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Storing Casework and Millwork in Semi Trailers8/18
Looking for a range of experiences that people have had with storing completed plastic laminate casework, solid surface and plastic laminate countertops, trim, etc. in a semi trailer.
"What is the longest duration that this would be acceptable to do?
A semi trailer in the summer conditions or for that matter the winter conditions will be a true test for any work. Particle board, laminate and PVC don't move the same under the temperature extremes that affect the relative humidity of the trailer. A few days in shipping is one thing. Storing for weeks is quite another. Good luck.
It would make a difference if you are in Florida, Las Vegas, or Idaho. Personally, I would only use controlled conditioned storage. In Central IL, I bet the inside of a trailer could get well over 120 degrees this time of year. Not good for contact cement!
If you could run power to it,you could install exhaust fans to pull the heat out,along with a dehumidifer if necessary.Just a thought.
Over the years, I have followed many many comments posted by Gene Wengert regarding storage of lumber, finished goods, etc.
I've provided a link to a list of many articles in our Knowledge Base regarding moisture issues.
My understanding after many years of reading Gene's comments is that the moisture content of wood in storage is directly tied to the ambient humidity in the storage environment.
If the trailer's environmental humidity is within the acceptable range, so to will be the MC of the material stored.
I've learned from Gene that it's all about the relative humidity. If you control the relative humidity, you control the moisture content of the wood.
You really should review some of the articles at the link below - you may very well learn some aspects of moisture content that you were unaware of previously.
Hope this is of some help
Knowledge base article on EMC