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Old 03-19-2017, 08:16 PM
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Trailer Re-furbish / Re-bunk / etc...

Okay, so we bought the boat/trailer towards the end of last Summer (2016). Boat is a '95 with 400ish hours on her, was in immaculate condition, we bought her from a family friend. The trailer on the other hand, she was a little neglected over the past 20 years...

At the end of the day I needed to re-bunk her, and I couldn't very well do that b/c my braces holding the bunks were rotted out (the part holding the bunks, not the vertical part). So, we replaced all the braces with 3/8" angle iron, it was 3"x5". Probably a little bit of an overkill, but I wanted these braces to last this time around.

Wife and the family headed up to where we store the boat Thursday afternoon, we were going to pull her out of storage and put her in a friends slip why we did the trailer work. Well, on the way in back in to town we had a flat, busted 2 of the 5 studs out on that side changing out the tire. Weekend wasn't starting off all that great... What should have taken us 2-3 hours wound up taking 7+....

My brother and I set out on Friday morning with a pretty good 'to do' list. Here is what we needed to get done:

- Remove and dispose of old bunks, you can see what sort of condition they were in. Maybe the originals?
- Cut 12 braces off
- Cut 12 pieces of angle iron from a 7 foot piece to the correct width (7 foot piece cost me about $40 bucks)
- Weld 12 pieces on to trailer
- Grind and prep newly added pieces for paint
- Paint newly added braces *as a note we used POR-15, first time using this stuff as it was recommended by the paint shop. I'll let you know how it holds up, we just painted it on w/ a foam brush.
- Drill 24 holes in newly added braces (that was fun).
- Replaced rollers
- Build 4 new bunks and attach
- Re-wire the entire trailer w/ LED's (thanks Peter!!)
- Replace worn out strap
- Replace worn out jack
- Put 2 new tires/wheels on (thanks Peter!!), we actually replaced all 5 studs on the side where I broke 2 of them.

While the newly added paint is a little brighter than the 20 year old stuff on there, I am really happy the way this project turned out. There is no way I could have done this w/o my brother's help, it was a long 2 days but well worth it.

There are a few misc. things left - like replace the carpet at the front, replace step up strips on sides (not sure what that is called), replace 5 studs in other wheel, buy a spare tire cover.

No more worries about the trailer and how road worthy she is. We are now ready for the Summer!!!!!

A few pics of before, during and after....
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Old 03-19-2017, 08:18 PM
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Old 03-19-2017, 08:21 PM
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Man that's a big project, looking good! Looking forward to,seeing the finished project.

On the plus side I noticed the tire is only flat on the bottom. ����
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Old 03-19-2017, 08:21 PM
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Well you must have been loading them as I was typing. Looks great, nice job!
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Old 03-19-2017, 08:44 PM
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You're welcome Jared. That turned out great! All you're efforts paid off.


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Old 03-19-2017, 09:16 PM
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Nice job!
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Old 03-19-2017, 09:17 PM
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Looks great!! I would have used the thicker steel as well.
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Old 03-20-2017, 09:47 AM
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Looks great Jared!
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Old 03-21-2017, 03:07 PM
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Nice work, not many people I see using s stick welder for this kind of work anymore.
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Old 03-21-2017, 07:09 PM
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