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    Question Need some advice on:


    doing some "demo" on my trailer.

    It's a 14' wooden plank-bed. Total weight: 2780.

    Was wondering if taking 3 center planks out would help lessen the weight, or mess with the structure?


    All you "structural engineers" help me out.....

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    i would say yes, it would lighten it, but probably not enough to be noticable. those planks may not weigh that much. you could probably remove them all and replace with some diamond plate and some non-skid.

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    Won't affect the structural integrity and it will lighten it up a little. It can also allow you to change the oil or other work on the jeep with the center open - depending on cross braces.

    Diamond plate may be heavier - if steel or too thick. Ideal solution would be to replace trailer with an aluminum trailer but I realize that may not be in the budget. The steel frame on your trailer is the biggest burden. If you can get diamond plate aluminum at a reasonable cost - replace all planks with aluminum plate where your tires run. It will probably have to have braces (steel) installed the length of the trailer to hold the plating towards the center. I am assuming your trailer is steel frame.

    We did this 20 yrs ago - but we picked up a 4' x 8' - 5/15" plate for $20.00. You're not going to find that now.

    Good luck - let us know what you come up with.
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    http://www.timbertech.com/default.as...FQYoawodKxKQRw
    saw this on HGTV, an alternative to wood that last longer?
    they say that it is just as good?
    just a thought.
    casey
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