What kind of wood do you re deck your trailers with?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Venturewest, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. GravelyNut

    GravelyNut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,594

    Old pressure treated was CA. New is CCA. Be sure to use the right fasteners if you use CCA as it rusts fasteners that aren't treated quickly.

    As for plastic wood, it also can be bought in 2 by sizes with some being designed for structural use. But as someone pointed out, it is very heavy and costly. It is used down here in the Everglades where the CCA and CA treated wood would harm the wildlife.
  2. kklick

    kklick LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Posts: 36

    the composite and plastic type decking materials do no have alot of impact strength. Unlike wood they do not have grain to help hold them together. Most composite manufacturers do not recommend using the products for structural applications.

    I've used rough sawn oak and treated. Either one will work ok it you take care of it.
  3. ATL Lawn

    ATL Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 318

    Do you guys stain or paint your wood floors?

    i was thinking about putting a coat of stain on mine...
  4. Cooter

    Cooter LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE Iowa
    Posts: 510

    Although apitong is awesome, I don't think it is that easy to come by. Pretty spendy also. This and oak will outlast treated lumber. These hardwoods will also make it quite heavier.
  5. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,988

    Ya'll can laugh at me, but I recently re-decked my small 6x10 trailer, and I used plywood. I made two layers of 5/8" plywood and cut them so no seems overlap and all seems are over a beam. I used a very tough outdoor paint, applied it, then while it was still tacky I spread sand over it, let it dry, swept and blew it off, then applied a second coat. This gives me a non-slip surface. I realize this would not be ideal for hauling heavy items like bobcats and tractors, but for hauling mowers it does great, and I don't have to tarp the bottom when I haul the occasional mulch load.
  6. daysel

    daysel LawnSite Member
    from TEXAS
    Posts: 140

    Ever wonder why you don't see plywood floors very often?:laugh:....hey, you said I could.
  7. lwcmattlifter

    lwcmattlifter LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Posts: 859

    I always used regular 2x8or10's coated with diesel, oil, or heavy paint. You'll end up breaking the boards long before they rot out.
  8. jaybird24

    jaybird24 LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 623

    We have a guy who sells fencing treated with pine tar for farmers posts. For some reason he also has rough cut oak treated with this stuff so we get 2x10 from him and they last forever. They're sticky for about a week, but after that your good to go.
  9. Barngirl

    Barngirl LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    Green Oak is comparable to Apitong (which happens to be a west coast lumber) so if you are on the east coast, your choice should be green oak. Apitong is very expensive and then you will be hit with shipping 7 freight charges. Look for sawmills that can cut these boards for you at the lengths you need. Save money and make life easier. http://www.realantiquewood.com
    (They have trailer decking - NY, NJ, CT)
  10. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,353

    All 3 of my trailers have standard 2x10s ones 12 ones 16 and one is 20 foot lengths. The trailers are 2002, 2003 and 2004 all the wood has lived out side never garaged. There is no rot or degrading on any of them we just clean out any build up of leaves or grass before it cause any rot.

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