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Gary

Trailer Floors

Jeff and Dough Boy spent a few hours this weekend putting some extra screws in Dough Boys trailer floor, they also applied some sealer to the deck.  Over the years we've learned that if we do a few extra things like this we don't have any issues with our trailer floors.  Just by adding the extra screws you wouldn't believe the difference in these trailers. They're quieter and the trailer is more rigid. The extra screws will keep these boards from warping.

The screws we used. These are self taping screws. We only used 4 bags of these, I think 8 bags would be better. There's 50 per bag.



The impact socket and torx bit. It's a good idea to pick up a few of these torx bits.



The drill bits.




We picked this stuff up at a Utility Semi Trailer dealerships parts counter. You can get this stuff from any semi trailer dealer parts supplier though.

Installing the screws. There's a lot of drilling but the bits they sell at Utility Trailers are excellent bits and make the job easy.  Dough Boy bought 4 drill bits and I think he only used 2 of them intalling 200 screws.



Installing the screws.



A finished row.



Installing the deck sealer. You can use any type you like. We chose this redwood sealer because we've seen a few guys use it in the past and we really liked the way it looked. I think the sealer was $150.00 for 5 gallons. The old timers used a mixture of linseed oild and kerosene. That works good but it doesn't really ever dry and tends to mess up your cloths. I also recommend you pick up a real thin paint brush, or maybe a thin foam brush for getting in between these boads.



This is how it looked after 2 coats of sealer. There's enough left to do a couple more coats.

djhtom53

Trailer Floor

Gary
May sound stupid, but then the only stupid question I ever knew was the one not asked.

What wood did you use on the floor? Great job and I have to replace mine real soon, any kind of an ideal what the total cost for materials was?? I have the chance to purchase a good used one that the floor needs replaced on it also, and I want to make an offer with the cost of the floor replacement coming off it

thanks
Gary

Re: Trailer Floor

djhtom53 wrote:
Gary
May sound stupid, but then the only stupid question I ever knew was the one not asked.

What wood did you use on the floor? Great job and I have to replace mine real soon, any kind of an ideal what the total cost for materials was?? I have the chance to purchase a good used one that the floor needs replaced on it also, and I want to make an offer with the cost of the floor replacement coming off it

thanks


This is a brand new trailer, we didn't replace the floor we were just setting it up so it would last. Not positive but think this is a pine floor?

On these trailers though, for patch work/board replacment. I've used douglas fir, pine, pretty much whatever was available at the local lumber yard that was cheap. If you plan on calling in an order at a local lumber yard make sure you tell them you want exposed lumber. This way they will send you premium boards out. If I'm building a patio and have a large order thats usually what I do. If you plan to just go to Lowe's, or Home Depot to get your lumber then i suggest you hand pick each board yourself to make sure you get straight boards
dutchman

Looks real good !  when I did mine I used a mix of oil based redwood stain, boiled linseed oil and paint thinner ( mineral spirits )  because the linseed was so thinned out it penetrrated real deep and kept the boards fairly well preserved.  where the mix got on the steel and I didnt find it to clean it up,it left a gooey mess, you just have to chase down the drips. wish we could order the trailers without the boards and then cherry pick prime wood thats fully cured.  when I first got my trailer the wood was still flipping green and uncured. as it dried it would split and pop a few screws. I had to reset a lot of them.
Gary

Yeah I'm hoping the extra screws and this sealer will keep that from happening. The Load Max warranty is pretty good though, so far anyone thats had a board warp or come loose they've paid to fix it.

Dutch didn't hefty use some wierd twist nail on their floors. I know everyone who had Hefty trailers had problems with their floors right away.
dutchman

they used a self threading screw, not a self tapping screw.  you had to drill a hole just under the outside diameter of the screw and the screw had a tapered nose that allowed a gradual advance into the metal.  I didnt like them one bit, if you didnt hit it just right they would just snap in half from too much load/torque before the threading was done. dutch
Gary

We used a air impact installing these screws. Out of the 200 we installed none of them snapped off, they all took. I've used these same screws for years on semi trailers and don't remember ever snapping one off, or having a problems with them taking. Really good stuff.
dutchman

were they the self tapping or the self threading type? perhaps I was doing it all wrong?
Gary

Self tapping.
dutchman

I was using the self threading type. you have to predrill a hole. perhaps I was drilling too small?  with self tapping you get the right size every time !

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