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Old 05-12-2018, 11:55:15 AM
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Replacing trailer deck Iím replacing my trailer deck a 16 foot trailer for an upcoming trip Whatís the best sealant to put on the wood I have 55 gallons of new motor oil that Iíve had for about 15 years is new motor oil as good as used motor oil
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Old 05-12-2018, 12:06:00 PM
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If it were me, I'd buy treated lumber to start with. In the weather, a 30 year life expectancy. Also, I'd try to cut boards to length, so to speak, and give a good coat of paint or two, all over, top, bottom, edges, ends, etc. You'll thank yourself in years to come.
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Oh my. You pour that oil on those boards in commifornia and the tree hugger/bunny humper heads will explode.
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Oh my. You pour that oil on those boards in commifornia and the tree hugger/bunny humper heads will explode.
You say that as if it would be a bad thing?
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Don't use new engine oil. Used is much better with a good soaking, then a second coat. Use good environmental conscience when you apply the oil such as a low spot you can cover up with dirt. This, along with burning tires is how I handle environmental conscience. Let them effin dunces, (politicians) in California enjoy their "Moonbeam" governor and ways. I'll work at keeping him stocked with Tofu.

Good old fashioned turpentine works well also. Apply liberally prior to installing the deck on all six sides after cutting the boards to length, then apply again liberally after the deck if fastened. Allow it to penetrate and dry prior to use. Got anybody that does creosote? Can't beat it for longevity on a trailer deck.
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Oil is ok for wood but reapply every so often just as you would any other coating.
I can't see burnt oil being any more dangerous to the earth than some of the stuff in cans we would have to pay for.
It is all not the same as it came out from the earth.
I am looking forward to responses to this thread as I have the flooring off my tandem now.
I did determine that some "catwalk" I have that is 7.5 inches wide,48 inches long,will be laid in the 2 wheel tracks of vehicles and welded in. Then I will board up the rest of the trailer.That way,if the wood fails,the weight of the car or tractor is not resting on it.
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Yellow pine will last longer and wear better. You can also get it in treated (better yet)
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Replacing trailer deck Iím replacing my trailer deck a 16 foot trailer for an upcoming trip Whatís the best sealant to put on the wood I have 55 gallons of new motor oil that Iíve had for about 15 years is new motor oil as good as used motor oil
Does treated would hurt the metal on the trailer thanks for all the input
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Two things to consider. Rot, and sun damage.
Pressure treated wood doesn't rot easily, but it doesn't do well in the sun unless you continually seal it , and it's too wet to seal with anything until you dry it out for a month. (PITA)

The log home builders use borate to protect from rot:

https://www.domyown.com/timbor-profe...SABEgIFE_D_BwE

On my wood projects, I use kiln dried pine and I saturate all six sides of the lumber with the borate. That stops the rot, but not the sun damage. Your motor oil applied to the surface will prevent that. I'd use the new oil on the trailer, and save the drain oil to dump on the ground around the outbuildings to keep the weeds down.
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Skip the treated wood and soak it in raw linseed oil (can be found in gallons or 5 gallons at paint stores). If you are not able to find raw, you can get boiled linseed oil and mix it 50/50 with mineral spirits.
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If you paint, don't paint the underside on wood. I would gladly trade those 15 gallons of new motor oil for 30 used gallons.
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plus one on recoating PT lumber a month down the road with boiled or raw Linseed oil .
there are some good non slippery deck sealers out there too.
I'm not interested in loosing a load or breaking my neck or anothers with motor oil.
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Around North Texas saw mills are cutting old telephone poles and selling the boards. It works well and last a long time,only problem is the smell will make your eyes water for a while.
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I just got done redoing one of my trailers about a month ago. It was a 6 x 10 tilt, I never did like the way it pulled with the axle being centered on tilt trailers. I added a foot to the tongue and a foot to the front of the bed. It pulls great now.
It had a 2x10 untreated floor. It is a 2002 I bought it new and always kept it inside, but I was surprised when I took the boards out they were starting to rot in places. I replaced them with treated five quart decking to make it a little lighter. I never haul anything very heavy on it, and if I need to I can lay a piece of plywood down on the floor.
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Default Re: Replacing Trailer Deck

Find someone selling rough cut Larch.

Replace once, and your grandkids MIGHT have to replace a board or two.

I had my brand new Suretrack's floor ripped out 20 min after i got home and replaced with Larch from a local amish mill.

I replaced a 20' car hauler deck over 10 years back and it still is solid.
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I found some house deck stain at Menard's on the discount shelf. I think it was special color mix that somebody didn't like and they brought it back, but since it was custom mix they won't sell it at full price. I don't remember the exact price, but it was much cheaper than normal price.

It is the stuff that has a lot of solids in it and the old wood on my trailer soaked it up like a sponge. Been on there for 3 years and looks good still. I'm always keeping a lookout for more for the next time.
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