Problems with Cracks in Aluminum Bike Trailers?
Posted January 14, 2003 - 07:14 PM
Posted January 15, 2003 - 03:53 AM
What this means is that you must watch any aluminum part for cracks, because eventually they will develop. Fortunately, they are easy to fix.
As far as your trailer goes, it depends on the design. If it is over-built, the cracks will take a long time to develop.
Posted January 15, 2003 - 07:00 AM
1. Are you keeping the load within the specified limits?
2. What type of aluminum the trailer is made from? Different types of aluminum have very different properties.
3. How good was the welder and did he use the correct settings?
4. Was the trailer engineered correctly to begin with?
5. How the trailer is being pulled, speed, road conditions, etc. In other words is it being abused.
Steel and aluminum will both fatigue and crack. Steel is much easier to have fixed at almost any local fab shop or at home. In contrast, aluminum requires more specialized equipment and a more skilled welder.
Aluminum can be durable if it is used correctly. If you decide to buy one, ask a lot of questions and get something that has a higher load rating than what you expect to carry.