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Opinions: Aluminum vs Steel Utility Trailer
#11
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#12
Look for a good used alum snowmobile trailer. I have a 102"x12' sng axle where the entire deck is usable as the tires are underneath & set in a bit so they don't scape the curb going thru drive thrus.I also have new bows & tarp system that came off a 6x6 Army truck. It also tilts which your's won't if you buy a box trailer. I use mine as a full access flat trailer with no wheel wells to get in the way or use the bows & tarp to protect what I'm hauling. Here's the other kind where you get aprox 6'x 12' hauling space & a wood floor, the tailgate really cuts milage. Mine has an treated plywood floor. Here's one like mine https://www.alumaklm.com/8612d-tilt-snowmobile-trailer  click for the you tube. Here's my tarp system. https://www.bretonindustries.com/service...er-covers/  Here's the other type with wheel wells outside the deck. You lose 1/3 deck room, the fenders are banging & getting caught on things. I can see mine well in the ambo's mirrors. Alum is the way to go IMHO. Don't buy one like below.
<img src="https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/9D8AAOSwXI1cO688/s-l640.jpg" alt="12’ Mission Single Axel  aluminum trailer. "/>
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  • CatPerson (01-26-2020)
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#13
After 25 yrs here in Theft Central (WA St), I would need an enclosed, lockable rig. Preferably with an attached gazillion-volt Fry 'Em Now electrical charge.

But thanks for the suggestion.
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#14
Use a solar powered electric fence charger. Set it on top of the trailer where it won't be seen.
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  • American Nomad Patriot (02-24-2020)
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#15
That would give a really good jolt? Any chance it would try them into charcoal dust?
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#16
No but it would be quite the suprise. Also you can get cheap motion detectors, Vibration alarms, etc. 4 $7 driveway alarms from harbor freight will do your entire campsite. You can do an alarm using a small scooter or motorcycle battery & if you do it normally open it doesn't draw any electricity then put a 120db siren to it, that would change someones mind.
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#17
I'll have to look into those ideas. Thanks!
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#18
Aluminum trailers are more prone to failure. Build it where it will hold up and the weight's right up near a steel frame. My opinion is based on knowing people that have had problems with aluminum.
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(01-26-2020, 11:57 AM)Gr8ful Wrote: Use a solar powered electric fence charger. Set it on top of the trailer where it won't be seen.
My father had a problem with the 4 male dogs always pissing on the rims of his tires making them want to rust. He tried many times to try and teach them not to.  So finally he hooked up a fence charger for cattle to the truck. He put a wire coat hanger on the end of it and then an old piece of water hose where he would handle it. Hooked that sucker on the door handle of his 1986 Chevy Silverado. Yep....you guessed it....ZAAAPPP !! It took two of the four male dogs to ZAP themselves (The other 2 figured it out by watching.) and then none of them would get within 10 yards of the truck unless my father told them to load up in the back.  I still have the images burned into my mind of the first time it happened. I felt it in my own groin seeing that and thinkin how much that must have hurt.
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