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Old 07-02-2014, 01:24 PM   #1
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Single axle 27 footer - would you stay away?

I'm still in the hunt for a 60's era trailer to rehab. There are two main reasons I looking for a trailer. The first is so that I can boondock at a music festival I go to each year. Round trip drive is about 600 miles. The second goal is to take the trailer cross country and boondock at burning man. The 4600 mile journey is what causes me a bit of a pause when considering a single axle trailer, particularly a 27 footer.

So rather than thinking about this theoretically I thought I would ask the question here. If I end up with an avion I will be putting on new brakes and hubs and tend to the leaf springs. If I get am AS I will likely replace the entire axle and hubs. I'm concerned about having one axle as a simple safety feature or issues with blow outs.


So what do you all think. Would you have safety concerns with a single axle 27 foot trailer at modern speeds for extended times?
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Old 07-02-2014, 01:30 PM   #2
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If the tires are rated for the load and you don't drive real fast it should be ok. That is a long trailer for a single axle.

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Long and old which is the source of my concern.
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Old 07-02-2014, 06:15 PM   #4
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A 27 foot Airstream from the '60s would be between an Overlander (26) and an Ambassador (28). Both of those trailers had dual axles for the '60s.

A trailer that weighs more than 4000 pounds totally loaded I would want two axles.

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I've actually seen two Avion T-27s which are single axles, one of which is relatively close by and in need of full restoration but seemingly may have good bones.
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IMO if a trailer is much over two tons I would be looking for 4 tires. For me it isn't about length it is about weight. You can get tires that handle more than 2000 pounds each and I choose not to go there. A T27 has a dry weight of 3390. Add propane, water, waste, clothes, beer, a bicycle, a tricycle, more beer well you get the idea ...... you will be over 4000 pounds. Can it be done ... sure. Wanna have lots of fun with a blow out and one good tire .... well that can be done too. I choose not to go there. That's just me.

The hardest trailer on running gear is a newer single axle 24/25 footer. There is more load on one wheel/tire combo than load on one wheel/tire combo of a 34 footer with three axles. Get a flat with a multiaxle trailer chances are extremely good you won't need jack to change the flat. Just a piece of wood. And no worry of the trailer weight pressing down on a rim with a flat tire, grinding that rim to being not usable. That just doesn't happen. Boondockin' and Burning Man, those are some awesome places to have some redundancy. 'cause it ain't like camping in an asphault camp site.

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Sounds like I should listen to that little voice into head that said stay away.

As always folks, thanks for the thoughtful replies.
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It's an interesting point re weight per axle. I think it will make me ask a lot of questions before I pick up any single axle Just spoke to the owner of a 24 foot single 1964 as. Dry weight would not give me that much room before I hit 4000. While I am not looking to tow much more weight the idea of the stress on two wheels vs four tends to get this belt and suspenders guy a bit if pause.

Well I'm still slowly looking and learning as I go. As I look for that sweet spot of room weight fix ability and cost I am looking more and more towards a 24 foot double axle.
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