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post #1 of 26 Old 05-05-2012, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Worst nightmare, hole in trailer floor!

Wanted to share with you guys, because I know you'll understand how horrified I was yesterday. Total near miss for what could have been unspeakably bad!!

My husband and I had driven to Tucson (2.5 hours away) with my horse in my 2 horse slant. The plan was to pick up a new purchase and leave my guy at an Equine Therapy facility to learn a new job. Unfortunately, the other horse had some issues in the PPE, so I took Mick and headed home. We stopped quick to pick something up I bought off of Craig's List, and I unloaded Mick to give him water and a break from being in the trailer (it was pretty hot). Before I put him back in, I went to get his hay net to refill and when I stepped back, the floor was squishy and I almost went through!

I pulled up the mats, and found this!

I just had the boards checked at a trailer place AND did an inspection about 2 weeks ago. The floor is matted, but this is where the mats meet, so there would have been NOTHING to prevent him from falling into the hole, which was easily big enough to swallow his whole leg. Still gives me chills to think about!
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post #2 of 26 Old 05-05-2012, 11:49 AM
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Very scary. I would give whoever checked it a piece of my mind. When you go to replace the floor, you should consider Rumber composite plastic or Durock cement board. They will not rot from the moisture.
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post #3 of 26 Old 05-05-2012, 11:56 AM
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Hopefully this serves as a reminder for everyone to pull up their mats often and check the floorboards before trailering. I know I will be!
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We were lucky enough to be about 20 minutes from Bishop's trailers and they were amazing. Fixed the wood and some welding for us to get us back on the road. At that point we were stuck 3+ hours from home. Not sure if you can see in the pics, but the boards weren't rotten. He's never pee'd in there, and I'm obsessive about keeping it clean. The boards just broke! Trust me, I'll be researching floor materials now!
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post #5 of 26 Old 05-05-2012, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by CCH View Post
Very scary. I would give whoever checked it a piece of my mind. When you go to replace the floor, you should consider Rumber composite plastic or Durock cement board. They will not rot from the moisture.
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CCH, can you site your source regarding using Durock cement products for horse trailer flooring? I've worked with durock in the past, and I would be hesitant to use it in a horse trailer environment, the floor boards in a trailer need to be able to flex to some extent, which I don't think Durock is designed to do. Also, when you have an 1100 pound horse standing on it a few good pot holes could cause the board to shatter. However, if they have a pdf out there somewhere saying its a great product to use, I'd love to see it because you are correct, it would be very resistant to moisture.

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post #6 of 26 Old 05-05-2012, 12:15 PM
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Reminds me of a trailer I bought, it was a 70's all steel trailer. I knew the floor was in rough shape so intended to replace it so didn't do a very good inspection of it. Got it home, pulled the floor mats out and found huge holes had rusted through. Since the trailer was still in use only floor mats were keeping horses inside in several spots. Just glad I did a complete check prior to putting my horses in it.
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post #7 of 26 Old 05-05-2012, 01:25 PM
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I definitely see a good reason to replace wooden floor board with synthetic lumber made of HDPE (high density polytethylene). It will obviously never rot, it doesn't splinter, and its ductility is very similar to wood (it flexes somewhat the same).
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post #8 of 26 Old 05-06-2012, 01:58 AM
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I'm so glad both of you didn't fall through that thing, jeesh!

Some inspection.. pfft.

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post #9 of 26 Old 05-14-2012, 10:47 PM
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Thanks goodness my husband is anal about the floors. He had to replace the front floorboards last summer but he always takes up the rubber and thoroughly inspects it. Just so glad that you found it before anything happened
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post #10 of 26 Old 05-14-2012, 10:53 PM
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Wow, that was so lucky that you stopped!! Definitely some guardian angels looking out for you and your horse!!
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