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Need of trailer deck for small utility trailer
« on: May 31, 2021, 04:42:13 AM »
Im  needing to replace my trailer decking on my small utility trailer that has a 4x 12 usable cargo area. What woods do you think would be of sufficient decaying resistance for me to use. Rough cut 2x12x12  is what it currently uses x4pcs. Im planning on keeping it well lubed to help prevent rot and decay, and if needed for helping someone for moving their stuff from one residence to another, the people will have to understand the potential problems associated with the use of it. Im just looking for something that will last about 20yrs+. I dont really mind doing the replacement type of work on something like this, but its never going to be something that I really enjoy doing. I only wish to do it one time. It was originally done about 15yrs ago and Id really like it to last longer. 

So my question is, what would you folks pick for use?
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Re: Need of trailer deck for small utility trailer
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2021, 05:39:55 AM »
I'd be tempted to use 2x6 vs 2x12 to resist cupping and would also probably open up more species such as Red cedar, Osage Orange, and Yellow Locust which could be hard to source in 2x12. Any of the above followed by White Oak would be my choices for weather resistance. 4x12 deck sort of eliminates heavy equipment hauling and strength concerns.

For a 4x12 I'd go cedar for light weight and ease of working.

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Re: Need of trailer deck for small utility trailer
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2021, 07:26:12 AM »
I have a 6x12 with 12" side rails, and about 15 years ago I replaced the deck with 6/4 Tamarack!

I installed it right off my FIL's mill, that June, then oiled it with used motor oil in September and about 2 years later I oiled it again!

It is just now showing a couple of weak spots.
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Re: Need of trailer deck for small utility trailer
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2021, 08:01:08 AM »
Trailer decking can be a funny world.  Few times a year I will get a call for 2x24-20' white oak for trailer decking - "has to be nice, don't want any knots and such, oh and dry" - OK, here is the price for your FAS trailer decking that will be used to haul trash to the dump - please call Brinks to arrange payment delivery at least 24 hours ahead of time.  Or, you can go with 2x6-10', spend an hour extra on installation and avoid the fee Brinks will charge to deliver payment....
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Re: Need of trailer deck for small utility trailer
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2021, 08:09:43 AM »
My last small single axle trailer 6x12
I decked with aluminum bleacher seat

Worked well, no rot, no oil.

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Re: Need of trailer deck for small utility trailer
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2021, 08:17:50 AM »
I get a lot of calls for white oak trailer decking. Seems to be the standard for most people around here. Some equipment haulers use apitong because it's about half the weight, but it's kinda spendy. 
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Re: Need of trailer deck for small utility trailer
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2021, 08:26:10 AM »
Is the trailer normally stored indoors or out? The last small trailer I redecked I used oak 1" x 8" and use a mixture or diesel and used oil. Since the trailer is indoors when not in use the lifespan is nearly forever. The full 1" thick is plenty strong without adding too much weight.
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Re: Need of trailer deck for small utility trailer
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2021, 10:00:42 AM »
I am tempted to try cottonwood for a trailer deck.  Treated YP has about a 10 year life, at least on my trailer, and find cottonwood an interesting wood.  Don't cut one down and leave it on the ground, saw it right away and keep the boards off the ground. Keeping it off the ground seems to add life.  Maybe it doesn't like bacteria.
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Re: Need of trailer deck for small utility trailer
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2021, 10:52:22 AM »
free of heart white oak is pretty easy to procure and will outlast red oak.  if red oak is totally free of heartwood, kept clear of leaves and stored in the sun tilted up for good runoff and oiled anually.. you might get 20 years out of it for much less money than white oak.  


with bad heartwood cracks and knots and no oiling at all, i am at 7 years with red oak and the boards are just starting to split at the hearts into two separate planks.  the sapwood is still absolutely fine.

and btw.. theres no need for 2" thick on a 4x12 trailer.  i could pile road ranger trannies and bobcats all over my 1.75" deck and miss all the crossties with no issue.  its more money and weight for no real gain. longer hardware too. 
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Re: Need of trailer deck for small utility trailer
« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2021, 11:14:43 AM »
Lemme measure better & get back w/yall. Im outside trying to decipher a questionable chainsaw (mine since brand ne 9mo ago)
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« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2021, 12:08:49 PM »
I can only cut 10' long so I cannot cut boards for my 16' trailer.  If I could I would use white oak.  Its readily available to me and is resistant to rot, as opposed to red oak.  Also, it would be much more resistant to damage than the treated YP that's on there.  Just today I was thinking if there was a way I could go back with shorter boards than 16 footers.  As far as treating the wood, I would use linseed oil if it were me.
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« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2021, 12:50:13 PM »
When you strip it weld in another crosstie to support short planks. 
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« Reply #12 on: May 31, 2021, 01:28:59 PM »
The current decking is definitely 2x12 and it has 2 supports and the ends. I dont know what kind of wood is currently on it, I just know that its going to need replacement soon, at the very least 1 board, but if Im going to be doing 1 then I will probably do all 4.
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« Reply #13 on: May 31, 2021, 03:06:47 PM »
Are they full 2x12, or dressed (1.5" thick)?  The only thing I've sold full 2" for is old lowboy decks.
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« Reply #14 on: May 31, 2021, 05:44:10 PM »
Dressed, but I can do rough cut if its cut to that same dimension. I wasnt trying to be misleading in my original post. It WAS 3:45 this AM after all. Please forgive 🤭
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« Reply #15 on: May 31, 2021, 05:57:35 PM »
When you strip it weld in another crosstie to support short planks.
Thats a good idea.  I have one broken board that I would like to replace right now.  I will probably just buy a new treated 2x8 and then down the road do what you suggested.  Maybe even put 2 new crossties in so I can alternate between short and long boards like you would on a deck.
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« Reply #16 on: July 19, 2021, 06:43:51 PM »
I need to re-deck my 30 gn myself. I called around for material and shipping cost for apatong. Several yrs ago, the material cost was $500 more than the cost of treated yp 2x6s. I havent priced either since the gold prices for lumber. 

Iv got access to plenty of red oak, so im thinking ill just mill it and replace. 
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« Reply #17 on: July 19, 2021, 10:07:30 PM »
Apitong is not worth the money unless you are getting paid to haul commercial and the loads are putting you right at the GVW limit.  If an aluminum trailer makes sense then apitong will too because theyre peas in a pod.


It still rots and still busts and yes ive pulled one and fixed it too.  Just more expensive busted wood when you do break it imo.
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Re: Need of trailer deck for small utility trailer
« Reply #18 on: July 20, 2021, 12:21:43 AM »
Is that the darkish stuff on flat beds that has a rabbit joint to it?

Friend of mine brought me some to duplicate for him as he is rebuilding an older flat bed that hauls hay. 
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« Reply #19 on: July 20, 2021, 07:22:28 AM »
I bought  my 7k pound 16 ft equipment trailer 22 years ago and it came with a 2 x 6 ( 1.5 x 5.5 ) pressure treated  ground  contact lumber deck. Still good today after all the years outside with no maintenance. 
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