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post #31 of 31 Old 10-30-2009, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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Re: New dump trailer for my GT

Originally Posted by x595 View Post
......but because of Ply separation , one corner had raised up 3" , so I then went with 5/4" Deck Board ...

The plywood sheet fits inside the frame rails so the edges can't raise up. The trailer was designed to use 5/4 deck planks for the floor, as well as the sides, but I wanted a smooth floor with no gaps between the boards, so I subbed the plywood. As the 5/4 dries over time, (when you start with new ones), they shrink some across their width; even if you start with them crammed together as tightly as possible, gaps open up after a while. The ply won't take quite as much long-term abuse maybe (from dropping stuff in the trailer, or scraping it with a shovel, etc), but I figure the ply will support a sheet of steel to keep it from sagging so much in the middle, and the steel will handle the durability. Slap some paint on it now and again to prevent rust, or just wipe some oil on it.

I still want to add a linear actuator to replace the jack lift mechanism. It works pretty well, but you have to get off the machine to dump the trailer. The actuator, I feel, will be less hassle, as I won't have to worry about connecting and disconnecting hydraulic lines (and the worry about getting dirt in the system).

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