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Old January 22nd, 2012, 07:29 PM   #1
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I am in the proccess of building a trailer to haul my trailrig. I am to the point I neef to look at decking. I want to go with some type of wood. Trailer is 7'6" wide and 20' long. I had intended to use treated 2x6's and had priced them out at just under 200$. But then I started having people tell me that I should not put the treated lumber up against the steel frame as the chemicals used to treat the lumber will slowly eat away at the steel. Is there any truth to this? Is it something I need to worry about? If not treated lumber then what do I use? I am on a tight budget so cost is a factor but not as much as doing it right so it will last for a while.
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Old January 22nd, 2012, 07:36 PM   #2
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Rough cut oak boards.. sturdy.. but heavy
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Old January 22nd, 2012, 07:41 PM   #3
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I would like to that route but I doubt I can afford to. The trailer has very good framework under it so strength is not a huge deal as they will be well supported.
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find some amish they will hook you up we decked my buddys trailer with 1.75 rough sawn white oak and they charged 150 for all we needed.
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Just look at homes for sale, and find one with a deck, then just go at night and steel it. That's what AJ Hall did.
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Just look at homes for sale, and find one with a deck, then just go at night and steel it. That's what AJ Hall did.
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5/4 deck board. L
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I have had wood and steel decking I like steel way better it costs more but will last forever. If you drag something on or off you will peel up pieces of wood with steel no problem.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 09:42 AM   #9
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5/4 deck board. L

I am not much of a carpenter so excuse the stupid question....but whats the difference in "deckboard" and regular treated lumber?

Does anybody know if there is any truth to the claims that the treated will eat at the steel? Google turned up no definate answer.
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I would think that even if there is truth to the treated eating the metal, it would take a LONG LONG time. I have treated on all my trailers. One of them has to be going on 14 years old. Hasn't ate the metal yet. I re-did my flat bed about 5 years ago. Removed the old rotten treated and put new on. Metal was fine. So I think the metal out lasts the treated even if it eats the metal away. I saw no real damage from the wood. Just normal rust.
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From what u gather on google, the treatinf process was changed somewhere around 2004 to a process that does not use arsenic. The issue is only with the new lumber. It also seems that everything discussed has to do with fasteners that penetrate the board. I cant see a board just laying on a painted steel surface causing issues but like I said I am no carpenter
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I wouldn't worry bout it. There are thousands of trailers with treated wood and they are not falling apart all over the highway.

I used 5/4 boards on most of my trailers.
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we always use rough cut oak as well, we just picked up another load of it to deck a 8'x24' and we'll have more than we need for less than $200. Then use oil or something to treat it if you want. we use the "wood to steel" fastners, usually about $50-$60 a box but worth it because you don't have to predrill or anything (Hard to find locally, usually have to order them online).
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If the treated material eats the steel, what keeps a deck from falling apart? I wouldn't worry about it.
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we always use rough cut oak as well, we just picked up another load of it to deck a 8'x24' and we'll have more than we need for less than $200. Then use oil or something to treat it if you want. we use the "wood to steel" fastners, usually about $50-$60 a box but worth it because you don't have to predrill or anything (Hard to find locally, usually have to order them online).
Where did you get your lumber? Everything I find on the web prices out at about 2x that much money.
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i like steel, sometimes repairs are easier on the trailer and with torches wood seems to burn...
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Where did you get your lumber? Everything I find on the web prices out at about 2x that much money.
There are these places called "saw-mills" - I understand they cut logs into boards and big pieces called a cant. You can usually pick up boards from their unusable bin super cheap for firewood or decking. You're welcome.
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Somehow I doubt I can find enough in the unuseable bin to make a good deck. From my experience the shit that comes from there is crooked, knotty, ect, ect. Not exactly good material for making a nice sturdy, square trailer deck.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 12:16 PM   #19
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a saw mill will cut what you want them too, it wont be a perfect face but square ans straight for decking.... the amish uslly do it cause they are just smaller saw mills for there local community...they make a little off it too.
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There's a salvage yard out by me that has some treated 2x6 tongue and groove 20' boards for pretty cheap.
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