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Old December 4th, 2008, 11:11 PM   #1
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I bought a car trailer frame recently. It was being built to haul farm machinery so it is very heavy. I have axles to swap on to make it a low-rise trailer. It will be used to haul cars, trucks, scrap metal, debris, and everything else. Whats my best choice for a floor? Galvanized 2x? wood?

I'm basically looking for more suggestions on flooring. Something least expensive and not too heavy is ideal.
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Old December 4th, 2008, 11:25 PM   #2
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find a quarry or other aggregate place that has a screening plant (its called a plant, but its a mobile machine)...these use screens that are made of some very tough material, and get changed out on a fairly regular basis..the screen would be plenty strong enough for the deck (provided it has proper support) and for misc loads, you could tie down literally anywhere...

you would not want to buy the stuff new though, very expensive....I have some smaller pieces of it (drops) but not enough to do a trailer deck the size your working with...
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keep in mind that the screen doesnt work worth a poop, if you want to haul sand or dirt.

i have one trailer with a steel deck, and it rocks for hauling scrap steel. it is especially nice for loading, since the scrap will slide on the steel. it will stick wood, which is why most equipment trailers are wood decked. (your excavator wont slide around)

the steel deck is pretty nice for most stuff, and doesnt let sand or dirt fall through the cracks that wood has. the steel deck on mine is at least 20 yrs old, probably older, and is nowhere near needing replacement. wood decks will need replacement or upkeep every ten years or so.

on the other hand, i also have a couple wood decked trailers, and use them all the time. i just dont haul sand/gravel/dirt, etc on them.

with a wood deck, you can always lay down a tarp, plywood, or tin, if you need to haul sand.

if you forsee hauling a fair bit of metal objects (dozers, excavators, cherry tanks, etc) you will want a wood deck for sure.

if you see yourself hauling more stuff like sand/dirt/woodchips/gravel, hard to load scrap metal, cars/trucks with no tires, fire wood, etc, a metal deck may be the way to go.

for most cars and trucks, it doesnt matter much, so either way will work. metal decks are easy to sweep off or powerwash, without having stuff stuck inbetween the grooves that wood has. wood decks will scratch and gouge when you drag or slide sharp point on them (like leaf spring center pins on that truck you parted out for the axles), where they would just slide right along a steed deck. the sharp points will also stick in the wood and you will have to jack them up, or find some way to get them to slide. wood decks will also stain when you leak oil on them.

wood decks do look much nicer though, as long as they arent scratched to shit or have oil stains all over.

i have both, and im not sure which one i like best.
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I think I'll check around some local lumber yards. The trailer is so heavy already, but as long as I can keep it under 2,499 pounds, I'm happy. I mean it when I say it is extremely heavy already. Its 1/4", or just under, thick steel channel. I can just barely pick it up by the tongue.
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wood deck with treated wood, or have the wood rhino lined
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I'm gonna buy some decking from Young saw mill near richmond. I need 2 sections 181"x32". they quoted me $256 for 2" white oak and $150ish for 1.5" white oak. all 16 footers
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I'm gonna buy some decking from Young saw mill near richmond. I need 2 sections 181"x32". they quoted me $256 for 2" white oak and $150ish for 1.5" white oak. all 16 footers



go oak
last year I got my oak from TKAICAC from Brown City they milled 9 oak logs for me to 10.5"x2"x18' for $200

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once a year take your once used motor oil and a paint roller and give the oak a good coat the wood will out live the steel

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If you ever have to lay on a metal trailer in the middle of the summer at high noon with a hot sun to work on your rig, you will swear to never own a metal deck trailer again.
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go oak
last year I got my oak from TKAICAC from Brown City they milled 9 oak logs for me to 10.5"x2"x18' for $200

I have there number if you want it


once a year take your once used motor oil and a paint roller and give the oak a good coat the wood will out live the steel
yes please. oak? white oak? red oak? oak is better than white oak? I'm ignorant of these things. do you care to elaborate?
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yes please. oak? white oak? red oak? oak is better than white oak? I'm ignorant of these things. do you care to elaborate?
now these guys mill hard wood floors boards so when you call you might need to explain a little as to what you want but they can cut any size you need when you calculate what you need make it tite the boards will shrink with time
me too oak is oal to me the shit is hard as a rock and does what I need call these guys and ask they can fill you in on the in's and out's of wood

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Bones makes a good point about steel. I'm not real keen on RBR's oiling the wood if I need to lay on the deck to work on the rig. Seems like it would get dirty as hell. On the other hand, I've hardly ever seen a trail rig that doesn't leak oil at some point & I've been frustrated with the oil stains on the wood.

If your trailer is primarily for a trail rig, IMO a solid floor is best. There's been many a rig tore down to bare axles or trans's & t-cases pulled on a trailer. A screen trailer is a bitch to lay on and parts fall through into the dirt below.
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I'm going to re-do my trailer and with the current prices of steel (pretty low) I'm going with a metal diamond plate deck. After sandbalsting and I add some supports. That way I can get it all painted at once and I'll only have to repaint every few years. It seems to me that whenever someone does a wood deck it shrinks and warps so much it looks like shit in a year or so.
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It seems to me that whenever someone does a wood deck it shrinks and warps so much it looks like shit in a year or so.
I think that is because people do not use hardwood.

take some pics of your re-decking. I would like to see it
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now these guys mill hard wood floors boards so when you call you might need to explain a little as to what you want but they can cut any size you need when you calculate what you need make it tite the boards will shrink with time
me too oak is oal to me the shit is hard as a rock and does what I need call these guys and ask they can fill you in on the in's and out's of wood

1-810-346-3198
I called them, they will custom cut to the size of the order. and cut 2.25 inches instead of 2 inches thick for 6 dollars less than Youngs.

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steal diamond plate then spray on bedliner over that !
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steal diamond plate then spray on bedliner over that !
That would be nice.
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good hard wood then soak in used oil. it's not the prettiest thing in the world but very effective
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I work in the sand and gravel industry and the screen pannels are made to flex. If i were building a deck i wouldnt use it. I would use a bar grating on the main bed and wood for your tire tracks. Bar grating is pretty strong but i think it might chew up the tires if your rig sat on it for a long period of time.
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That would be nice.
ours is covered in Steel but not coated.. my Dad owns it i just use it and keep the maintenance up on it.. when i get my own it will be steel and covered in some sort of bedliner as soon as it comes home.. they look nice with the steel deck but it looks ALL rusty after a yr..
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If you really want cheap, roll out fuel barrels. I have done 2 trailers and used extensively, Both are still in commission. I am about to do another one. Just grind the weld around the end. Pop the ends out, one cut across and there you have some good cheap sheet metal.
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