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Type of open trailer

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Supper Grassy, Jul 14, 2007.

  1. Supper Grassy

    Supper Grassy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,582

    what is the normal trailer made out of?
    would an aluminum trailer be better?
  2. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    Popsicle sticks and hot glue, duh! :laugh:

    Most are all steel, with the preferred flooring (deck) being treated wood. Solid steel floor is ok but just adds extra weight and are slick when wet. Avoid like the plague the cheapo trailers with the expanded metal floors.
    A well built metal trailer won't really be all that heavy untill you get over the 12 foot range. Then you get into 2 axles etc. and the weight adds up fast. For a smaller trailer I don't see an advantage by going with aluminium, unless you have a very weak tow vehicle or are just looking to spend 3 times as much for the shiney factor. With a larger trailer, say 16 feet, I think there is a siginificant weight difference between a steel and aluminium one.

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