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Old April 13th, 2017, 09:19 AM   #1
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Exclamation Why does trailer decking run length wise?

I have to redeck a deckover and it would work a lot better, be stronger for this particular trailer and be cheaper to run the boards width to width, instead of length wise. Is there a reason not to?
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Old April 13th, 2017, 09:23 AM   #2
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Could be because the cross members run side to side?
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Could be because the cross members run side to side?
x2. I guess you could run a few front to back cross members to provide support for reorienting the boards. Would the additional pieces of angle or c-channel still make it cost effective?

How about on a 45* diagonal, or with a pattern? Herringbone?
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x2. I guess you could run a few front to back cross members to provide support for reorienting the boards. Would the additional pieces of angle or c-channel still make it cost effective?
the way this trailer was built, it already has enough cross members running north/south and east/west. It was built to haul piping and sections of telephone poles, so it isn't a standard car hauler. It's built like a lot of other deckover equipment trailers though, which all run boards length wise too. I'm just wondering if I'm missing a reason to run the boards width wise. Only thing I can think of is dragging something off might get stuck more often?
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Ease of manufacture is a big part of it, laying 8 or so 2x12x16 boards (op more) is a lot less cutting and fastening then 16-20 2x12x8
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Ease of manufacture is a big part of it, laying 8 or so 2x12x16 boards (op more) is a lot less cutting and fastening then 16-20 2x12x8
This.

16' is a standard board length, so no cutting necessary.
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16' is a standard board length, so no cutting necessary.
so is 8 foot :)
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so is 8 foot :)
Cheaper to buy in 16 ft lengths.

My wife's uncle built trailers (liberty trailer), they never cut any wood.
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Cheaper to buy in 16 ft lengths.

My wife's uncle built trailers (liberty trailer), they never cut any wood.
If they are like other trailer manufacturers, they also never used a hole saw to make a hole. Every opening on my trailer looked like they used a dead beaver with a broken tooth to make wire pass throughs.
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If they are like other trailer manufacturers, they also never used a hole saw to make a hole. Every opening on my trailer looked like they used a dead beaver with a broken tooth to make wire pass throughs.


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Ease of manufacture is a big part of it, laying 8 or so 2x12x16 boards (op more) is a lot less cutting and fastening then 16-20 2x12x8
I love that some manufactures don't even screw the deck down. Just lay it on the cross members and weld a piece of flat stock over the end so they don't fall out!
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If they are like other trailer manufacturers, they also never used a hole saw to make a hole. Every opening on my trailer looked like they used a dead beaver with a broken tooth to make wire pass throughs.
where does one acquire this tool? It looks like something I might enjoy using in the future.
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