Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  

Ideal Wood For Dirtbike Trailer

Recommended Posts

i want to fasten wood onto a trailer frame and use it for mounting my bikes onto.

what type wood is recommended?

Treated or untreated?

thickness?

maximum width?

fastening hardware?


byte

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i want to fasten wood onto a trailer frame and use it for mounting my bikes onto.

what type wood is recommended?

Treated or untreated?

thickness?

maximum width?

fastening hardware?

byte

 

Why wood mate?

 

Find out whatever they make wooden ute trays out of and go from there, but I'd go steel or ally first....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

if you are using wood, 3/4" or thicker plywood. You can treat it yourself or buy treated. I recommend painting both sides of the ply wood BEFORE mounting it and then painting the top side with deck paint with sand added for traction. Use wheel chocks bolted down with fender washers, Eyelets that have a solid loop, also with fender washers.

I just re-decked a trailer with composite decking that was left over from a deck that hangs out over salt water....worked well so far.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would use treated 1'' plywood or double stack 3/4''. Just incase a bike falls over you don't have to worry it putting a hole in the wood. Do NOT use sanded wood! If it gets wet or oil spills on it, it will be really slick. I think a large/ thick piece of angle iron leaned over so it's like " V " might be better? Maybe use bed liner for traction? Good luck.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

some great responses - with thanks.

 

bushpig - why woudl you choose steel or ali over wood in the first instance?

 

d-wake - where do you propose mounting this inverted V-angled angle iron and for what purpose?

 

all - what about marine ply?

 

 

byte

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Its not pretty, but this is how I treat the wood on my gooseneck. It would work for plywood too. All you do is take your untreated wood and paint it with used motor oil. Its slick at first, but it eventually soaks in and keeps the wood from rotting. We have hay wagons at home that have had the same wood decks since the 70's from being treated with used motor oil

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Are you talking about a floor for a trailer?  Hard to beat treated 2 x 10's for toughness.  I'd use that before plywood.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

why is used motor oil preferred over unused motor oil?

 

i also read that diesel mixed with used motor oil is a good mix...?

 

yes, i am talking floor of trailer.  how are individual planks of wood stronger than plywood?

 

byte

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was thinking the V shape will hold the tire in place so you wouldn't have to cover the whole floor.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

so, the the tire actually goes over the top of the inverted "V" of the angle?

 

Byte

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

bushpig - why woudl you choose steel or ali over wood in the first instance?

 

byte

 

Cause I live in the tropics and wood can rot out quick smart.  I also like steel because its easier to put together and will last forever if you dont let it rust.

 

Doesn't mean I hate the idea of wood though, you didn't say whether you wanted bunnings plywood or a something flash. Hence there's no way to really answer whats the best wood.

 

Ie:

 

HF-Utility-Trailer.jpg

 

Vs

 

 

tray_zps05575d5d.png

 

cheap and easy go for construction ply and seal it well, and you should be right. Maybe bump ut to marine ply or build a full deck if you want.

Steel was a piece of piss though.

edit: marine ply is scary expensive these days as far as I know.

Edited by BushPig

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

exp.jpgthanks bushpig.

 

great response.  i also live in the tropics (NT) - where do you live?  how about this metal option as an alternative:

 

- 2 steel cheq strips (300wide/full length of trailer) for the bike wheels with bent up ends

- expanded metal 5mm mesh around remaining surface area (link below)

 

Locker Group - Gridwalk walkway mesh, Expanded Metal, Access, Australia & New Zealand

 

Stops nobby tires catching on the mesh yet easy to keep clean and light weight. Also you can still walk on the mesh and it makes tying down gear bags easy.

 

 

Your thoughts?

 

byte

Edited by Byte

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

attachicon.gif exp.jpgthanks bushpig.

 

great response.  i also live in the tropics (NT) - where do you live?  how about this metal option as an alternative:

 

- 2 steel cheq strips (300wide/full length of trailer) for the bike wheels with bent up ends

- expanded metal 5mm mesh around remaining surface area (link below)

 

Locker Group - Gridwalk walkway mesh, Expanded Metal, Access, Australia & New Zealand

 

Stops nobby tires catching on the mesh yet easy to keep clean and light weight. Also you can still walk on the mesh and it makes tying down gear bags easy.

 

 

Your thoughts?

 

byte

 

Darwin. I'll eat my hat if I've run onto another Darwinite on TT.

 

That plan sounds perfect, could be better than my own trailer in fact. Mine started as a jet ski trailer I got for free, I put in new cross members and used 3mm 1200*2400 chequer plate floor, with the a second piece of 3mm with the end bent up for wheels to rest on, and protect from stones on dirt roads. Flat bar sides to finish it off.

 

Ford hub bearings and f100/Suzuki hubs, with zook wheels

 

Here's my setup behind my Sierra at Howard Springs. It is very basic but it carries motorbikes and should last.

 

GOPR0160_zps0170aa0d.jpg

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hope you wear akubra hats because I want to see you munch into your hat!

I live in jabiru, do I qualify to see your hat being eaten?

I love your trailer, looks like half a tank and strong for the outback.

How far do u get ride in Howard springs area?

Byte

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hope you wear akubra hats because I want to see you munch into your hat!

I live in jabiru, do I qualify to see your hat being eaten?

I love your trailer, looks like half a tank and strong for the outback.

How far do u get ride in Howard springs area?

Byte

 

Sorry mate I got halfway through typing this and had to do something else after tea.

 

Nah Bunnings hat, I'm probably not gunna eat it unless I get quite hungry. Nice and cheap for when I sit on it in the car, has a strap for the wind and stops you from getting burned too much.

 

Basically because I'm registered I can ride straight out from the suburb there all the way to Gunn Point so quite a few kays if you follow dirt roads and fire roads. The loop I rode that day is about 10 minutes at the most though.

 

Out at Jabiru, do you work at Ranger or something?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

hi bushpig.

 

good ol' bunnings hats....  :goofy:

 

gunn point has some great raw bush that you can rip it.  i remember driving my 4wd with boat attached there in 2009.

 

yes, i work at ranger - interesting time in the company's history... ;)

 

we have a little loop out here - technical mx track that we try to master and i have 3 bikes (ktm 300, ktm 250 sxf and 98 kdx220).

 

i want to get out more in the bush which is legal.  can't do much here because it is illegal to ride in kakadu park - damn.   :(

 

byte

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

why is used motor oil preferred over unused motor oil?

 

Because its used and not good for much else.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think a large/ thick piece of angle iron leaned over so it's like " V " might be better? 

novel idea...

 

anyone else use this idea for securing tires?

 

byte

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

some photos of my trailer frame

rr.jpg

photo 2.JPG

Edited by Byte

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i went to the local tip today and found some wire mesh which i spent 1.5 hours cold chiseling all the welds off it's roof rack.

bought it home and cut to suit my trailer - all 1 piece.

5.6mm diameter.

what do you think?

tips on welding this mesh onto the frame? (i will take it to a fabricator specialists).

photo 1.JPG

photo 2.JPG

photo 3.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Reply with:

Sign in to follow this  

×