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Offline JohnDeere

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Plexiglass in trailers
« on: December 16, 2010, 11:22:20 PM »
I was wondering if any one would know what that stuff runs for price. I've got a 20 ft featherlite and would like to put some in for the winter shows

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Re: Plexiglass in trailers
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2010, 11:39:42 PM »
Does your Featherlite have track welded in the top and bottom of each air space?  The older Featherlites did not come standard with track.  The New Featherlites come standard with the channel to just slide the plexi in.  If you have track, just go buy and cut your open plexi and slide it in.  If not, you will need to find a trailer place to locate the track and have them weld it in.  Will make a huge difference in price depending on what you currently have!
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Re: Plexiglass in trailers
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2010, 11:43:10 PM »
I bought a 20 ft Kiefer this past spring and bought black plexiglass for it in the early summer and it cost me $400. And that was used plexiglass. I checked with a Featherlite dealer before I found the stuff I have now and the plexiglass that Featherlite sells is thicker. So I'm guessing it's quite a bit more expensive. It does dress the trailer up nice though.

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Re: Plexiglass in trailers
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2010, 09:05:43 AM »
I will look back and try to find my quote where we got it.  But it was not bad.  The dealer here in NC didn't stock plexiglass so they get it done right down the road at a glass company.  It was less than $500 on a 24' trailer.  I think it may be worthwhile to get a quote from a glass company or something because they may can get the materials cheaper than your dealer.

It is well worth the money though.  Makes the trailer look good but also helps control temperatures in the trailer, especially during cold months, it will keep the wind down.

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Re: Plexiglass in trailers
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2010, 02:06:24 AM »
Yes the trailers has the track for the plexiglass, its a 2011.  But I like the glass company idea, because come to think of it my cousin works at one.  ;D Thanks for the help

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Re: Plexiglass in trailers
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2010, 02:33:12 PM »

Before I ever saw any Plexiglass used in a trailer, I used plywood, a drill, and a few bolts with wing nuts.  This did a great job, was cheap, easy to store,  and I used it every winter for 10 years.  I guess you could paint the outside, and at 70 MPH, who could tell the difference?
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Re: Plexiglass in trailers
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2010, 09:08:26 PM »
What do you cut the plexiglass with?

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Re: Plexiglass in trailers
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2010, 12:23:48 AM »
i talked to my cousin which works at a glass place and i asked him the same thing and he said with a table saw, very carefully though...cracks real easy he said

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Re: Plexiglass in trailers
« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2010, 01:26:13 AM »
Are you going to be able to get plexi in your trailer from the glass co?

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Re: Plexiglass in trailers
« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2010, 08:21:21 AM »
If you cut plexi glass on your own here is a helpful hint to prevent chipping and cracking.

Lay a couple of strips of duct tape down on both sides of the plexi then draw your line and cut right over the duct tape....

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Re: Plexiglass in trailers
« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2010, 08:59:01 AM »
My EBY trailer dealer told me I would be better off to go to Lowes for my plexiglass.  Said he cannot compete with their prices and that they have 4x8 sheets that they cut with a paneling saw.

He recommended that I take my trailer and after the first strip is cut to check it for fit, then finish cutting the rest.  Also he said that to cut the last piece down to length, do not remove the peel off paper that covers the plexiglass until you are done making your cut as this helps prevent chipping and cracking.

He also recommends cutting the sheets into 4' lengths for easier storage instead of the 8' lengths.

Just some suggestions I picked up, I haven't taken time to actually get the job done yet, so I don't know what the cost will be.

 

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