When you are in the market for a trailer, whether it be a trailer built for everyday hauling or something for hauling livestock, you will be faced with two primary choices when it comes to material: aluminum or steel. While both aluminum and steel have their advantages and shortcomings, aluminum definitely tends to get the worst of the deal when it comes to myths and misconceptions. By getting to know the misconceptions about aluminum trailers and the actual facts, you may just find that aluminum is just as good -- if not better -- as an option when it comes to utility trailers.
Misconception: Aluminum trailers are just as heavy as steel trailers.
Fact: If you will take a look at some of the other vehicular manufacturing endeavors, you will see that aluminum and aluminum alloys have taken the place of steel in everything from regular cars and trucks to space shuttles. This is due to the fact that aluminum is much lighter in weight than steel, which means an aluminum trailer will most definitely not be as heavy as a steel trailer of the same design. Along with this misconception comes the common myth that much more aluminum would have to be used to achieve the same strength and durability as steel, but this is also just a myth.
Misconception: Aluminum trailers have a lower resale value than steel trailers.
Fact: There is one big reason why this is absolutely false. Steel is prone to rust and corrosion over time, whereas aluminum is not. You could have a steel trailer for only a few years and it may look like it has truly been weathered, but aluminum on the other hand will likely still look as good as new. Therefore, you would likely be able to recoup your investment costs easier with an aluminum trailer that still looks good than you would with a steel trailer that is starting to show signs of rust and corrosion.
Misconception: Even aluminum trailers have steel parts, which shows aluminum is not as strong.
Fact: It is true that some aluminum trailers have steel components. For example, a trailer may be totally aluminum except for the axles. This does not mean that aluminum is any less string or durable, only that steel makes a better fit for certain components. Finding a trailer that is mostly aluminum with some steel components only shows that the manufacturer truly thought out the design of the trailer and how it would function best.
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