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Life of Wood Trailer Floor

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How long does a 3/4-inch treated plywood floor tend to last in an enclosed car hauler? Does anyone put in 1-inch plywood to gain strength, or is it unneeded?

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I use 5/8" untreated plywood in the back of my open pickup truck, and it lasts about 7-8 years. I move pianos (and cars) in it, so it gets used a lot. I'd expect it would last much longer in an enclosed trailer.

Phil

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James,

I've always specified a steel diamond deckplate, or an all-aluminum floor for my enclosed trailers.

Living in the wet, humid south, I believe that wood floors are less desireable, and will eventually rot or give way.

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It's a terrible job but the life of wood floor can be extended by painting the underside of the trailer.

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If you mean pressure treated yellow pine it will last the life of the trailer against rot. Impossible to answer your question regards 3/4 vs 1" without knowing the construction of the floor frame and how you are using/abusing it............Bob

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