I have a trailer question

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by mowerman41, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. mowerman41

    mowerman41 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a 7x16 open trailer I have to replace the wood deck due to 2 boards rotting in parts. My question is when I replace the wood obviously am going to use preside treated but would it be smart to put a couple of coats of something like a Thompson water seal. To hopefully repel some of the moisture that is rotting these boards?
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  2. mowerman41

    mowerman41 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Pressure treated
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  3. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
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    Waste of money and time. The treated lumber should last 15+ years.
  4. sven1277

    sven1277 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Agreed, the wood is not in constant contact with moisture. You don't need additional wood preservative.
  5. patrick6411

    patrick6411 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    Treated is the way to go. What I did/do.
  6. badbart

    badbart LawnSite Member
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    I bought my 16x7.5 trailer new in 1996. The non-treated lumber they used lasted all of two years. I put pressure treated 2x6's in it in 1998 and it's still holding strong, even in this Florida heat and humidity. I don't keep it under a shelter either. I don't understand why the trailer builders don't use treated wood to begin with. It's only a few dollars more and they would get a reputation that would bring business to them!?
  7. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I have 3 trailers 9 10 and 11 years old all is untreated all stay out side and all 3 are sound. Keep the leaves and other debris off them and keep the spaces between the boards clear and you shouldn't see any rot.
  8. mowerman41

    mowerman41 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks for all the help I appreciate it.
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    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
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    I put 2 coats of preserver on mine just for extra protection...it doesn't take long or cost much
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