Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-19-2007, 06:05 PM   #1
New Member
 
Currently Looking...
lawrencetown , NS Canada
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 4
Best towing with 1 or 2 axles?

In your opinion is it better to tow a 2500 # trailer inc. load with one axle with electric brake or 3200# trailer inc. load with two axles with electric brake. My tow vehicle is going to be a Cadillac De ville 1979 mint condition, 425 eng. 400 TB transmission with class II/III hitch reese 5000#. Is there reinforcement suspension that I should think about for the rear. Thanks in advance.
__________________

__________________
Big Bad H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2007, 06:25 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
InsideOut's Avatar

 
1956 22' Safari
Vintage Kin Owner
Conifer/Evergreen , Colorado
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 11,793
Images: 108
Two axles are better. If you get a flat in one tire...you can still limp to the nearest gas station...not an option with one axle.

Shari
"she who has two axles...but on separate trailers!"
__________________

__________________
Vintage Airstream Club - Past President 2007/2008
WBCCI #1824 - DenCO Unit Past President (2005)
AIR #30 - Join Date: 2-25-2002

RMVAC | WBCCI DenCO Unit | Sisters on the Fly | Tin Can Tourists
BIRDY - our 1956 Safari | 1964 Serro Scotty
InsideOut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2007, 06:27 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
53flyingcloud's Avatar
 
1984 29' Sovereign
Savannah , Missouri
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 3,457
Images: 17
Blog Entries: 1
Thumbs up

With that 79 Cadillac, why tow it? Just put it in your glove box..
__________________
53flyingcloud is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2007, 06:53 PM   #4
Rivet Master
 
urbanfood's Avatar
 
1956 22' Flying Cloud
Venice , California
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 672
i'd prefer to tow with hydraulic brakes, regardless of number of axles.

disclaimer: i've only towed my airstream 360 miles when i picked it up. then i towed the frame 50 miles to have new axle, brakes, etc put on it, so i probably don't know what i'm talking about.
__________________
david

*by asking the above question,
i verify that i have already used
the search feature to the best of my ability...
urbanfood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2007, 06:59 PM   #5
Moderator
 
HiHoAgRV's Avatar

 
1991 34' Excella
1963 26' Overlander
1961 26' Overlander
Central , Mississippi
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 5,325
Images: 29
Blog Entries: 49
Two help with pitching somewhat and really make a difference in twisting side to side. My comparison comes from towing race cars on various trailers.

The biggest help is towing after dark, unless there are sparks flying you just assume it's straight behind you
__________________
Hi Ho Silver RV! Vernon, Sarah, Mac the Border Collie -
A honkin' long 34' named AlumaTherapy http://www.airforums.com/forums/f205...num-54749.html
and a 26' '63 Overlander, Dolly http://www.airforums.com/forums/f109...ome-71609.html
HiHoAgRV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2007, 09:42 PM   #6
Aluminut
 
Silvertwinkie's Avatar
 
2004 25' Safari
. , Illinois
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 10,334
I've towed with both. If it's an Airstream, both will tow great, but in all honesty, I do prefer the dual axles for what has already been mentioned, but also because I find there is less bounce with two axles. Also seems a bit more stable....but then again, it's typically heavier too if there are two axles.

My vote is 2 axles.
__________________
Computers manufactured by companies such as IBM, Compaq and millions of others are by far the most popular with about 70 million machines in use worldwide. Macintosh fans note that cockroaches are far more numerous than humans and that numbers alone do not denote a higher life form. -NY Times 11/91
Silvertwinkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2007, 11:57 PM   #7
CLOUDSPLITTER "Tahawas"
 
ROBERT CROSS's Avatar

 
2003 25' Classic
Zanadude Nebula , WNY
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 11,153
Images: 1
Thumbs up I'M with him

Quote:
Originally Posted by Silvertwinkie
I've towed with both. If it's an Airstream, both will tow great, but in all honesty, I do prefer the dual axles for what has already been mentioned, but also because I find there is less bounce with two axles. Also seems a bit more stable....but then again, it's typically heavier too if there are two axles.

My vote is 2 axles.
Towed both.....prefer 2


But wait....how bout' 3
__________________
PFC.....

