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Posted: 01/09/19 04:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Your friend has it backwards a dual axle is easier to back then a single. I would get the floor plan you like regardless how many axles. The single axle I looked at had 15" tires and the dual had two 13" tires.

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Posted: 01/09/19 07:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I can't tell the difference backing. Personally I prefer the single axle but that is my opinion. I presently have a single axle and it handles just fine, However I agree, do not let that be the deciding factor, you need to find one that has /does what you want it to do as far as livability,. Good luck in the search.


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When backing, length plays a bigger part than the number of axles. Short trailers react quicker to steering corrections and thus are harder to back.

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prichardson wrote:

When backing, length plays a bigger part than the number of axles. Short trailers react quicker to steering corrections and thus are harder to back.


^^^^^^ What he said. My popup and my TT handle way different when backing, and it has nothing to do with the number of axles.


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Posted: 01/09/19 08:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The notion that dual axles are somehow more stable or easier to handle than single is not only a matter of opinion, there is nothing documented to support that. I've had single axle trailers, one hybrid trailer of which was towed on several cross country trips. There was no difference between the stability and handling compared to a dual axle trailer.


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15s are even better, Lynnmor.


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A dual axle will handle bumps better (i.e. easier on the trailer itself and its contents). When only one axle climbs over something like a speed bump, the trailer frame only raises half the distance since the equalizer shares the load between axles. On a single axle it raise the same as the tire.

This does not affect “handling” in the sense of towing.

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The bigger question in my mind is which is easier to overload. For the size trailer you are looking at it can be easy to overload the single axle (depending on the particular axle). Double axles can give you 2X the axle capacity which is nice.

Plus redundancy is a good thing and changing a flat on a tandem is a breeze with a ramp of leveling blocks.

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Last year I put almost 10,000 miles on my single axle TT. The only reason I would go to a double would be higher weight capacity. My trailer weighs 2700 pounds empty and ha a gross weight of 3600. I could see how some people would max it out easily.
I do like the simplicity of the single axle. I have been towing 3000 pound utility trailers for almost 45 years. I have had my share of blowouts/flats. I have never had a properly loaded trailer get squirrely or unpredictable r dangerous. If you have to trailer that is improperly loaded things can go south in a hurry.


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Posted: 01/09/19 06:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I like the duals because they make the ride better. I’ve had single and dual axle trailers and can’t remember any bad handling caused by either one. I do find that the single axle had more of a jerking action than the dual. It always felt like something was tugging on the tv when hitting bumps. The flat tire thing is also a factor. I really like rolling far enough to get to a safe place to change a tire.

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