Originally Posted by greenstarlawns
The expanded metal is hard to unload brush from. I usually take a 20' steel cable and lay it in the floor of the trailer and then load brush and tree limbs on top. After loading I will then put one end of the cable through the eye of the other end. When I arrive at the dump all I have to do then is drop the gate unstrap and then attach the eye the cable to an achor point and drive out from under the load. It normaly take me about 5 minutes to unload a 2K lb pile of brush from my 6x16 trailer. If you have expanded metal sides the buut of the limbs will get caught in the side of the trailer.
Good point. At a John Deere dealer I worked for they had a Peterbilt with flatbed and an expanded metal dovetail ramp. Had to deliver a tractor with a brush hog to a customer. The rear saftey chains on the rear of the brush hog got caught in the expanded metal floor and I liked to never got it free.
I may consider deck planks or sheet metal. I have a pile of old commercial retail shelves I was going to take to the scrap yard but I may use the metal for my trailer.