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trailer decking
« on: April 22, 2016, 10:45:38 PM »
My mechanic needs decking for his equipment trailer.  No oak available but have white ash.  Other than rotting sooner any other problems?  3X12 for the sides and thinner in the middle.
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Re: trailer decking
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2016, 05:33:40 AM »
 
 White ash will last almost as long as white oak so long as it's not wet all the time such as a post. I would use it anytime for decking.  Steve
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Re: trailer decking
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2016, 07:43:27 AM »
Better to use the Ash before the bugs get it,
suggest he spray the sawn planks with used oil
before he mounts it,  should help the wet condition

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Re: trailer decking
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2016, 10:44:25 AM »
Red elm if you can get it, wont split easily cause of grain . doesn't rot fast #1 choice around here on pipeline trailers. growsers from the iron doesn't tear it up as fast as straight grain wood.

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Re: trailer decking
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2016, 04:51:56 PM »
Ash will work fine.  I would make the thickness uniform across the trailer.  Some oil treatment will extend the life of the deck.   Regards, Clark

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Re: trailer decking
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2016, 08:53:31 PM »
Well, it appears that you or your friend have a choice of woods to use.
If I may suggest, what we do over here, in addition to the basic decking material, is use a softwood as sacrificial on top of the deck, where the tracks and grouser ride ( two stips,each two ft. wide). It is easier to replace these when damaged and holds the equipment better when chained down...IMHO
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Re: trailer decking
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2019, 01:54:02 AM »
Just started milling new float deck boards yesterday. Birch 2-1/2" to 2-1/4" x 7-1/2" to 9-1/2". New float has oak decking. Never seen anyone use birch but from experience it should do well.

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Re: trailer decking
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2019, 09:49:51 AM »
I have sawn Beech, R/Oak, Hickory, W/Ash & Elm 2x8-10 for a couple of my customers!

Seemed to work out well for them!

I do believe that they sprayed it down with some kind of preservative or oil!
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Re: trailer decking
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2019, 10:43:40 AM »
We have tons of huge cottonwood.  not rot resistant, but intertwined grain holds it together and it crushes instead of splitting.  Did some full on 2 x 8 x 18feet for a trailer to haul bulldozer about 4 years ago.  sprayed a little tung oil on it to repel water, holding up well and good use for a wood that many do not find useful for many things.  the trailer had rows on each side for the tracks, trailer was about 30 feet long.



 



 



 
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Re: trailer decking
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2019, 03:43:45 PM »
Any wood that is stringy when trying to split (I.E. elm,hickory) makes great flooring .
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Re: trailer decking
« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2019, 07:40:46 AM »
This may be a dumb question, but would SweetGum work as trailer decking? It grows like a weed here.
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Re: trailer decking
« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2019, 04:15:58 PM »
   Boy its stringy enough! But I don't know if your could ever get it to stay flat. I don't remember it being very weather resistant either. let us know what your find.
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