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Need info on type of wood for open trailer

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Sydenstricker Landscaping, Apr 1, 2007.

  1. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,281

    Hey everyone, my trailer needs a new floor and Im not sure what type or size is best. I have heard that the treated lumber isnt very good, etc. I never have re-floored a trailer, so any help is greatly appreciated!!!!
  2. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,279

    Just go to Home depot and get the treated wood....place one end of the lumber in the front channel and take a jack and jack it up in the middle from underneath while having another person stand o the end that needs to be inserted. The wood will bend a lot and shorten to get it to drop in the channels. It is a little tricky but you will get the idea quick.
  3. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    Different brands of trailers have different type of floor mounting requirements.
  4. ncls

    ncls LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 441

    If it's a normal landscape trailer, what Hess said. got a pic??
  5. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,435

    depending on what your putting on it go with a jack pine or white oak for decking. It won't warp. The best is redwood if you can afford it.
  6. Picky1

    Picky1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    Apitong is nearly indestructable, if you can get some. Tractor-trailer flat-bed manufacturers use it.
  7. fivestarlawnken

    fivestarlawnken LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    Treated 2X6 or whatever size(width)is a very safe and good choice. If you have a light trailer going with decking board will do.Also go and get some good torque head floor screws, you might have to go to semi-trailer type store for these good luck it's easy no worries!
  8. gammon landscaping

    gammon landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 551

    we use 2x6 or 2x8 for my heavier trailers, for just mulch or mowers i would go with 5/4 decking boards they work just fine and save weight so you can carry a little more with out over loading the trailer and its cheaper

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