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Old 03-24-2021, 08:38 AM
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Default New Boat - Single or Dual Axle Trailer

So I did do a search on here and didn't find any info. Here is my conundrum. Purchasing a new Hewes Redfisher 21 with a 250 and I need a trailer. The situation is the boat weighs 2850 lbs with the engine and has a 50 gallon fuel capacity, The 'standard' trailer axles support 3500 lbs and that has to include the weight of the boat, motor, equipment, fuel and the trailer itself. Has anyone ever gone the route of going to a single 5000 lb axle instead of moving up to a dual 3500 lb axle trailer? I do not want to get in an argument around brakes but just about the axle concept. I am drawn to it for a couple of reasons but primary less complexity, maybe cost and easier to manuver.
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Two axle is my suggestion-less issues later on.
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I am far from an axle but at that size/weight I would go tandem axle over single
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two axles can save ya if you have a blow out on one tire, you can limp in a lot better
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Mostly local or more long distance towing? My personal preference is a heavy single if at all possible if the bulk of needs are local and its behind a full size truck. Makes for less binding when turning sharp, and less stuff to maintain. If you are mainly road tripping or pulling with a smaller vehicle, I would gravitate toward tandem. Rides smoother and you have redundancy. In that size/weight range I would do everything humanly possible to avoid needing brakes if you can do so legally.
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Just me, but I'd rather a single with 5,000lbs axle with 15" tires. I'm always working in tight space on my driveway and year and it's easier to back into tight spots.
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Originally Posted by Ryan H. View Post
two axles can save ya if you have a blow out on one tire, you can limp in a lot better
good point too
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Mostly local or more long distance towing? My personal preference is a heavy single if at all possible if the bulk of needs are local and its behind a full size truck. Makes for less binding when turning sharp, and less stuff to maintain. If you are mainly road tripping or pulling with a smaller vehicle, I would gravitate toward tandem. Rides smoother and you have redundancy. In that size/weight range I would do everything humanly possible to avoid needing brakes if you can do so legally.
agree

will add that if you pull a lot in the long run it might not seem like it but the duel axle will be cheaper.
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Definatly dual if your road tripping. Local stuff, a single may be adequate.
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As one who is always tinkering with their boat I prefer the tandem axle, so the rig does not tilt to the rear if I'm south of the axle. Single axle trailers are much lighter and can be moved around a lot easier, but they have to be attached to the hauler if you need to be in the trailer or what's on it doing anything. I would not consider a single axle for a boat the size you are referencing.
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Originally Posted by Bayfly View Post
As one who is always tinkering with their boat I prefer the tandem axle, so the rig does not tilt to the rear if I'm south of the axle. Single axle trailers are much lighter and can be moved around a lot easier, but they have to be attached to the hauler if you need to be in the trailer or what's on it doing anything. I would not consider a single axle for a boat the size you are referencing.
I can walk anywhere in my 18í skiff thatís on a single axel trailer without it being hooked to
the truck. And yes, itís still got plenty of tongue weight. Same thing with my brothers flats boat, and my buddies 18í center console. I know that you canít do that in all of them, but itís not any boat on a single axel.
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Aside from cost, what is the benefit of single axle trailers ?

2 less tires / bearings to check.
easier to turn / back ? if backing by hand. Easier to maneuver / pivot by hand ?
Perhaps one less set of brakes to maintain.


I'm at a point in my life where anything I buy; I want at least a tandem... I bought a triple axle for my 7800 (dry) pound bowrider to tow it 60 miles a year.
Tandem would have done the job. Triple makes my life easier incase there is a blowout.
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Another vote for the tandem trailer. Redundancy is a beautiful thing when you need it!
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All depends on how much you tow. Local 20 miles or less each way and you maintain you stuff.....Single. 100+ mile tows Tandem.
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Tandem.
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Originally Posted by Gmack View Post
Just me, but I'd rather a single with 5,000lbs axle with 15" tires. I'm always working in tight space on my driveway and year and it's easier to back into tight spots.
Same that's my preference, I don't do much long distance towing, so the easy turn-ability of the single is more important to me. 5200 or 6000 lb axle, 15" rims, "E" rated tires and 12" brakes.
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Had both single and tandem (different boats). Redfish 18 - Comet - larger Carolina Classic - Pathfinder). Changing a tire on side of busy interstate on the way to MBG event not fun (single axel). Balancing tongue weight on single can be challenging. If given the choice, and particularly if longer travel, prefer the tandem. Once a year doing one extra set of bearings not that much extra effort.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
. In that size/weight range I would do everything humanly possible to avoid needing brakes if you can do so legally.
If in FL as user name suggests, must have brakes on all wheels if over 3000 lbs. I would still recommend dual axle; changing a flat with two axles is much easier and with the other positives, outweighs the downside.
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Iím not trying to be rude, please donít take my comment that way and I could be wrong. But, it appears you have not done much trailering. If you have you would not ask this question. If you get a single axle with a 3000+ pound boat you will hate yourself. It will bounce like a beach ball and track like a shopping cart. You may be ďokĒ the first year or so but eventually you will regret your decision. Single axles are for light weight aluminum boats IMHO. A friend recently made the mistake of buying a used SA for his 21ír against the advice of all his boating friends. He has limited funds and refuses to use the internet. Well, he spent his money and now the boat sits because itís too heavy for the trailer and he has about a 1-1/2 - 2 hour tow each way. If you donít keep your boat in the water your trailer will be your single most important piece of equipment. Do not cut corners in this area. Trust me.
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Originally Posted by LouC View Post
Same that's my preference, I don't do much long distance towing, so the easy turn-ability of the single is more important to me. 5200 or 6000 lb axle, 15" rims, "E" rated tires and 12" brakes.
This is more inline with what I am thinking. We will have the boat on a lift at some point in the near future and the trailer will not be used very often after that.

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