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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-13-2019, 06:32 AM Thread Starter
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Replacing Trailer Decking

My open-sided 3 place snowmobile/atv trailer is ready to have the decking replaced. When I cinch down on the tie-down loop that are imbedded in the decking, it pulls the decking up, as the wood is no longer strong enough. The screws into the frame just pull through the wood. Maybe I should "overdue" instead of "ready". I do most of my hauling in another enclosed trailer. But it's a big 4 place, so I this little open trailer is way easier to use for short little runs around town.

So my question is what to use for decking material. Live in MN, so it sees some salt in the winter - but not tons, since we've got the enclosed trailers for any of our longer runs. Will simple green treated plywood be sufficient? 1/2" or 5/8"? Thoughts? Suggestions?

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-13-2019, 07:20 AM
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My little trailer is due for a decking replacement as well, mine originally came with 5/8" treated plywood and sometime during its life it was replaced with 3/8. I plan to go back with 5/8 if I can't find aluminum sheeting that I want.

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I'd say 5/8th is a bare minim in thickness. What about 3/4? We used this in building const, or course treated, quite a bit. Here in the UP, we can get 3/4 untreated that is a much nicer product since the treated sheets has voids in it, left and right. Seems the plain 3/4 plywood was less costly and of course, you'd need to put a good deck chemical treatment on it.

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post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-13-2019, 06:29 PM
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I used 3/4 GP Drymax from Menards on my clamshell. My new hybrid is also 3/4 GP Drymax.

One thing..Use new stainless steel screws..Treated wood isn't compatible with all types of fasteners. I just through bolted mine.
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I’d suggest 3/4” AB marine grade pressure treated plywood available at Home Depot. Use stainless fasteners and it will outlast you and your machines.

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Id suggest 3/4 AB marine grade pressure treated plywood available at Home Depot. Use stainless fasteners and it will outlast you and your machines.
Marine plywood is very expensive.
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I see marine grade 3/4 is about $80 per sheet at Menard's.........
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I’d suggest 3/4” AB marine grade pressure treated plywood available at Home Depot. Use stainless fasteners and it will outlast you and your machines.
Marine plywood is very expensive.
It’s all relative. You can go cheap and replace the plywood sooner or spend a bit more and not worry about it. When you look at the job to change the decking vs the additional cost to go with Marine grade, I’d take the more expensive option.

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GP Drymax is only $30 a sheet or so. Since this is used for snow, also consider replacing the axle bolts and coupler bolts with new grade 8 yellow ones.
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OSB is not made to last outside, in weather. It is designed to the covered with something. Personally, I stick with plywood product.
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