If you don’t think these are important you can look at the floor of my buddy Fred’s trailer, looks like he has been chopping wood for a few years on it. The fact is that carbides, tracks, studs, tire chains and screws in four wheeler tires all do a number on your floor.
I used a combination of slides on the outside to protect from snowmobile ski carbides and mats on the inside to protect from the tracks. I spent a lot of time considering the layout and kept in mind not only my current situation, but what I might be doing down the road.
The best way to get a mental picture after measuring my machine a 20 times was to use a scrap box with it marked out where the skis were and how the track corresponded. I really wanted to make sure that a buddy’s machine would also work. Yes, you can move these down the road, but it involves removing about 100 plus screws and putting in another 100 plus holes in the floor. I wanted to do it once and only once.
I would also highly advise that you don’t assume everything is perfectly straight and instead take a few measurements on the floor and drop a chalk line before you start screwing away. It also doesn’t hurt to lay everything out before you start. Sounds like a no brainer, but we tend to skip these things to knock it out too quickly and pay the price half way through.
I also used a very aggressive traction grid for the main ramp door. I have seen way too many guys slide up and down a ramp, especially when you consider it will get icy at some point and my door has a steeper angle due to it being a deck over model.
You’ll notice that even after I thought about it and measured a dozen times I ended up moving the traction grids so that they gave me almost complete coverage of the ramp door. This had me come up a little short and I have another pack on order.
I finished off the floor accessories by putting on a folding aluminum ramp to cover the gap between the trailer and the ramp door. This may not be necessary depending on the trailer you have, but I can tell you it was invaluable as I moved some of grandmas’ furniture this week.
Capt. Ross Robertson