My new to me Duraplate trailer gets rejected

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  1. henboy1

    henboy1 Light Load Member

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    I didnt even realized it had just developed a 4 inch in length and 1 inch in width hole until they radioed me . I inspected , and I immediately cranked up my genset. found me a piece of wood from a pallet , and got me my grinder and tape measure and hammer . Cut it according to size and hammered it in . Went to walmart and got me a dark wood paint and brush . Viola !. On to the next load . Anyone ever been rejected ? My parked flatbed was apitong, but what kind of wood are these trailers and where can I get the wood ?
     
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  2. Bigwin123

    Bigwin123 Light Load Member

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    What do you mean rejected? I was not loaded 0nce while hauling paper. Because of water in the trailer. Is that the same thing?
     
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  3. henboy1

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    Yep, same thing . I probably should have purchased an aluminum floor , but those seem nkre common among reefers but this is a dey van . Luckily I have no leaky ceiling . I heard aluminum floors also have disadvantages........dog tracking with all the bends .
     
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  4. baha

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    You can go to most any trailer sales shop and they will have the correct floor board to patch it and the screws to hold patch down to cross members
     
  5. henboy1

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    Great info . Thx
     
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  6. PE_Trans

    PE_Trans Road Train Member

    I’d say dog-tracking trailers has more to do with drivers running over curves than the material it’s made out of. I heard those problems can be fixed by realigning the tandem to the trailer box.

    My aluminum floor has been holding up pretty good fortunately after over 1.5 years. However, the aluminum borders along the walls have sustained a little bit of damage. I count three dents, but no holes. I think eventually someone is going to break a piece of the border, and I’ll have to take it to a Utility shop.
     
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  7. henboy1

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    That's the thing with aluminum floors . They are much harder to learn to weld as an o/o than it is to learn to replace wooden floors . I would still prefer aluminum floors over wooden , and aluminum walls over wooden walls . Definitely , an aluminum roof .
     
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  8. Scooter Jones

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    Had the same thing happen to me, except being rejected. I took a thick piece of plastic and screwed it to the underside. Then took some quick drying epoxy agent with hardener, mixed in a little dye and was good to go for several mos. The weight of the forklifts going in and out took it's toll on the repair.

    Eventually I just took it into a trailer shop and had them fix it (replace with flooring) and a couple of other weak spots. While they had it I had them do the annual inspection as well, killed two birds with one piece of 1-1/8" T&G flooring ;-)
     
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  9. Rideandrepair

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    I’ve got a spot now, just starting. They have an epoxy for trailer floors, my last trailer had a patch of it, applied under warranty. It didn’t last long. I thought of liquid nails for now. It stays pliable. The wood is expensive, and labor also. Original is oak,laminated strips, sold in 2’? widths, and different lengths. I’m pretty sure it’s toung and groove. Kind of like a bowling alley. I had some replaced on my last trailer. They staggered the joints, and screwed in lengths long enough to catch 3 cross members. Its a certain thickness, I forget, maybe 1 5/8”. I see it for sale on Craigslist, by a re- purposing Company. They have surplus materials, and a lot of ideas for making things out of it. Lol. I want it for its original purpose. It’s always advertised by them, is much less expensive, but is used. They hav 2 or 3 different thicknesses advertised usually. Hardest part I’m told is drilling, holes, old screws break. The cost of drill bits makes repairs expensive.
     
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  10. Scooter Jones

    Scooter Jones Road Train Member

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    It's a royal pain in the arse getting that flooring out and back in again. Really should be spanning at least 4' for good support too.
     
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