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Refurbishing older trailer

93Chevy

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Pittsburgh
In a few weeks, I plan on refinishing my trailer. It's a 1999 tandem axle 16' x 7' that's a little beat up.

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This is what I plan to do:
1. Replace the decking.
2. Replace the lighting and any wires and harnesses as necessary.
3. Fix the expanded metal ramp.
4. Strip and paint trailer and wheels.
5. Add womanized 1x8's about 3' high from the deck so I can haul mulch, debris, etc.

Where I'm at skill-wise: I worked for a carpenter for 2 years, and while I don't claim to be an expert, I can handle painting to perfection, electrical, wood working, and minor metal repairs.

Basically, I'm wondering if anybody has any advice for having this beat up trailer come out nice. I know it still won't be perfect because it's been beat up by employees of a local LCO, but if it can last me a while, I'll be happy. I'll appreciate any suggestions as far as what to do first, what tools will help me, etc. Thank you :waving:

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Sweet Tater

LawnSite Silver Member
I'd also mover those trimmer racks to the curb side of the trailer
 

mowisme

LawnSite Senior Member
take extra time to remove and treat any rust on the base and inboard sides of the angle iron frame surrounding the bed. the boards trap the water/crud there and in time rots the metal. POR-15 ( no top coat needed) just the inboard sides of frame as mentioned and the axles/springs ( 1-quart by brush) before putting new wood down is what I'd do. I'd also double treat the ends of the boards with water sealant before installing. have fun
 
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93Chevy

93Chevy

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Pittsburgh
take extra time to remove and treat any rust on the base and inboard sides of the angle iron frame surrounding the bed. the boards trap the water/crud there and in time rots the metal. POR-15 ( no top coat needed) just the inboard sides of frame as mentioned and the axles/springs ( 1-quart by brush) before putting new wood down is what I'd do. I'd also double treat the ends of the boards with water sealant before installing. have fun
That's good advice. Thank you, I'll be sure to use that trick before I paint.
 

Kennedy Landscaping

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
El Dorado Kansas
Looked to me like the trimmer racks weren't in that bad of shape. I woulda kept them for parts if nothing else. Anyways have fun with it and keep us posted.
 

petroskie

LawnSite Senior Member
go to a parts store an pickup some of the paint stripper in the spray paint section, it sprays on just like spray pait and it will eat all the paint and gunk, strip it down to bare metal, fairly cheap and repaint with the truck bed coating in the aresol can, thats what i did when i redid my trailer for our quads and the stuff is bullet proof if you follow the DIRECTIONS, ani slip and looks good
 
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