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Re: [RC] Aluminum Trailer Floor Maintenance / Cleaning - paul

The Rhino lining sounds to be a great idea.... Anyone think of any negatives to it???

Paul

Sisu West Ranch wrote:

The instructions that come with most (if not all) trailers with Al floors
tell the owner to remove the mats, and hose the floor down after each use.
The reason is that the ammonia from the horse pee corrodes the Al floor very
badly.  Replacement of an Al floor is expensive.

When I got my 10 yr old trailer, there was quite a bit of pit corrosion on
the floor.  Not wanting to replace the whole floor I did the following:

1. Washed the whole floor
2. Sand blasted the pits down to bare Al.  The pits are filled with Aluminum
Oxide from the corrosion.  This all has to be removed to stop the corrosian.
3. Acid washed the whole floor untill it sparkled.  I used phosphoric acid
milk line cleaner from my local farm store.
4. Repaired the really bad areas with fiberclass cloth and resin.
5. Had Rhino lining put in the whole floor and up the walls 30 inches.
6. Bought cow mats (half the cost of horse trailer mats) cut them and
installed.  (use a very sharp box knife under running water to cut the cow
mats)

Now the aluminum floor is protected from the ammonia and should last
forever.  Cutting more drain holes is a good idea.  I would suggest cutting
about 1 inch diameter holes (a hole saw works well for this).  Be sure to
measure underneath so you do not drill into a support as you make the holes.

Ed
Ed and Wendy Hauser
Sisu West
2994 Mittower Road
Victor, MT 59875

(406) 642-9640

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