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Single or tandem axle trailers?


LawnSite Member
Baton Rouge, LA
What are the best size trailers to be as efficient as possible? Please take in to consideration, do I need a trailer that must be pulled by a 3/4 ton truck? Will a single axle trailer work or do you need a tandem axle trailer? What is the widest and longest single axle trailer? I need to be able to put a 60" ZTR and a WB on the trailer and still pull the trailer with a Toyota Tacoma or Silverado. Will I need electric brakes on the trailer?

I currently have a 5' x 14' single axle trailer with out brakes. Looking to buy 60" ZTR, but may buy 52" if not practical to get a trailer that can be pulled by mid-size trucks. I am concerned about fuel in the larger trucks.


Coastal Lawn

LawnSite Member
Odessa, Florida
I have a GMC full size P/U extended cab with a 350 hp and a 12' Landscape trailer with trimmer racks and ramp. The total weight is about 3,000 lbs with all equipment. Have a Gravely 52"ZTR and a 32" WB and it is a really tight fit. Also single axle. The truck has no problem pulling it but wish I had bought a 14'. by the way its 6ft 8 in wide. cost $1300. If I were you I would go with a 14x6.8 single, your truck should have no problems pulling it if it has a V6 or larger.


LawnSite Member
York, PA
I have a chevy 1/2 ton with 5.7l v8 and I pull a 6'4" x 16"
construction trailer dual axle with brakes. I have a 60" exmark
27hp liquid cooled and a 48" exmark lazer zhp, 21" trim mower
and hand tools. Total weight trailer mowers etc is about 4500 lbs.
The only time I have trouble is going up a real steep hill.
Get the biggest trailer you can handle because as you grow your
trailer needs will increase, and you don't want to have to replace
with a new trailer


LawnSite Senior Member
I would go with either a 16 or 18 foot. Why buy small if you are going to need a bigger one down the road.

Abita Bill

LawnSite Member
New Orleans
You limit yourself a bit with a single axle. That is if your gonna do landscaping in the future. If your gonna just cut grass, single is fine. But start hauling around mature trees and equipment, dual axle is a must.


LawnSite Bronze Member
I pull my 60" and the 36" in a 6.6'x12' open trailer. Side gate for the 36" so they can load and unload individually. Can get a couple of 21"s in there too. I also use it for soil, sand, trees, plants, etc. Single axle. I've had that sucker loaded with 3 yards of soil, no problem. I went through tires too fast with a tandem, and never had much use for it, singles have done fine for years for me.