??? about putting sides on open trailer

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by PLS-Tx, Jan 19, 2007.

  1. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 2,383

    I'm planning to put plywood sides on my 16' open trailer, 4' high all the way around. Has anyone else done this, if so what pointers can you give on this project?

    I'm planning to paint the wood black, to match the trailer. Would it be necessary to use treated plywood if I'm going to paint it?
  2. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,707

    i put sides on mine, use plywood and not that particle board crap that i used, falls apart the first rain it sees. You want to add as many supports as you can, bolt 2x4's to the inside of the trailer and screw the plywood into that. the more supports you have, the more stable it will be. Add removable supports on the top if you plan to load it up with leaves or other debris. Paint it good and thick and you can use regular wood, just every so often, check the paint and re-do if needed.
  3. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 2,383

    Thanks for the reply, I'm planning to use plywood, just not sure if I should use treated wood or not.
  4. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,656

    I would think so, but I'm no expert.
  5. naughty62

    naughty62 LawnSite Senior Member
    from iowa
    Messages: 369

    I did our goose neck last year.green treated .double nutted carriage bolt.belt sander with 50 grit to make stake fit into stake pocket. If you are using carriage bolt drill the holes slightly bigger.green treated will slighty warp .especially if it very wet.I uesr 2x 4s not plywoood be cause we dont haul aggregate on it
  6. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,405

    If you paint the plywood you are fine. Treated plywood is like 5 times the price and your going to paint it anyways. Not sure how well pressure treated plywood takes paint or how well its treatment works after paint. IMO just paint it with some regular old outdoor paint or stain it a cedar color with that deck stuff. Both look nice.

  7. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 863

    How high are you going? For what reason?

    I ask because plywood gets heavy quick, on your size trailer that could be300-400 lbs.

    On my trailer I wanted to be able to carry stone dust, mulch and dirt and leaves with greater ease, but I didn't want to kill my trailers capacity. So I just sheeted the first foot (floor up to the rails) with thin steel. This would hold the stone dust and anything else in the trailer. then I added 2x4 steel post holders and quickly slap up plywood sides for mulch and leaves.

  8. Accu-cut Lawn Care

    Accu-cut Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,206

    What will you be hauling? If it's mulch, I would not go any higher thatn 2 ft. Your axles will not be able to hold the weight of 412 cubic feet of mulch with the 4' sidewalls.
  9. Promow Professional

    Promow Professional LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    Don't know if you want to go this direction but in the long run it might be better to sell and buy a trailer with sides. I once bought a trailer and welded my own angle iron and expanded metal. It was more of a headache than it was worth. I've never been a big fan of plywood sides even if they are painted. If done right it could work but I have yet to see one that really stands out. I think if you do decide to go with the plywood sides paint is a must or they will weather in no time.
  10. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,568

    I guess you are doing this for security because it sure is painful to have to go through the back every time you want to go into the trailer. Even putting on tarp gets hard. Most people use the same screen material that is used on the rear gate, It is light and will keep mulch or dirt in place.

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