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What are the advantages/disadvantages of either for an enclosed sled trailer?

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Fiberglass - More streamlined and aerodynamic, a little easier to see who's behind you on the road, better looking. (If you are talking about a clamshell style)

Aluminum - a little lighter, less expensive,

Aluminum dents and Fiberglass cracks
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I'm guessing you're considering for a 2 place trailer.... The fiberglass will be more aerodynamic if clamshell, like Wyelde mentioned. They are more contoured to the tops of the sleds, look good and tow well...

Depending on what you want to do with it..... If the weather is bad and you have to work on a sled, you won't have enough room to close the clamslell and work on a sled in there. Also, the walls in an aluminum trailer will have stronger corner posts, etc, where you can mount coat racks, helmet racks, oil/lube can racks, etc..

You may want to consider how far you're hauling your sled. Usually we have a 10-12 hour drive each way to get to where we sled.... What else do you want to haul with your sled? We haul tools, just in case, and throw all our gear in the trailer so we have more room in the truck, and our gear is always dry when we get to the hotel.

Personally, I own an all alum 4 place featherlite enclosed trailer. We use the trailer quite a bit since it's so easy to load/unload. Instead of leaving our sleds out where they can get stolen, tampered with or covered with ice, we pull them into the trailer each night, knowing out stuff is safe. Also, you can use an alum enclosure for more than just hauling sleds... ever have to move furniture? The taller height is very helpful.

Cheers, and good luck with which ever way you go.

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Solid feedback thanks......

It would be a clam-style as much as I would love to have a 3 or 4 place (drive on/off + man door) I just don't have the cash for that...yet

I doubt that an ATV will fit in the fiberglass but will fit in aluminum (depending on model of course)
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I have a sledbed clamshell. It is older and I beleive a three place drive on/off used for a two. I can carry all my tools 100 gallons of gas cans, all my gear and then some, a torpedo heater as well as 2 propane tanks, and a Tcat and Z1Turbo under the shell. It is good looking and provides great shelter. But the shell is very heavy, and hard to open close in the summer as the gas assist lifters charge is more potent in higher temps. I do not care what kind of shell you get, they pull like a parachute. I have a suburban and my mileage goes to 11 when pulling this. God help you if there is a head wind. I have a frien that thas an aluminum shell drive on only. IMO there is no comparison, fiberglass wins.
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I'd like to mention that if you do get an aluminum trailer or a fixed enclosed trailer with doors, make sure you get the V-nose on the trailer as it makes wolds of difference compared to pulling a square front trailer what we call "pigs"
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