A Guide on the Best Material For Your Trailer
There has been an ongoing debate on what material is best suited for a trailer. There are two options: steel and aluminium; they both have their set of pros and cons. We shall decode them in this blog.
The very first thing you think of before even purchasing a trailer is its cost. Ultimately, the price of the trailer is everything because that decides your ability to purchase one. Steel is considered to be a lot cheaper than aluminium. Aluminium, given its benefits, fits right for its expensive pricing model. The steel trailer, although might seem attractive in terms of its price, can lead to long term problems.
Speaking of which, steel is a kind of metal that is highly prone to corrosion. Give it a short time, and it is bound to form rust. Anyone who works with metals knows how bad rust can be for metals. Aluminium, on the other hand, not to say it cannot corrode, but lasts longer before leading to corrosion. Also, most trailer owners wash it with acid once in a while to keep it from forming rust.
All kinds of steel does not rust. Stainless steel is known for its anti-corrosion properties, but it is far too heavy to be used in the making of a trailer, and also comparatively expensive.
The strength of the metals is equally important. Aluminium has forever been deemed as the lighter metal. The lighter the metal, the easier it is to carry the load around. It also has a lot of strength to carry heavy load. Steel, on the other hand is considered far more durable than aluminium. But just because it is more durable does not mean it is the best metal.
Most aluminium trailers make use of steel components wherever there is need for extra durability or a compromised area. Subsequently, this mixed use of aluminium and steel also results in an affordable price, so if you cannot afford a steel only trailer, this kind of a trailer might be right for you. Because of this combination, aluminium retains its lightness and steel fills in places aluminium cannot.
Like mentioned earlier, aluminium tends to last longer than steel. Not just because of its rust-resistant properties, but because owners who use aluminium trailers generally operate in a rough environment which makes it less prone to corrosion.
In the world of high pollution, it is necessary to ensure that everything you are doing is sustainable. That also includes the kind of material you use, or the material that makes your trailer that you purchase. Aluminium is considered to be very eco-friendly, far better than steel. In fact, it is considered the best metal for all of automobiles.
After long usage of your trailer or if you want to upgrade to a better option, owners tend to resell their old trailers. In this case, the problem arises with steel trailers. Because not only are they heavy and expensive, they also rust very easily. Aluminium, on the other hand, like we discussed, is less prone to corrosion. And an acid shower generally makes it look as good as new. The aluminium trailers also come with a better, longer warranty than steel trailers.