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I've decided on a 6 x 12 enclosed cargo trailer to house my rig.  It was a tough decision but I opted for the large advertising space available on the side and I plan to wrap it.  Before I start bolting down my equipment I am considering gluing down 45 mil EPDM rubber on the plywood floor and up the sides 18".  I've read the SH is brutal on the wood floors (and everything else), has anyone ever tried this on their rig?  The EPDM is used for single ply roofing but it's also used for tailing ponds in the mining industry.  It's also used in some of the pumps, so I'm thinking that it would hold up to the spills.

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good chioce on the trailer and yes using that epdm on the floor will only help from the corrosion of any sh spills. Very good idea to do on that trailer also if you can have it sloped out the back so it will run out and not damage anything


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I have the same trailer, ladder racks and all. It cost me $750 to have it lettered, great trailer good luck.

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EDPM has very good chemical resistance, and will save your trailers floor.



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Thanks for the confirmation. I went with the EPDM on the floor of the trailer. I had just enough left on a roll to do it. Ran a little short so I couldn't extended it up the wall in front the same as the sides. I ran the EPDM up 24" on the sides and about 12 inches in front. I ran the edges over the threshold so any spill should just go out the back door. Now I've got to make a bunch of decisions on what to put in it and where to put it. Here's some photos.



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I always wanted to get an enclosed trailer for the ad space, but I have seen what SH can do to everything inside of an enclosed trailer. The floor idea is perfect, you can't go wrong there. But think about tools and metal hardware and such that you will be storing inside the trailer. The SH vapors from the tanks alone will corrode stuff that can be corroded inside the trailer especially a leak so be sure to have very good ventillation and if you are not working on a certain day open it up and let it air out. I had a friend who I purchased his clients from and he always kept his open trailer inside his garage and every single thing inside his garage including his trailer was corroded. His kids bikes, inside part of his garage door and all the rollers, his tools, yard sign stakes, boxes of nails etc. He opened it everyday to pull his rig for work and it still happend. That is why I chose an open trailer and keep it parked outside and rinse it off with fresh water after every job and grease and oil all nuts and bolts and super swivels once a month. You can always have signs built and install them yourself. I have alumicore backing and 3M vinyl wrap for my signs and I get a lot of calls from them. Just get the dimentions and find a good sign shop. Just my opinion and preference though.

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Man that sounds like doom and gloom for my shinny new rig. Oh well we have have a saying here on the Texas coast - "Even glass rusts" crying.gif



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Tom C wrote:

Man that sounds like doom and gloom for my shinny new rig. Oh well we have have a saying here on the Texas coast - "Even glass rusts" crying.gif


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Are you from the Spring Branch area Tom?  If you ever need a hand call me.  I am originally from the Spring Branch area but now live and work in Katy.

 

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Man that sounds like doom and gloom for my shinny new rig. Oh well we have have a saying here on the Texas coast - "Even glass rusts" crying.gif


 



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there are two sides to every coin, none more so than in this business, you're trailer will serve you well & if you calculate the sales you'll get from the ad space vs the corrosion i think you'll come out ahead ... congrats & good luck, there's no right or wrong but you've made a good choice


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Marcus,
Yes, my office is in Spring Branch but I live in the Bear Creek area. I'll give you a call.
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Tom,

I also have a 6x12 dual axle enclosed trailer with fold down back door. I decided not to wrap it because of the price. I'll post pictures of lettering it for a lot less money...and it looks great. I also planned on EPDMing the floor and 4' up the walls because I pull SH out of two 55 gal drums into my mix tank and have spilled some on the walls. How did you glue the EPDM to the plywood?



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Used Firestone Bonding Adhesive (Yellow glue or contact cement) - Unfortunately it comes in 5 gal buckets for $100.00 and you will only need 1 gallon. I just had an open bucket on hand. EPDM usually comes in 10' x 50' roll or bigger, so if you have to purchase this you will have enough to do 3 - 4 trailers.

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Next time I build a trailer I will know who to call.  lol 

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Used Firestone Bonding Adhesive (Yellow glue or contact cement) - Unfortunately it comes in 5 gal buckets for $100.00 and you will only need 1 gallon. I just had an open bucket on hand. EPDM usually comes in 10' x 50' roll or bigger, so if you have to purchase this you will have enough to do 3 - 4 trailers.


 



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I have used EDPM Sheets on my Flatbed Metal Beds, but even if screwed down, it always tries to come off, no matter what adhesive we have used.

I am plan to try some of this liquid rubber on my next project blankstare



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I have used EDPM Sheets on my Flatbed Metal Beds, but even if screwed down, it always tries to come off, no matter what adhesive we have used.

I am plan to try some of this liquid rubber on my next project blankstare


 yea but chris just the shear amount of roofs that you do would destroy anything you put down haha



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Fully adhering the EPDM should work better than mechanically fastening the sheets. I suspect we will rip some holes in it but it shouldn't peel off. Time will tell. The liquid rubber does look like a good idea, almost like Rhino lining.

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We did our trailer in torch-down Ruberoid, tested in pure Sh for 3-4 days , SH was not dis-colored and the material was in perfect condition, however gas is not a good thing for it, so if you use a gas compressor be careful, it may break it down.

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Ruberoid is a Modified Bitumen which is an asphalt product, so I wouldn't suspect the SH to affect it but gas will absolutely degrade it (how do you get tar off of things? - gas). Prolonged exposure to gas for the EPDM might cause some problems but we will see. We use gas to clean the seams to remove the talc from the EPDM when installing it on roofs, so I know small exposures to gas won't affect it. I am going to install a gas powered compressor.
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