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dpgllg

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Since we can't go out anywhere I have been working on my business plan starting a craft business.

We (my wife and I) will need a enclosed cargo trailer to transport the goods to various craft shows. I have been looking at various trailers and have determined that a 12 foot trailer is adequate to meet our needs.

We can purchase one with either a single or tandem axle. There is about a $1200 difference in price.

The advantages of a tandem axle as I see them are:

Has brakes

Can handle a flat/blowout better

Easier to back up

more weight capacity

Are there any that I'm missing?

I'm strongly leaning to the tandem axle model and just want to make sure the extra cost is worth it.

Thanks in advance for your input.

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It's all about the weight capacities. A single axle 12' trailer would not hold a lot, that's for sure (2,300#).

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If you tear up a wheel or if a hub craters you can chain up the offending wheel and limp home. For my single axle motorcycle trailer I carry a spare tire and hub assembly. (You can put brakes on a single axle as well. Plus I have had a tandem wheel where only one axle had brakes.)
BTW make sure they don't give you a metric axle.


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Yes definitely. Unless you want to have a weight limit of 3500 pounds. I have tried both. The hybrid single axle trailer was narrow with no slide outs.

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It's possible to order brakes on a single axle trailer, usually.

In my experience (towing a cargo trailer 15k-20k miles per year for 2 decades, plus travel trailer towing) my tandems' rear tires would pick up nails 4 or 5 times a year, whereas the single axles might find a nail once a year. I think the front tire runs over the flat nail, kicks it point-up, and it stabs the back tire. I had a couple of tires get destroyed because they lost air and I didn't catch it in time (now I run TST TPMS on my single axle's tires, though I haven't had an issue with a trailer tire pressure suddenly falling for about 2 years!). The only way I'd get a tandem is if I simply had to have the extra weight carrying capacity. The single axles have towed straight and true (proper forward-biased loading is important with any trailer) and I never have any sway. No tire scrub when backing tight turns, either.


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Doug is correct on being able to get brakes on a SA trailer. Having a 12' enclosure on a SA IMO is a decent amount of weight and I see plenty of 2 place snowmobile trailers that are enclosed on a SA which personally I wouldn't do. Just for the peace of mind you get w/ a TA is worth it and you don't have to worry about weight. Shoot, you may even want to go to a larger trailer.


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My single axle 6 X 10' {14' overall with 7'+ of headroom} is rated to carry 2,900#. It tows well, is no problem to back up and handles my Rzr - Rzr and trailer weigh 2,600 with some misc camping gear thrown in. The bike and trailer come in at 2,200#. My 24' V-10 Class C tows it just fine.

In the last 10 months I have towed it over 12,000 miles with no issues whatsoever.

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Dual axles handle rough roads better. Actually, independent dual axles are even better !

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I think single axels are easier to back.

Statistically, you are more likely to have tire issues with tandems.


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OP, you answered your own question.


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