On Fri, 24 Apr 2015, Jim Franklin wrote:
> This is the trailer. The mesh floor is barely strong enough to support me,
> plus it lets in all the road spray/debris/etc. I'm at the very least going to
> cover it with CDX, if I don't find anything better, since I also use it to
> haul misc stuff, which right now requires a lot of "position engineering" so
> the weight is on the crossmembers.
So, if I understand you correctly, your priorities are a solid,
weather-resistant, inexpensive and lightweight floor? That's gonna be
tough, I think. You might have to pick two or three.
For what it's worth, since we're throwing out ideas, I just put a new
layer of floor in my enclosed 20' car hauler. The original floor was OSB,
and not in terrible shape, but stained from various spills by the previous
owner. I covered it with 15/32nds plywood, and then coated that
liberally with Herculiner.
It wasn't stupid cheap ( although much of the ply was scrap I already
had and I picked up 3 gallons for $40/ea on craigslist ) and I can't speak
to the longevity yet as I just did it, but it's an idea. The trailer had
rubber coin-pattern interlocking tiles when I got it, but they didn't work
for my use like I thought they would. I transport a racecar that is
almost always covered in ice and snow, so weather-proofing from the inside
is paramount to me.
If I were you, I'd probably put two coats of quality exterior paint on
both sides of some plywood, then install it, and call it good. In my last
(enclosed) trailer, I used Behr porch paint on the floor, with play sand
mixed in for traction. That worked, too, but I didn't keep it long.