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Old 10-02-2012, 03:34 PM
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Single VS Dual axle trailer- Help

Hello guys
i have narrowed my options down to the following:
new sure trac 6X12 wood bottom utility trailer 3.5k axle for $1800
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lightly used from a friend dual axle holmes 6X12 wood bottom trailer (2)3.5k axles for $2200

what are the pros and cons of a dual axle?
my state doesnt need brakes for anything under 3,000. so the single axle wouldnt have breaks which makes it easier. the dual axle trailer would have breaks..

id be using it for landscaping, hauling materials and derbris, sticks, mulch, etc...

i dont think i need the dual axle, but if it is only a little cheaper and a better brand, and will not need more maintenance i will go for that.

please let me know what you think thank you very much
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Old 10-02-2012, 03:47 PM
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If you load that trailer with stone or sod you will be thankfull for brakes and the extra axle. Better to have capacity. 400 is cheap for the upgrade and resale value.
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Old 10-02-2012, 03:56 PM
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right right, i compeltely agree patriot services.
but 2 questions: is there more wear on the dual axle trailers (with the same load)? someone metioned something about that on here, but im not sure.
and do i would need to install a brake controller in my truck? i have everything setup as it is for the small trailer without brakes, but im not sure about the one with breaks. how much would that cost?
and holmes and sure trac are good brands?
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:05 PM
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I had a Holmes years ago and liked it. Never had any stress cracks if I remember. Sometimes duals wear out tires faster on one axle. This is usually from repeated tight turns scrubbing off the tread. Yes the controller will cost a few buck but you get it back quick in savings from not wearing out the trucks brakes, especially if its a half ton series. I'm assuming they are electric brakes and not hydros?
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:08 PM
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I say stick with a single axle on a 12 footer unless you're going to be hauling heavy due to lower operating cost. The rear tires on dual axle units tend to wear really fast. And yes, if they're electric brakes you need a controller...not expensive and pretty easy to install though, at least on newer trucks. You can get a quality controller for under $100.
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:12 PM
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hmm thanks for the input i appreciate it
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:55 PM
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You have to ask yourself how much material hauling do you plan on doing. If the vast majority is just hauling mowers and debris the sa will be fine.
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Old 10-02-2012, 05:28 PM
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mostly it will just be mowers and debris. i guess the additional wear wont be worth it on the dual axle. if they are both comprable brands and the dual axle will wear faster, id rather get the single axle sure trac.
thanks alot i appreciate all the knowledge

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You have to ask yourself how much material hauling do you plan on doing. If the vast majority is just hauling mowers and debris the sa will be fine.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:03 PM
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How old is the lightly used trailer?
How was it used?
How much did the dual axle trailer sell for new?

Lightly used to me that the trailer should look as is was hardly used.

Axle rating alone is not enough info. You can have an axle rated at 3,500 lbs but that does not necessarily mean that the trailer will be rated for 3,500 lbs.

So what is the actual load rating for those trailer?

Besides tires wearing out faster on dual axle tires you must ask yourself do you need to haul 7,000lbs.

If your not going to carry loads over 3,500 lbs the single axle trailer will weigh less saving you fuel and tires, plates and insurance.

Then there is being able to get under the 10,001 lb so you will not have to have a DOT number and deal with DOT regulations.


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thanks for the ideas i really appreciate it
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