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Re: [Shop-talk] 5x8 trailer decking ideas?

Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] 5x8 trailer decking ideas?
From: Ronnie Day <>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:33:32 -0500
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I don't think a solid bed is a good idea. I'd consider using 2 x 12s, even
though you'd need to figure a way to attach them to the existing decking,
that shouldn't be hard to do. We have a 5 x 10 trailer that was originally
decked with untreated 2 x 12s. Over several years the back end of those
rotted away. When I replaced them I used treated 2 x 12s, primed and
painted on all sides and the ends, before I put them down. Wasn't real
cheap, but not terribly expensive either. No issues since and they're a
solid base for pretty much anything I want to put in the trailer. I left a
nail width cap between the boards so water wouldn't sit on the bed.


On Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 9:53 AM, Jim Franklin <>

> Been quiet for a few days, don't want the collective to lose it's edge :-)
> I have a 5x8 utility trailer with a mesh floor that needs a more supportive
> deck for 2 motorcycles. I'd like to keep it one piece to stop any water
> infiltration that might lift the seam.
> I've seen 5x8 ply mentioned for ping pong tables, but not in exterior
> grade.
> There is 5x8 diamond plate (slippery and expensive), so I'm looking around
> for
> other ideas before I butt 4x8 CDX together.
> thanks,
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