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3500 or 5000 lb. single axle

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by captaingreen, Dec 13, 2004.

  1. captaingreen

    captaingreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 471

    Last week I ordered a 6.5' x 14' single axle trailer to haul my 2wb's and 1 rider, they total 2,000lbs. so I realize the 3500 would be sufficient to carry the weight, however when mulching and doing landscaping I often could use the larger weight capacity. I would like to stick to a single axle vs. dual, so my next option is to go with the 5,000 lb. axle. My dealer is supposed to call me back in the morning with the upgrade price. I will be pulling with my 1/2 ton '02 Dodge Ram. I would appreciate any thoughts or suggestions on this. :) :) :) :)
  2. Kate Butler

    Kate Butler LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 640

    If you're sure about that single axle, I'd go with 5000lb. Always better to 'overbuild' to accommodate the potential need for more weight/load. Two years ago I had a 6' x 14' rig custom-built primarily to transport mulch and plant materials (including trees). Used 2-3500 lb. axles with brakes on both. Think about what can happen with a single-axle rig, a big load of mulch and a blowout. I had it happen many years ago and I won't ever forget it. Don't be tempted to get a dual-axle with brakes on only one axle to save a few bucks. A good-sized load of mulch can push my SuperDuty 250 pretty good coming down a hill (and we have plenty up here). I think 2-axles are way-y easier to back into tight spaces, too.

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,138

    6x12 haulmark single 3500lbs, 6x14 haulmark 5200lbs.I thought the same thing this spring when i ordered my 6x14.I paid the extra price and got the big axle whatever you do do not forget the brakes i tried the surge coupler.
  4. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Platinum Member
    from zone 6
    Posts: 4,228

    I had a 5000 lb axle under a 6x10 and it had too much brake for light loads, even with a resister in line it would lock up the tires all the time. I would test drive a similar set up before buying to see if it will work when hauling just mowers.
  5. blafleur

    blafleur LawnSite Member
    Posts: 229

    I really think you should rethink the double axle. I cant imagine getting a single axle trailer for work, way too much potential for getting jobs later where you'll be glad you have the extra capacity. Dont forget, in addition to the equipment is the weight of the trailer itself on the axle.

  6. j fisher

    j fisher LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 296

    I've got a 6X12 single axle enclosed trailer sitting in my yard now with a bent 3500 lb axle. I'll never go less than dual axles again.
  7. captaingreen

    captaingreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 471

    How much weight did you have on the axle?
  8. LLandscaping

    LLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,016

    I think that any trailer larger than a 5X10 needs tandem axles. The tandem axle trailers pull better and are better for towing heavy loads.
  9. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,516

    I agree, I used a 6x12 single axle for about 6 years. Pulling it with a gmc 1/2 ton 4x4.

    This year, I traded the gmc for a dodge 2500 3/4 ton 4x4 diesel and got a 6 1/2 x 16 tandem axle trailer with brakes on both axles.
    The difference is nite and day.
    Go with the tandem axle, brakes you will not be sorry.
  10. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,563

    i would also say go with the dual axle. less potential for blowout problems, etc.
    also they are more stable with heavy loads.

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