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jhawk71
03-30-2005, 06:59 PM
I am going to be buying a trailer this weekend. I'm looking at a 6' x 12'. I can either get in with single or tandem axles. On both trailers the axles are 3,500 lb. I was thinking of just going with a single axle to save money, since I won't be putting very heavy loads on it. But with a tandem axle trailer isn't it easier to back up? What would you guys do? Any help appreciated!!
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Jhawk71

Fishin LCO
03-30-2005, 07:09 PM
I would go with the tandem depending on how much more it is. It should not be that much more. Always better to have more capacity than you think you need. You will be suprised on how much stuff you end putting on the trailer. Especially if you put mulch or stone in there. I am not sure about it being any easier to back up. CC

jc1
03-30-2005, 07:50 PM
With a tandem axle you can still limp home if you get a flat tire. which is a big plus

Toy2
03-30-2005, 08:01 PM
Get the tandem, just for the flat tire issue....I need to buy a spare and carry a big jack incase I get a flat....I shoould have bought a tandem!!!

jhawk71
03-30-2005, 08:03 PM
The tandem would be $90 more with used tires. $190 with new tires. I'm now thinking its worth it.
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Jhawk71

lawnandplow42
03-30-2005, 08:17 PM
go tandam

About the backing up thing...I believe its true that tandom axles are easier to back up because they are less sensative to steering and don't move as much. Theororetically the bigger the trailer, the easier the backing up.

The flat tire thing is very true to.

dvmcmrhp52
03-30-2005, 08:20 PM
I am going to be buying a trailer this weekend. I'm looking at a 6' x 12'. I can either get in with single or tandem axles. On both trailers the axles are 3,500 lb. I was thinking of just going with a single axle to save money, since I won't be putting very heavy loads on it. But with a tandem axle trailer isn't it easier to back up? What would you guys do? Any help appreciated!!
Thanks
Jhawk71



Maybe I'm wrong, but are you thinking that both a single and tandem axle trailer will only haul 3500 lbs because the axles are rated at 3500 pounds?

A tandem with 3500 pound axles can haul a maximum of 7000 pounds, not to mention a tandem has brakes on at least one axle where a single axle trailer normally will have no brakes.

jhawk71
03-30-2005, 08:29 PM
No I meant each individual axle was rated for 3,500lbs. Is it required for a tandem trailer to have a brake on at least one axle. I forgot to ask when I called the dealer if either of the trailers had brakes.
Jhawk71

dvmcmrhp52
03-30-2005, 08:32 PM
No I meant each individual axle was rated for 3,500lbs. Is it required for a tandem trailer to have a brake on at least one axle. I forgot to ask when I called the dealer if either of the trailers had brakes.
Jhawk71



Because of the weight capacity of a tandem it is required.
Anything over 3000 lb. gross requires brakes.

BCSteel
03-30-2005, 08:59 PM
I have a 6x12 single axle w/brakes and its fine for mowing and up to 3 yards or so of mulch but I can only get in 1 yard of gravel or sand. For only $90 more I would definatly go with the tandem.

spoolinaround
03-30-2005, 09:18 PM
for $100 more I would go with a tandem, something else to thik about is that if you hae a tandem you can rent a bobcat and use your own trailer to haul it, that saves $50/day around here

YardPro
03-31-2005, 06:28 AM
tandem is the only way to go.

much safer, much more capacity,

easier to back up

has brakes

Triple L
03-31-2005, 07:19 AM
much smoother ride too!

yamadooski
03-31-2005, 11:27 PM
Tandems wont sway going down the hwy either.

spoolinaround
04-01-2005, 02:01 AM
Tandems wont sway going down the hwy either.
like hell they wont!!

I know from first hand experience and having to clean out my drawers that they do, I almost lost it with a ¾ ton ram and 26' enclosed trailer due to a passing semi truck

YardPro
04-01-2005, 07:49 AM
Tandems wont sway going down the hwy either.


they will if you have too much weight behind the wheels

QMVA
04-01-2005, 01:49 PM
Or if you have too much weight in front of them.

YardPro
04-01-2005, 05:35 PM
never had that problem.

seems that the more tongue weight you have the more stable the trailer. now too much tongue weight will make the truck sway

QMVA
04-02-2005, 05:16 PM
never had that problem.

seems that the more tongue weight you have the more stable the trailer. now too much tongue weight will make the truck sway

The too much part is what I'm talking about.

Scag48
04-04-2005, 03:21 AM
For hauling mowers around you'll find that the tandems will trail better. We had a 6,000 lb GVWR single axle tilt bed car trailer that we've since replaced with a 20 foot tilt bed. Anyway, we put our skid steer on that single axle tilt bed. Now it was basically overloaded, the trailer weighed about 1,500 and our 216 is about 5,700 with fuel. Even with the proper amount of tongue weight and the load proportionally distributed, at 50 MPH the trailer would lurch backward and forward and it's real strange feeling. Go tandem.

dexpress
04-04-2005, 05:19 AM
If you are only paying an extra $100 for 2 wheels, axle, 2 springs and extras I would be VERY worried about the quality. That is even without having a load sharing system. Please check the quality