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proenterprises
01-29-2006, 10:45 PM
I am planning on building a set of sides for my 4x8 trailer to carry mulch..etc.

I am slated to use stake pockets on the sides and 2x4's as supports. I am not sure what thickness plywood would be the best? It will be pressure treated.

mcwlandscaping
01-29-2006, 11:03 PM
Heres a pic of mine, 1/2 inch, untreated ply. Just painted with outdoor paint. is VERY strong!!

procut
01-29-2006, 11:07 PM
I put temporary sides on my trailer during leaf season using 1/2" plywood. It's not treated either, I just painted it with good oil base paint.

mcwlandscaping
01-29-2006, 11:09 PM
Oh, adding to mine after reading procuts post, mine are temporary as well,

proenterprises
01-29-2006, 11:34 PM
I plan on having mine as temp. as well.

Do you think I could get away with untreated? Do they warp or bend much?

Doug Z.
01-30-2006, 11:21 AM
You dont have to use treated. On my 7x12', I have 2 foot sides. During the spring and fall, i put the full 4 foot siedes on. to keep them from bowing in while empty, and out when full, i put 4 joist hangers on them, ran 2 two by fours, and then put a couple of eye bolts and a ratchet strap to tighten it. Then stained the wood. It worked great, and looks professional.

gaither
01-30-2006, 11:04 PM
Doug is it possible to show a pic

BSDeality
01-31-2006, 12:08 AM
how much mulch are you planning on hauling in that 4x8 trailer? your limting factor is going to be weight.

Brianslawn
01-31-2006, 02:30 AM
Oh, adding to mine after reading procuts post, mine are temporary as well,


hey mike, why dont you put one of those logos on the side of your trailer? the guys made up a bunch of nice ones.

proenterprises
01-31-2006, 11:09 AM
how much mulch are you planning on hauling in that 4x8 trailer? your limting factor is going to be weight.

Probably around one yard of mulch. Do you forsee this being a problem?

BSDeality
01-31-2006, 12:08 PM
most 4x8's are going to only carry about 700lbs legally, however you could probably get away with about 1-1.5K lbs depending on the make of the trailer. We had one a long time ago that we reinforced and used to carry 2 yards in. The average weight of a yard of mulch is somewhere in the 600-900lbs unless we've had a lot of rain. technically you would only need 2 foot sides to haul that amount 4x8x2 = 64cu ft. a yard is 3x3x3 = 27 cu ft.x2 yds = 54cuft. this would leave room for a wheel barrel, shovels, tarps, whatever thrown on top of the mulch after.

Doug Z.
02-02-2006, 12:22 PM
Gaither,
I'd show a pic, but I dont have the sides on it anymore. I only used it one year, and then I bought my dump truck. I still use the trailer, it's my mowing trailer, but, I havent put the sides on it in 3 years. Now, I'm building another sump truck, and I only want 2foot sides, but am thinking about making it so that I can put these sides on it when I haul mulch. Sorry about the pic though.

grass_cuttin_fool
02-03-2006, 10:17 PM
Here is my 6x12 trailer. I use it for mulch and leaves, and if I have a problem with my 16 foot trailer. The black board is a 2x12 and is mounted to the trailer rails. I have bolsters mounted to that board and have 2x4 for up rights.I have decking boards mounted to them. In this picture I have the 3rd board and the front boards removed

wayne

grass_cuttin_fool
02-03-2006, 10:33 PM
OOOOOOOOPS here is the picture

wayne