HDPE trailer skids

 Hey guys

This winter is the trailer birthday time, I have seen the ultimate bunk boards online in the states, and I am planning to purchase some of my own from a local plastic producer. Has anyone got the hdpe bunks on their trailer?? Currently I have carpet over wood and their time is up. Super simple design with only 2 large bunks that self centre and make the trailer drive on and off super easy. Boat is fiberglass.

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I have been considering the

Thu, 2019-06-13 15:42

I have been considering the exact same thing to replace my carpet skids, be keen to see how you go with this little project. 

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HDPE Bunks

Thu, 2019-06-13 15:47

Josh
Recently converted the old timber and carpet bunks to the HDPE style and mate wouldn't go back. Carpet used to hold grit and sand as well as tear and make the boat unpredictable on and off the trailer. Now launches like a dream and drive on/off sweet.

Had Duralite trailers (who supply) do this for me whilst carrying out some other mods and would highly recommend.

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 There is a mob in Perth who

Thu, 2019-06-13 18:21

 There is a mob in Perth who make plastic beams from recycled plastic for fence posts etc

Cant recall the name but they looked to be suitable also, wouldnt need timber under them

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Are they Fibopost?

Thu, 2019-06-13 18:49

 There is a mob in Perth who do fibreglass/recycled plastic star pickets. Brilliant for setting up a camp on sand, no weight, bang them in and run the shade mesh around as a windbreak. Anyway, Martins do the blue HDPE in bunk sizes, bought some from them for my last trailer build. If you don't want to go full bunk replacement, you can just get the strips from BCF,just make sure to countersink the screw heads well. 

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 cant remember but you could

Thu, 2019-06-13 19:23

 cant remember but you could get a piece of 150 x 100 up to 6M long I think

 

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 Just got my first quote

Fri, 2019-06-14 19:07

 Just got my first quote back, $900 for 6m of 75x100, only available in 2m lengths, but I need 3m lengths. Definitely time to keep shopping, and maybe even look at some kind of hybrid, maybe thinner hdpe over a backing material. 

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Try Duralite

Sat, 2019-06-15 13:12

Josh

Duralite beams I think were 3 mtrs and a bigger than the 75*100 were also cheaper than what you've been quoted from memory

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 I have found my solution!

Wed, 2019-07-03 13:00

 I have found my solution! Recycled plastic planks, bolted over a substrate plank of timber. I can get 150mm planks 40mm deep for just shy of $100 in 1m lengths. Or I can get 100x150 for about 150. 

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My Centre console sits on

Thu, 2019-07-04 10:40

My Centre console sits on hdpe skids - lots of them -
the trailer is an ex Kirby naiad (rib) trailer so has no rollers just the skids - I bought it (2nd hand) with the intention to change to rollers but the boat is actually very easy to get on an off so I have not bothered changing to rollers- you do get a few marks on the glass but really superficial and I suspect different but no worse than rollers.