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Old April 26th, 2011, 11:16 AM   #1
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Decking for Trailer? **Now build thread**

Purchased a Fifth wheel trailer last fall. Plan is to to build a deck on it (old camper), reinforce/strengthen the neck, and use it to haul a truck bed camper up front and my eb on the back. Its approx 25ft long currently.

My question is, with never building a deck for a trailer, what wood/type of should I use and what thickness? My current bumper pull is a steel deck. And if anybody knows a decent place in Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo to acquire said wood.

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Old April 26th, 2011, 11:30 AM   #2
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I'd go with wolumnized or some old rough-sawn barnwood. Both will work great and hold up for several years.
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Old April 26th, 2011, 11:31 AM   #3
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i would use the wood they use on poontoon boats i think it is 3/4 but it is built to lay flat pm me if you wanna get some i can get you a price
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Old April 26th, 2011, 01:38 PM   #4
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When we did my Grandpa's, we used wolumnized 2x6s and it worked well.
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Old April 26th, 2011, 01:46 PM   #5
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I would PM pokerob about getting wood in GR area.
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Old April 26th, 2011, 08:04 PM   #6
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Do not use treated plywood, it will only last about 6 years. Go with treated 2x6s or 2x8s.
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Old April 26th, 2011, 10:53 PM   #7
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Use 2" rough sawn oak. Check with local sawmills.
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Old April 27th, 2011, 08:25 AM   #8
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go to a saw mill you will get a true 2" board or how ever thick u want and it will last a lot longer than treated lumber and stronger.I was just up in the glalwin ,beaverton area alot of little backyard saw mills. check craiglist
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Old April 29th, 2011, 04:19 PM   #9
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Well since nobody on CL will fawking answer there phone, return emails, or even respond to texts like there ads state I decided to start on the trailer. I had found a few truck campers I liked but have the above problem.

I already sold my old 6.5ft truck camper. Took less then 24 hrs on CL, sold it to the first person that looked at it, and sold it for $200 more then I paid 7 months ago and I had no $$ investment into other then my purchase price. But now I have been on the look out for a decent 8-11 ft truck camper to replace it.

Here is the trailer now..


Here it was in the fall when I purchased it...


Its a rv with the camper removed obviously. Fifth wheel. 13K GVWR, dual 5900lb axles. And the deck is 24 feet.
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Old May 4th, 2011, 05:38 PM   #10
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Well picked up a camper today...







New question, I have the title for the "camper" vin plate is on the neck. Now with the truck camper on it I assume this would still make it legit as far as registering it using that title. However I do plan on occasion to remove the camper and haul two rigs on it with no camper of any kind. Now doing it that way with the plate on it for a camper per vin, I assume this poses an issue for me. Thinking it would be better off just removing the vin plate, getting it weighed and make it a std. flat bed trailer.

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Old May 8th, 2011, 10:49 AM   #11
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Just gonna build a deck and get it weighed then plated as a normal trailer vs an RV.

Measurements of the trailer currently are (deck area only)..

70.5" outside of frame to outside of frame
92" wide from wing to wing
24' front to back

Right now probably just gonna deck it with 2"x10"x10' treated boards from lowes/home depot etc..

Pricing tires right now debating on bias ply or radials and 'd' load range.

Any opinions on bias vs radials for trailer tires? Current size is ST225/75-15 Load d.
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Old May 8th, 2011, 11:20 AM   #12
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Go radial. There have been many, many, issues with bias blowing.
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Old May 20th, 2011, 07:53 AM   #13
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I would deck it with true 2" lumber from a mill, either oak or ash. Ash is hell for strong and can be found at good prices now due to all the problems with the emerald ash borer infesting so many ash trees in Michigan. There's a mill 3 miles from me that we use, but it may be too far for ya. I can get ya the name and number if you'd like. It's in Juniata, just east of Vassar 48768.
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Old May 20th, 2011, 08:11 AM   #14
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Buy planking sold for scaffolds. 2x12x?
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Old May 24th, 2011, 08:50 PM   #15
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I sell the decking for most of the trailers that are built by the Northern Indiana trailer manufacturers. For what you are doing I would go with 2x lumber for the floor. Otherwise, go to the lumberyard and ask for Advantech. It is a high performance material that looks like OSB but is much different. It far outperforms any of the plywood that is currently used (including treated/wolmanized), and I sell the plywood (along with the Advantech). Rainblock/Drymax is also a very good option. Hope this helps, let me know if you have more questions.
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