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Dave_C
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posted 11-01-2002 01:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave_C   Click Here to Email Dave_C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I need some ideas for trailer floor coverings. I just ordered and put a deposit down on a new 28 ft enclosed race car hauler for my rear engine dragster. Should about 5 weeks until delivery.

I was a on a budget so I spent what little extra $$ I had on things I needed. Full 12V and 110 lighting and electrical. Three 12V lights, Two 4ft 110V lights, Two exterior 500W recessed quartz lights to light the pits. 3 wall outlets and a load center. All wiring and conduit is inside the walls. All this was much cheaper than I could do it.

Also got white vinyl walls and ceiling, an electric tongue jack and extended ramp door flap/door bumpers to make loading the dragster easier.

After buying those items the budget was shot. My in-laws own a cabinet shop, so I can get some nice oak cabinets for cost. I need some ideas for the floor. As delivered it will be bare 3/4" plywood. 28' X 8' interior + 72"X92" ramp door.

Aluminum tread plate is out due to cost. I had considered having it done with spray in truck bedliner. Linex, Speedliner, etc., but I got a couple of estimates of $1600-1800 due to large square footage.

So that leaves:
paint, epoxy garage type
paint, enamel covered by a clear coat
polyurethane on bare wood
carpet
vinyl roll flooring
vinyl tile
rubber roll flooring (any sources that sell direct to the public?)

Any other ideas and pros/cons?

Thanks,
David Cole

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Dad Vishus
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posted 11-01-2002 02:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dad Vishus   Click Here to Email Dad Vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I did mine in tile and I wouldn't do it that way again. Stick down tile sccots around too much. The area under the front tire with a wheel chock has moved a couple of inches.

One thing definitely don't do in tile is the door. They fall off. I didn't do my door in tile, I painted it.

I may redo mine sometime soon and I may go to a combintaion of roll flooring and carpet in the front. I've seen several trailers done that way and it looks good and is easy to maintain. I've also thought about aluminum plate on the wheel track areas. Slicks with glue (VHT) leave black marks when the car is jiggling around while towing.

Most guys I know that have painted floors repaint them every year. Personally, I want something that takes as little maintenance as possible. My door needs painted now. I'm going to look into floor plate for it, I think. No maintenance.

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Moneymaker
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posted 11-01-2002 02:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like steel diamond plate myself. The aluminum is better/nicer but as you well know, very costly.

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posted 11-01-2002 02:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Or,........if you really wanted to be different and leading edge, how about Astro Turf????

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lawless
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posted 11-01-2002 05:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lawless   Click Here to Email lawless     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Moneymaker:
Or,........if you really wanted to be different and leading edge, how about Astro Turf????


I prefer Kitty Litter....

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Moneymaker
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posted 11-01-2002 05:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don't consider a dirt floor trailer David. I already know someone with one of those.

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posted 11-01-2002 05:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JCQuinn@work   Click Here to Email JCQuinn@work     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had a trailer with plywood floor. Paint worked just fine. Light, cheap, looked real nice.

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Dad Vishus
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posted 11-01-2002 05:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dad Vishus   Click Here to Email Dad Vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Moneymaker:
Don't consider a dirt floor trailer David. I already know someone with one of those.


Yeah, mine usually. I live on a gravel road and trailers leak dust.

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jsracingbbf
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posted 11-01-2002 08:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jsracingbbf   Click Here to Email jsracingbbf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
David, I got mine from a guy that had VERY low cut indoor outdoor carpet ( GREY ) in my trailer BUT the door was just plywood, SO I painted it with EPOXY floor enamel AND I added some of that sand stuff like you get at TRU Value. I am sure glad I did that. I have been on other guys ramps that are TILE or painted and slick takes on a whole new meaning. If the carpet wears out and it will, I may just paint the whole floor this way.

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Dave_C
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posted 11-02-2002 12:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave_C   Click Here to Email Dave_C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks guys.

Looking like I'll go with the expoxy floor paint. If I don't like it, I can always cover with something else later on.

BTW, if anyone needs a new trailer I can say that I'm very happy with the deal I got from Lance Brannon Trailer Sales. Good trailers, good people, good deal. Located in north Alabama, just south of the TN line. He carries Vintage, Pace and Innovator. I ordered a Vintage. They sell mainly race trailers. They are not just a utility trailer dealer that sells an occasional car hauler.

Their site:
http://www.lbtrailers.com/home.asp

Later,

David Cole

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