People need trailers for all types of projects. Utility trailers can haul your ATV or lawnmower. Cargo trailers are the perfect solution for people with on-the-go businesses like landscapers, construction workers, plumbers, electricians, etc. Sometimes it’s just convenient to know that you have the extra space if you need to move something. (Everyone loves the friend with the pickup truck, and a utility or cargo trailer fulfills the same purpose).
When choosing your trailer there are typically two different materials – aluminum and steel. Because steel is heavier, many assume that means it’s better and/or stronger. That’s actually far from the case. In a side-by-side comparison for the average person or small business owner, aluminum trailers will win every time. Why? Continue reading for just a few reasons aluminum is the superior trailer material.
Aluminum Doesn’t Rust
When in contact with the rain, snow, fog, or other dampness, steel will rust over time. Actually, that steel trailer can rust pretty quickly, and it doesn’t matter if it’s stored in your yard or used daily. You know what doesn’t rust? Aluminum.
Not only does aluminum not rust, but it undergoes a process called oxidation by which it naturally protects itself from the elements. Essentially, when aluminum is in contact with a combination of moisture and oxygen, it creates layer that protects it from corrosion.
The problem with rust isn’t only that it looks bad. Rust means the metal has literally begun being eaten away. It compromises the overall safety and stability of your trailer over time. Sure, a small rust spot isn’t going to make a huge difference right now – but what about when there are dozens of rust spots or that one small section has spread to an area larger than your head?
Lighter Weight Needs Lower Tow Capacity
Steel trailers are heavy, which means they require a pickup truck or SUV with a high tow capacity. If your vehicle doesn’t have a high enough tow capacity, it might still go – but it will wear your vehicle down as it does.
A lighter weight means that aluminum trailers can be towed behind cars or smaller vehicles with a significantly lower tow capacity. It also won’t put unnecessary wear and tear on your vehicle’s frame or engine. Even vehicles with high tow capacities can eventually wear down either the frame or engine with extended towing periods.
Extended Lifespan & Resale Value Vs. Steel
Since aluminum doesn’t rust, it is a significantly sturdier investment than its steel counterparts. This equates to a comparatively extended lifespan.
Despite being lightweight, aluminum is a resilient, durable material. When (or if) something does go wrong, it’s fairly easy to fix. Aluminum pieces can be welded over any holes which occur as parts of emergency situations – like an accident or natural disaster. Despite the patches, your aluminum trailer will still be perfectly safe and usable.
When aluminum and steel trailers are compared side by side the aluminum will always win. This is thanks to aluminum being lighter, having an extended lifespan, and being resistant to rust.