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post #1 of 4 Old 06-07-2009, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Dumb Trailer Question

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How can you judge the quality of trailer flooring? What can you look for to show weakness?

My trailer has a wood plank flooring. The panels kind of move when a horse steps on them, but I have seen other trailers where the flooring is similar. If this is something that I need to fix, how do you go about doing that and how much does it normally cost?

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post #2 of 4 Old 06-07-2009, 06:56 PM
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Most trailer floors are going to give a little under the pressure of all the weight of the horses. Check the bolts that bolt the planks down make sure they are all tight as they will loosen over time with all the bumps etc while traveling also look for signs of wood rot.

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Okay, I'll check for that tonight.
There's no rotting and I have trailered my horse fine in it, but am thinking of splitting with a girl at my barn to go to barrels..I've never ridden with 2 horses in it even though it's a big 4 horse.

Someone suggested putting down 3/4 inch ply wood to give it more support..any experience doing something like that?
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We thought our trailer (rest in peace, where ever you may be, dear stock trailer) was fine, and then Daisy put her foot through the floor on the way to the vet. o.0

We had the whole thing replaced. I would just look for wood rot and anything that seems completely week, or get a cowboy to come over and look at it for you, lol.
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