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Old 03-13-2017, 12:30 PM
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I had a galvanized trailer for 24 years, and it was used year round in very warm corrosive salt water, and never had a problem with it. My next galvanized trailer was terrible. It was made by Princecraft Boats and they have no idea of how to make a galvanized trailer. After 6 years the trailer started rusting badly. I tried to repair it but it was a waste of time. So a galvanized trailer is only as good as the factory who makes it. I'm sure that a Shorelander or EZ Loader galvanized trailer will last a life time. If you can afford the extra money always go for an aluminum trailer. Aluminum trailers are lighter than galvanized trailers, and they always look they are new. Here in Florida aluminum trailers are now the most popular trailers because they never rust, and they always look nice.
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Old 03-13-2017, 12:47 PM
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I had a galvanized trailer for 24 years, and it was used year round in very warm corrosive salt water, and never had a problem with it. My next galvanized trailer was terrible. It was made by Princecraft Boats and they have no idea of how to make a galvanized trailer. After 6 years the trailer started rusting badly. I tried to repair it but it was a waste of time. So a galvanized trailer is only as good as the factory who makes it. I'm sure that a Shorelander or EZ Loader galvanized trailer will last a life time. If you can afford the extra money always go for an aluminum trailer. Aluminum trailers are lighter than galvanized trailers, and they always look they are new. Here in Florida aluminum trailers are now the most popular trailers because they never rust, and they always look nice.
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Aluminum always looks better than galvanized and can be painted, too. Galvanized can eventually corrode, but aluminum won't.
A painted aluminum trailer makes about as much sense as my unprotected painted aluminum boat.
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Old 03-13-2017, 04:53 PM
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I had a galvanized trailer for 24 years, and it was used year round in very warm corrosive salt water, and never had a problem with it. My next galvanized trailer was terrible. It was made by Princecraft Boats and they have no idea of how to make a galvanized trailer. After 6 years the trailer started rusting badly. I tried to repair it but it was a waste of time. So a galvanized trailer is only as good as the factory who makes it. I'm sure that a Shorelander or EZ Loader galvanized trailer will last a life time. If you can afford the extra money always go for an aluminum trailer. Aluminum trailers are lighter than galvanized trailers, and they always look they are new. Here in Florida aluminum trailers are now the most popular trailers because they never rust, and they always look nice.
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There is some truth to what you said. A galvanized trailer or any thing galvanized has to be fabricated with the proper holes for venting and the galvanizing procedure has to be followed properly. Aluminum only looks like new when polished.

DW stated that galvanized will eventually corrode, I challenge him to show me one properly galvanized trailer that has corroded?
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Old 03-23-2017, 06:03 AM
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Aluminum always looks better than galvanized and can be painted, too. Galvanized can eventually corrode, but aluminum won't.
Aluminum can corrode. Last year I had to replace a 1998 snowmobile trailer because the aluminum corroded and the welds failed.
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Old 03-23-2017, 10:41 PM
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Baseline,
My neighbor told me about 3 of his snowmobiling friends who own Aluminum snowmobile trailers.

All 3 of the aluminum trailers had severe failures this winter.

Yes, the salt and slush eventually gets to the aluminum.

However, having said that - a boat trailer in normal summer use is not going to have nearly the exposure to salt as is the case with a snowmobile trailer. So, it is quite likely that you would get many many trouble free years with a summer time used boat trailer.

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It's funny how every vehicle I have owned that had aluminum wheels always corroded to cause rim leaks, yet never had a rim leak with steel rims.
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Old 03-24-2017, 05:51 AM
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How does a galvanized trailer do in saltwater?
I just bought a small boat on a galvanized trailer that I intend to haul to Florida next winter and will launch in saltwater. My sense is it will do just fine, especially since I will only submerge it twice, launch and retrieve.
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Old 03-24-2017, 11:15 AM
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The majority of trailers launched in saltwater are galvanized. Galvanized trailers can and do rust over time, but the biggest threat is to the trailer attachments such as axles, connectors, brakes etc. Trailer lights and connectors take a beating, too.

I boat in saltwater in S Florida each year. Since I have a painted steel trailer I know that the trailer would never be the same if I dunk it in saltwater. So, I either launch in freshwater such as above a lock or I pay a marina to load and unload with a forklift.

I wished I bought an aluminum trailer.
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Old 03-24-2017, 11:20 AM
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Anything galvanized properly will not rust in our lifetime. If you are seeing rust on anything hot dipped galvanized, which most all galvanized trailers are, the zinc coating was either ground off or there was an air pocket and the area did not get coated.
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