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Old 05-05-2012, 07:27 PM   #1
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Default Any real world mpg increases with aluminum trailer?

I'm intersted in real world numbers using a Feather Lite open vs. open steel trailer. Is it worth the initial cost up front?
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:39 PM   #2
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Default Re: Any real world mpg increases with aluminum trailer?

The weight savings is real. I had a 28 ft conventional tag and changed to a 40ft Exiss the total weight difference made it a 1015lbs increase. The price diff is big but I felt in the long term it would be worth it.
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:01 AM   #3
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Default Re: Any real world mpg increases with aluminum trailer?

I switched from a 30' Pace tag to a 40' Exiss last year. Prior to my adding a lounge they were basically the same weight. I am not sure what it weighs now but still light enough to pull with my 2500HD with no problem.

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Default Re: Any real world mpg increases with aluminum trailer?

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If you park outside, and plan to keep it a long time, definitely.
At my shops there were 2 snowmoble trailers parked out side.
You could literally watch the steel one rot away over the years.
The aluminum one is still here, and the steel one was scrapped a few years ago.

Now if you park inside, then you should have zero issues like that, and it might not be worth it??

When I had an open trailer, I parked inside, and after 5 years of racing every W/E,
it looked 100 times better then my friends trailers that sat out side.

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Default Re: Any real world mpg increases with aluminum trailer?

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I'm intersted in real world numbers using a Feather Lite open vs. open steel trailer. Is it worth the initial cost up front?
Weight difference will be minimal, cost is significantly higher, no noticeable mpg gain. Resale much better. No rust or corrosion. Save your money for an enclosed !
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I'm intersted in real world numbers using a Feather Lite open vs. open steel trailer. Is it worth the initial cost up front?
While there is some weight savings, you won't see a significant difference in MPG. The aluminum is just less maintenance.
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Default Re: Any real world mpg increases with aluminum trailer?

You will have a roughly 1000 pound less trailer for about 2.25 times the amount in price for aluminum versus steel. Unless this 1000 pounds allows your truck to safely tow where it would not on the steel trailer (maybe mid size truck or underpowered), I say no real advantage. If you are wanting to keep it cheap or light, look for a open pit steel trailer, they weigh a few hundred pounds less then a full deck. You can also look for a wood runner open deck trailer, again lighter by another hundred or two pounds. I had a 18 foot steel open pit with wood runner trailer that was about 1600 pounds, damm near what a aluminum trailer weighs.
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