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steel or aluminum horse trailer?

Does aluminum or steel hold up better? We found a steel for 1/2 the price of aluminum, obviously its heavier but any other downsides? rust faster ect? also, does anybody know, in PA do you pay sales tax on trailers? and do dealers normally give you license plates to get the trailer home with? we live 3 hours away from the dealer so thats why i want all details :) would stink if i messed up!!


I bought a steel trailer. It was much heavier than the aluminum, as you said. But really, they are equivalents. As long as you have enough power to haul the trailer, you can use steel. We never had a rust problem with ours. In PA you do pay sales tax on horse trailers, stock trailers, etc. I forget about the plates, though. It's been a few years since we got our trailer. I would assume they would give you something to get the trailer home with though.
Sep 27, 2017
We have an aluminum trailer over a steel frame. We used to have a steel trailer. There are two differences I see are the weight and how quickly they deteriorate. I personally prefer the aluminum over the steel, the upkeep is easier and they don't weigh as much which equates to fuel savings. Also if you have a lighter truck an aluminum trailer makes the wear and tear a little easier. You can also look at the size of the truck you are going to tow the trailer with, and the size of the horses inside. All together you definately don't want to exceed the weight limits of the truck. Hope this helps...
Sep 27, 2017
I have a steel trailer. It's okay but I think next time I'll go for aluminum because mine is rusting, particularly on the tongue, so the hitch gets all frozen up. Drives me nuts. Yeah, you pay sales tax on trailers and the dealership SHOULD give you temporary plates to get home, just like they do on vehicles.
Sep 27, 2017

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