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graham-j

  • Joined Jul 2012
  • Canterbury Kent
Trailer flaw
« on: October 10, 2014, 09:38:30 am »
Hi what is the best thing to re-flaw an old 3 tonne farm trailer with.I'm thinking 3/4 ply but is that up to it,what about when it gets wet.
Also new drop sides is 6" X 1" pine boarding enough or should I use scaffold boards.
This is more about making an old trailer usable than how it looks.

Thanks Graham.
Graham.
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Womble

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
Re: Trailer flaw
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2014, 09:49:10 am »
New Ifor trailers come with a sheet of ply for the base, but the outer veneer is made of a tough plastic rather than wood.  I wonder if you can source a sheet of that from somewhere. Does anybody know what it's actually called?
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midtown

  • Joined Oct 2013
  • English Lake District
Re: Trailer flaw
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2014, 11:34:18 am »
Quote
Does anybody know what it's actually called?
Phenolic plywood. http://www.advancedtechnicalpanels.co.uk/products/buffalo-board-birch-plywood

Look on ebay for "phenolic trailer flooring".
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Womble

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
Re: Trailer flaw
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2014, 12:01:38 pm »
That's the stuff - thanks Midtown!  :thumbsup:
 
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graham-j

  • Joined Jul 2012
  • Canterbury Kent
Re: Trailer flaw
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2014, 02:01:03 pm »
Hi,thanks for the reply,that’s the stuff for sure
.How about for the sides what would you use for them.

Thanks Graham
Graham.

midtown

  • Joined Oct 2013
  • English Lake District
Re: Trailer flaw
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2014, 09:29:29 pm »
For a dropside, I'd stick with your original idea of pine floorboarding. My old trailer got these, but before fitting and after cutting the required lengths, they were treated to liberal applications of creosote.
If they're likely to be subject to damage during use, you could line the inner face with aluminium plate or thin marine ply which could be easily replaced in the event of damage.
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shygirl

  • Joined May 2013
Re: Trailer flaw
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2014, 10:15:48 pm »
I wold say marine ply also.

Womble

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
Re: Trailer flaw
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2014, 11:03:20 pm »
Just a thought - how about decking boards?  Cheap, easy to to work with, won't rot.....
"All fungi are edible. Some fungi are only edible once." -Terry Pratchett

scruffbag

  • Joined Nov 2012
Re: Trailer flaw
« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2014, 09:44:20 pm »
Ours was floored with decking years ago, still looks good. lasts better with abuse like hardcore than the ply.

graham-j

  • Joined Jul 2012
  • Canterbury Kent
Re: Trailer flaw
« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2014, 08:19:13 pm »
Hi,in the end I have used scaffold boards fo the flaw.I am now dithering between useing 6" X 1" pine boards for the sides or continue with the scaffold boards.

Thanks Graham.
Graham.

 

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