I'm in the market for a new to me 16-18 foot deck snowmachine/atv trailer. I'd like a drive on drive off with a undercarriage ramp in the back and ramps in the front. I'd be carry a few snowmachines in the winter and quite a bit more weight in the summer---a polaris 6x6 which weighs about 1,300 with camping gear (or possibly a side by side in the future), and a polaris 4x4 wheeler and maybe a kids machine, or a combination of those machines.
I'm a little apprehensive to buy an aluminum trailer due to the shoddy roads. I'd like to be able to traverse the Denali Highway and travel the Rich & Tok cutoff. I'm not entirely sold on buying a steel trailer due to the extra weight for just dragging around a few sno-gos in the winter, it seems excessive. I'm slowly discovering that I need an aluminum trailer for the winter and a steel trailer in the summer, but I can only afford one trailer.
A little long winded but my question is this: Will an aluminum trailer bend/break, tweak and fall apart with a load traversing the Denali or banging away through the frost heaves on the Rich? I'm apprehensive about buying an 18' or thereabout steel trailer just to drag a few sno-gos in the winter due to all the extra trailer weight.