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    Trailer type... Galvanized or Powder coated

    Hi Everyone.
    Is it worth the additional cost in buying a galvanized trailer vs the dealer original black powder coated ones? I can see the issues being common for both in regards to hubs, wheel bearings and the leaf springs if used in fresh or salt water.
    Is there any benefits long term, honestly? Thanks

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    Ski Hacks MG's Avatar
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    Painted/powder coated steel trailers will rust in salt water.

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    Buy Aluminum especially Triton

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    Living outside of Charleston SC.
    Triton aluminum all the way. Hit it with SOS pad once a year and it'll look showroom new.

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    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    If you dont have the money for an aluminium trailer a galvanized one with proper care will last a long time in salt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surferd15 View Post
    If you dont have the money for an aluminium trailer a galvanized one with proper care will last a long time in salt.
    True but it will be way heavier...if that matters.

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    Corpus Christi Texas
    Triton Aluminum is what I have. I ride salt water mostly. Yes they are expensive but if your budget doesn't allow for one then the next best thing is to get a galvanized one if you ride in mostly salt water.

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    I'm mostly in fresh waters. But if its hosed down properly and critical parts sprayed with anticorrosion, black powder coated should be fine? Thanks

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    I am asking as there is a seller out there with a 2008 seadoo speedster 150 215 hp with bimini top and wake tower and only 22 original hours on it. Compression is 130 across and are asking $10k for it but has black powder coated trailer.. Spotless unit which I am considering to keep for a future estate to family.. lol

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    Elephant Butte, New mexico
    If you don't use it in saltwater, powder coated is fine. If you do use it in saltwater, take it to a lake immediately afterwards and soak it down with fresh water. It's really hard to get all the saltwater from the nooks and crannies, with a hose or powerwasher. I live near a desert, freshwater lake, and there trailers and boats here from the '60s that look just fine.

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