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Old 04-08-2013, 03:10 PM   #1
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Which is better? 1 or 2 Axles for about the same size TT.

Sorry this post might have some errors. Our FiOS wire just got cut, so I writing this on the wifes iPad and a 3g Connection.

But we were going to go look at a couple of different FR TTs tomorrow. Still a long drive but that was our plan.

Since I don't have a good internet connection, I can't give the specfics on which ones I mean. Sorry.

But I was hoping there might be a general consequence on if a TT that was almost the same length and weight, and whether that having one or two axles would be better. Two axles might pull better? One axle might be more easily pushed by the wind?? Or maybe not really a lot of differences.

I realize that a second axle should provide more payload capacity. But is is there any other differences in the choices. I would just think two would have to be better than one. IMHO

Thanks for any information.

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Old 04-08-2013, 03:16 PM   #2
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Look very carefully at the cargo carrying capacity between the two. Single axle campers aren't know for their CCC.

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Old 04-08-2013, 03:22 PM   #3
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In general I have found that tandem axle trailers of the same length tend to be pushed around less by the wind and ride more evenly, less front to rear bounce.

However they are also heavier and harder to turn in small areas.
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Old 04-08-2013, 03:26 PM   #4
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Tandems back easier and are better distributed.

+1 to what the others have said.
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Old 04-08-2013, 03:35 PM   #5
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more tires/axles means more brakes - good. More cost for tires when you need them - bad. Since I have to buy 4 tires in the next week or two it's on my mind.

I've not pulled similar sized trailers of each axle type to be able to compare, sorry.
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I would go with 2 axles every single time. Yes, tires and brakes every 4-5 years is more expensive. But for that trade in cost you get better weight distribution, more braking power, and you'll be in a safer situation should you blow a tire.

I've dealt with enough blown tires on my single axle snowmobile, boat, and other trailers over the last 20 years that that alone is enough reason to avoid single axles.
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Old 04-08-2013, 03:56 PM   #7
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tandem axles!
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I would go with 2 axles every single time. Yes, tires and brakes every 4-5 years is more expensive. But for that trade in cost you get better weight distribution, more braking power, and you'll be in a safer situation should you blow a tire.
X2 (IMHO)! Especially the cargo carrying capacity and weight distribution characteristics. Ask the dealer to test tow each, you'll feel the difference!
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Two all day long! Better backing,more pay load,all together better.

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Two all day long! Better backing,more pay load,all together better.

IMHO
I'm a couple weeks away from moving up from a single axle to a dual... Could some one please explain how/why dual axles provide better backing?
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