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Trailer decking - Aluminum or wood?

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    Trailer decking - Aluminum or wood?


    I'm going to buy a more substantial utility trailer: right now we just have 4' x 8' Harbor Fright.

    The aluminum trailers appeal to me, and are available either with aluminum decking, or wood. I favor the Al For being lighter and requiring less maintenance, while wood is probably cheaper, and easier to modify and repair.

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    Re: Trailer decking - Aluminum or wood?

    What are you going to be hauling with it?

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    Re: Trailer decking - Aluminum or wood?

    If you can afford the Al get it. I have wood on mine but it stays inside whenever I'm not using it. I had that grate floor on mine, my buddy cut it out and replaced it with 2x8 's.

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    Re: Trailer decking - Aluminum or wood?

    I have a worthington al 4x8 utility trailer that was bought about 15-17 years ago. It has PT decking and stake sides.
    The tires and hubs have needed maintenance. The decking has not.

    The only problem with the wood decking is it gets slick when wet. Trailer tows like a dream on anything I've put it behind at this point.

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    Re: Trailer decking - Aluminum or wood?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheIglu View Post
    What are you going to be hauling with it?
    Motorcycles, power equipment and attachments, snowmobiles, possibly the odd household item.

    I'm thinking a 5' or 6' x 10' utility trailer as manufactured by Load Rite, Mission et al. We don't own anything that can tow more than 3,500 so weight is a factor. I'm not wedded to aluminum, so I suppose a galvanized trailer with steel mesh is an option as well.

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    Re: Trailer decking - Aluminum or wood?

    Mine came with wood

    After 15 years being stored outside I then replaced it with 3/4 treated plywood, along with a paint job
    The wood I put 2 coats of paint on the top side , and some drains so water wouldn't pool.

    I am in my 70th year so I got a lifetime guarantee

    The other alternative would be plastic decking boards

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    Re: Trailer decking - Aluminum or wood?

    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    Motorcycles, power equipment and attachments, snowmobiles, possibly the odd household item.

    I'm thinking a 5' or 6' x 10' utility trailer as manufactured by Load Rite, Mission et al. We don't own anything that can tow more than 3,500 so weight is a factor. I'm not wedded to aluminum, so I suppose a galvanized trailer with steel mesh is an option as well.
    I would stay away from steel mesh decking, it quickly sags along wheel tracks

    I've been looking at trailers at Aluminum Utility Trailers - Open Trailers, Landscape Trailers spare tire is standard, several adjustable tie down options, etc.


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    Re: Trailer decking - Aluminum or wood?

    I had a BigTex landscape utility trailer with p.t. 2x6 decking. I liked the wood decking as it allowed me to easily customize and install e-track and wheel chock mounting plates.

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    Re: Trailer decking - Aluminum or wood?

    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    I'm going to buy a more substantial utility trailer: right now we just have 4' x 8' Harbor Fright.

    The aluminum trailers appeal to me, and are available either with aluminum decking, or wood. I favor the Al For being lighter and requiring less maintenance, while wood is probably cheaper, and easier to modify and repair.

    Suggestion?
    Aluminum all the way. I have a 5x8 Cargo Pro with aluminum deck, it's lived outside for over ten years and still looks like the day I bought it. Does not get slipppery, and I can move it around easily by hand(400lb). Spend the $ and get one you'll never have to fuck with or worry about.

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    Re: Trailer decking - Aluminum or wood?

    Quote Originally Posted by RandyO View Post
    I would stay away from steel mesh decking, it quickly sags along wheel tracks

    I've been looking at trailers at Aluminum Utility Trailers - Open Trailers, Landscape Trailers spare tire is standard, several adjustable tie down options, etc.
    They are using 5/8" Marine Tech Aqua Ply decking, which I suppose is a third option.

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    Re: Trailer decking - Aluminum or wood?

    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    They are using 5/8" Marine Tech Aqua Ply decking, which I suppose is a third option.
    I know dozens of people that have trailers from ProLine, and no one unhappy. Mostly contractors with enclosed trailers and other enclosed trailers, only a few with open trailers. worthwhile to visit them and take a tour, I was impressed with the quality of build

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    Re: Trailer decking - Aluminum or wood?

    Quote Originally Posted by RandyO View Post
    I know dozens of people that have trailers from ProLine, and no one unhappy. Mostly contractors with enclosed trailers and other enclosed trailers, only a few with open trailers. worthwhile to visit them and take a tour, I was impressed with the quality of build
    X2. I have a ProLine enclosed trailer for sleds and bikes and couldn't be happier with it. Build quality is excellent, Tom & Aaron know their shit and will equip it however you want.

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    Re: Trailer decking - Aluminum or wood?

    i built a 4x8 trailer and used Diamond Plate. just don't look at at it when the sun is out! It is still servicing hauling loads own in Florida.

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