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Old 03-20-2010, 02:43 PM   #1
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Replacing trailer floors?

Does anyone know how labour intensive replaceing floor boards on a 2 horse trailer is? Is it something that a carpenter would be able to do? Or would it have to be done by a specialist? Ive found a 2 horse trailer that seems in perfect condition aside from the floor boards.

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A lot depends on how the boards are installed. The lateral (across the trailer ) boards are often harder to replace. The boards that run the long way of the trailer are easier, especially if they don't fit in a slot at the bumper end of the trailer.

If the bolts are rusted in, and most of the time they will be, they need to be cut off. From underneath the trailer! That means a lot of hard work, lying on your back, unless you have access to a lift.

Some, especially the lateral boards, actually require cutting the metal strips holding the boards in place with a torch to replace them, and then welding the strips back in place after the new boards are inserted.

It is usually a pretty labor intensive job. I've gotten too old and fat to attempt it! But if you are young, agile, good with tools, and have a lot of time on your hands, you can do it yourself.
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Not too hard really if you have the right tools. My father and I did my way old two horse trailer in one afternoon way back when.

We didn't bother to get under the trailer to cut the bolts, just ground the heads off and then pounded them through. Much easier.

Mine had the channel for the boards to fit into at the rear door but the front by the manger just had regular angle iron for them to rest on. Replaced half the boards in the walls at the same time with tongue and groove, that was much harder than the floor.
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Old 03-21-2010, 12:34 AM   #4
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Sometimes it isn't the replacing the wood part that is the hard part it is pulling everything out and realizing your supports underneith need to be replaced....then it is hard...

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We bought a 2 horse and hubby replaced the floor with hickory cut at a mill 2 inches thick, it matches the wood that was taken out.then he replaced the metal pieces that hold the lumber in place. had the whole floor done in about 2 hours. Than rubber mats on top of that.
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Old 03-23-2010, 08:25 AM   #6
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My dad and my brother did this in an afternoon. Shouldn't be too difficult.
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