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A Tip about trailer mats to save you some work & sweat
Yesterday, being the hottest day of the year so far, I decided to scrub out the inside of my trailer. I pulled the mats, they are in 4 sections, like puzzle pieces, washed inside, outside, etc. Laid the mats out on the lawn & washed them too. A few hours later, when everything is bone dry and starting to bake in the sun, I put the mats back in, they are not fitting. They fit before when I have removed them, lots of time too, however this time they seem too big, lovely. Me thinks the heat expanded the rubber? You bet, this morning before I hooked up to go to lessons, the mats shrunk and could be easily maneuvered into position. All the other times I had taken them out, it wasn't as hot as this outside. So if you planning on going anywhere as soon as your trailer & mats are dry in the heat, don't count on getting your trailer door closed, the mats are too big!
Thanks, that's good to know. I need a set of those big plier looking things for pulling on the mats. Two of us fought with a set of new ones and had trouble getting a grip on them.
UGH, trailer mats. Some one should make mats that are light and durable. I hate wrestling with them. Just got a new trailer (2 horse slant load), and had to put new mats in. Of course the trailer is not perfect shape for them, sooo had to cut and fit like a jigsaw puzzle.
I agree ladyicon, even though my mats are in 4 pieces and the trailer was bought brand new for me, I thought the mats would be a breeze to maneuver unlike my old stocktrailer's heavy 2 piece mats. Wishful thinking. Saddlebag, if you get those gripper pliers, let me know how they work, pulling mats by hand is very awkward.
Don't bother buying special mat lifters. For less money you can buy a couple vice grips that have more than one use around the farm.
You can buy them at any farm, home, or tool store. Tsc usually has some in the $5-10 bin near the register and sears sells different sets for $20-30. Another fun thing you can get is a can of spray plastic or the liquid dip plastic. Pick a color you like and spray your "horse tools" so that you can easily identify them.
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I have, or rather my hubby has lots of sets of vice grips, I will give that a try.
I've found that the best way to move/position trailer mats is to have one person pulling and another person pushing until they end up in the right place!
What a luxury, another person to help me. Like that will ever happen....
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