then the hardware is bullet proof too.

   Composites from CS175 #13967  9/23/2008 2:32:11 PM
 Seen composites for sale on the internet (e.g., No idea if they work well or not, but have heard they are really really slick (i.e., don't unhook the boat until its in the water!

Also, someone from the Nitro board recommended against pressure treated boards. Something about the new chemicals currently being used causing staining or discoloration on tin boats. Not sure what that would do to glass.

   not what i was talking about from MikeF  9/23/2008 6:35:29 PM
 They make composite dimensional lumber out of the same stuff they make decking. Then you can use it just like regular wood to make your bunks. I've seen those ultimate bunk boards and I was not impressed.

   Easy from drainplug #11086  9/23/2008 8:56:40 PM
 I did my Ranger last year as mentioned earlier, monel staples bought new pressure treated at Home Depot and carpet from BPS. It did not wrap completely around the board, but that is not a big deal, bought galvanized hardware, the trailer was 12 when I did it, the stainless cost is overkill, and was not on factory issue...the job is EASY EASY , you can precut bunks, ends are cut on an angle, couple hour job, hardest part is getting rusting old bolts off...round head bolts will pull down flush into the wood bunks, (under carpet), when you ratchet them down...



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