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    08-27-2013, 02:31 PM
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Weanling
New trailer brand, thoughts?/all aluminum vs. steel

We've been shopping around for trailers for a little bit now, and are willing to invest in one that will last us a long time. Trouble is there are very limited places to buy trailers in maine. Found these all aluminum trailers that are newly being made in maine and really like the look of them, wondering what your guys thoughts are?

I also am wondering everyone's opinion on buying all aluminum vs a combination of aluminum and steel? So far I've heard mostly positive things for all aluminum, but I wanted some other thoughts/opinions...

Will post link to trailer in one sec, just typed this out on mobile then link wouldn't work, grr technology
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ETA- http://scottsrecreation.com/items/in...dor-straight-l
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    08-27-2013, 02:53 PM
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Trained
Pros & cons for every type of trailer. If you live an area prone to rust, I would really consider all aluminum as the steel combination tends to rust faster. Just what I have heard. I bought a brand new all steel as it was cheaper but I store it indoors in the winter, no rusting yet but it's only 2 years old but not everyone has that option. My daughter bought a brand new steel/aluminum trailer about 6 years ago, she didn't store indoors & it had minor surface rust on the steel when she traded it on a all aluminum trailer. How you take care & maintain it also is a factor. Before I bought my new trailer, I had a used steel stock trailer for 20 years, stored outside year round but I kept up with any rust that appeared & repainted it every so often. I sold that trailer for exactly what I paid for it 20 years later. To me hauling a steel trailer feels more stable but the maintenance is a pain in the rear.
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    09-01-2013, 09:33 PM
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Foal
I've used, rebuilt, and repainted so many steel trailers, that our current, and any future horse trailers will be all aluminum. The only steel on it are the axles, gooseneck hitch, and the rear ramp springs. All hinge pins even appear to be stainless steel. Another nice thing about aluminum is that you can make it look like new with an aluminum (acid) wash. Aluminum is well worth the additional initial expense.
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    09-01-2013, 09:52 PM
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Weanling
Aluminum well worh the price. My featherlight looks brand new and it is 6 yrs old.
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    09-01-2013, 09:57 PM
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Trained
JustWingIt, I'm being serious when I tell you to "suck it up and buy all-aluminum" LoL, And I mean that in the best way possible!

We purchased a Titan Avalanche II in December of...2011, its a combination of steel/aluminum. So we havent even had it for 2 full years, and it has rust beginning to show on it.

All-aluminum will last you forever. Full steel will rust, rust, rust. Within the first year even. And a combination will eventually rust.

When I finish my RN degree, ill be upgrading to all-aluminum and never going back to a trailer made with steel. I could have saved myself $10,000 if I would have bought all-aluminum, but oh well...

And don't get me wrong, my trailer is still in good shape, but it does have rust beginning to show and its not even 2 years old...
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    09-01-2013, 10:01 PM
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I personally would never ever buy a steel/aluminum mixed trailer. EVER.

The two metals corrode so bad I'd think that a trailer built that way would be junk in 4 years with our salt and weather.

All one or the other. Pros and cons to both.

Most average owners can't fix aluminum. And steel is heavier.

Steel doesn't flex and crack as much= heavier loads and less repairs.

Aluminum cracks and flexes a lot, pulls nicer, but harder for the average owner to repair.

Stored and maintained properly, I'd suggest steel. It's just more durable.
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    09-01-2013, 10:19 PM
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Foal
What have you had 'crack' on an aluminum trailer ? No cracks on our 12 yo C&C.
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    09-01-2013, 10:26 PM
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What have you had 'crack' on an aluminum trailer ? No cracks on our 12 yo C&C.
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I personally won't own and never have owned an aluminum trailer.

But I've repaired many. Hinges on ramps, fenders, crossmembers (usually in the front where they twist), door frames on the rear (in the corners at the top and bottom).
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    09-01-2013, 10:45 PM
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Foal
Must have been some cheaply built machines.
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    09-01-2013, 10:55 PM
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Must have been some cheaply built machines.
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Eh, maybe so. But I've seen it on every aluminum trailer.

From horse/stock trailers to beer/soda trailers. Heck even tanker trailers.

It maybe use, conditions, and such. But I've seen a lot in need of repair.
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