View Full Version : Trailer Decking

04-19-2007, 09:20 PM
I am in the process of rebuilding my 16ft landscape trailer.And i need to put a new floor on it.The floor that was on it was tongue and groove pine between 7/8" to 1" thick.I am thinking about using Trex decking that i can buy at the home depot but someone told me that it will be stupid on my trailer because of the weight added . But I have towed race cars on my trailer no problem so I would like some input on This

Mike DiBiase


04-19-2007, 09:52 PM
the trex is way too weak, if u have a sawmill by u have them cut u some 16ft. oak planks, as thick as u like...have 2 mills by me and they do lots of trailers.

04-19-2007, 10:31 PM
hey mini14 thank you for letting me know about the trex decking.i do have a couple of sawmills around me but #1 its going to be more than i want to spend and #2 Its going to be two to three weeks before the can do my planks because they are way behind and are running out of oak trees..
So my second idea was to go to my local home depot or lowes and get pressure treated 1"x10"x16'/1"x12"x16' Or 2"x10"x16'/2"x12"x16' boards. I did have a spare piece of 2x8 laying around and i put it on the trailer to get a visual and on the sides it was going to stick up about an 1" ..

Mike DiBiase

04-19-2007, 11:28 PM
I have not seen decking on a landscape trailer that was under 2x (1 1/2") thickness. Does your trailer have alot of steel cross supports or other method of added support?

04-20-2007, 12:29 AM
Yes it does.
I am probably going to add a couple more

Mike DiBiase

04-20-2007, 12:35 AM
That would explain why you can haul a car on the thinner decking then. Are we talking like 16" or 24" on center supports? If so you may get by with the 1" treated lumber. Since you said you had a car on it I assume it is a tandem axle with at least 3500# axles. Also, does it have the channels at each end for the flooring?

04-20-2007, 01:06 AM
Yes it does have channels on each end that i am going to replace as well.
It is a tandem axle and On the axle rating i do not know anything about how much they can hold i have had the trailer since 1999.
And all the supports are 12" at the front and 16" in the middle..
Thank you

Mike DiBiase

04-20-2007, 01:16 AM
Wow, thats alot of supports then. They use 3/4" plywood in enclosed trailers with 24" supports under that so you should be fine.