Really nice Keith! I would prefer an aluminum trailer over the steel for the weight savings. Would also prefer to have a torsion axle over my leaf spring too. But I got this trailer a long time ago (and for a good price) and it has become a work in progress. I don't disagree about the wood, but the deck coat material is proving to be pretty durable and also has a traction additive in it so it's not slippery in the least. It's also relatively cool to walk on, which is important at the Colorado River in mid to late summer when it's sometimes in the neighborhood of 115*!