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Choosing the right Metal Thickness for your Cargo Trailer

The choice between .024 and .030 metal for a cargo trailer typically depends on your specific needs and preferences. Both options have their own set of pros and cons, which I'll outline below:


**.024 Metal:**




  1. **Lighter Weight:** .024 metal is thinner and lighter than .030 metal. This can be advantageous if you're looking to reduce the overall weight of your trailer, which can lead to better fuel efficiency when towing.


  1. **Lower Cost:** Typically, .024 metal is less expensive than .030 metal, making it a budget-friendly option for those looking to save on the initial purchase cost.


  1. **Flexibility:** The thinner metal is more flexible, which can be beneficial in certain situations, such as if you plan to have graphics or decals applied to the trailer. It can also be easier to work with when it comes to custom modifications.




  1. **Less Durability:** .024 metal is not as thick as .030 metal, so it may not be as resistant to dents, dings, and other types of damage. This can be a concern if you expect your trailer to be exposed to rough conditions or heavy use.


**.030 Metal:**




  1. **Increased Durability:** .030 metal is thicker and, therefore, more durable. It can better withstand impacts, making it a good choice if you anticipate your cargo trailer will encounter rough terrain or be used for heavy-duty hauling.


  1. **Enhanced Security:** The thicker metal provides better security for your cargo, as it is more resistant to tampering or break-ins.




  1. **Heavier Weight:** .030 metal is heavier, which can result in reduced fuel efficiency and potentially require a more robust towing vehicle to handle the extra weight.


  1. **Higher Cost:** It is generally more expensive than .024 metal, so you'll need to consider your budget when making the choice.


In summary, if you prioritize weight savings and cost-effectiveness, .024 metal might be the better choice for your cargo trailer. However, if you need increased durability and security, especially for heavy-duty use, .030 metal would be the preferred option. Ultimately, your decision should be based on your specific needs, budget, and intended usage of the cargo trailer.


Brandon Reed

Ouachita Trailer Sales