Ironhorse Motorcycle Trailers fiberglass walls respond differently from metal box trailer walls to the same kinds of road hazards, accidents, malicious mischief, and cumulative use. That’s because Ironhorse Trailers fiberglass walls consist of a thick, extremely resilient, substrate layer of glass fibers embedded in plastic and a thin, less resilient, surface layer of gelcoat.
Have you ever seen a metal box trailer without an add-on aluminum gravel shield? Probably not, but if you find one, the front will be covered with small dents, rust spots and dings. But you never see an Ironhorse Motorcycle Trailer with an aluminum gravel shield. Nor do you see one with small dents, rust spots and dings. That’s because gelcoat is extremely tough, the fiberglass behind it is extremely flexible and the shapes of the Ironhorse Motorcycle Trailers noses are designed to divert stones to each side.
What about a baseball or golf ball hitting the trailer? The same accidental impact from one of these that leaves a permanent dent in a metal box trailer is unlikely to leave any mark on an Ironhorse Motorcycle Trailer.
What about a kid with a teenager who bangs the side of his fist against the side of a trailer. The same blow leaves a dent in a metal box trailer is unlikely to leave any kind of mark on an Ironhorse trailer.
Most metal box trailers have vertical wall sections joined together and to wall studs with rivets. As the metal expands and contracts with temperature changes, the joints between the sections loosen, the walls bulge, and the rivets ultimately pop out. That’s why so many of them are known in the industry as “Two Year Trailers”. Other metal box trailer manufacturers have adopted space age adhesives as a way to combat this problem. But none, to my knowledge, has every found a way to keep metal from expanding and contracting and prevent the wall bulges that go with it. By contrast, Ironhorse Trailers Generation Three fiberglass bodies are one-piece and independent from the top. There are no joints that need to be riveted or glued nor, as a result, any bulges or rivets popping out of wall sections. Even better, Ironhorse one piece fiberglass bodies get harder and stronger with age.
A collision from the rear, the side, or partially head on typically not only ruins metal wall sections at the point of impact but also the metal studs behind the wall, the “rafters” that support the top and the cross members beneath the floor. Unfortunately repairing such damage requires removing and replacing wall sections and other components and is both time consuming and expensive. The same kind of collision will crush the fiberglass on an Ironhorse Trailer at the point of impact, but it will not typically damage the fiberglass top nor do any serious damage to any of the frame members. That’s because Ironhorse trailers have heavy duty tubular steel perimeter rails and a similar center rail that that runs from the coupler to the rear cross member not to mention heavy duty cross members as well. Fortunately, broken fiberglass and bent tubular steel are both readily repairable and rarely require removal and replacement.