Building A Fishing Trailer: Part 10

Floor mats protect the trailer’s base and provide skid and slip resistance, which could keep you on your feet when it’s wet and cold out.

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.

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