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I'm in the market for a new trailer and I like the idea of aluminum. But guys I speak with at the boat ramp say aluminum trailers will float from time to time. Is this accurate and, if it is, should I add some weight to it? T. Spurling, Portage, IN
Answered on: 6/2005
GEORGE: I use aluminum trailers in my business and this can be a common problem if the trailer is made with pine in the bunks. If you have pine, get rid of it. It's light and it floats and that may be what's happening here. Use cypress. It's heavier and it's stronger and your trailer won't float. MIKE: An aluminum trailer floating is not a very common occurrence but it really depends upon the trailer size and configuration. Many aluminum trailers are now made of "I" beam construction which do not trap air. Some smaller trailers may still come in a tubular construction which may have the ability to trap air and float. I wouldn't let this worry you or steer you away from an aluminum trailer. You could add weight or make sure the trailer frame is vented to allow the air to escape.
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