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Old 04-29-2004, 01:32 AM
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Tandem axle VS Single axle

hello every one, i am getting ready to get a new trailer and i was gonna get a tandem like usual but everyone keeps telling me to get a single axle and when asked why they just say they are better. I have never had a single so i would not know. So what about some input from all of you
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Old 04-29-2004, 01:40 AM
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Really depends on what you're hauling.

Large heavy equipment, ie more than one z mower, tandem is the way to go, pulls nice, easier (weight) on the truck.
Small stuff, walk-behinds, etc. single is okay, easier to manuever, but doesn't pull as well.
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Old 04-29-2004, 05:15 AM
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All depends on what you are hauling.
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Old 04-29-2004, 06:21 AM
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I see no good side to a single over a dual except for the guy starting out who cant afford the dual. That was my situation when I started, and i would never have one now. You may want to have more weight on the trailer sometime so its just good to have. Its not like you can have too little weight on a dual.
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Old 04-29-2004, 06:49 AM
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A story....went to get a load of mulch and after being loaded, I discovered I had a flat tire. With my tandem I was still able to drive home. It also makes equipment placement on the trailer easier as you have a larger load platform. I would never go back to a single axle after having a tandem. The peace of mind is priceless.
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Old 04-29-2004, 07:01 AM
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It depends on the size of your buisness and what kind of truck you are gonna be pulling the trailer with. S-10 and Rangers I dont think a tandem trl with a couple of mowers would handle it.
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Old 04-29-2004, 07:25 AM
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Axel - dual vs single

Single axle - Cheap
Decent tire wear

Dual axle -- Load rides smoother
Safety - one wheel blowout (no loss of control)
Easier wheel change if you have a flat (ramp)
Another axle with brakes
Minus - High Tire Wear (scuffing)

Have had two single axle trailers, never again...

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Old 04-29-2004, 07:25 AM
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Tandem and Growth

I have only been in this business for a short time, but I have already grown out of my single axle trailer.

I was told by some seasoned pros to get a larger dual axle, but thought I was saving cash. I am wishing I listened!

But... that being said... if you are a small LCO and intend to stay that way, a smaller trailer is easier on tires and is more manuverable.
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Old 04-29-2004, 07:29 AM
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Before deciding you may want to check into how much grief having a tandem will cause you. In that I mean problems with the recently discussed DOT numbers and the associated equipment, medical cards and documentation involved. They may not even require it in North Carolina, I don't know. If they do but don't actively enforce it (like Maryland) you may want to still become legal. All it takes is for one cop to have a bad day and it can really ruin yours.

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Old 04-29-2004, 07:31 AM
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My trailer is a 5x12, single axle. I only carry a 32" WB and 21" Toro so I have no need for an extra axle.

I was only considering adding a second axle because I think anything over 10ft long looks better with two.
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