Should you buy a steel or aluminum trailer? While you need to consider what you will use your trailer for, there are things like weight, strength, corrosion-resistance, carbon footprint and cost that all play roles in deciding which type of trailer would be best for you.
Benefits of Aluminum Trailers vs. Steel Trailers.
First, think about things like: what you want to haul, where you want to store the trailer, and how much upkeep you feel like doing. Aluminum weighs less then steel which could ultimately affect the amount of the load that you are capable of hauling with your particular vehicle. If you have a heavy duty truck verses a small SUV, you may not need to worry about load capacity so much. Pulling a lighter trailer is also more gas efficient.
Steel is known to be strong and durable however modern aluminum is constructed to be tougher than before. It may not match steel’s strength but can certainly hold it’s own.
Rust and corrosion won’t be an issue with aluminum trailers either. Steel trailers will rust and require painting and upkeep to maintain its appearance. Where you store your trailer will help with the wear and tear on your trailer. If you can, keep your steel trailer protected from the weather by storing it under roof.
While the initial cost of an aluminum trailer may be more expensive, in the long run you will find that the cost will be pretty equal to a steel trailer after the maintenance and upkeep is factored in.
After looking at these few factors, it appears that when it comes to trailers, aluminum is a viable option. Of course, it depends on your situation. Please share your unique trailer needs with AJ’s. Regardless if the outcome is an aluminum or steel trailer, we will help you determine which will work best for your needs.