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post #1 of 33 Old 01-19-2012, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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Aluminum vs. Steel

I am thinking about purchasing a trailer. Can anyone tell me the pros and cons of aluminum vs. steel trailers? Thank you.
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Steel trailers are heavier and rust. More maintenance. Resale on them isn't good.
Aluminum trailers are lighter,don't rust and usually have a good resale value. They also have less maintenance on them. If you can afford to go aluminum go for the all aluminum not the aluminum over a steel frame.

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don't waste your money on steel, No advantage whatsoever. They all rust, don't hold their value and are heavier.
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Steel trailers are heavier and rust. More maintenance. Resale on them isn't good.
Aluminum trailers are lighter,don't rust and usually have a good resale value. They also have less maintenance on them. If you can afford to go aluminum go for the all aluminum not the aluminum over a steel frame.
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dont waste your money on steel, No advantage whatsoever. They all rust, don't hold their value and are heavier.
that's one of the reasons I actually like the steel trailers.. They are just more
"solid" IMO. I would love to have an aluminum trailer, but I simply can not afford one... Here, a good steel trailer is about 1200, aluminum is 3000.. Can't afford that! But someday. By the time I have enough money I will need to upgrade to another trailer anyways as I will probably have a bigger horse that won't fit in my current trailer..

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I have a steel trailer. Wish I could afford an aluminum one.

That said, it does the job quite well and I'm happy with it.

My advice is to decide what you want to spend, look around and see what's available, and determine if you need to adjust what you want to spend.

I think a steel trailer will cost less up front, but more over time, and it will need paint from time to time to prevent rusting. Also, fuel cost of pulling a heavier trailer, over time, will most likely be more.

Aluminum is a great choice if its in your budget, unfortunately, it hasn't fit into mine......yet.
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Used steel trailers are around as people get tired of the rust and upgrade. Not near as many aluminum used trailers out there as people buy them and keep them forever and they still look good.
Buying a steel 1200 dollar trailer when an aluminum trailer next to it for 3000 is penny wise and pound foolish. In a few years that 1200 dollar steel trailer will be worth its weight in scrap metal. And that 3000 aluminum trailer will still be worth 3000. Not to mention all the extra gas you'll be burning.
My all aluminum 2 horse gooseneck with nice carpeted 4 foot tack area and gooseneck sleeping area, weighs the same as my steel 2 horse bumper pull with lousy storage and no where to sleep. I weighed them both on truck scales to satisfy my curiosity.
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I recently bought a new trailer. Had every intention of going aluminum, looked at quite a few. We ended up buying a galvaneal, got the best of both worlds - won't rust and it's solid. I like that if we should get in an accident there is a lot less chance of the horses getting seriously hurt. It also saved me a couple grand over the aluminum that was the same size and had less in the way of options.

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Is there such a thing as all aluminum trailers? Aren't they on steel frames, axels etc.? My understanding is for aluminum to be as strong as steel it would have to be 3 x thicker than it is & would therefore weigh as much as a steel.
Steel rusts & aluminum oxidizes.
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The main thing to consider is the weight. You're going to need a different class hitch and a truck that can pull it, not to mention factoring in the difference in gas mileage. Other than that, there is also the rust to consider.

I don't think any trailers are made of *just* aluminum, I'm pretty sure they all have a steel frame.
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Used steel trailers are around as people get tired of the rust and upgrade. Not near as many aluminum used trailers out there as people buy them and keep them forever and they still look good.
Buying a steel 1200 dollar trailer when an aluminum trailer next to it for 3000 is penny wise and pound foolish. In a few years that 1200 dollar steel trailer will be worth its weight in scrap metal. And that 3000 aluminum trailer will still be worth 3000. Not to mention all the extra gas you'll be burning.
My all aluminum 2 horse gooseneck with nice carpeted 4 foot tack area and gooseneck sleeping area, weighs the same as my steel 2 horse bumper pull with lousy storage and no where to sleep. I weighed them both on truck scales to satisfy my curiosity.
I'm trying not to envy......

I don't see many aluminum trailers for sale around here that are in the $3000 range or I'd probably have one.

Maybe I should expand my search to your area.....???

Around here, $3000 will buy a decent steel trailer....lots of steel trailer cheaper, but most are rust buckets.
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