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    What if anything do you use on the wood decking of your trailer? A friend suggested used oil. His trailer looks to be in great shape. It's not slippery, at least when it's dry. I can't say when it's wet. What do you think?
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    I use 50/50 diesel fuel and used diesel oil. I do it on hot days and for the first week, if its wet, it can be slippery. But after that its no different than new wood. I over treat mine I am sure. I do it 4 times a year or so since it sits outside most of the year.

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    I use any quality wood deck sealant once/year, still original treated floor after 20+ years! ~~ Lowell

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    Nothing, seven years old and counting. When it needs to be replaced I will get rough sawed oak.
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    I ended up using the used low-vis hydraulic oil from my tractor. I used about 2 gallons. The wood soaked it up like a sponge.

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    I tried using my old hand held weed sprayer to spray the oil. That didn't work. It came out in a stream. It was still too thick to mist out of the nozzle. A bucket and a rag worked out pretty good. Right after I was done the decking was dry. It's not slippery at all. Maybe in a couple of weeks I'll do it again.
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    That looks great, I should do that to mine as well...but I am to lazy
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    Looks like that worked out well. Just remember too that the spot that rots will be the spot that doesn't dry which is usually where it makes contact with the metal or where it bolts through the metal so that's why it is nice to pretreat the decking before installing it if possible. The wood can get wet but as long as it dries reasonably well it will weather but not rot.

    I've got to build a wood floor and sides for my trailer some day but I was planning on using pressure treated wood so I won't have to do anything to it, but that's just the "Loafer" in me coming out.

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    I used old motor oil and like mentioned earlier, it soaked it up like a sponge. I applied it 3 times over a week.

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    My father in law just puts deck sealant/stain on his 16 foot trailer. It's just pine, and it sits out in the snow all winter and rain all summer. Around the 10 -15 year mark it is just now starting to show signs that the wood needs to be replaced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    I use 50/50 diesel fuel and used diesel oil. I do it on hot days and for the first week, if its wet, it can be slippery. But after that its no different than new wood. I over treat mine I am sure. I do it 4 times a year or so since it sits outside most of the year.

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    I have been using motor oil and diesel fuel on our horse fence for 25 years. Have NOT had to replace and part of the fence due to rot.
    I do a mix of approximately 80% oil, 20% fuel. Just enough fuel to make it easy to apply.
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