Pull-behind trailers are an ideal accessory for any truck owner. When you cannot fit everything you want into the truck bed, you can just hook up the trailer and throw whatever onto the trailer. However, when you buy a trailer with a wooden bed, you do have to do a lot of truck trailer maintenance to keep the trailer nice and keep it functional. When you do not do any maintenance, the wood rots, and then your trailer is just dangerous. If your trailer's wooden bed has seen better days, do not junk the trailer. Instead, restore the trailer bed. Here is how.
Remove All Boards That Are Broken, Cracked, and Have Holes
Demolition on your trailer's bed is kind of fun. You get to rip out all of the broken and damaged boards and toss the boards aside. Just make sure that whatever boards are damaged, you are ripping out the whole length of the board, from the front end of the trailer to the back end of the trailer. This is key to the next step in the restoration process.
Purchase New Boards That Are Solid, and as Long as the Trailer
Next, you will need a trip to the lumber yard/hardware store. Select new boards to replace the old boards in the bed of the trailer. These boards should be very straight, and very true. There should be no warping when you look down the edges of the board.
These boards should also be as thick as the previous boards, and not thicker, or you will have a lot of issues with things catching on the extra wood that is higher than the other wood in the bed of the trailer. If you want to restore the bed of the trailer with thicker boards, you will have to rip out all of the wood and reconstruct the trailer. Lastly, buy pretreated wood, which lasts longer than standard lumber against the elements.
Bolt the New Boards in Place
You should not need to cut or trim much of anything if you have purchased the right length of boards. You will need to bolt the boards in place exactly as the old boards were bolted. If you cannot reuse the old bolts because they are far too rusted, be sure to purchase new bolts and replace those as well. The project will go rather quickly when your supplies are all exactly the same dimensions.
For more maintenance help, contact a company like A 24-7 Repair Services.