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FJ - Replacing the wood floor in an enclosed trailer

Post by FreighTer Jim » Mon Aug 24, 2020 5:47 am

I usually buy a new custom built enclosed car hauler trailer every 2 of 3 years.

But COVID-19 has created a shortage of labor & materials resulting in a delay for new trailer construction.

So I decided to replace the wood floor in my 35 foot custom enclosed car hauler.

I could not do this without help and I am fortunate to have made some good friends over the years traveling.

So here we go ..... 😉

First the wood on the side walls had to be removed.
My good friend Mark who is a skilled carpenter did
that because we wanted to use those pieces for patterns.

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The existing floor is 3/4 inch plywood.
I have my trailers built with floor - sidewall - roof
cross members on 12 inch centers.

I started installing etrac about every 4 feet width wise
Several years ago surface mounted on the wood floor.

As I started pulling up the old floor - I had to remove
the 1/4 inch bolts - fender washers - lock washers
so I could re-use the etrac.

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Post by FreighTer Jim » Mon Aug 24, 2020 8:35 am

So I took up six sheets of plywood but left the front six or so feet alone - it was in good shape.

Mark cleaned it with some degreaser 👍


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Mark cleaned up the fender well boxes.
We are painting them.

Just about ready for the new plywood 😉


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Post by Burger in Spokane » Tue Aug 25, 2020 12:23 am

Are you saying the floors had "gone bad" ? How so ?
More people are doing it today than ever before !

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Post by FreighTer Jim » Tue Aug 25, 2020 4:34 am

I requested the floor be screwed down to every cross member - it wasn’t - many screws had missed the mark.

Gas - oil - fluid stains had gathered over time.


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Post by FreighTer Jim » Tue Aug 25, 2020 4:39 am

We cleaned & repainted the cross members as we installed the new floor.

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Then Mark put new sidewall wood up.


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Post by FreighTer Jim » Tue Aug 25, 2020 4:44 am

Several years ago I combined the four piece aluminum ramp set to make two long ramps.

I thought about storing those underneath by having brackets built - Jerry came out to take a look.

It was decided to break down the ramps to four pieces
and build some brackets to attach them to the sidewalls.

Jerry designed some and installed them on Monday.


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Post by FreighTer Jim » Wed Aug 26, 2020 8:11 am

With the new floor down - Mark applied a two parts epoxy floor coat system yesterday morning 😉

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Post by Dallas Landers » Wed Sep 02, 2020 4:26 pm

Pretty nice Jim! Now you will have to wipe up those oil drips. They wont soak in before you stop. :D

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Post by Rich Eagle » Wed Sep 02, 2020 5:44 pm

REO Speedwagon?
When did I do that?

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Post by FreighTer Jim » Wed Sep 02, 2020 9:06 pm

Small $4 Harbor Freight blankets go under every vehicle

1925 REO Speedwagon Dump Truck

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Post by Duey_C » Thu Sep 03, 2020 12:33 am

Wonderful thread!
Since I lost my mind mind, I feel more liberated

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Post by A Whiteman » Thu Sep 03, 2020 5:25 am

And it looks like "home away from home" in there too! Good idea,

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I get by with a little help from my friends

Post by FreighTer Jim » Thu Sep 03, 2020 9:16 am

I couldn’t have done this without the help of Mark Atkins and Jerry Kramer of Richmond, Indiana 👍

Just like I couldn’t or wouldn’t want to go down the road
every day without the help of Friends 😉

I Transport To Tell Stories From The Road 👁

When that gets boring or tiresome - I will find
something else fun to do 😊



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Post by tdump » Sat Oct 03, 2020 2:25 pm

When mounting the xtrack or Etrack to the floor,there probably some holes that are not lining up with a frame rail,so do you put a backing plate under the trailer floor to spread the burden of pull or how does it look under the trailer as to how the track is mounted? Just curious as I have the new brake kit and such for my trailer and Xtrak is my next money to spend
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Securing etrac

Post by FreighTer Jim » Tue Oct 06, 2020 4:21 pm

Hi Mack 👋

Standard 1/4” x 1-1/2” bolts with large fender washers - lock washers - nuts holds the etrac securely to the 3/4” CDX plywood floor.


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Post by tdump » Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:31 pm

Thank you sir.
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