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Old 08-02-2019, 06:32 PM
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Default Tube or C channel trailer?

Looking at trailers and the salesman said the tubes are the way to go. They drain well and conceal/protect the wire for the lighting. I have a c channel trailer now and like that I can see all of the wire and brake lines exposed. Looks ,ike the tube is an up charge but not significant. Any pros or cons on tube versus c.....for a 4000# fully loaded package.

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Old 08-02-2019, 08:14 PM
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If there is any chance that you would put this trailer in saltwater. Then you would want c channel. I went with galvanized shorelander trailer. Been very happy with it. Instead of painted or road armor trailer.
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Old 08-02-2019, 09:06 PM
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If there is any chance that you would put this trailer in saltwater. Then you would want c channel. I went with galvanized shorelander trailer. Been very happy with it. Instead of painted or road armor trailer.
Please clarify - are C channel trailers available in a galvanized finish?
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Old 08-04-2019, 05:40 PM
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Not sure galvanized C channels are available in the Midwest. Quick search showed company in California. Allot of Florida boats are towed with aluminum trailers now. If you are a snowbird going to Florida. You could buy a aluminum trailer while their. Could maybe buy galvanized in Florida. Loadmaster does have galvanized c channel listed on their website.

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Old 08-05-2019, 10:11 AM
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Tube is a lot heavier - your tongue weight will grow too.
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Old 08-05-2019, 06:40 PM
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No Salt Water...Great lakes only.
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Old 08-08-2019, 11:27 AM
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The problem with a tube trailer is they are only finished on the outside. How do you paint inside a tube?

With any tube trailer, drain holes or not, you will have residual water and unfinished steel. Add oxygen and you have the perfect recipe for rust. They will rust from the inside out and by the time you notice it, it is too far gone to save it.

A galvanized tube trailer would be better than painted as the galvanizing process uses a dip tank and will fill the tubes so long as they have holes to allow for drainage. But if there aren't enough holes or there is a tube (think crossmember) that is completely sealed by being welded on both ends, the inside of that tube will not be treated.

A channel frame trailer is your best option, and for ultimate corrosion resistance, a galvanized channel trailer reigns supreme. There are no spots that trap water on a channel frame trailer so you will have a much longer service life.

Yes, a tube of equal size is stronger than a channel, but a rusted out tube isn't as strong as a channel that is in good shape. Go take a look at Tracker Trailer on the dealership lot, take a close look at the drain holes. There are probably rust stains before it ever leaves the lot.
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Old 08-10-2019, 05:58 AM
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C Channel for those that are early/late season fishermen when there is ice melting residue on the roads. This way you can rinse the salt off the trailer at the end of the day. If your trailer does develop a crack, repairs are easier on a C Channel trailer. as far as finish...Galvanized all the way.
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Old 08-10-2019, 06:04 AM
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Not sure galvanized C channels are available in the Midwest. Quick search showed company in California. Allot of Florida boats are towed with aluminum trailers now. If you are a snowbird going to Florida. You could buy a aluminum trailer while their. Could maybe buy galvanized in Florida. Loadmaster does have galvanized c channel listed on their website.
Continental trailers are made in galvanized and aluminum down here in Fl. Not sure if there are dealers up north. Good trailers!
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