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Old 04-15-2021, 01:52 PM   #1
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Question Trailer floor

I need to replace the trailer floor on my 18' utility trailer. With the cost of lumber these days I'm wondering if it would be worth putting a metal floor in instead. What types of metal should I price for this?

I would need 11 pieces of 2x8x18.
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Old 04-15-2021, 01:54 PM   #2
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I’d price your lumber for the wooden floor then compare the cost for steel and welding. Steel has gone up, but maybe you can score some old pipe and then use expanded metal on top
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Old 04-15-2021, 02:07 PM   #3
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Option: Some saw mills are cutting old utility poles for trailer beds.
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Old 04-15-2021, 02:13 PM   #4
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C-purlin works.
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Old 04-15-2021, 02:29 PM   #5
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C-purlin works.
lay it in just like a 2 x 6 ?
i guess, dang good idea
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Old 04-15-2021, 05:35 PM   #6
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Option 2

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Old 04-15-2021, 05:47 PM   #7
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One thing to consider, wood bed trailers are designed to flex as you likely notice loading and unloading driving etc. If you replace with metal, additional bracing is needed for the metal floor. The C-Purlin idea is interesting. I wonder if you could lay it down like a traditional floating wood floor?
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Old 04-15-2021, 05:47 PM   #8
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My uncle did his in some aluminum bleachers he purchased at a surplus auction. Loved it.
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Old 04-15-2021, 05:51 PM   #9
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C-purlin works.
Yes they do, I did it here. They make them in 1.5" thickness that perfectly matches 2X wood.

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Old 04-15-2021, 05:51 PM   #10
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Old 04-15-2021, 06:21 PM   #11
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C-purlin works.
C purlin will be slick as greased Owl poop. When wet. Couple of options
1. Paint it with a grit in it.
2. Use metal walk planks/ boards shaped like C Purlin
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Old 04-15-2021, 08:45 PM   #12
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Option: Some saw mills are cutting old utility poles for trailer beds.
Any known options around dfw?
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Old 04-15-2021, 08:56 PM   #13
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If going to a steel floor you will need to have crossmembers on 12" centers and same for Rumber if you go that route
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Old 04-16-2021, 06:46 PM   #14
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Saw this on CL, don't know the cost tho.

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Old 04-16-2021, 07:12 PM   #15
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Any known options around dfw?
Stice Sawmill near Bowie, TX

Address: 1166 Cole Rd, Bowie, TX 76230
Phone: (940) 872-1934
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Old 04-16-2021, 07:17 PM   #16
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Metal floors are slicker than owl snot. I rent the drop deck trailers to move heavy stuff from time to time. Difficult to get stuff tied down securely.
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Old 04-18-2021, 08:21 PM   #17
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What size C-Purlin are you using? I would like to try this out, it would be slick without a doubt. As far as a floating wood floor goes, those are on the cheap trailers. They are too cheap to screw the boards down like they should be. Ditto on steel floor and Rumber needing crossmembers on 12" centers. For standard lumber call all the lumber yards to find the best price. We are calling 5 different places when we have a trailer floor job and it is crazy how much the price differs from one place to the next. I had one customer come in and he had used a composite deck material to refloor his. No experience with it.
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Old 04-19-2021, 09:10 AM   #18
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If I go with the C purlin I was thinking I could run some ospho on it and then non slip tread tape. Or even just put the tape down.

What about rust?
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Old 04-19-2021, 12:39 PM   #19
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If you have any trees, you need to cut down, friend of mine near Leona has a portable sawmill. He cuts a lot of trailer flooring


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Old 04-19-2021, 12:47 PM   #20
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Also the metal will make it much heaver that wood.
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Old 04-20-2021, 06:16 AM   #21
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Address: 1166 Cole Rd, Bowie, TX 76230
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I'd heard they closed down, are they still open?
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Old 04-22-2021, 08:41 AM   #22
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Where can you find this? Besides the mfg in Katy.
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Old 04-22-2021, 09:17 AM   #23
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I'd heard they closed down, are they still open?
Phone number is no good so you may be right.
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Old 04-22-2021, 09:31 AM   #24
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Where can you find this? Besides the mfg in Katy.
When I looked into it the only place was toward dfw. I see it on trailers now and then so it can't be that hard to find

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Old 04-22-2021, 09:33 AM   #25
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Old 04-22-2021, 09:41 AM   #26
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If I go with the C purlin I was thinking I could run some ospho on it and then non slip tread tape. Or even just put the tape down.

What about rust?
You could always get the roll on bed liner from home depot to make it a nonslip.
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Old 04-22-2021, 10:21 AM   #27
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Call Custom Cut Lumber in Alto and get them to give you a price. You might be surprised.
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Old 04-22-2021, 10:32 AM   #28
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What size C-Purlin are you using? I would like to try this out, it would be slick without a doubt. Ditto on steel floor and Rumber needing crossmembers on 12" centers.
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If I go with the C purlin I was thinking I could run some ospho on it and then non slip tread tape. Or even just put the tape down.

What about rust?
I used 1.5x3 figuring I would need the extra stiffness, after having done it the 1.5x4 would have been more than adequate. My trailer has 24" centers and the C purlins are much stiffer than the wood 2x8's and have yet to bend or dent. If you don't need to match the old wood thickness I would just go with 2x6 purlins.

I used paint with texture sand mixed in. It's been holding up well and no issues loading my offroad jeep even when it's muddy. So far rust isn't any worse than when you scratch the paint on the frame of the trailer. I spaced the purlins 1/4" apart to allow drainage.
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Old 04-23-2021, 08:14 AM   #29
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I made some phone calls.

Gooseneck Trailer in Bryan sells the Rumber, if they can get it. Right now they are struggling to get enough to build their own trailers. Rumber costs about 40% more on this year's lumber prices, but it is very difficult to get right now.

For my 18' x 6.5' wide trailer
CPurlin was $2.65 - 2.94 / foot (2x6) = $689-741
Lumber 2x8x18 was $2.50 / foot = $495
Rumber $4.25 / foot (2x8) = $841.50. It has a 20 year warranty.
So, as much as I hate to say it, we will probably just go with the pressure treated lumber. It is amazing to me the variability between lumber store prices, too. Home Depot for the record doesn't sell anything longer than 16'. At least that is what the store in College Station said.

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Old 04-23-2021, 08:29 AM   #30
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I have an 18 foot trailer. I re-floored it a couple of years ago, and I found it was much cheaper at the time to buy 10 foot boards. My trailer has a crossmember right in the middle, and even with a foot cut off each board, it was still a lot cheaper than the long boards. Just about any metal floor will cost more, unless it is salvage. C purlin works, even better is bar grating or grip strut, but the prices of that stuff new is prohibitive for most trailers.
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Old 04-23-2021, 09:29 AM   #31
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Option: Some saw mills are cutting old utility poles for trailer beds.
bet them are great...thx for info..
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Old 04-26-2021, 08:12 AM   #32
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C purlin will be slick as greased Owl poop. When wet. Couple of options
1. Paint it with a grit in it.
2. Use metal walk planks/ boards shaped like C Purlin
I just replaced my trailer deck with wood but considered using C-Perlin but figured if it was wet or a little oily then any load would tend to shift easier. I opted for wood and treated with Penofin.
I build ramps for Texas Ramp Project and we use a grit on the deck paint called Skid Tex. We just mix it with the pain and it gives "some" grit for traction.
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