Redneck Trailer Supplies

RTS 101: Body Components & Flooring

RTS 101 provides basic trailer parts information for the DIYer or for the business owner. For more information, please call Redneck Trailer Supplies toll free at (877) 9 REDNECK (973-3632)

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What types of trailer flooring are available from Redneck?

Shelby Trailer Flooring is a lumber replacement from 100% recycled tire rubber and plastics. Shelby takes the place of wood in many applications, as well as other materials that will deteriorate in the environment.

Are there other industries that also use Shelby?

Yes. Shelby has three different styles of flooring for different types of trailers; Plank Board, Tongue and Groove Board, and Lug Board for Livestock Trailers.

What are the features and benefits of Shelby as compared to traditional wood trailer flooring?

Shelby advantages:

Environmentally friendly

Stronger and more durable than wood and other composites

Impervious to fluids

Will not crack or split

UV resistant

Is Shelby trailer flooring easy to install?

Yes. Shelby is easily installed using their installation guidelines. The cross members on trailers must be closer together than when using wood because Shelby is more flexible. You can use self-tapping screws to install Shelby.

Are Shelby boards available in different lengths?

Yes. Shelby boards are available up to 24 feet long in half-foot increments. However, Shelby is always willing to try to accommodate customers with specific needs.

Is Shelby difficult to cut?


No. Shelby can be cut using either a carbide tip with 1/8” or a set ripping saw blade. WD-40 or a mixture of very soapy water in a spray bottle can be used to lubricate the blade, making cutting much easier.

Is any special or costly hardware needed when installing Shelby?

No. We recommend the 2 ¾” self-tapping screws.

What installation techniques are required for Shelby products?

The most critical factor when installing Shelby is that the cross supports are close enough together to provide sufficient support for the boards. The cross-support spacing requirement is directly related to the weight carried on the trailer and is listed in the Redneck Trailer Parts catalog. If there are any doubts as to the proper cross-support spacing, contact your Redneck Trailer Supplies representative.

Does Shelby deteriorate when left out or exposed to excessive sun?

No. Excessive exposure to sun does not affect the extended life of the product.

How much does Shelby cost as compared to wood flooring?

It always depends on what type of wood you are comparing it to. It is often more expensive than yellow pine or treated wood. However, since Shelby far outlasts all types of wood, its extended life-cycle makes it less expensive over time. Shelby is nearly equal in price to all types of hardwoods.

Why should I buy Shelby as compared to wood flooring or other synthetic flooring?

UV rays from the sun cause wood to dry out and crack. Wood also absorbs water that can cause rotting as well as create additional weight to the trailer. Unlike Shelby Flooring, wood absorbs oil, fuel, and fluids that make the deck slick and dangerous. Shelby Flooring is impervious to insects and termites that can also do significant damage to wood floors. 

Typically, Shelby Flooring will last significantly longer than wood, resulting in substantial savings. Shelby products have a heavy recycled rubber content that gives significant traction to the surface. In wet, icy, or snow conditions Shelby trailer decks are much safer than wood or steel decks.

Shelby boards also provide enhanced cushion when compared to wood boards. This reduces the wear and tear on the equipment being carried, which can also reduce cost to the operator.

Over the many years a trailer will be in service, a Shelby deck lasts longer, and therefore costs much less.


Does Shelby have a warranty?

Yes, Shelby Flooring does come with a warranty. The warranty is applicable as long as Shelby Product is installed correctly. Depending on the application, the warranty period is different. For example, if your application is livestock flooring, the effective warranty period is 20 years and is prorated after 5 years. For more details on warranty information, contact your closest Redneck location.

Where is Shelby manufactured?

Shelby is manufactured in Eastern Oklahoma, USA.