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highgatefarm
Reg. May 2005
Posted 2005-05-03 8:39 AM (#24626)
Subject: Rumber flooring


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Is Rumber flooring really better than wood or aluminum ??
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hosspuller
Reg. Oct 2003
Posted 2005-05-03 10:24 AM (#24632 - in reply to #24626)
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No ..  IMHO  it's Different ... has other strengths and weakness
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ASJ
Reg. Mar 2005
Posted 2005-05-03 10:38 AM (#24636 - in reply to #24626)
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NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!!! Did I say NO?  Rumber is a formed pored mixture. It is very heavy, which ads a lot of weight to your trailer. It has to be supported more than wood or alum. for it to be sound. Not a good choice.
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highgatefarm
Reg. May 2005
Posted 2005-05-03 3:59 PM (#24658 - in reply to #24626)
Subject: RE: Rumber flooring


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The Rumber company has a big selling point.  You do not have to lift matts.  I am so glad I did my research and got on the chat about it.  I just called my Hawk dealer today, they are getting ready to build my custom trailer, I told him no way on the Rumber flooring I will lift the matts, lol...  I have a huge warmblood filly and I could just see the Rumber warping under her feet.  I also found out that it does not drain urin so the horse slips around in poor footing.  The worse thing is it is really hard to clean.  Wood floors all the way !!!  T
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chadsalt
Reg. Nov 2004
Posted 2005-05-03 6:05 PM (#24669 - in reply to #24626)
Subject: RE: Rumber flooring


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does anyone actually have rumber flooring? 

ive got rumber as kick plates in the horse area and i think it will excel at that.  as for the flooring without mats i dont see how rumber would not be slick as $$$$ when it got wet even with grooves or whatever manner of texturing.  anyone? anyone?



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highgatefarm
Reg. May 2005
Posted 2005-05-03 6:31 PM (#24671 - in reply to #24626)
Subject: RE: Rumber flooring


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I'm not trying to make the back of my horse trailer a dance floor, yes of course rubber mates over wood planks, just not rumber because it does not drain like wood with rubber mates.  Does that help?  T
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chadsalt
Reg. Nov 2004
Posted 2005-05-03 7:30 PM (#24675 - in reply to #24671)
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Originally written by highgatefarm on 2005-05-03 7:31 PM

I'm not trying to make the back of my horse trailer a dance floor, yes of course rubber mates over wood planks, just not rumber because it does not drain like wood with rubber mates.  Does that help?  T

if i understand your post then you misunderstood mine.  i was talking about the rumber being slick without mats, sorry.

maybe my memory is failing me. didnt i read that you dont have to use mats with rumber flooring?



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highgatefarm
Reg. May 2005
Posted 2005-05-03 11:09 PM (#24686 - in reply to #24626)
Subject: RE: Rumber flooring


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ok got it...I was told rumber is so slick that you have to put mats on it.  A guy who sells trailers gave me that tip.  He said he had to put mats over rumber in trailers he had sold at his own expense.  Un-happy people no doubt.  I am open to hear someone who owns a trailer with rumber that is happy. hummmm... 
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ASJ
Reg. Mar 2005
Posted 2005-05-05 3:53 PM (#24766 - in reply to #24626)
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I do not currently own a trailer with rumber flooring, but yes you are very right about it being slick when wet. All of the points that has been brought up are all correct. Rumber is a great product on the wall of a trailer, Just because it is a good product for wall doesnt mean its good on the floor. The slick aspect is good for the wall because it deflects a hoof when hit or pawed. ( Would you put sheet rock on your floors in your home?) LOL Wood or Alum. either-or, stay away from Rumber. I do know some cattle haulers that have rumber on thier floors, but they also have metel wire over it.
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Kay
Reg. Oct 2003
Posted 2005-05-06 12:04 AM (#24772 - in reply to #24626)
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Whoa!  It doesn't sound like anyone on this post so far has actually used Rumber flooring.  I do on a regular basis, and I love it.  The Rumber flooring is NOT the same texture or composition as the Rumber wall covering.  It has a textured surface, and is NOT slippery when wet or dry.  Rubber floor mats are smoother and slicker.  It is not heavier than rubber mats over a wood floor.  It is tongue and groove design so I suppose that liquid would not drain out easily, but what horseman would haul a horse in conditions that would have urine accumlating?  Surely most of us bed a trailer so that it can be kept clean and comfortable.  We sell quite a few trailers in multiple brands with Rumber floors.  Our customers seem to be happy with them.  A few years ago we sold two trailers to customers who haul pulling teams, very heavy horses.  We service these trailers on a regular basis. The Rumber floors are in good shape, and there is no distortion or damage.  These horses wear cleats that would destroy a rubber mat, but the Rumber is holding up well.   Lets hear from some others who use a trailer with a Rumber floor.
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ASJ
Reg. Mar 2005
Posted 2005-05-06 2:05 AM (#24773 - in reply to #24626)
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I said I don't currently own a rumber floor trailer, Not that I haven't owned one! Didn't like it!

