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Old 07-27-2011   #11
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I just put Trex decking on the side rails of my trailer and am amazed at how easily the boat slides on it compared to the outdoor carpet I had previously.

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Old 07-28-2011   #12
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I used green turf from Home Depot. My trailer's top is made of 2x4's and plywood. I used the glue they recommended for adhering it to the top and folded it over, similar to how you'd wrap a present.

Haven't had a problem with the turf and my 14ft. boat w/ frame slides on with easy. No need for rollers either. Also makes for a great place to drink a beer when taking out!


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Old 07-28-2011   #13
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For a cat, I got a tilt trailer meant for snowmobiles and put strips of outdoor carpet where the tubes slide (get the proper glue) and added a strip of recessed molding at the rear of each strip. Then I mounted a geared winch (about $35) at the front of the tilting bed, using the boltholes for the latch that hold the bed down.

The balance was out-of-whack (notice how far forward the wheels are), so I took it to a trailer shop and they figured out that the dealer had mounted the axle backwards, with the trailing arm facing front. Turning the axle rightways was a great help, too.

Being able to tilt the bed into the water makes loading a one-person job.

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