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    Trailer planking

    I found one of my trailer's wooden planks is rotten just below what looks to be a good board. If I'm to replace one board, I'll replace them all. My question is what kind of lumber should I use? Any pretreating of the wood prior to installation? This trailer sits out in the weather and sun with no protection. I was using used oil on the boards for protection, but it seems like that's not currently going to do anything for these boards. I didn't do this for the first 4-5 years I owned it. I'm not sure what kind of wood was used by the factory, I'm not a wood expert by any means.

    My trailer is 20' Load Trail with full length boards.

    Any suggestions that won't cost me thousands of dollars?
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    Jason,
    I just replaced the floor on my trailer. I used 2 x 10 treated lumber and then I painted them. I often thought how well a composite decking boards would do?
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    I thought about composite, but it's very weak compared to real lumber. I use my trailer for anything and everything. Whatever goes back on needs to be as tough or tougher than what's there.

    Do you know what kind of treated lumber? I'm assuming pressure treated pine? I'm not sure the newer pressure treated stuff won't attack the steel in the trailer. They advise you to use special fasteners at the lumber store due to the treatment used in the wood.
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    Most of the time #2 Pressure Treated Pine is what is used.

    You could talk to your local lumber yard and see if there is anything else that would work better / last longer.

    Found this on PJ Trailers Website: Rubber Infused Wood

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    Quote Originally Posted by rtgt View Post
    Most of the time #2 Pressure Treated Pine is what is used.

    You could talk to your local lumber yard and see if there is anything else that would work better / last longer.

    Found this on PJ Trailers Website: Rubber Infused Wood

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    That would be good the next time I have to replace the floor in the horse trailer, as well as for the flat bed. I'm sure it isn't cheap, but might make it the last time I needed to replace either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rtgt View Post
    Most of the time #2 Pressure Treated Pine is what is used.

    You could talk to your local lumber yard and see if there is anything else that would work better / last longer.
    Yeah, that's what I'm thinking, just wondering if there's something better. I don't want to do this every few years. I'm not a big fan of the pressure treated lumber around here. It seems to be junk and not last long.

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    Found this on PJ Trailers Website: Rubber Infused Wood

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    That looks interesting. I wonder what the true longevity of that would be. Plus I seriously doubt they would sell just the lumber...
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    Treated Southern Yellow Pine is pretty good stuff, bark side up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dieselshadow View Post
    Yeah, that's what I'm thinking, just wondering if there's something better. I don't want to do this every few years. I'm not a big fan of the pressure treated lumber around here. It seems to be junk and not last long.



    That looks interesting. I wonder what the true longevity of that would be. Plus I seriously doubt they would sell just the lumber...
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    I've had good results with semi trailer flooring. I don't know the exact composition or what it's treated with, but it's held up very well in all the trailers we've used. It has a lip on the sides that slides under the board next to it so even if there is a little shrinkage you don't end up with a gap.
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