Aluminum Enclosed Trailers vs. Steel Enclosed Trailers

August 29, 2018

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Each from Look Trailers

When shopping for cargo trailers, one of the first decisions you have to make is whether to choose aluminum or steel construction. There are pros and cons to each, but some experts come down on the side of aluminum enclosed trailers for several reasons. Here, Look Trailers weighs the benefits of an aluminum trailer over one made of steel.

1. Strength. Steel is known for strength and sturdiness, whereas most people think of aluminum as a lightweight, and therefore not particularly strong, material. Though aluminum is lighter (a benefit we’ll get to in a minute), the type used in cargo trailer manufacturing is an alloy—as steel is an ally of iron—that makes it as strong as its counterpart. 

2. Weight. As mentioned above, aluminum is lighter than steel, which provides several benefits. It’s easier to pull and move around, which means you can tow many types of aluminum trailers with a mini-van, SUV, or crossover, rather than a heavy-duty pickup. The lighter weight also provides better gas mileage than steel enclosed trailers. And, because aluminum trailers are lighter, they have a higher payload capacity, meaning you can load more items into an aluminum carrier before reaching the maximum amount of weight your vehicle will tow. 

3. Upkeep. Steel rusts, meaning its galvanized and/or painted coating needs to be constantly maintained. Aluminum resists rust and corrosion. You just need to wash it inside and out when it’s dirty and periodically give it an acid bath to keep up the glossy finish.

4. Damage. 
Steel is more rigid than aluminum, so it takes a greater impact to make the metal flex and bend. Which makes it a great choice for those looking to really protect the contents they’re hauling. On the other hand, once it bends, steel is likely to stay bent and is more apt to crack. Aluminum is more flexible, so it’s more likely to return to its original shape when bent.

5. Resale. 
Aluminum trailers tend to be more expensive up-front than steel trailers. However, because they resist rust, are easier to maintain, and last longer, they not only cost less in maintenance, but they tend to keep their value for higher resale.

Look Trailers’ aluminum trailers are made from sturdy and dependable tube mainframe construction, with one-piece roofs and aluminum exteriors. From snowmobile trailers, to auto haulers, to general purpose cargo trailers, they will stand up to the elements, the terrain, and everything you want to haul.

Contact your local Look Trailers dealer for more information.