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2007 Red Trailer 4X8 Utility Trailer


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Where is it?
Some portions of the trailer do have a tendency to disappear now, depending on the lighting conditions. I imagine it will be even more so out in the woods, except maybe in the winter months now.
 

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Nice work! You could hide a missile launcher on it. Can you get pressure treated plywood where you live? It's available and a must have on the Oregon coast, but I cant find it locally in Sacramento. My 3-paint coat exterior plywood floors are rotting after only 3 years on mine.
 

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Nice work! You could hide a missile launcher on it. Can you get pressure treated plywood where you live? It's available and a must have on the Oregon coast, but I cant find it locally in Sacramento. My 3-paint coat exterior plywood floors are rotting after only 3 years on mine.
You might try marine grade plywood. Check with places that sell boat building supplies.
 

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Nice work! You could hide a missile launcher on it. Can you get pressure treated plywood where you live? It's available and a must have on the Oregon coast, but I cant find it locally in Sacramento. My 3-paint coat exterior plywood floors are rotting after only 3 years on mine.
I can here. All the wood parts on the trailer are pressure treated wood. I took the extra step of installing aluminum angle along all the edges of the plywood and used paintable acrylic RTV between the angle and the wood to prevent water intrusion and protect the edges from damage. The original plywood rotted from the inside out last time and I didn’t want that to happen again.

Marine grade plywood is better if you can find it and it might be lighter. Pressure treated wood is heavy, even after it is completely dried.

The wood on the trailer has been on it for about 5 years now and has held up well. One item of note. Wood needs to breathe. So painting is fine and deck sealer might be ok but bed liner will eventually peel off. I’ve been dealing with that issue for a while. The paint stays on fine. The bed liner was money misspent.
 

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So, I finally got around to weighing all the panels on the trailer. I knew they were hefty, intentionally so since they have tie downs in them to hold cargo in place and/or act as a ramp to load and unload things on wheels. But I had no idea how heavy they actually were individually. I did have the trailer weighed empty but with all the sides on it earlier in the year. The trailer weights in at 1,200#. Ok, great. How much of that is in the panels? I have no stinking idea! So I got out a scale and weighed myself first since I don't have a suitable scale to weight just the panels by themselves.

The front panel/ramp end weighted in at 52#. The left side panel weighted in at 101#. The right side panel with the brackets to hold the bows for the cover tarp, 107#. The tailgate/front ramp section with the short support legs and tailgate support bars, and license plate weighted in at 75#. And finally, the middle ramp section that stows under the trailer when not in use, 60#. And the support legs for the middle section are 8#.

With that information, I can now check the tongue weight in both the configuration with the ramps and without the ramps and see if the trailer stays in spec. Before, I didn't have a clue. I do need to reinstall a license plate bracket on the left side if I do run the trailer as a true flat bed since the plate is currently mounted on the tailgate where it is protected from damage. I may need to drill some extra holes in license plate to clear the load jacks but I think I already did that before I moved the plate to the tailgate.
 

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Yep, Field Drab would have better.



 

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Looks OK to me. Bit I don't know much about camouflage. The military vehicle I rode in was black on the outside.
 

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Looks OK to me. Bit I don't know much about camouflage. The military vehicle I rode in was black on the outside.
The Field Drab is a lighter brown and would work better with the tarp and the general terrain. The light green will work for now but could be better. The sand might be a bit too big, making the pattern too bright as well. Than can be fixed easy enough when I can spring for the Field Drab.
 

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The Field Drab is a lighter brown and would work better with the tarp and the general terrain. The light green will work for now but could be better. The sand might be a bit too big, making the pattern too bright as well. Than can be fixed easy enough when I can spring for the Field Drab.
I feel drab every time I go to work.
 

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I feel drab every time I go to work.
Same here. 0430 comes around too soon. Especially if there is a unit exercise or inspection and you are working 12+ hour shifts.
 

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