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Old 09-15-2005, 06:14 PM   #1
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Having 2 trailers of the same length 1 with 1 axle the other with 2 both are 25' one aprox 3400#2 axles the other 3250# one axle what are the pros & cons... 1 axle vs 2 axles
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Cons... 4 tires/wheelbearings/brakes/two axles to maintain. Pros... no spare tire needed, smoother ride, easier backing.

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I would think that, given the trailers are both the same length and about the same weight, two axles would help distribute the load more evenly, thereby reducing frame stress. One axle good, two axles better!


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Old 09-15-2005, 06:48 PM   #4
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Take two

With two axles, each axle is more lightly sprung which makes the trailer structure absorb less shock when going over a road irregularity.

With a properly balanced trailer, I have never been able to tell any handling difference on the road although some others claim differently. My first two trailers were single axle and both towed beautifully.

As for the no spare claim. True, but I had that experience a couple of months ago when a brake assembly failed internally. I towed about 13 miles at 30 mph, fortunately on a 4-lane road with wide shoulders. I made it OK, but it took goshawful forever and wasn't much fun at all. The trailer lists way over and passing traffic tends to sway it. I sure would hate to blow a tire way out in west Texas and have no spare aboard! It might take a half-day to get to help.
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Old 09-15-2005, 07:06 PM   #5
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As for the no spare claim. True, but I had that experience a couple of months ago when a brake assembly failed internally. I towed about 13 miles at 30 mph, fortunately on a 4-lane road with wide shoulders. I made it OK, but it took goshawful forever and wasn't much fun at all. The trailer lists way over and passing traffic tends to sway it. I sure would hate to blow a tire way out in west Texas and have no spare aboard! It might take a half-day to get to help.
And if you had the one axle when you had a brake assembly failure where would you be? Another plus for the 2 axle system.
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Single axle vintage trailers look nicer.

So there.
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Old 09-15-2005, 09:18 PM   #7
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I like redundancy,
It is twice as nice.
1 wife, 2 axles for stability.
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Yeah, but with two wives and one axle, you could put one wife up front and one in the rear, and it'd be stable too, right?


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I have towed both singles and duals. Dual is cool but a single is not bad when it comes to Airstreams. With a dual axle you have a little less to worry about when a blow out happens. If a single has a blow out it can be a big problem.

With you asking about which one, I would look at the interior as to how it suits you too. Assumeing you have two to look at.
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As for the no spare claim. I sure would hate to blow a tire way out in west Texas and have no spare aboard! It might take a half-day to get to help.
John's right of course... with a tandem axle trailer you CAN travel without a spare, but it's probably not a really good idea!

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A flat tire with one axle will most likely result in more body damage to the trailer. We have evidence of a PO flat...repaired badly. We will be replacing the street side panel off-season as a result.

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