Shelves and racks in enclosed trailers

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by DLCS, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,386

    How do you guys bolt screw in racks in your enclosed trailers? Looks to me that the inside panels are not very thick to be very supportive.
  2. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,109

    We had thicker wood installed..
  3. woodlanda

    woodlanda LawnSite Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 7

    screw 2x4s to the wall below the shelf so they run from floor to the bottom of shelf and then attach the metal L shaped shelving brackets from 2x4 to shelf (home depots got the brackets in various sizes) it will hold a decent amount of weight.

    I'll try to grab some pictures the next time I dig my trailer outta storage
  4. sven1277

    sven1277 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 681

    If any of your shelves are going to bear a lot of weight, through bolt it to the outside using stainless bolts. On our hardscape trailer, I used e-track accessories throughout. Most shelves I used self tapping metal screws, but found sometimes they would pull out, so I have been replacing them with ss through bolts. My trailer is silver, so it isn't noticeable. Good luck.
  5. Oakleaf landscape

    Oakleaf landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 624

    I just drill into the metal roof supports. Haven't had any issues yet knock on wood.
  6. jbell36

    jbell36 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from KANSAS
    Messages: 1,417

    enclosed trailers have metal supports every 12" or so...the trailer itself comes stock with very thin plywood not made to support much, so in order to support anything replace them with thicker plywood...anything bearing a lot of weight i would reinforce by drilling a 2x4 into the plywood then into the metal support
  7. mlavin73

    mlavin73 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 184

    I used E-Track systems I bought from I made sure anywhere I was screwing in went into the metal supports. I have had zero issues with it.
  8. smokenjoe_10

    smokenjoe_10 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    I used 2x4s for bracing and the wire shelving from menards so I could strap everything down with tarp straps.
  9. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,296

    Just make sure you tap into the metal side support rails and you are good.
    I used my new 7x14 enclosed this year for the first year, tapped everything hanging into supports, and it is all still rock solid tight.

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