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Installing D-rings in trailer floor

Who knows the proper way to do this? I assume you take out the floor board, cut a small hole for the recessed d-ring, and then just bolt together the backing plate on the underside with the d-ring on the topside. Am I missing something?

ANyone done this?

I am also curious if anyone had installed e-track as a more pricey alternative?
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I'll ask John how he did ours... but I think you've got the right idea.

We didn't think E-track was necessary for what we wanted to do - you might want to consider it though, if you're planning on frequently hauling varying numbers of bikes.

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Thanks Kim...please check with John on that. I already have 6 installed but would like another 3 in the middle.

6 ft of e-track with 3 clips will run about $40. 3 d-rings cost about $15. I'd rather cut less and save some $.
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Use carriage bolts... not the flimsy screws that the D-rings come with. And yes, cut out the recess like you were doing.

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Thanks Kim ....my D-rings did not come with bolts....I was planning on using something extra strong anyway.
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I used a router to make a recess for the D-ring and then used the small screws. A wood chisel would probably work as well to make a recess.

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i just got my new haulmark yesterday. and looked at the mounting of my drings. I noticed that they placed a thin sheet of metal under the d-ring on the underside of the floor. My guess is for a little extra strength to keep the plywood from possible splintering?

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Yeh...that's the backing plate. You don't want to just screw into the plywood...that won't hold last very long or hold much of anything down. The backing plate lines up with the holes of the d-ring and acts as an anchor that spreads the weight over a larger surface area.

Jack....what's a wood chisel?
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You got the silver Transport right? 6x12? How you like it so far?
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Jack....what's a wood chisel?
Just what it sounds like, a chisel you use on wood.



You hit with a hammer and remove wood. You could use it to make a recess, rather than cutting a hole all the way through the wood.
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Oooooooooh....a wood chisel.
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Oooooooooh....a wood chisel.
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You got the silver Transport right? 6x12? How you like it so far?
Seems real good so far. I am in the process of painting the floor with outdoor porch paint stuff that i'm adding the non skid rubber pieces to. I have 6 d-rings installed. a roof vent and 2 side wall vents (brought it home in Wednesdays down pour and not a drop inside...for all you anti-sidewall vent people )

It looks huge sitting in my driveway.

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before the painting. Inside

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DEWD! How funny is that?....not 5 minutes ago I returned from Home Depot with a gallon of slate gray porch and floor paint and non-skid granuals. I'm painting the floor, adding 3 more d-rings (9total), and putting up some corner shelves in the v-nose section.

BTW I swear I saw Fred (SBN) working at Home Depot. He looked at me and then turned away real quick and walked away.
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fred is working at the home depot too.

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just finished painting the floor, used the behr non skid granuals (looks like sand) seems to be pretty gritty. we'll see when it drys.

Will be putting up some closet maid shelves and various hooks for my blower, trimmer, shovels, broom gas cans etc. (after all this is a dual purpose lawn service and race transport )

so when i show up at track days with a trailer with a couple of bikes and a grass trimmer...nobody better give me shit alright?

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Bought the same exact behr stuff....did you take the flooring out to paint? I think I may since I need to take them out to put more drings in.
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I put in mine with a routed out recess and screwed them right to the frame rails that the floor is screwed to....works great and no need for backing plates.
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John didn't have to take the floor out when he did our "D" rings... guess he just measured/marked it off ... I used a polyurethane sealant on the floor and doors (3 heavy coats) - just start working toward the back from the nose - no need to remove. Hopefully I'll get the walls stained this weekend as well.

When I mentioned using paint, John said that stain would be better because unlike paint, it allows the wood to breathe.

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BTW I swear I saw Fred (SBN) working at Home Depot. He looked at me and then turned away real quick and walked away.
OMG... I saw someone that looked like Fred too at the Home Depot, he also turned away... so I couldn't get a good look at him... I'm not crazy.
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How did you screw into the frame? Self tapping screws or drill a hole and bolt.

Kim...this is special porch and floor outdoor paint.
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i used those all purpose self tapping screws from homedepot that i predrilled into the sidewall frame.

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