Wooden trailer??
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Does anyone have any experience with a flat-deck wooden trailer, as in one you'd put a canoe on and haul behind a pickup truck? I just made wooden running boards for my pickup truck, and am about to weld up two more steel trailers for boats. This got me curious about the possibility of fabricating a wooden, flat-deck trailer instead of using steel. I saw one of the members referred to his wooden trailer in a post about cleaning a deck, but said individual is not set up to accept PM's. Thanks for any info. John
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  Re: Wooden trailer?? by jklingel (Does anyone have any...)
I have a utility trailer with a wood deck.  It is a simple steel frame with a 6/4 treated lumber deck.  I purchased it in 1987.  It was stored inside for 8 years, but outside the rest of the time.
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  Re: Wooden trailer?? by jklingel (Does anyone have any...)
If it's really just for canoes, I think the easiest and least expensive way to go is to just purchase one of the smallest trailers (40"x48") and give it a longer tongue. By the time you buy an axle kit, springs, and wheels you'd already be at about the purchase price. If you want to use wood for the tongue, I'd suggest ash. However; I would use steel tubing that fits over the existing tongue to make it longer and put the cut off piece with the coupler back in the front with the safety chains, and landing gear still attached. Logistics aside, it's about an hour project. I'd rather spend my Saturday out on the lake than building a trailer to get my boat there.
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  Re: Wooden trailer?? by jklingel (Does anyone have any...)
(03-16-2019, 01:33 AM)jklingel Wrote: Does anyone have any experience with a flat-deck wooden trailer, as in one you'd put a canoe on and haul behind a pickup truck? I just made wooden running boards for my pickup truck, and am about to weld up two more steel trailers for boats. This got me curious about the possibility of fabricating a wooden, flat-deck trailer instead of using steel. I saw one of the members referred to his wooden trailer in a post about cleaning a deck, but said individual is not set up to accept PM's. Thanks for any info. John

I would really wonder if your local DOT would allow a wooded trailer on the highways. I know I would not want to be behind or alongside one.
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  Re: Wooden trailer?? by jklingel (Does anyone have any...)
On my utility trailer, the 3/4" pressure treated plywood is structural . The frame is 2" angle, but the main frame strength comes from the plywood sides. It started life as a home built rental in 1958. I've had it since '78. It was rebuilt a few years back. Morgan sports cars had wooden frames.
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