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    08-24-2013, 12:41 PM
  #31
Weanling
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We used 2x8 construction grade untreated lumber bought from the local lumber store (I believe it was spruce). After we got it home, we cut it to size and then treated all six sides of the individual pieces with Thomson's Water Sealant, let it 'cure', then slipped them into place. To get a good fit, one piece was actually a 2x6; that was also the piece, as I recall, that we cut about an inch shorter than the others so that it could be wiggled into place - the first few slip into the channels like a dream but it starts to get tight after most of the boards are in place.
Spruce is a good wood, light weight and it is highly resistant to rotting, this is why they used to use it to build airplanes.
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    08-24-2013, 08:48 PM
  #32
Green Broke
I might've fibbed a bit. It was pressure treated wood from Home Depot. It could've been oak because pine doesn't come in 2x8. The warrantee says its guaranteed to last 20-30 years
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    08-25-2013, 11:30 AM
  #33
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Cowgirls Boots    
I might've fibbed a bit. It was pressure treated wood from Home Depot. It could've been oak because pine doesn't come in 2x8. The warrantee says its guaranteed to last 20-30 years
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The thing is that is 20-30 years on a deck in front of your house.

When you put wood on a trailer it is a very different deal. Different environment because as you are going down the road the bottom side of the wood is constantly bombarded with sand and grit off the road which will penetrate the treated coating and allow moisture to enter from the bottom up.

The other issue there being is when they say it will last 20-30 years, they are figuring on a deck where it is going to have nothing more than pedestrian traffic, not 1000 lbs of horse with a metal shoe on its foot standing on it.
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    08-25-2013, 06:39 PM
  #34
Yearling
trailer floors.

Hiya nick pleased to meet you.
My old motorised box I compleatley did it up and re did the floor in 8x4 marene ply and also I treated it with tar as well on both sides the floor and the van went at the same time so the finantial part was a no no throwing good money after bad.
The sheets lasted 12 years.
     
    08-26-2013, 08:20 AM
  #35
Green Broke
I just found out the wood we used was a spruce type pressure treated. Not pine.
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    08-26-2013, 10:38 AM
  #36
Foal
Well I have to get rid of some (lots) of rust first. But thanks for the replies for wood. I will avoid pine.
     
    08-27-2013, 11:48 AM
  #37
Weanling
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hiya nick pleased to meet you.
My old motorised box I compleatley did it up and re did the floor in 8x4 marene ply and also I treated it with tar as well on both sides the floor and the van went at the same time so the finantial part was a no no throwing good money after bad.
The sheets lasted 12 years.
Marine plywood is not a bad idea, you know what would work really well with that too is coating it with bed liner before you put it in.

On advantage I could see of doing it this way would be that with out cracks in the floor boards, there is no chance spray off the road is going to be coming up through the floor all over your horse.
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    08-27-2013, 11:49 AM
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Weanling
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I just found out the wood we used was a spruce type pressure treated. Not pine.
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Spruce is a good wood, has much better properties than pine, just keep an eye on it because it can also rot and become brittle like pine, although just nowhere near as fast.
     
    09-15-2013, 09:23 AM
  #39
Foal
I'm dying to know how you got the "silver" so shiny again? I'm renovating a 1994 Trail-et 2-horse BP and its the same color as yours and I can't seem to figure out how to make it shiny again. Yours looks gorgeous! They're great trailers and a little paint works wonders :). Thanks in advance for any help!
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    09-15-2013, 10:14 AM
  #40
Green Broke
You mean the aluminum on the outside?
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