Aluminum vs Galvanized trailers

I am looking to upgrade my 40 yo trailer. Other than weight, is there any other advantage to the aluminum trailer that makes the price difference worth it? Are the galvanized trailers ablr to handle more abuse? I do not plan on hauling the boat many miles.

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My new Trailex aluminum trailer has 2 major differences over my

My new Trailex aluminum trailer has 2 major differences over my old Tee-Nee steel trailer. First is the weight. The second is the profile. The Scot sits much lower on the aluminum trailer. In order to accomplish that they have the tires out wider than the steel trailer. Between the weight and the profile, I see significant improvement in the gas mileage when trailering. In my case it is around 5 mpg. The lower profile has 2 advantages and 1 disadvantage. First it is much easier to climb on board. Second when ramp launching you do not need to back as far into the water. This gives you more working room behind your vehicle at launch and retrieval time. The negative is you need to be more careful when making a turn. The aluminum trailer will track inside of your turn much more that the steel one. This makes it more likely you will hit a curb or other obstacle inside your turn. Glenn FS 5919 - DJ' Nockamixon Sail Club http://nockamixonsailclub.org

Glenn Wesley

FS #5919 - DJ'

Thank you.

Thank you. That helps quite a bit.

If you dry sail the Scot and lean into the boat on the trailer w

If you dry sail the Scot and lean into the boat on the trailer while setting up or frequently ramp launch, the lower profile of the aluminum Trailex is worth the extra money. If you wetsail and only use a trailer infrequently and for winter storage, or you only launch with a hoist or crane, you might be ok with the steel trailer. My old Scot had a good steel Tee-Nee with a swiveling frame that did many trips to FL from CT successfully (except for blown tires -a separate subject) but ramp launching & retrieving frequently from it was not as easy as my newer Scot with the aluminum. I have never had to dunk the Trailex bearings as the Scot is low enough to slide off at the waters edge no matter the ramp angle, without the transom corner hitting bottom on the way off. Sometimes with the old Tee-Nee, I used the swiveling frame feature to keep from hitting bottom. In 6 years of towing the aluminum Trailex cross-country to Canada, FL, WI, NC frequently, the Trailex as been good. Another thing - with the Scot sitting lower on the trailex, visibility aft over it is now possible thru the cars center rear view mirror. The taller Tee-Nee blocked the view with the Outback I used to tow with. I got hassled by a cop once because he thought I couldn't see properly aft.

I am a huge fan of the aluminum trailer.

I am a huge fan of the aluminum trailer. The only draw back is that you need to be careful when backing it up not to jack knife it at a sharp angle. The aluminum tongue can kink much easier than it would on a steel trailer.

I have a folding galvanized TeeNee trailer and I think it's fine

I have a folding galvanized TeeNee trailer and I think it's fine for most uses. It's easy to launch on a ramp or from the beach at our club. Boat does sit higher, but I use a small step ladder to get on board. The biggest issue is the rear visibility like Hot Wheels mentioned. When towing with my vw passat, I can't see anything through my inside rearview mirror, standard side mirrors are almost useless as well. That's why on longer trips I use a taller SUV.

We tow our 1985 Scot with the TeeNee trailer and it rides along

We tow our 1985 Scot with the TeeNee trailer and it rides along behind our Sienna minivan easily. The vehicle is taller and wider than Glenn's Avalon, so it tucks in behind. I have not noticed much of a gas mileage penalty with the Sienna. In my opinion the TeeNee trailers are well built. If I were ordering a new boat, I would get an aluminum. I do use a short step ladder to get in, with the TeeNee. I have seen some newer galvanized Scot trailers that didn't look as bombproof as the TeeNee. Phil Scheetz FS 4086

Phil Scheetz

FS 4086

Fleet 163, Nockamixon Sail Club

Hello, Does anyone know the outside width of the Trailex traile

Hello, Does anyone know the outside width of the Trailex trailer? I'm looking at buying my first used Flying Scot and want to make sure the trailer will fit where I can store it. Length isn't an issue- the width is Thanks, Mark FS ???? Mark
Mark FS5434

I have the galvanized Long Trailer and its it perfect for the Sc

I have the galvanized Long Trailer and its it perfect for the Scot if you prefer the steel over the aluminum. Launching and hauling is pretty simple and the height is not too high and it is low enough to climb in without a step ladder. This trailer has exceeded my expectations after having experience with the old Sterling trailer I had for years. Mark FS 5516 Don't Panic