“After all these years the reason I continue to love Thanksgiving.....I still sit at the kids table.”
RLC

Sandra wanted to go to Cleveland on vacation,
but I’m the Husband, so we went to Cleveland.
RLC
ROBERT CROSS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2007, 12:20 AM   #8
Rivet Master
 
TIMEMACHINE's Avatar
 
2006 25' Safari FB SE
Huntington Beach , California
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 2,293
Images: 2
I agree with the majority, two is better, and I must add that two is especially better when backing.....really big difference.

time
__________________
Travel is in my blood, adventure is my passport, aluminum is my favorite construction medium, and therefore, an Airstream was my destiny.
TIMEMACHINE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2007, 01:25 PM   #9
Rivet Master
 
Ahab's Avatar
 
2008 22' Safari
Oracle , Arizona
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 1,174
Sorry, have to disagree with the majority. If set up properly the single axle is much easier to back up and more economical to tow. If you have a blow out with dual axles your going to have to take off the blown tire or risk it shredding your wheel well so most just put the spare back on.
__________________
Ahab is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2007, 01:28 PM   #10
Rivet Master
 
wkerfoot's Avatar
 
1979 23' Safari
1954 29' Liner
Orange , California
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 3,667
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ahab
Sorry, have to disagree with the majority. If set up properly the single axle is much easier to back up and more economical to tow. If you have a blow out with dual axles your going to have to take off the blown tire or risk it shredding your wheel well so most just put the spare back on.
But with two axles, you don't have to carry a spare, just remove the damaged wheel and limp to a tire dealer.

Bill
__________________
Bill Kerfoot, WBCCI/VAC/CAC/El Camino Real Unit #5223
Just my personal opinion
1973 Dodge W200 PowerWagon, 1977 Lincoln Continental, 2014 Dodge Durango
1979 23' Safari, and 1954 29' Double Door Liner Orange, CA

http://billbethsblog.blogspot.com/
wkerfoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2007, 01:37 PM   #11
Moderator
 
Stefrobrts's Avatar

 
1968 17' Caravel
Battle Ground , Washington
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 11,905
Images: 50
Blog Entries: 1
If you choose your trailer based on the number of axles, then you'll miss out on the best of the little ones - Bambis, Caravels, many GTs, and I think even some safaris. Two axles will take you into bigger and heavier trailers. I wouldn't trade up from my Caravel just for another axle! Carry a spare, keep your tires in good shape, hit the road and enjoy!
__________________
Stephanie




Stefrobrts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2007, 01:43 PM   #12
Rivet Master
 
urbanfood's Avatar
 
1956 22' Flying Cloud
Venice , California
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 672
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stefrobrts
If you choose your trailer based on the number of axles, then you'll miss out on the best of the little ones - Bambis, Caravels, many GTs, and I think even some safaris.
and of course the best of all, the flying clouds
__________________
david

*by asking the above question,
i verify that i have already used
the search feature to the best of my ability...
urbanfood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2007, 01:46 PM   #13
Rivet Master
 
InsideOut's Avatar

 
1956 22' Safari
Vintage Kin Owner
Conifer/Evergreen , Colorado
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 11,793
Images: 108
I'm with Stef...nice things come in small packages!

Obviously only having one axle is not enough of a concern for me...I have two trailers with only one! No worries...

Shari
__________________
Vintage Airstream Club - Past President 2007/2008
WBCCI #1824 - DenCO Unit Past President (2005)
AIR #30 - Join Date: 2-25-2002

RMVAC | WBCCI DenCO Unit | Sisters on the Fly | Tin Can Tourists
BIRDY - our 1956 Safari | 1964 Serro Scotty
InsideOut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2007, 03:05 PM   #14
Rivet Master
 
wkerfoot's Avatar
 
1979 23' Safari
1954 29' Liner
Orange , California
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 3,667
Quote:
Originally Posted by InsideOut
Obviously only having one axle is not enough of a concern for me...I have two trailers with only one! No worries...

Shari
Shari,

Come on, how do you share one axle between two trailers, timeshare?

Bill
__________________

__________________
Bill Kerfoot, WBCCI/VAC/CAC/El Camino Real Unit #5223
Just my personal opinion
1973 Dodge W200 PowerWagon, 1977 Lincoln Continental, 2014 Dodge Durango
1979 23' Safari, and 1954 29' Double Door Liner Orange, CA

http://billbethsblog.blogspot.com/
wkerfoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New Axles LHall Axles 10 10-06-2007 09:43 PM
Got Axles??? Action Axles 25 04-16-2006 09:09 AM
Need New Axles Navigator Axles 138 12-19-2004 11:00 AM
Do I need Axles??? blucloud Axles 3 08-16-2004 07:23 PM
Good towing/Bad towing! ViewRVs Hitches, Couplers & Balls 5 03-09-2003 08:37 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:24 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.