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post #11 of 26 Old 05-14-2012, 10:57 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).
I have this in my trailer and love it. I dont even need mats on it. No places for holes to hide :)
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post #12 of 26 Old 05-14-2012, 11:23 PM
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HDPE, hmmmm, will definitely look into that. Just bought a brand new trailer last year, but when the floor needs replacing, that sounds like a good product. Since I don't use my trailer in the winter, I store it in a garage. I pull the mats, and that is my floorboard check. There was really nothing to check as the trailer was only a few months old. But really, you should pull your mats every few months & check out the flooring.
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post #13 of 26 Old 05-18-2012, 03:35 PM
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For a second, I thought this thread might have been about this tragedy a couple hours from here: Horse euthanized after accident on Highway 12
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post #14 of 26 Old 05-18-2012, 04:12 PM
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So glad you caught that. Duroc board won't work-too brittle, not designed to hold a horses flexing weight. I have a double wood floor in mine w/mats over it,but I check it every few trips, can't be too careful w/our furbabies. And I sweep it out after every trip.
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post #15 of 26 Old 05-18-2012, 04:14 PM
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Originally Posted by 2muchcoffeeman View Post
For a second, I thought this thread might have been about this tragedy a couple hours from here: Horse euthanized after accident on Highway 12

That just scares the crap outta me. I know hubby is anal about the floorboards but it still scares me. Especially when a friend and I go up to our property for a girls weekend. Its a 3 hour drive 99% highway.
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post #16 of 26 Old 05-18-2012, 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by CCH View Post
When you go to replace the floor, you should consider Rubber composite plastic or Durock cement board. They will not rot from the moisture.
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SO GLAD you mentioned these options. Don't know WHY I didn't think of them--my father was in the plastics industry and tried to push plastic coated wood, but the industry wasn't ready for it back in the 1980's.
A friend helped us to replace the floor of my previous trailer.
This is just a GREAT example of the worth of removing or at least, rolling up your mats when you are not trailering. My trailer lives in my back yard and I remove the mats when not in use. I line the aisle of my 3 stall barn with them, so I don't have to look for them when it's time to trailer again.
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post #17 of 26 Old 05-26-2012, 10:42 AM
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When we bought our first trailer in 1995 it was an older 80's something model and paid $800 for it. We took along a slot screwdriver to check the condition of the floors. Just tapping the screwdriver at the floors will tell if there is a rotting condition going on. My DH put an all new wood floor in that trailer and we bought new mats to put down in it.

When we upgraded to a used previously owned 3 horse slant even though it was only a year old my DH went ahead and replaced the entire floor.

As a word of FYI when installing a new trailer floor make certain the screws/fasteners are the correct length and type needed for the purpose of the installation. I do know of one instance where a new floor was installed in a trailer and because of the flexing the boards the misbegotten screws worked their way out of the frame of the floor.

A farrier friend of our's once told us about an incident he was called up on to bring a firearm to put an injured horse out of it's suffering. The horse's hind legs had broken through the floor and before the driver knew of it the horse's hind legs had been ground off to stumps just above the hind fetlocks. I feel sick just with the recollection of the telling.
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post #18 of 26 Old 05-26-2012, 01:31 PM
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The trailer very well could have been fine when inspected. It doesn't look like rot it looks more like damage or maybe there was a knot or defect and a horse stepped on it and the wood fell out.

I know of a guy that the horse foot fell through and a car stopped it because sparks were coming from the bottom of the trailer at night. That was the shoe and needless to say it wore off the foot and the horse had to be destroyed.
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post #19 of 26 Old 05-27-2012, 11:24 AM
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My biggest fear about trailering.

I miss you Rascal. Every day, all day.
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post #20 of 26 Old 05-27-2012, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by churumbeque View Post
The trailer very well could have been fine when inspected. It doesn't look like rot it looks more like damage or maybe there was a knot or defect and a horse stepped on it and the wood fell out.
That's exactly what happened. Mick is easy to trailer, but he always lets me hear it by stomping or pawing once after a turn, stop or start and he has regained his balance. It's this 'thump' that probably cracked the wood. He is a pretty strong guy, and has shoes all the way around. The broken wood is right underneath his right rear leg. It had just been checked, but he had been in the trailer about 3.5 hours prior to this stop, so at some point during the ride, he kicked it just right. I am so thankful we found the hole before there was any catastrophe!!!
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