When it comes to buying a boat trailer, there are 3 types of materials to choose from: painted steel trailers, galvanized steel trailers and aluminum trailers. Aluminum boat trailers are becoming more and more popular, and there are good reasons for that. Here are the main advantages of buying an aluminum boat trailer.
One of the biggest advantages of aluminum boat trailers over steel trailers is their weight. Aluminum is much lighter than steel and allows the overall weight of the trailer to be much lower. Even though it is a softer metal, aluminum I-beams are very strong and able to accommodate large and heavy boats.
A lighter trailer will result in better fuel economy and less wear and tear on your tow vehicle.
This is probably the most important property of aluminum boat trailers. When exposed to a corrosive environment like humid salty air or submerged in saltwater, aluminum develops an aluminum oxide coat and thus protects itself from the harsh environment. Therefore, aluminum doesn't rust and doesn't need to be treated or protected by a coat of paint. On the other hand, painted or galvanized steel boat trailer frames will eventually rust, especially if used in saltwater. A small nick or damage in the coating will expose the metal and start the corrosion process. With an aluminum trailer, you don't need to worry about this! An aluminum frame will last for decades.
This might come as a surprise since historically aluminum boat trailers have been more expensive that steel trailers. However, large manufacturers like Venture Trailers have ramped up production and reach volumes that allow them to produce aluminum trailers at the same price, or even cheaper than galvanized trailers. That makes choosing aluminum a no brainer for many boaters!
If you are looking for an aluminum boat trailer or have any questions on choosing the right trailer for your boat, head over to www.wordboats.com or give us a call on (425) 499-6883. We're always happy to guide you through the process!