Boat Trailers – Used Releases Guide To Trailer Frame Materials

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In an effort to broaden the understanding of the different pros and cons of the different metals used in boat trailer construction, BoatTrailersUsed.com released an overview of typical trailer materials.

To the uninitiated, used boat trailers seem like a pretty simple subject. They have a tow hitch and some wheels; you put a boat on and tow it to a lake. What more is there to know? Quite a bit, according to the staff at Boat Trailers Used, and they want to help the public learn. BTU released a look at the ins and outs of the different materials used in trailer frame construction.

The first type of material that they cover is plain steel. It has one massive benefit, and that’s strength. Steel will hold up to immense stresses, provided it’s been well maintained. That need for maintenance is the primary drawback of the metal. Given time and use in watery environments, corrosion can be a real problem for steel frames. Certain constructions of frames, such as tubular, can rust in out-of-the way or totally hidden areas. For this reason, BTU.com can’t really recommend plain steel trailers. Weight can also be an issue for steel trailers.

Next up, there’s galvanized steel. Galvanized steel has been coated in a galvanizing agent, inside and out. This coated metal maintains the strength of regular steel, while protecting it from corrosion. It’s a good, solid material, but it can be quite heavy. If the consumer has the horsepower in their towing vehicle, and they don’t mind the extra gas consumption due to the weight, galvanized steel performs well in any boating environment.

Lastly, there’s aluminum. In recent years, this has become the go-to material for boat trailers. Aluminum is lightweight and resistant to corrosion, so you get most of the performance of galvanized steel with less wear on your truck and higher miles-per-gallon. Aluminum is also typically cheaper than the other materials. One thing to be aware of, however, is that aluminum isn’t as strong as the more heavy-duty galvanized steel.

When shopping for a boat trailer, the different considerations can become confusing, but Boat Trailers Used hopes to simplify things for those in need of a used trailer.

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BTU takes pride in helping the public discover more information about the world of used boat trailers, as well as the marine industry as a whole. They can be found at BoatTrailersUsed.com

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