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Old 05-31-2010, 09:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Replacing plywood on sled trailer, any advise?

I have an 8x8 aluminum trailer and the wood is getting pretty bad. Here is the question....

What is the best way to keep the plywood from de-laminating on the front/edges? I would think paint is just not enough. Should I paint it and then wax the edges? Would it last? Anyone have better suggestions? Caulking/silicone smeared on the edges seems kind of cheesy to me? What would last?


Any advise would be appreciated.

Also, how can one wire the trailer to make it last? It seems like the wiring always fails after a number of seasons, due to sun, & shorts/vibration. I am replacing all the counter sunk lights with new LED lights and rubber grommets. Should a person use the black, plastic, ribbed, flexible "conduit" (If you will) to help?

Just a heads up. There is one place in Minnesota, that sells 4x10 plywood for snowmobile trailers. I was told (By them), that they are the only ones in the state. I know the guy and he is a stand up guy (Small town, central MN), so I believe him. This was as of March of this year. Said he has it made just for them for snowmobile trailers. I thought that was pretty cool.

I don't know if I can post the name here, so I won't. Let me know if I can or if there is any interest.

Again, thanks for any help from the experts.

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Old 06-01-2010, 06:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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For best results use marine grade (waterproof) plywood and then seal it.
I use 1/2" pvc as wire conduit to protect the wiring from rubbing/chaffing against the frame.
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You can special order plywood at most of your home improvement stores.. They won't carry marine grade, but they will carry green treated.

Personally, I would just buy the green because of money. Also, mine is enclosed so it doesn't get as beat up.
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Old 06-01-2010, 12:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You know that composite fake decking that would work good just put track matts down.
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A good quality stain would make it last but you would have to re-stain it about every 2 years or more.
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I used treated plywood and thomsons water seal both sides and edges too! Then use a steel drywall end cap to edge the wood!
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I used treated plywood about 6 years ago and it still looks great.
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I used marine grade plywood,and i got it at the home improvement store.
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we use plywood my dad gets from and replace it when it gets crappy. lol
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Old 09-29-2011, 07:52 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Hello I know this is an old thread but I need to know who sells the 4x10 plyood for the trailers. I live in the Twin Cities and need to replace my decking. My 8x10 trailer has 2 4x10 sheets on it right now and want to replace it with the same size. Thanks
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Old 09-29-2011, 08:02 PM   #11 (permalink)
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The only thing I have seen in 4 x 10 is OSB!
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Old 09-29-2011, 08:13 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Hello the person that started this thread (Jigglestick) says he knows who sells is and somebody makes it as my trailer has it on their now.
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Old 09-30-2011, 10:40 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Use some good cord for trailer lights inside pvc conduit where you can.
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Old 09-30-2011, 11:25 PM   #14 (permalink)
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motoworld id send him a pm since he hasnt been on here since march and hope it hits his email best of luck.
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Old 10-04-2011, 05:39 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Hey guys, sorry about the long absense.

Funny thing, if you go to "bid-2-buy.com" you will see the lumber yard that sells the 4x10 trailer wood. He sold out after getting a great offer on the land and building.

The auction just ended on September 29th I beleive. I wish I had better news. It was called "Lumber Land Home Center" in Cambridge , MN. Robert Zimprich was the proprietor. Look him up, he might be able to steer you in the right direction.

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Old 10-04-2011, 06:29 PM   #16 (permalink)
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What about just using treated 5/4 decking?
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:56 PM   #17 (permalink)
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My trailer is an 8'x10' that came with 2 4'x8' sheets down the sides and 1 2'x8' piece across the front. When I replaced it a few years ago I used the 3/4" plywood that is used for concrete forms (no voids in the interior) and sealed it (both sides and edges) with boiled linseed oil.
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