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Old 02-25-2012, 10:47 AM
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Default Tandem Axle Trailer Pros & Cons?

Have an opportunity to upgrade to a tandem axle trailer. Weight is not an issue with the single axle. So, the reason I am considering this is not based on weight requirements. This trailer will have brakes. The price difference between the single axle and the tandem axle with brakes is minimal that's why I am considering the tandem axle.

Most of my fishing trips are 1 to 1 /12 hour drives. 3 or 4 times per year make longer trips ( 4 hours or more).

Would like to hear from those who have had experience with tandem axle trailers, both pro's and con's.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-25-2012, 11:46 AM
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I have my first one. Safety is the big issue. If you need to spot the trailer by hand it will be more difficult. If you run toll roads the expense will be more. Long term maintaince, tires, brakes will be higher. I like mine and would feel less safe now after having the tandem vs single.

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Old 02-25-2012, 11:47 AM
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To each his own but if the weight of the Boat, Motor, Fuel and everything stored in your boat does not require a tandem axle trailer I say stay with single axle. The tandem axle will have more maitainence issues. Such as 4 tires to buy, 4 wheels to maintain with bearings, grease, Etc. As far as brakes go I have no need for brakes on my single axle. I guess it depends on if you are trying to pull with smaller than average vehicle.
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Old 02-25-2012, 11:54 AM
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have had them both, tandems seem to tow nicer, but are difficult to move around your yard or garage by hand, much harder. On the road if you blow a bearing you can limp to the nearest town for help. My opinion if weight is not an issue stick with the single.
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Old 02-25-2012, 03:05 PM
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After having both, if I would not have to move my trailer by hand - ever - I would get the tandem trailer for anything in the 18.5 foot and up boats. I know it's overkill on 18 foot boats, but the ride when your on the road is so much better.

I know I'm in the minority on this one, but I like the tandems much better than single axle trailers.
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I wanted a tandem trailer but I've got to move my boat by hand in the garage. So single axle it was.
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Old 02-25-2012, 03:36 PM
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Let me add some details. The difference to move to the tandem over a single axle with brakes is $500.
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I've had both. On the boat I own now, it came with a single axle. Well some years back on some lonely stretch of highway, I blew the tire on the drivers side. I pulled over as far as I could, next to a steep drop off. As I changed the tire, cars and semi's were whizzing by my rear at 65 mph. Scarey as all get out. I swore I would never have that happen again. As soon as we got home, I ordered a tandem, and other then pushing it around by hand, have never looked back. My advice, get the tandem, its will worth it.
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Old 02-25-2012, 07:58 PM
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Thanks for the responses, just type of input I was looking for.
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:01 PM
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You didn't say how big the boat was so I will assume it is about 18 ft. That is generally the dividing line. As most have pointed out, the single axle takes less maintenance. The tandem can't be pushed around easily by hand. A tandem will ride a little smoother, but pull a little harder. If you get a flat on a tandem, you can keep going until you get to a safe place to pull over. (you can do that with a single too, but you may ruin the rim)

With all that said, I would stay with a single axle if possible.


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