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Time to do the car trailer deck #5409756 04/21/20 06:50 PM
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Just getting started. It was due.
Had the wood delivered from a local place. 18 6in x 2in x 14ft pressure treated boards delivered was 300 bucks.
I didn't think that was too bad. Boards are actually 5.5in x 1.5in x 14ft, but most of you already knew that smile
I still have to get screws. Hope to have it done this weekend.

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Re: Time to do the car trailer deck [Re: ls1mike] #5409769 04/21/20 07:01 PM
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In stead of wood we should have recycled plastic wood which doesn't get slippery when petroleum products drip on them.
It should come in a broad range of colors and last forever.

Good luck measuring and cutting.

Re: Time to do the car trailer deck [Re: ls1mike] #5409771 04/21/20 07:02 PM
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Boy a quick sandblast and paint and it would really be looking good. It will look great with a new deck.

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Originally Posted by dave123
Boy a quick sandblast and paint and it would really be looking good. It will look great with a new deck.

That is a great idea!


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Re: Time to do the car trailer deck [Re: dave123] #5409781 04/21/20 07:13 PM
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Originally Posted by dave123
Boy a quick sandblast and paint and it would really be looking good. It will look great with a new deck.


I will pressure wash it and rattle can anything that needs it, but I don't want to spend a on ton it.


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Re: Time to do the car trailer deck [Re: Kira] #5409782 04/21/20 07:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Kira
In stead of wood we should have recycled plastic wood which doesn't get slippery when petroleum products drip on them.
It should come in a broad range of colors and last forever.

Good luck measuring and cutting.


The main deck takes the 14 foot boards just right, the rear portion I have to cut.
There are two boards that will have to be ripped to like 3 inches.

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Re: Time to do the car trailer deck [Re: ls1mike] #5409859 04/21/20 08:47 PM
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I have kero/oil soaked 2x12s ready to go for mine. I hope that holds up as well as I've been told


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Re: Time to do the car trailer deck [Re: ls1mike] #5409862 04/21/20 08:49 PM
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When I clean up something like that I knock the rust off it with a 4.5” grinder and wire wheel.to get the rust off . No need for rattle can paint on those frames. I just use a brush in those flat easily accessed areas. Prime 1 coat and two quick top coats. It’ll be thicker and hold up better than that thin rattle can enamel. Down in there is where the water ends up so square it away while you can get at it. Do it right while it’s apart and you’ll never need to touch it again.

Re: Time to do the car trailer deck [Re: ls1mike] #5409936 04/21/20 11:00 PM
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I quit using speed screws on trailer decks a long time ago. That's a production speed thing. No need for a DIY r4epair. I just grind/cut the old ones off flush with the frame. Then slip the plank in and drill 1/4" down through the wood and frame flange. Carriage bolt and nylock on the bottom. Two for the front and rear frames if they are not tuck-in style. Alternate sides of the planks for bolts for the intermediate frames.

For HD tilt beads that will carry track equipment, I switch up to 3/8 bolts, same schedule. But I counter bore the top of the plank so the head is recessed so a tracks can't catch a bolt head and pull it out. Slop Cuprinol in the head pocket to stop debris rot from starting and bolt them down.

I switched to 2x12's a long time ago where the wheel or track loads are, skinnier planks only in the middle. The 2x12's bridge the frames better under load w/o splitting or breaking. That's why the alternate side bolt pattern to stop the expansion and shrinkage stresses from splitting the planks summer and winter.

In your case, you have tuck-in plank butts on the back end that float, so they should resist splitting well there smile


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Delivery was a nice option on the new boards. When I re-planked my trailer years ago, I stripped the old junk off, prepped the trailer, and then used it to pick up the new PT from the lumber yard.


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So that's what the "PT" stands for in PT Cruiser?

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Those were "Pressure Treated" if female driven.... hide


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[quote=Zaedock]Those were "Pressure Treated" if female driven.... hide[/quote

🍿🍿🍿. You definitely gonna get a beatin for that one

Here’s one special no no for anyone redoing an ALUMINUM. Framed trailer. You can’t use Pressure treated lumber and have it touching the frame sections. The newer post 1988 ( green😾) pt wood causes corrosion on aluminum. boxing

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Originally Posted by Miller88
I have kero/oil soaked 2x12s ready to go for mine. I hope that holds up as well as I've been told


You cannot get any liquid treatment very far into the wood without pressure. Or heat the treatment with the wood submerged in the treatment. Impractical for anything large.


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Re: Time to do the car trailer deck [Re: ls1mike] #5412999 04/25/20 04:39 PM
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Well almost done. I need to put some screws in the rear section but that is easy.

I put it back the way it was. I figured it lasted 17 years that way. My neighbor is a welder and took the back transition pieced off so we could use full 14 foot boards. He added a few supports and fixed one piece that holds the ramps. We slid the transition pieced back about 1/2 an inch, it also made it easy to install everything.

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