Posted 2008-08-23 8:43 AM (#90230) Subject: Plexiglass Slats for Trailer
Location: Holland, Tx
My 2007 Elite has the slats on the hip side. I don't know if it came with plexiglass in them (we purchased it used in 2007 after someone bought it, then traded it in within a couple months for a Bloomer LQ). I'd like to get some to use for winter hauling, but I don't know if I need to contact Elite or if I can get have them made somewhere...and if I need to have them made, where do you recommend I go?
Posted 2008-08-23 9:27 AM (#90236 - in reply to #90230) Subject: RE: Plexiglass Slats for Trailer
Location: western PA
You can make them yourself. Most glass companies and big box stores sell acrylic panels, that you can use common woodworking tools to cut to fit. If you're unsure about cutting the material yourself, the glass stores will do it for you at an additional charge.
The panels come in different thicknesses. Measure the width of the trailer's window track, and order an acrylic piece 5 or 10 thousandths thinner, so that it will not bind when it is being put into place. Get the thickest piece that fits within these parameters for the best durability.
Acrylic is much less expensive than Lexan. It can be broken when it is very cold, and it will be more prone to scratches, but it's a lot easier on your budget. If you aren't constantly removing and replacing the panels, particularly in the winter, you won't have any difficulties.
Posted 2008-08-23 4:28 PM (#90252 - in reply to #90230) Subject: RE: Plexiglass Slats for Trailer
Location: La Cygne, KS
If you purchased from a dealer, I'd contact them first. They maybe able to find you a set and give them to you since Elite's do come with Plexiglass. If not, call Elite to get the exact width and length for the window channel. Better than purchasing the plexi and having it too wide or narrow. Elite is very easy to work with.
Posted 2008-08-25 10:20 PM (#90377 - in reply to #90230) Subject: RE: Plexiglass Slats for Trailer
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Lexan IS very expensive, and although it's nicer than the plexi, I wouldn't spend that much more money on it when plexi will do the job just fine. My last trailer, a steel stock trailer, had home-made plexi panels to slide in and they worked like a charm. They were even tinted. I put them in the fall, slid them out in spring. Like mentioned before, make sure they are a little thinner so they will slide. That goes also for the height - give yourself a little leeway. Too small and they fall out, too tight and you will curse a blue streak trying to put them in. A neighbour uses some that are quite a bit thinner than necessary so that they slide in easy, and then tucks a rubber strip in somewhere to keep them snug and prevent rattling. That system has been working for them for 10+ years.