It is extreamly heavy.

Made of 100% recycled tires and plastic. Max spacing on floor support is 12" with 2" angle with 1/4" screws @ 18" spacing for heavy duty use.

But the dislike is just my experience and opinion. You know what they say about opinions. Everyone has one. and this is what this forum is all about... 

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Reg
Reg. Oct 2003
Posted 2005-05-06 7:11 AM (#24774 - in reply to #24636)
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Originally written by ASJ on 2005-05-03 10:38 AM

NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!!! Did I say NO? Rumber is a formed pored mixture. It is very heavy, which ads a lot of weight to your trailer. It has to be supported more than wood or alum. for it to be sound. Not a good choice.


I'll see your six NOs and raise you to SEVEN !
You're on a bad bet here.
You have mistaken RUMBER for WERM - - the one that is "P_O_U_R_E_D !"
{and Trowelled in place}


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highgatefarm
Reg. May 2005
Posted 2005-05-06 10:23 AM (#24782 - in reply to #24626)
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Rumber flooring has grooves from what I am told.  I personally think it is better for a horse to stand on a flat surface that is not bouncy.  I think it would be hard on them.  I can not imagine standing on rubber grooves with or with out shoes.  I don't really understand why these floors have gained such popularity.  It seems mostly among the trailer company's and dealers.  Is it cheaper and easier to install??  Like above, I am sure it has its strengths and weaknesses.  At this point the weakness part seems to be greater than the Strength.  I like to haul other things in my trailer and would like to clean it out well so the trailer is free from horse stuff, so on a coastal fishing trip horse debri is not hanging out.  I was told it is very hard to clean because of the grooves and the way the Rumber fits together. 
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Kay
Reg. Oct 2003
Posted 2005-05-06 12:12 PM (#24790 - in reply to #24626)
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Rumber cleans very easily.  Just turn the hose on it.  The "grooves" referred to must be the texturing on the surface that provides such a good grip.  It is a flat surface.  The surface texture does have sawdust cling to it it you are using a broom.  We use a blower or a hose to clean the floor with, and it is a clean as any rubber mat.  It is more expensive  than aluminum or wood with rubber mats.  The Werm floor is a poured floor, and adds nothing to the structure of the trailer.
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ASJ
Reg. Mar 2005
Posted 2005-05-06 1:00 PM (#24794 - in reply to #24774)
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No! I am talking about Rumber not werm. The rubber tires and Plastic have to be melted and poured to form the tongue and grooved boards. There for they are Poured!!

It does have a 20yr wear out warranty..I guess when you cant drive on tires any more they are good for almost anything even making rumber deck boards for back yard use and horse trailers. 

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element
Reg. Oct 2004
Posted 2005-05-06 4:45 PM (#24802 - in reply to #24626)
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We have Rumber flooring in our trailer and will probably never have any other floor system. Yes it it heavy but we have been hauling our horses on Rumber for two years and as far as cleaning it is just as easy to keep clean. We really like this flooring. Our horses DO NOT slip around even when it gets wet. Just my opinion!!!
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Reg
Reg. Oct 2003
Posted 2005-05-06 7:21 PM (#24806 - in reply to #24794)
Subject: RE: Rumber flooring


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Originally written by ASJ on 2005-05-06 1:00 PM

No! I am talking about Rumber not werm. The rubber tires and Plastic have to be melted and poured to form the tongue and grooved boards. There for they are Poured!!

