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Old 10-03-2007, 10:08 PM
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Alternative for wood in a pickup bed?

I am building a trailer from a pickup bed and need to replace the wood. I was going to use a fiberglass resin covered sheet of plywood. But I got to thinking, do they make sheets of that plastic stuff that you can get to make fences and decks these days?

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Old 10-03-2007, 10:11 PM
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Alternative to wood in pickup bed?

I am building a trailer from my fathers old F-100 bed. It needs wood and I was planning on something like a fiberglass resin coated sheet of plywood. But I got to thinking today, do they make sheets of that plastic material for making decks and fences out of?

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Old 10-03-2007, 10:15 PM
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Actually they make a decking material from recycled plastic..should be available from the local lumber yard..May work for that..

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Mine has a sheet of plywood, but it is the kind they use for concrete forms. It has been out in the weather for years with no rotting. It is not pretty, but very functional.
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There is a plastic type of decking used these days..should be available at the local lumber yard..Might work for you..

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The only synthetic wood that I can think of that comes in sheet form is a kind of cement/fiber hybrid material used for siding on houses. Pretty heavy stuff and extremely resistant to rot, and it comes pre-primered. The big problem with this stuff is that it is pretty easily scuffed/gouged/dented and probably not suitable for a pickup bed. If it's for show only, you can paint it and it will pass casual inspection as actual wood.

Otherwise, as already noted, there are many brands of wood made from plastics, but I never saw any in sheet form, only boards 1x4 or 1x6 size. They would work great and look awesome if you don't mind using the boards instead of a sheet. It can also be a little pricey.
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Get a sheet of 1/4 inch diamond plate aluminum....no rust, no rot.
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Funny, I've been trying to come up with a solution for the same problem. I've got an old trailer made from a pickup bed that I use around the farm to haul everything from horse manure to gravel and I always end up having to replace the plywood floor every couple of years. (Horse manure is HARD on wood and metal!)

I've been thinking about trying the new decking boards but I wonder about expansion and contraction. Does anyone know how closely you can butt them together without causing a problem? If I leave gaps between them I'll have a manure spreader....lol

I've also thought about just replacing the plywood again and putting a sheet of the pebbled fiberglass stuff that Lowe's sells over it. Not sure what the stuff is called. Heck, not even sure that it's really fiberglass but I used it, instead of paneling, to "skin" the walls and ceiling of the living quarters in my horse tailer and it's held up really nicely. I've also seen it used on the walls of wash racks in barns instead of sheetrock so I know it's pretty doggone water resistant. I think that if I seal the edges well it might just hold up.

Ah! Here's a link.......http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...096&lpage=none
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Last trailer I built I used a sheet of 1/8 inch steel plate. Wasn't terribly expensive even having it cut to fit and after 12 years still no rust holes. Does need to be repainted every few years though.

The synthetic decking material is really expensive. I think if I were going to do another one I would use 3/4 treated plywood and coat it with spray on/roll-on bedliner.
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Get a sheet of 1/4 inch diamond plate aluminum....no rust, no rot.

Second the motion. Not sure from your post but it sounds like you want the wood look but not the rot or the maintenance.

I'll ASSume the trailer is for work purposes, in which case I vote for longevity and durability.........aluminum DP.
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I'm doing the same and going with diamond plate.
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Don't think the recycled decking would work too good for you. It is durable enough, but must be supported well. 16 inch on center is marginal on a deck and 12 is great. A concentrated blow can break it easy enough. Heavy duty expanded metal works well for my trailer, but it's no good for hauling sand or gravel without covering it with a piece of ply wood or metal or heavy plastic.

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Take a look at the stuff on this page

http://www.fibreglast.com/showproduc...aveil-190.html

Some of these would look great on a truck bed!!
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LOL! If I put some of that camo on the floor I'd just never know when to stop raking it off.

I don't know about Brian but I really don't care how it looks. I just need something that will hold up for more than a year or two. The last time I replaced the floor I used marine grade ply and put 4 coats of poly on it. It's lasted 2 years now but the manure had begun to eat into it after about 4 months. It's eaten thru in several places now.....more hole than floor left. sigh

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I don't care much about looks, just a sheet of plywood laying there over the rotted wood would be fine. But if I am going to paint the thing I want to remove the rotted wood. I am going to the "McHome" store and see if the deck boards would work. I was looking for something a little easier.

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