Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Boulder, colorado
Hey I've had a bunch of trailers LOL, I really like to buy and sell... Like everything I own several times over ha ha... So I'll try to answer what I've learned from my experiences with that.
1) sometimes, I know this isnt the answer you want but, its how it is. I wouldn't bank on remembering where the bolts go so I would figure out a system of remembering what goes where, especially in the ramp style trailers because they to my knowledge have spring mechanisms which make it easier to move up and down. Versus moving the entire 200lb slab of wood/metal up and down.
2) things to look for... I would look for areas of excessive rust and mark them if you plan to do something about Slowing down it's oxidation process. In regards to the wood though, I would replace anything wood that looks soft, cracked, excessively dry, excessively moist, very dark or very gray. Though 9/10 of the times it's fine structurally but, like you said better safe than sorry. I would especially check the wood nearest to the walls because that's where moisture tends to collect the most.
3) you can waterproof and seal it. I'm planning to stain and varnish the whole inside of my trailer tack room and horse compartment. Though I would consider whether or not it will affect your horses ability to gain traction on the ramp.
4) I would only use 2x8 pressure treated STRUCTURAL wood. Some people don't like persecute treated wood because it's got formaldehyde but, I still do for safety.
5) you can, once you lay your floor down, put a large piece of plywood onto of the wood floor but, under your mats. though I would be cognizant and pull the ply when the trailer was in storage as it likely would retain a large amount of moisture. Wth 2x8 structural wood checked and maintained regularly I wouldn't be too concerned honestly.
Hope this helped you a bit
life has no remote control hitch them up and drive them your self