The Cost Of A Lighter Trailer

Posted on: 19 December 2016

Running out of gas mid-way through a camping expedition is among the worst things that can happen to you. This explains why gas mileage should be more of a concern for camping enthusiasts looking for their first trailer. The size and weight of a camping trailer has a direct impact on gas mileage. The lighter the trailer, the less you're likely to spend on gas.

This article discusses two common features of light caravan trailers and the price you'll have to pay for improved gas mileage.

An Aluminium Frame

Aluminium and steel are among the most common materials used to make trailer frames. Of the two materials, aluminium is lighter. By extension, an aluminium trailer will be lighter than one made of steel. The reduced weight means that an aluminium frame will offer less resistance to motion as you tow the trailer. Your engine will need to generate less power in order to sustain motion, and this is how the gas savings come about. As you save on gas, however, you'll have a difficult time preventing a light trailer from swaying involuntarily as your drive around.

It's also important to point out that a steel frame would be more resistant to corrosion. If you live in an area that experiences heavy snowfall, the trailer will be exposed to water/moisture on a regular basis. In such a situation, an aluminium frame is likely to corrode faster than its steel equivalent would. You might want to trade your gas savings for less-frequent corrosion repair on the trailer.

A Single Axle

A single axle trailer is one that features a single set of wheels. Those that have multiple sets of wheels are referred to as tandem axle trailers. Of the two, single axle trailers are lighter by default. This is because the single set of wheels is incapable of supporting the weight of a heavier trailer. Weight aside, single axle trailers tend to be more affordable than their tandem axle equivalent.

You'll save on the initial cost of a single axle trailer. You might also reap substantial gas savings. However, you'll have sacrificed the stability of your trailer. The extra set(s) of wheels in a tandem axle trailer allow for a more even distribution of the weight on the trailer by its load. This translates to a more stable caravan trailer.

It's okay to save on gas. For more information, contact professionals in your area.