ATC vs. Forest River: Which Trailer Should You Choose?
Key Points and Takeaways:
- ATC (Aluminum Trailer Company) trailers are more durable, offer more customization options and features than Forest River trailers.
- ATC trailers may cost more up front but hold their value over time better than Forest River trailers.
- Forest River is bigger in name and has more options, but ATC trailers are made with better materials and are tailored to specific needs.
- ATC trailers are more cost effective and are easier to clean and maintain.
- For all of your trailer needs, contact Complete Trailers today to talk more about our amazing ATC trailers for sale!
Both ATC (Aluminum Trailer Company) and Forest River provide tons of excellent options for anyone looking to purchase a trailer. Whether it is for hauling, camping, or anything in between, everyone can find what they want in each of these two brands. However, when comparing ATC trailers and Forest River trailers, the choice becomes clear. In this blog post, we will compare the pros and cons of both trailer options and tell you why we believe ATC trailers are the better choice.
Material and Construction
Most people might not realize this, but it is very important to think about what exactly your trailer is made of - both figuratively and literally. We have all heard someone say the phrase “things just aren’t made like they used to be” - and that is very true. Finding products that are made with long lasting materials is seemingly harder to come by these days, and with spending a large sum of money on a trailer, we are sure you want yours to last.
ATC trailers are made of aluminum, making them lightweight, more resistant to corrosion and rust, and much easier to tow than Forest River trailers. With an ATC trailer, you can expect aluminum to be fully integrated and welded into the frame. They also include a one piece aluminum roof, unlike Forest River and other competitors with rubber roofs that are not good in harsh weather conditions, and an extruded aluminum flooring. With ATC trailers, you can expect to see absolutely no wood anywhere!
What is also unique about ATC trailers is the way they are constructed both inside and out. Not only are you getting a durable, all-aluminum trailer on the outside, but you are also getting full changeability within the trailer itself. With the furniture being built on the ATC’s track system, you can move the furniture around in your trailer easily and based on your needs or desires. Whether you need the extra space and want everything put up and away, or want to move some of the furniture around in the trailer for a little reorganization, ATC trailers make this process a simple one.
In addition to ATC’s furniture track system on the inside, you can maneuver your furniture in such a way that increases the already impressive cargo capacity and space provided by the trailers. ATC is known for making trailers specific to the needs of their owners, and they make sure you are getting the right size, space and other necessary needs for you.
Cost Effectiveness and Resale Value
Another advantage of ATC trailers is their cost-effectiveness. While they have a higher cost up front, there is very little maintenance that is needed while owning an ATC trailer. Instead of spending time, money and other resources you normally would with the upkeep of a Forest River trailer, you can cut all of those costs out over the course of your ownership of an ATC.
Also, ATC trailers tend to hold their value over a longer period of time in comparison to Forest River trailers and other trailer manufacturers. Since ATC trailers are made entirely of aluminum, they are more durable and able to withstand harsh weather conditions better than trailers made up of weaker and cheaper materials. This makes ATC trailers more attractive to customers when or if you ever look to put your trailer up for sale and you will be able to receive a decent return.
Maintenance and Cleaning
ATC trailers are easy to clean and maintain, thanks to their aluminum construction and interior design. Unlike any other trailer manufacturer, ATC trailers have the ability to be pressure washed (since they are made of aluminum), ensuring that they remain in top condition for years to come.
Another great thing about ATC trailers is that they do not require tons of maintenance. With Forest River and other trailer brands, you may need to check your roof, sides, tires, water, drainage systems - the list goes on and on. While you still need to check on these things for an ATC trailer, the higher grade and more durable parts and overall construction allow ATC trailer owners to be a little more forgiving than others.
Forest River trailers may require more maintenance, and their cleaning can be more challenging because of their various materials and design. These trailers are mass produced, and while nothing is particularly wrong with that, people can expect that these trailers are made with mass-produced parts and materials. Typically, stock parts are not made to last very long. But, ATC trailers make every trailer with only the finest and strongest materials available to ensure you are getting the most bang for your buck.
While other brands rely on quantity, ATC trailers focus on quality. With proper and attentive care, these trailers can last you a lifetime.
Why ATC Trailers Are Better than Forest River Trailers
Overall, ATC trailers are a better choice for your hauling needs. They are lightweight, customizable, cost-effective, and easy to maintain, making them a better investment in the long run.
While Forest River trailers may have a larger distribution network and brand recognition, their limited customization options, higher cost of maintenance, and potentially lower resale value make them a less appealing choice. Choose ATC trailers for your hauling needs, and you won't be disappointed.
If you are interested in purchasing an ATC trailer, take a look at the ATC trailers we have available on our website!