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Old 02-11-2013, 11:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Has anyone ever used PVC trim boards for homemade ski guides. I was thinking about doing just that. I'd run groves in the board with a router for ski carbides. If I used 3/4" thick by 4" wide boards I could outfit a 20' trailer, front to back for approx. $125.

If I used a 4'x8' sheet of 1/2" PVC and ripped it into 4" wide strips I could get it done for $100.



Would 4" be wide enough? Would it be slick enough?
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for ski guides, you really want the ridges...
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what about the synthetic decking boards? Access to a router table might work
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Has anyone ever used PVC trim boards for homemade ski guides. I was thinking about doing just that. I'd run groves in the board with a router for ski carbides. If I used 3/4" thick by 4" wide boards I could outfit a 20' trailer, front to back for approx. $125.

If I used a 4'x8' sheet of 1/2" PVC and ripped it into 4" wide strips I could get it done for $100.



Would 4" be wide enough? Would it be slick enough?
Just buy a used plastic truck bedliner off craigslist. Should be able to find one for $20 or $30 bucks. If you're lucky theres one for free every now and then. Could try the local junk yard too. Cut them in strips with a sawzall or circular saw. If done this on several trailers and it works great!

If you do 5" strips one bedliner will do a whole 10' trailer. If you have a longer trailer or want wider strips (I recommend at least 6" wide) then u need two bed liners.
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Just buy a used plastic truck bedliner off craigslist. Should be able to find one for $20 or $30 bucks. If you're lucky theres one for free every now and then. Could try the local junk yard too. Cut them in strips with a sawzall or circular saw. If done this on several trailers and it works great!

If you do 5" strips one bedliner will do a whole 10' trailer. If you have a longer trailer or want wider strips (I recommend at least 6" wide) then u need two bed liners.

Ive heard of people doing this. Works good from what they say
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Has anyone ever used PVC trim boards for homemade ski guides. I was thinking about doing just that. I'd run groves in the board with a router for ski carbides. If I used 3/4" thick by 4" wide boards I could outfit a 20' trailer, front to back for approx. $125.

If I used a 4'x8' sheet of 1/2" PVC and ripped it into 4" wide strips I could get it done for $100.



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With a quick google search, I found the real thing for $110.
Caliber Trailer Ski Guides

I'm sure some of the Advertisers here on HCS can hook you up for similar, because I know what cost is on these, and its lower then the price above......
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With a quick google search, I found the real thing for $110.
Caliber Trailer Ski Guides

I'm sure some of the Advertisers here on HCS can hook you up for similar, because I know what cost is on these, and its lower then the price above......
Thats for 40 linear feet. My solution above is for 80.
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The bed liners work for a while. They aren't nearly as durable as a manufactured ski guide. They get cut up from carbides
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People use the grooved vinyl garage door trim boards from home depot too.
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on my two place tilt the truck bed liner idea worked out well..until i wanted to load 4 wheelers in the summer and i found them to be ice rinks basically. in my enclosed 30ft trailer i called around, found 4 bed lines, cut them up and installed them, went 8" wide on the sides, 12" wide in the middle. lets just say their gonna be forsale at haydays, not only because they fetch a pretty penny..(way more than they should) but as much as i want it to be guided, i want to be able to slightly turn, or even to pick up the front bumper and slide the sled just that inch left or right, with the bed liners you have to completely lift the sled and get the skis out of the MUCH deeper grooves(the carbide sits almost all the way in the grooves)...this on top of the height of them (pry almost 3/4") the fact i'm constantly tripping over them, the water that sits in them, the debree you cant sweep out of them...all reasons there a fail as far as i'm concerned for an enclosed trailer. i thought about synthetic decking, thought about 1x5" and i'm settling for now on nothing. i'll take the belt sander every other year, clean up the scratches, and repaint it. the other options are just to spendy...to go with the actual ski guides i'm looking upwards of $300. i thought about maybe just 7 sheets of quarter inch plywood so i can replace that every few years instead of wrecking my trailer floor...i'll ponder that for a while...since when did PLASTIC get so damned expensive...
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