Hi, I think this is pretty much my first post... so I'd rather jump on this thread instead of making my own. I'm just about finished building a 40x48 HF trailer (this one: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=90153) and I'm wondering what decking I should get.
I did a bunch of searching and I had intended to get a rail to hold my bike but some people had said that with how much the tires of a full size bike will overhang, that those rails are intended to stabilize and not support that much weight. I'm definitely too cheap to do diamond plate but are there any recommendations for what kind of plywood, and what length I should get?
I know it should be 3/4"... but other than that, I'm a girl and I don't know what I'm doing. I'm trying to go for something strong enough to hold 2 full size bikes (but 90% of the time it will just be carrying one bike), but still fairly cheap. I'd rather just paint a cheaper bit of plywood than buy some expensive supertreated gonna last forever stuff (it's pretty dry in cali anyways, and especially dry in my garage).
Also can anyone recommend how long the sheet should be, so 2 bikes and 2 chocks can be squeezed onto the thing? It would be nice if it would be a snug fit for the wheelbase (about 59") with the minimum amount of overhang (trailer frame's length is only 48"). TxSandman has a cool setup with 3 2x10's but I couldn't do all that woodworking so I'm gonna go for the simple flat bolt-on plywood sheet.
And... anyone have any opinions on these $10 ghetto wheel chocks? http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=97145
And for some info: tow vehicle is a 2000 ford exploder w/ class III hitch, bike is a crf250, and yes a dude is gonna check everything over, and help me repack the bearings and drill the plywood before this thing hits the road.
Thanks for reading and for any advice you can offer...