• New Trailer Trends: Rubber-Infused Wood, Black Rims, and More (Video)


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    Rubber-infused lumber floor

    What are the latest trends with utility trailers and truck beds? We spoke with our partners BigTex Trailers and CM Truck Beds at the 2017 North American Trailer Dealer Association (NATDA) trade show to get the scoop.

    There are two products that are quickly gaining in popularity: rubber-infused wood or lumber by Blackwood brand, and blacked out trailer rims. Both of these combine a cool look with function.

    Rubber-infused lumber is a strip of rubber that has been bonded into a groove cut into a plank. The new surface has a lot more grip than a plain piece of lumber. It’s worth considering if you are trying to load awkward and heavy equipment onto the trailer in wet or cold climates. It also helps to keep cargo in place that otherwise may have a tendency to slide.

    The black-painted steel trailer rims are the other emerging trend. It does provide a cool look with combined with silver or chrome lug nuts and center cap. They can also hide mud a little better when they get dirty.

    Check out all of the details about the trailers and the newest utility truck beds in the video below.


    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov is an Automotive Enthusiast, Producer, Reviewer, Videographer, Writer, Software Engineer, Husband, Father, and Friend.

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    27 thoughts on “New Trailer Trends: Rubber-Infused Wood, Black Rims, and More (Video)

    1. Sorry but to many of us older car & truck guys the painted steel wheels (Black or WHite) weren’t cool back then or now. They just plain look cheap. Magnesium or aluminum wheels look better and are much lighter and often stronger. Sorry but still not a fan of the black or white wheels.

          1. MAINTENANCE>>>>>>this new flooring looks verynice and perhaps for a
            “Special” kind of load or occasional use it mightbe great….for steady use and abuse….I really cannot see anything but added repairs and Maintenance.

        1. It reminds me of the friction of a spray in bed liner. Great to hold something in place. But, I prefer easy slide, then secure it place.

        2. I’m always a little skeptical at first with new items. Seems like a good idea however time will tell if it’s cost effective vs benefits.

      1. I’ll take steel wheels usually, so if there is a blowout, it can roll on the road for bit while I find a safe place to pull off without ruining the allow wheels.

      2. I think few would disagree that alloy wheels are nicer-but they are lot more expensive. If I’m going steel, I think the black is the nicest option.

    2. Don’t fix what ain’t broke. Trailers seem fine the way they are. Looks like an extra expense to me. I will admit that some look pretty “cool” as the younger crowd would say, but, that always puts extra $$$ where it’s not needed. Did like the article Andre.. Keep up the good work guys!

    3. Seems as if the rubber products would add weight.

      If you need a rubber pad for a special load. Toss one on there.

      Save money. It’s a tool for making money
      Not spending money.

      Many customers see fancy tools and under stand their needs are paying for someone’s fancy whims.

    4. That rubber infused wood seems like a killer idea. One of the main issues with trailerjng cargo is getting it strapped down tight enough to not move. Then you have to worry about damage to the product. The rubber I think is a great idea as it adds a friction point to secure the load and you may not have to crank down the straps as much. I would love to see this in person and check it out. Good find TFL.

      1. I havent seen any rubber or plastic product that could stand up to our extreme heat. We are at about 75 days of over 100 degree days.

        It bakes the oils out of that stuff.
        Makes it extremely brittle. And it doesn’t take long.

        Car tires get weathered in just a few years if the are always parked in the sun.
        Surprisingly wood fence hold up much better than the plastic fences.

        A cedar fence will stay up 15 years. And then fail because of the posts at ground level.

        But the rest of the fencing is still good. Replace the 4 dollar posts. And a couple bags of concrete and your set.

        In twenty years my fence has been hit twice by micro bursts. But because I double overlapped the top 2×4, after the first one.
        Whole sections fell down still tied together. 1 bad post would start and break the rest all the wsy to a corner.
        I was able to dig up the concrete and pull them out.
        I then took a sawsall and cut the post out and replaced them.

        And with the help of a bunch of people we lifted as much as 40 feet of 6 foot cedar fencing. (5 eight foot sections).

        I then tied it back into the standing fence, poured the concrete around the post and braced the fence overnight. I have also ran a 2×4 in the corners now.

        Even with broken posts it will remain standing unless we get a real crazy storm. We had a strong micro burst Last Sunday. Fence stood strong.
        Plastic chairs blew across the yard and they all cracked.

    5. angled sunlight causes tires to begin to dry rot in just a few years. so what is direct, intense sunlight like these treads will receive on the top of your trailer bed do? How many years is their warranty? I built my own truck bed for our 72 c/20 rack truck and it outlasted the truck – 23 years and it was still good.

    6. I drive a 50 ton float and haul asphalt equipment, in rain or snow loading some of the equipment is sometimes precarious or even dangerous such as a steel drum roller, this product looks like it could be the perfect solution to safely loading this type of equipment with worrying whether 8m gonna slide off the float and get flattened, I’ve come close numerous times and witnessed the results of those who were not so fortunate.

    7. A metal or even a treated wood can be bad.
      But weathered wood isn’t that bad.

      The rubber board really looks nice.

      But those salesmen seemed to be afraid to give a price. That’s a bad sign.

    8. Wood and rubber will expand, and shrink differently which may cause problems as it ages. Sounds lkke more weight with the rubber and rubber is slippery when wet. UV damage is another one. Checker plate steel is best for most of us. Depends on your use but it may prove useful to some but be weary of future problems.

    9. Steel wheels are fine. It’s a trailer, it’s a tool just like my new truck which has painted steel wheels of its own.

      Alloys on trailers look like you just wanted to spend money.

      The rubber decking is a gimmick, the whole point of wood decking it that it’s cheap and easy to replace. They’ve made it expensive and complex.

    10. $20 a foot for the rubber decking is insane. you can replace pressure treated lumber several times over for that money. even steel grip-strut is cheaper.

    11. Heavy axles is great , but I seen springs and shackles go bad. I had that happen several times. Rv trailers are noted for this.

      Another thing about trailers especially these heavy ones requiring draw bars. Make sure your draw bars will work on said trailer that you are buying. We have seen tfl had to modify a cm trl to make the draw bars work.

      Overall interesting video to listen to. Not sure about the rubber inserted boards. Boards have a tendency to warp.

    12. The plastic infused wood looks nice but at $20 a foot (is that per board?!) I can’t imagine spending the money. In a case where you using this to provide your livelihood and it may make the difference between 10’s of thousands of dollars worth of equipment staying on the trailer or on the road, or even preventing a slip and fall, perhaps it makes sense.
      I wonder how something like a bed liner type Poly-urea would compare?

      1. Why didn’t big tx go to composite boards like my folks did with the deck they made? It doesn’t rot it doesn’t warp it might be as expensive as this , but it just as good for imagine the same price. If you are going to pay that price. Something to ponder over.

        1. I have a composite deck. While it is an excellent product for a decking material, it is not nearly as strong as regular treated wood, and would make a bad trailer deck material. The strength just isn’t there.

        2. Does it provide any added traction? Most composite boards I have seen do not seem nearly as strong as regular boards and they always seem to sag after a few years-particularly those that see direct sun.

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