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Old 12-02-2016, 06:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Bobby Winds View Post
I had three choices when I ordered my new rig........painted, galvanized or Tundra coated which is their (Trailmaster Trailers) version of Line-X.....

I was trading in a painted trailer that looked like **** because of all the rust on it.......but it still worked great......

I first thought galvanized because we have a lot of salt on our roads in the late fall, winter and even sometimes in the early spring. But they look so butt F ugly no matter what anyone says.....

Then I finally went to the dealer to order my rig and he showed me a Tundra coated trailer he had in the show room. So that's what I ordered and I'm glad I did........not only looks GREAT but also chip proof so no rust in the future. Color me HAPPY ! ! !

Is the inside of the trailer frame coated? Pretty sure a galvanized trailer is coated inside and out. No way I'd have anything but galvanized in upstate NY. Definitely some real rust buckets up there!
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Old 12-05-2016, 06:53 AM
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Originally Posted by REW View Post
The good news about a galvanized trailer, is that 20 years after you buy it, it will look just about exactly as what it did when you purchased it new.

The bad news is that a galvanized trailer is not necessarily attractive, but it is certainly functional and will serve you long and well.

Remember, when you are on the water, where you care about your boat, the trailer is parked somewhere and is not part of the equation.

The 2nd best type of trailer would be one that has a powder coated finish. This finish is nearly indestructible but always looks very nice.

Good luck
Can't say it any better. I have a 23' boat that is from 1993 with a galvanized trailer. Looks just like the day we bought it. Not good, not bad. Have any other painted steel trailer like that. My 21' skeeter is painted. That trailer I won't let see a salt road.
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Old 12-05-2016, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by lakedog View Post
Trailers are ugly ... painting them makes about as much sense as buying them lipstick in my view. If you're buying new and have a choice my vote is galvanized.

Oh yeah? No way am I putting this beautiful boat on some ugly-as$ galvanized trailer!!
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Old 12-05-2016, 04:02 PM
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Default Don't buy EZ loader

My Skeeter trailer made by EZ Loader has the armor type coating and I have rust coming out in numerous spots. The frame is not chipped, so that is good, but in places like where the jack stand is bolted on the coating is buckled and rust showing.
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Old 12-05-2016, 08:17 PM
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Why don't we see more aluminum trailers in fresh water.
It's almost stranded in salt water.
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Old 12-06-2016, 09:45 AM
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Aluminum always looks better than galvanized and can be painted, too. Galvanized can eventually corrode, but aluminum won't.
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Old 12-06-2016, 12:47 PM
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I'll never own anything again but a galvanized trailer. Paint looks great when it's new, but after a few years, if you use your boat and trailer a lot like I do, the rust always seems to show up and it looks far worse than a galvanized trailer. Paint also chips off on gravel roads, even while using a rock guard of some kind. I avoid gravel roads whenever I can, but it's not always possible.
My 5 year old galvanized trailer looks the same now as it did when it was new.
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Old 12-23-2016, 06:59 PM
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I wish I could have gotten a galvanized trailer with my ZV18. Once we get a snow fall up here it's hard to get the boat out due to the salt on the roads. I take a trip to the launch to make sure the roads are completely dry before I take it out. I miss my old galvanized trailer that was under my Alumacraft!
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Old 02-21-2017, 03:31 AM
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I am getting ready to order my boat trailer, any more suggestions for galvanized or painted ?? Thanks.
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Old 02-21-2017, 05:16 AM
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I went galvanized on my Impact after dealing with a painted trailer on my Tyee. I did not want to deal with paint chipping & rust anymore. My son has a 2001 Alaskan with galvanized trailer & it looks great.
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