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Old July 12th, 2013, 10:35 PM   #1
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So After 8 years in the elements, the untreated wood deck on my trailer now looks as below in several spots.

Deck is gone, time to Rebuild.

My thought is Pressure treated 2x12's and then a thompson water seal this fall when it has had a chance to dry out.

Also going to space them better. Original build boards were tight together and i noticed in winter during snow melt water would pool up on them, going to space them out a bit to allow better drainage.

Am i on the right path? any better ideas?
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Old July 12th, 2013, 11:33 PM   #2
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Buy jeep, since they leak oil, it will preserve the deck.
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Old July 13th, 2013, 06:03 AM   #3
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Buy jeep, since they leak oil, it will preserve the deck.

I have several spots on my trailer that my Jeep has preserved.
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Old July 13th, 2013, 10:57 PM   #4
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I own two jeeps, neither has leaked enough to help with this issue
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Old July 14th, 2013, 08:18 AM   #5
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My deck is steel, came that way new. It is awesome.
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Please make sure that you let the boards set for at least a month spaced out on wood slats where they can sit in the sun but stay dry.

You will be amazed how much they shrink. If you leave spaces between them and then they shrink, you will have large spaces between.

I did my one trailer deck two times during the 18 years I owned it.

I bought a combination of 12's one 10 and an 8 if I recall. When the shrunk the center board had a terrible side to side bow in it with a 2" gap.

Do not put the boards in from the store and leave a gap, when the wood dries, you will have a space large enough for a foot to slip into.
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Old July 14th, 2013, 10:21 AM   #7
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I have the same problem except my deck is 12 years old. The beaver tail I'm going to convert to steel (it rotted way before the rest). The other 18' is going to be treated.

I haul a lot of stuff on my trailer besides cars and being able to screw blocking to the deck makes life a lot easier.

I've been contemplating drilling holes at the end of the trailer in the deck to assist with draining (maybe notch the ends instead, haven't decided yet).
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Old July 14th, 2013, 11:12 AM   #8
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treated pine? rough cut hard wood lasts forever. we just redecked the bobcat hauler for $225.oo with rough cut. old stuff was from the 90's
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I'd highly recommend goin with 2x6 treated tongue and groove deckboards. The tongue and groove setup helps to really stiffen the trailer up A LOT. It also is already preshrunk I believe and doesnt shrink nearly as much. It creates a solid surface as well without gaps, so that if you want to haul dirt, it doesnt fall out between the gaps. Board replacement is kind of a bitch, but we had a tongue and groove deck for about 22 years and the boards still looked awesome when the crossmembers and main beams of the trailer ended up rotting thru. The tongue and groove held everything together far better than a non tongue and groove trailer.
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