Posted 2019-02-06 5:44 AM (#172183) Subject: Featherlite trailer floor (pictures)
Looking at a '06 Featherlite with living quarters. Trailer is a 10 hr drive (each way) from me. Most of the trailer looks like new, but I'm wondering what everyone thinks about the floors. Trailer is all aluminum. I know it can be tough to judge off of pictures, but I know there are a lot of experienced trailer people here that might be able to give me an opinion on what they suggest? Any idea what all the rusty/brown is on the floor? I'm seeing what looks like etching starting but there are no holes in the aluminum per the seller. I just sold an '01 Custom Fab bp trailer and the floors looked like new (shiny aluminum) when I pulled the mats to clean it, so that's why I was a bit concerned when I got these pictures. The seller has been very accomodating and taken every little picture I can think of, so that's been very nice of them!
Posted 2019-02-07 5:38 AM (#172184 - in reply to #172183) Subject: RE: Featherlite trailer floor (pictures)
Location: western PA
The photos are of active corrosion caused by horse urine. The mats should be pulled, the floor acid washed, well rinsed, and then inspected on a monthly basis. If the corrosion reappears, the floor is not being kept clean enough. There are various coatings that can be applied to a cleaned floor, that will greatly reduce the maintenance and increase the longevity of the flooring. As long as there are no actual holes caused by corrosion, the flooring can be cleaned and should be able to be reused. If there are holes, depending upon their size, repairs can can be effected by welding or epoxy applications. All trailers, regardless of their building materials, need routine maintenance. Checking and cleaning the flooring is especially important.
Posted 2019-02-07 1:05 PM (#172186 - in reply to #172185) Subject: RE: Featherlite trailer floor (pictures)
Thank you so much for the reply! I've read some other comments on Featherlite having floor issues but could not find much information on that. Do you know what the previous issues were? The trailer is a decent deal for what it is, but still not a small sum of money either, so I do not want to get in to any sort of floor replacement costs on top of the purchase price.
Posted 2019-02-07 3:49 PM (#172188 - in reply to #172184) Subject: RE: Featherlite trailer floor (pictures)
Thank you, Gard! I would love to have the trailer inspected but there are no shops close to the seller that I can find, so that's probably not going to be an option for me. I was pretty surprised at how the floor looked when you compare it to the rest of the trailer. I know I can clean it up some, but future resale kind of concerns me. Would this level of corrosion cause you to pass on the trailer?
Really appreciate your input and knowledge on this.
Posted 2019-02-08 3:01 AM (#172189 - in reply to #172183) Subject: RE: Featherlite trailer floor (pictures)
I do not recall the years but Featherlite started using some cheap aluminum in their trailers. You could do an acid wash and than have it Rhino-lined or some other coating if the floor is solid. I still would walk away as there are too many trailers on the market.