Steel vs. Aluminum Trailers: Which is best for You?

Should you get a steel or aluminum trailer? That’s one of our most common questions and here’s what we think at I39 Supply.

Both Steel and Aluminum have their own advantages. When it comes down to it, it’s a personal preference. There are only a few times that we would direct you one way or the other. If you’re not sure what direction to go, we start with asking two questions. “What are you using your trailer for?” and “What you are you towing it with?

If you are using it for an everyday job trailer and know it going to take a beating, we would suggest going with Steel. Steel and Steel welds are more durable and stronger than the Aluminum counterpart. If you are hauling a trailer long distances or with a smaller tow vehicle, we might suggest Aluminum. Aluminum is around 30 % lighter than Steel. The Cost of Aluminum is higher, but the weight difference alone with save on fuel, and wear and tear on your vehicle.

The difference in weight really starts to matter in the larger enclosed trailers.

Which will last longer? Just like everything else it’s all how you take care of it.

2 thoughts on “Steel vs. Aluminum Trailers: Which is best for You?”

  1. It’s good to know that aluminum is 30 percent lighter than steel. I’m looking to rent a dump trailer as part of my home renovations and I need one that won’t fill up quickly. I’ll be sure to find a big one that I can rent for the week.

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I39 Supply trailer sales, rental and trailer repair is in central Wisconsin. Our convenient location is near Cascade Mountain on Interstate 39. Exit 85.  We stock over 250 trailers at all times. Our trailer purchasing power provides value to customers because we can special order trailers with a quick turnaround time and low cost. Our helpful team can’t be beat so call us today! Call us at (608) 742-6223

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