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

The op already decided on a tandem trailer and good for him.
Nothing good about a single axle from safety to hard to handle and just being cheap especially in an 18' trailer

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

towed with both. double wins hands down every time IMHO.

with a double axle the trailer will rock between axles when going over bumps, frost heaves etc and have less jerking than a single axle.

with a single axle it's often easier to end up overloading the axle depending on the trailer size of course.

it's no harder to back a double axle than single.

only downside is when you need new tires you need 4 instead of 2. not something to even be an issue IMHO.


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Posted: 01/09/19 09:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've been towing a single axle trailer for 14 years. No problem towing or backing up. But if I could get a double axle in a trailer as small as mine, I would. In case of a blowout, it sure would be nice to have one tire left!!

But they don't make a dual axle for a twelve foot trailer, so I am stuck. (And yes, 12 feet is accurate, and that is the size we like -- great for boondocking in heavily wooded areas.)


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Posted: 01/11/19 03:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have owned both single and double axle TT. The single was a 19 footer. Both towed fine. Like someone said choose which has the floorplan/ features you like better.


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Posted: 01/11/19 07:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am perfectly happy with my tiny single axle hybrid trailer, but I definitely agree a tandem axle is safer, smoother, and worth the added cost and maintenance. One drawback, At least in my area, is that they beat you up a little extra at the toll booths for the additional axle. Around here or it can be a significant amount of money


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Posted: 01/14/19 04:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

All,

I'm considering the Black Series HQ15 and HQ19 Clicky. Both have independent suspensions. I'm going to tow both, before I decide. I've towed traditional tandem solid axle trailers close to the same sizes and want to see the difference. The HQ15 has two wheels and the HQ19 four.

Aside: The HQ19 has a washer!

* This post was edited 01/14/19 06:08pm by Eugarps *


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OMG (oh my goodness)!! When did Black Series start selling in the United States?? Their local office is twenty minutes from my house (in no traffic). Very expensive units, but perfect for boondocking. Check out that 360 coupler and that truly beefy suspension.

This is the start of the Australian invasion -- we are finally going to get some of the goodies Robert Ryan has been dangling in front of us for so long.

I'm starting a new thread. This is big news.

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Silvergray49 wrote:

I am looking at 18ft trailers. I can get a single axel or a double axel, Micro Minnie by Winnebago. I like the idea of a double axel, but my friend said they are harder to back up. I love the suggestions I get here so what is your opinion. Thanks in advance.


If it's not a new trailer, check the hubs to see if they need to be repacked.
It can be done the day you get new tires.
It's kind of a pain to do it yourself, but it's cheap insurance to keep it from setting on the side of the road.

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Posted: 01/29/19 10:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Dual axle will help you immeasurably if you have a tire blowout.


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Posted: 02/19/19 02:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bump for reference.

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