Help! I have a question regarding a 5x8 utility trailer!!!

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Old 03-13-11, 07:32 PM
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Help! I have a question regarding a 5x8 utility trailer!!!

I bought a used 5x8 utility trailer last year for my dirt bikes. The mesh is kind of sagging in some areas, but that's what I get for buying a used trailer. It gets the job done, but I want it to be a little more sterdy. I was thinking about attaching wood planks on top of the mesh, but not sure how to do that!

So my question is, how do I attach wood planks on top of a mesh utility trailer and what tools do I need!

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Old 03-14-11, 03:47 AM
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Welcome to the forums! I would buy 5/4 x 6 decking boards the length of your trailer (or longer and cut them), and drill 5/16" holes from the bottom (so you will miss the mesh with your bit). Then attach the board using 1/4" carriage bolts from the top and a fender washer, lock washer and nut on the bottom. A bolt 2" in length should be long enough to capture the board, mesh, washers and nut.
Tools: drill, 5/16" bit, hammer, wrench or deep well ratchet socket set.
 
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Old 03-14-11, 09:13 AM
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That's a huge help! Thank you so much!!
 
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Old 03-14-11, 10:14 AM
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Just a suggestion. I would use a lock nut instead of a lock washer but that is just a matter of opinion. Lock washers usually work well too.
 
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Old 03-14-11, 02:57 PM
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There should be metal straps or bars also on the floor holding the mesh. I would also bolt through these to help hold the wood in place. That way it helps hold the mesh and even if the mesh breaks the board cannot move.
 
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I was also thinking some light angle iron would be a good idea. That would also help keep the wood from warping
 
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