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Old 09-11-2019, 03:00 PM
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Default Dual Axle vs. Tri-Axle Trailer For 28Ft CC

I'm in the process of acquiring a Sportsman 282 Open and want to buy a trailer. I'm down to either a

Venture Trailers Aluminum Triple Axle Bunk VATB-10625 ($5750) or a Load Rite Dual Axle Bunk LR-AB28T10000102TB2 ($6600).

Both have comparable capacity. I only trailer a few times a year (keep it in a slip), so cost wise the answer would be obvious, but was hoping for advice surrounding dual vs. tri, brand and any other experience with going from dual to tri axle.

Thanks in advance for any feedback.
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:09 PM
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I have a 29ft with dual axle...no problems in three years with this boat and trailer. Towed about 3 times a week 6-7 months a year. Good luck in you decision!
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My Onslow Bay 33T is on a dual axle trailer, no problem.
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:14 PM
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I have a 29 Scarab with dual axel...not a problem. 6k torsion axels and 235/80/16 wheels.
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If you get a triple and loose a bearing or tire you can still limp down the road.
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I have a 28ft hydrasport that came with a triple axle. It was a royal PITA. I bought a new dual axle Float On, 7k axles, and have had zero issues with it since i have had it now going on 3 yrs. The tires on the rear axle on the triple were constantly shredding because the placement of the axles were far apart and put a lot of stress on the sidewalls when you make sharp, right turns. The Float On has the axles close and it turns so much easier and the tires still show no abnormal wear. I would be lucky to get a year out of the backs on the triple no matter what i put on it. Maintence is easier, handling is better, and long haul trailering is better with the dual axle.
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Old 09-11-2019, 04:40 PM
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I would avoid Venture Trailers. I havr one, its a fair at best trailer. Better choices out there. I am not familiar with Load Rite....

Prefer Owens, Ameratrail.
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I have a loadmaster Ohio that is a work of art. Beautiful trailer... dual axel...easier to manage also two less tires and brakes I have to worry about
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Old 09-11-2019, 04:57 PM
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I am only speaking to the tri vs dual, on any trailer. I have alot of experience with trailering heavy loads as I am in construction. As another poster mention, a tri puts a ton of stress on the tires and rims when turning. They will eat tires. If the capacity is there for your boat, go with the dual axles.
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Old 09-11-2019, 05:22 PM
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I have a 27 foot CC and prefer two axles for the reasons already mentioned. Over the years, I've owned a number of different brands, but, my favorite has been Float On. Ask anybody who has dealt with their customer service department. The lady there in charge, I think her nickname it "QUE", knows or will look up every part and help you out. She helped me several times. Little things like that go a long way.
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Old 09-11-2019, 05:27 PM
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I have had both for my Pursuit. Dual is so much better for how I tow. And its cheaper on toll roads! (Alligator alley)
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Old 09-12-2019, 05:59 AM
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Originally Posted by biscuit View Post
I have a 27 foot CC and prefer two axles for the reasons already mentioned. Over the years, I've owned a number of different brands, but, my favorite has been Float On. Ask anybody who has dealt with their customer service department. The lady there in charge, I think her nickname it "QUE", knows or will look up every part and help you out. She helped me several times. Little things like that go a long way.
i still have a 1994 float on trailer and bought the trailer for the hydrasport because of their customer service and support. Q has retired, but there hasn't been any hiccup in their customer service. They still have my 1994 trailer in their database. Who does that?
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Old 09-12-2019, 06:20 AM
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I know nothing about Venture.
I was extremely happy with my Loadrite.
I had a triple from Ace under my 261 and while it saved me a few times when I had a blowout, a dual axel with a spare or two would have been fine.

When you get a blowout you have to pull over and remove the tire anyway to keep on trucking.
Having a dual with a good spare to throw on there serves the same purpose.
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Old 09-12-2019, 08:21 AM
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Thank you ALL for the excellent feedback and advice.. Dual Axle seems to be the path I'm going and will definitely be checking into the other brands suggested and see what there availability is for my area.
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Originally Posted by starkc69 View Post
Thank you ALL for the excellent feedback and advice.. Dual Axle seems to be the path I'm going and will definitely be checking into the other brands suggested and see what there availability is for my area.
Starck: Don't buy basd on price only... a better trailer makes pulling easier and safer
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Old 09-12-2019, 11:07 AM
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I had a tandem FloatOn for my 290 CCC world cat. No problems with that. Easy to turn. I had a triple axle on the 28 Lumacat and that towed WAY nicer. Not as nice for tight turns. I trailered 150 miles each way, a few times during the season.

You shouldn't have any issue with a HD tandem.
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Boat that light a dual would be more than enough, way easier to turn like mentioned above.
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I currently have a Venture similar size trailer and have had several load rite trailers in the past. You may want to get a quote on a dual axle venture commander series which is their top of the line aluminum trailer. I would lean Load rite over Venture but they are both similar middle of the road quality components. I agree with others that there are quite a few companies making better trailers including Owens and sons. I was surprised to see that their prices weren’t that much different than these two brands.....but you have to get it up from Florida to Massachusetts which will cost you some $ as well. Now is a great time for that as haulers are moving boats south and deadheading back up north. You may be able to get a decent deal this time of the year.
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Based on the price, you can't be comparing apples to apples.

I personally went dual axle - a few friends with the same boat went triple. Capacities are similar. The problem with a triple [in CA] is that the Highway Patrol know that the smallest triple is 10.5k capacity (3x 3500 lbs) and over 10k you need a class A license. The way around this is to make sure that the manufacturer stamps 9999 on your trailer but they don't always do so based on what the buyer wants.
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Old 09-12-2019, 12:02 PM
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Where are you from? I bought the same Load-Rite trailer last year for $2k less than that.
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