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    I am looking into buying a snowmachine trailer. I have about a $2,500 budget. I went to several places and the two trailers that I am most interested in so far are a 12' Triton and 12' Aluma. They both seem very comparable to me. The Aluma is a little less expensive and seems like the better deal, but I am not a snowmachine trailer expert and I was wondering if anyone could let me know their opinion. I will be using it primarily for towing two snowmachines in the winter, but also for carrying my raft in the summer. Any opinions on what I should be looking for? Also, I am not sure what size tire is on the Triton, but I know the Aluma comes with a 10" tire. Is that a bad thing? Should I look for something with bigger tires? Thanks

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    I will jump in here, Many years ago we had a two place snow machine trailer and it was more trouble then it was worth. But having said that, we were over loading the trailer. For me, I want a steel trailer, yes they are heavier but they are repairable if one has an issue. We also had the 10" tires on that trailer and they also caught h**l. Being 10" they spin much faster then the 13-15" tires and they seem to come apart easier. The trailer that we have now is a 16' steel trailer, with 14" tires/wheels and rated for 7000 lbs. In the 12 years that we have had this trailer, other then normal maintenance, the only this I have done is the replace the wooden deck.
    If one has the time, there are some good deals out there on used steel trailers.

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    I will second the steel trailer. My brother has a 4 place aluminum Karavan trailer, and after only 4 years, it's on its 3rd trip to the welder. I have a 3 place steel, and doesnt feel much heavier behind the half-ton than the aluminum, but I've got 8 trouble free years on it.
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    If you want Aluminum, I had a Triton and really liked it. I sold it when I got a Rhino and needed a longer trailer to hold the Rhino and an Otter trailer.

    The Triton was nice, light and I really liked the clamp down ramp that didn't rattle.

    Now I have a tandem axle steel car hauler trailer that can carry anything I need. I love having tandem axles, much safer if you get a flat and electric brakes are nice for heavier loads. Only thing I don't like is it is not a deck over so it has less clearance at the tail and drags entering my steep driveway.

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    Aluminum just doesn't hold up to the constant flexing going over bumpy roads as well as steel. Steel is much easier to repair and typically a lower cost up front. Bigger tires/wheels are always better. Those 10" will be screaming going down the road at 65mph.
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    heavy trailer an randem Axels the heavey the better it will not bounce as mudh an large tires 14"/ 15" / 16" they will hold up better ,an most Axels
    Tandem will have elect breaks some will be HYD. , if you can't walk on the deck with out it flexing I would look for some thing different
    had a 16 FT Alum an the tung gave up , had it re welded , that is where it gives out frist or the corrners , I think SID

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    i have had a sled bed 4 place, a triton 4 place and a triton 2 place. all are great trailers.. if i was you buy a trailer that has 2 axles which will end up being used to fit your price range. but get a 14', 2 axles trailer and you have room for a buddy or tow sled and you are always under loaded not at capacity or over. and if you brake a hub you can limp home on 3 wheels (done many times) nice to not leave your stuff on the side of the road.

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    10" tires are a money pit too. $125/each. Yes, you can buy the tire only, but nobody will mount it. I'd stay away from 10" tires at all costs.

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