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What floor for utility trailer?

I have a 5x8 tsc utility trailer I bought last spring and it has the cheap metal web type floor. Just about everything heavy I haul in it causes the floor to sag and comes loose from the hold down straps. I want to cover it with wood to make the trailer more practical and rigid, but can't decide between using 3/4" plywood or 2x6 boards. Anyone have any advice in which type to use? Thank you.
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Re: What floor for utility trailer?

I just helped a friend refurb a utility trailer with new boards, primer/paint, lights, tires, etc. We stuck with 2x6s simply because they were stronger than a plywood floor would be and there's enough small gaps in-between the boards that water doesn't just stand on the wood and try to penetrate. Of course even highly-treated wood will degrade eventually, but we figured the boards were the better choice for strength and longevity.

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Re: What floor for utility trailer?

I would go with the 3/4" plywood it would give a stable platform and wil not be prone to warping/twisting with 2x6 boards.

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Re: What floor for utility trailer?

Find some Marine grade plywood, Seal n paint the bottom before bolting it down. it will last forever

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For trailer decking, you should use a wood called Apitong. It is used for trailers because of it's resistance to rotting and it is very tough. Many major lumber suppliers carry this.
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I found this the other day check it out. and the rail idea I am going to use in my trailer
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Look at 1 1/8 tongue and grove, paint and waterproof, then take 6 mil plastic, wrap it on the under side and staple to the side, run silicone along the outer edges. It will never sag, it will make the trailer stronger and will not rot in your life time.
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I used aluminum bleacher seats to replace the boards on my 16 foot trailer. They have held up well and will outlast the trailer. They are hard to come by though. A friends dad works at a company that does bleachers and stadium seating so I got hooked up.

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