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    01-02-2011, 03:25 PM
Aluminum Trailers?

Hey everybody!
I haven't been using the forums very much lately but I have a question to ask!

So my dad and I have decided that it's about time to buy a trailer, and I know that we are looking for a 2-horse bumper pull with a tack room and ramp load, but there is one thing I am a bit puzzled about. I have always thought that all aluminum trailers are not a good idea to buy because they crush like a can in the event of a crash. What are your thoughts on this? I don't know if I should be looking for a steel framed trailer, but it seems like most these days are all aluminum. Please respond with any knowledge on this!
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    01-02-2011, 05:20 PM
Well I have owned both The one with the steel frame was side swiped at about 30 mph and had no damage. The other is my LQ. I would go with the all aluminum because when the steel and aluminum make contact it weakens the aluminum. Corrodes it quicker. The all aluminum are stronger than you think. Resale valus is also higher..I won't go back to any other type of trailer...
    01-02-2011, 11:42 PM
I know someone that happened to, and yes, it did crush like a soda can. Neither horse made it. I'm going steel frame at the least.
    01-03-2011, 06:48 AM
Most trailers either steel or aluminum aren't going to handle a major wreck.
    01-03-2011, 04:59 PM
    01-03-2011, 08:27 PM
LOVE LOVE LOVE my aluminum trailer!!!
    01-03-2011, 08:42 PM
What do you love about it? And why do you prefer that over a steel framed one? Just trying to find reasons whether to buy one or the other!
    01-04-2011, 08:05 AM
I love that it is now 16 years old and still looks great! I love that it is sturdy, dependable and rust free. The dealer said "book" value on it right now would be $14,000 in the condition mine is in. So holds it value much better than a steel. My 4 Star 4 horse is still selling on horse trailer world at $14,500-$16,000.

My best friend liked my trailer when she used to to go to Ohio to look at and in this case buy her horse, she bought one as soon as she got home. Course, her's in the newer, deluxe model LOL
    01-04-2011, 08:35 AM
I have an older steel, which is getting less "looky" than I would like.....My best friend has a gorgeous Exiss just like you want. I love pretty-always looks good, easy to clean.......BUT-She and I both prefer mine for long hauls. We also both prefer to drive mine with my Expedition, Vs hers with her Aspen. (both trucks are the same age, both trailers have sway bars, etc). The steel just pulls so much better. I do think it is more stable since it weighs more. The difference in vehicles is the wheelbase.....mine is wider.

So, I guess if you are going to just use it locally, it really doesn't matter, but for longer hauls, you have to look at the whole package, and not just the trailer. I like my steel.......
    01-04-2011, 09:21 AM
I can tell you this my best friend's husband transports horses for a living. He pulls a 6 horse 4 Star.

Franknbeans, I would be scared to pull any trailer with an Expedition or an Aspen and I would never pull a bumper style trailer ever again. I much prefer the gooseneck, that being said, just remember that is jmo and what the op asked for :)

2-horse, aluminum, steel, trailer

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