Wood or diamond plate?

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What is better for trailor hauling ATV's? (Look below)

Wood
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Diamond Plate
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50%
 
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Wood or diamond plate?

Post by SD4x4TRD »

My friend is in search of buying a traler to haul his ATV's.
What is all around better on a open trailor?
thanx guys-
ups and downs to both?
I'd rather dune in a school bus

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Post by Jason G »

Wood is not as noisy going down the road as diamond plate. Plus it easy to paint and and replace if need too. good luck in choosing one but for me its a no brainer.............Jay

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Post by jhitesma »

I'm not a fan of diamond plate. But wood is awfully heavy.

I like the stuff on my trailer. It's that old portable WWII runway stuff you can pickup at supluss shops somtimes:

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It's light, looks good and has a rough enough surface you don't slip on it too much. It's awfully strong too. In the back where my wheels ride it's not supported very well. But I've had street cars on there and even with no bracing unerneeth it's holding up just fine.

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Post by Sand Commander »

Do it once with diamond plate and be done with it. Aluminum diamond plate is light, but more expensive. If money is a big issue use wood and an epoxy paint.
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Post by TroyB »

Mike, I have a 18', tandem axle open trailer for sale and the floor is wood (2x10s). Its posted in the trailer buy/sell section.

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Post by dunequest »

Alum. plate is cool looking and light, but on an open trailer you might get sunburned where the sun usually doesnt shine... because of the shine on the plate. I have an enclosed trailer with door step wells with alum. plate on both sides of the trailer and the sun reflects off those and it is really bright so you can't hardly see in the trailer My 2 cents...

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Post by quad1100 »

Personally I like the expanded steel on a open trailer. I think it is much easier to clean and always looks good.

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Post by bouncertime »

I used wood on my trailer and painted it with some cheap paint from Home Depot. It has held up pretty good comsidering it has been on the trailer since '96.
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Post by jce12ga »

On an open trailer I would go for the wood. The wood will still last quite a few years bare and even longer if painted. It will weigh more than the diamond plate but you need to consider the trade off between weight and cost.

One big advantage of the wood is it won't get hot like a metal floor will in the sun. You won't get burned by the wood where you could get burned by the metal floor on a sunny or hot day. It will also provide a better thermal barrier at night from cold if you also use it to sleep on.
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Post by Ravingscooter »

I have to second the expanded metal, I replaced the wood on mine with it and have been very happy with it. Light, easy to clean and durable
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