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colliehauler

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Posted: 01/21/20 12:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just went through this a couple of months ago. I wanted a enclosed trailer but did not want to spend the money, not only for the trailer but taxes and license. I bought a treated wood floor trailer for a couple of reasons. In KS a trailer under 2k does not need to be tagged, plan on hauling a couple of 500 pound maxi-scooters. On sale from Tractor Supply.

I made a few modifications. I added a couple of bike hold down wheel chocks. I purchased a tongue mounted box from Harbor Freight for tie downs and wheel chocks ect. I purchased a led light kit to replace the incandescent ones. I upgraded the tires and wheels (It came with very cheap Carlisle tires).

As for wood vs steel trailer floor which is best I don't know.

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Posted: 01/21/20 01:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a small trailer with the expanded metal floor. It is probably 15 years old. The floor is bowed and dented in a few places, but no places where the metal has torn or rusted through.

If all you haul are wheeled items, I don't know that it matters very much. If you are going to haul other things such as furniture, rocks, soil, etc, the wood floor will allow you slide things around and off of the trailer than the metal floor doesn't. I've hauled rocks and soil before, but I have to either put wood down or put a tarp down before loading.

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I have hauled touring bikes on an open trailer behind the rv. I wasn't impressed with the amount of **** all over the bikes. I switched to an enclosed trailer. Its nice to have a portable garage behind the rv. You can also store other items like BBqs, spare tires, tool etc in the trailer. When it comes to toys, its nice to have them out of sight when you are away doing the tourist thing. Out of sight, is out of mind. The rear ramp is also nice. This feature can be had with a landscape type open deck trailer as well. Wooden decks are desirable on open trailers in my opinion. They are easy to maintain. The deck will last close to ten years or longer. They are easily replaced once they get rotted. Most will come with pressure treated wood.

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If you go with a wood deck, I would request 5/4" PT deck boards. They will last longer that even PT 3/4" plywood. Make sure the floor can be replaced without having to dismantle the sides.

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Posted: 01/22/20 02:09am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Define treated wood...
- Plywood, I would probably go with steel.
- Treated Dimensional lumber...unless you are dragging heavy equipment across it regularly, it will probably outlast you.


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Enclosed trailer, wood floor; and E-Track along the walls. That way you can easily put anchor points in it.





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theoldwizard1 wrote:

If you go with a wood deck, I would request 5/4" PT deck boards. They will last longer that even PT 3/4" plywood. Make sure the floor can be replaced without having to dismantle the sides.


Every wood floor utility trailer I've ever seen or used has 2x lumber for the flooring, so no issues there. (or thicker if a heavier trailer)
Enclosed trailers typically get plywood or some variant of.


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Remember dimensional lumber is not sized per identification. for example a 2X4 is closer to 1.5X 3.5
Treated lumber comes in different chemical methods.


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When shopping for a trailer for my Kubota 1860, I had a choice of steel with wood or steel deck, or aluminum. Both 6x12 trailers were single axle and had a GVW of 2K, but the difference was the steel was 500 lbs heavier. I chose aluminum which gave me that much more in carrying weight. The price was a bit more, but it's been well worth it:

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Posted: 01/22/20 03:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We went with an aluminum flatbed to save weight.[image]
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* This post was edited 01/22/20 03:11pm by B GAGE *


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