It does have a 20yr wear out warranty..I guess when you cant drive on tires any more they are good for almost anything even making rumber deck boards for back yard use and horse trailers.



It is unlikely that they "pour" it, it is more likely to be an extrusion process.
Not that it matters, I can haul out rubber mats and wash them, figure which ones are wearing the most and rearrange them, eventually replacing what needs to be replaced.

Labor saving is overated, why else are people joining gyms ? (-:


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ASJ
Reg. Mar 2005
Posted 2005-05-06 8:51 PM (#24810 - in reply to #24626)
Subject: RE: Rumber flooring



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Well, Good Lord! Like I said before, Everyone has an opinion, and we should all thank God that we live in a country where we are all free to express it.

And yes I agree we have all gotten Lazy! We all need to work harder at taking care of what we are blessed with having. So no matter what kind of flooring that you may have you should always try to keep it clean, and by doing that you will always know if your trailer is in good repair and safe for your best friend to ride in.

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highgatefarm
Reg. May 2005
Posted 2005-05-06 10:12 PM (#24812 - in reply to #24626)
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What I have learned so far from this forum:

Some people don't like Rumber some people do.

Horses do not slip and they do slip on Rumber.

Good horse people do not let their horses stand in urine and bed their trailers.

Matts on top of Rumber are a good idea.  ( someone sent me a personal email )

It is easy to clean and not easy to clean.

It is Heavy.  Everyone agrees to that !

Cleaning your trailer is important and you should do it often.

I think I have to actually know someone who has rumber in their trailer.  Then I can see first hand.  So until someone in at my barn gets rumber I can not pre-judge the product.  But to be on the safe side I will order wood with matts on top for my first trailer.  Thank you everyone !!

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Terri
Reg. Jan 2004
Posted 2005-05-06 10:40 PM (#24813 - in reply to #24812)
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It is Heavy.  Everyone agrees to that !

 

At least everyone agreed on something.  That doesn't always happen.

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Painted Horse
Reg. May 2005
Posted 2005-05-07 1:10 PM (#24825 - in reply to #24813)
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I've had my trailer with a Rumber floor for 5 years. I use it a LOT. Two maybe three times a week. April - Oct I do a lot of weekend events where I have to drive 6-10 hours to get to the events. So my horses are standing in trailer a LOT. Winter months, it still gets used, just shorter drives.

My trailer floor shows very little wear after 5 years. The Rumber flooring has very small grooves in it. ( Much like a bicycle tire tread ) Some of these grooves are showing wear under where the horses stand. My Foxtrotters are 16 hands and weigh 1100-1200lbs. I'm not seeing any splinters or cracking like wood. No mats to pull out and clean underneath.

This product is not slippery. I do throw a bag of wood shavings in the trailer to asorb and urine and to make cleaning out the manure easier. I sweep out the shavings every couple of months and hose off the floor.

As far as weight. I've been looking at new trailers this spring and I find that comparable sized trailers with other types of flooring weigh just as much as the trailers with Rumber flooring. If it really is heavier, it a small percentage of the total trailer weight.

I'd probably buy another trailer with it. It has served me well.

 

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grittoos
Reg. Aug 2019
Posted 2019-10-01 7:36 AM (#172735 - in reply to #24626)
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Laminate, solid wood, parquet, tile, vinyl - this is not the whole list of options for hard flooring. They all require proper care with floor strippers, mops and/or floor cleaning machines. But there are two key points to consider. Care itself should be comprehensive. This is usually not just wet or dry cleaning, that is, cleaning the surface. It is also the protection https://cleanhomeguide.com/rejuvenate-floor-cleaner-review/ of the floor - the prevention of minor damage and early floor wear.
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DLR
Reg. Jul 2004
Posted 2019-10-02 4:11 AM (#172751 - in reply to #24626)
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So you are replying to a 14 plus year post??? 
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