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Old 05-01-2012, 11:02 PM   #1
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Default Replacing Floor in Stock Trailer

I am Going to replace the floor in our stock trailer in a few months, but didnt know how much I needed to save for buying diamond plate.
So how much is a 4x8 sheet of 1/4 inch diamond plate, and is that heavy enough?
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:11 PM   #2
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1,8th would be more than enough and half the price,not sure on the price.but your really talking about alot of added weight,that diamond plate is heavy
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:57 AM   #3
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I would got back with pressur treated wood... Diamond plate is heavy and would reqauire much more work.
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:10 AM   #4
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well we have replaced the floor once already and I want to be good and done for all, I meant 1/8th
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:08 AM   #5
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IMO i would not go to a metal floor, heard to many stories of cattle slipping around and breaking legs. I just finished redoing my 30 year old cattle trailer trailer and went with pressure treated lumber and used fence staples to nail down cattle panels.
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:29 AM   #6
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IMO i would not go to a metal floor, heard to many stories of cattle slipping around and breaking legs. I just finished redoing my 30 year old cattle trailer trailer and went with pressure treated lumber and used fence staples to nail down cattle panels.
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We have a winner! Diamond plate will be too slippery. Pressure treated or maybe crisoak (not the right spelling) lumber.
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:05 PM   #7
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this is strictly a horse trailer now, I was going to put down the rubber mats, but now ya'll got me thinking thats overkill
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:05 AM   #8
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You might try the plastic decking boards if your cross supports are close enough. They would out last you.
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:50 AM   #9
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Good point. Try the boat decking board it would last . Meant to be exposed to all type of conditions and last a long like If I'm not mistaking 10year shelf life out in the weather . It is expensive though but worth it. . Hope that helps
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Old 05-03-2012, 03:26 AM   #10
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Wood!
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:34 AM   #11
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If you're only haulin horses and no cattle, I'd go ahead and put the mats down over lumber, especially if you shoe your horses. Straight lumber can be a little slick on a shod horse if it gets wet. In my opinion, it's kinda like payin $5000 for a deer lease, shooting a 170" deer and then taking it to a cut rate taxidermist. That money you spend on the mats will be worth it.
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:36 AM   #12
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If its going to be a horse trailer plus your putting rubber mats down, then by all means go for it. The problem your gonna run into is, diamond plate I think runs about $150 for a 4X8 sheet. I would still go the wood route, and just throw the rubber mats on top of the wood floor.
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:09 AM   #13
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treated wood and rubber mats is what i would go with, keep it clean and keep the wood oiled over the years
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:49 AM   #14
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In about to deck my 16' trailer and considering using creosote boards. Theres a yard here in San Antonio that is milling out of svc telephone poles into 2x's and various sizes. http://www.usedutilitypoles.com/r/Cr...es-San-Antonio
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:09 PM   #15
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the guys here got it right. A metal floor is not a good choice.
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:32 PM   #16
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We put a floor in our gooseneck trailer many years ago that was "rumber" ("boards" made from recycled rubber). Much quieter, and the last floor we will ever put in it.
And no rubber mats necessary.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:01 PM   #17
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^^ where would I get this kind of thing?

Im thinking about the recycled plastic deck boards, they seem to last forever
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:04 AM   #18
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i believe we got them at Caple-Shaw here in Fort Worth.
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My boss put rumber in his about ten years ago. Still looks new.
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:12 AM   #20
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I replaced a rumber floor in a friends 20' stock trailer once. Some of them where broken, & brittle. Replaced the rumber for treated.

For me, its always 2x6 treated wood. Keep it clean, and it will last you a long time.
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Old 05-08-2012, 01:03 PM   #21
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Metal floor is a bad idea. Heavy, expensive, slick, wont allow manure to fall through and will require constant washing or will rot out faster than wood.

Treated lumber with a cattle panel nailed on top is what I would use. But I've seen one done with a fiberglass grate (I think it goes on cat walks). Its about 1 1/2'' thick and has about 1 1/2"X 1 1/2" squares for clean out. Only comnplaint he had was gas stations hated him because the munure falls straight through
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