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Old 02-23-2016, 05:57 PM
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Long distance towing with a Single Axle

I am starting to do a lot more long-distance hauling of my boat, and I think that I would feel much safer with a tandem axle trailer. Am I just paranoid, or does the general group agree? I have towed boats for 25 years and never had a blowout, always torque trailer lugs, take care of bearings, buy new trailer tires every three years, replace brake pads etc, but I still worry. Thoughts on this? Do I just watch too much TV, or am I really that much safer with a tandem? TIA

P.S. Do we have an FAQ for recommended trailer maintenance with the oil bath, brakes, etc?? (smack me for not searching first)
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Old 02-23-2016, 06:14 PM
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I think as long as your well within the towing capabilities of your row vehicle, a blowout is no big deal. When I had my prostar with single axle, I had a blowout. No big deal. Just let of the gas and pull to the side. Don't stab on the brakes and your good. Granted I was towing with an F350.

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Old 02-23-2016, 06:39 PM
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Having put many a mile on both single and tandem axle trailers. I will say I am more comfortable with a tandem axle trailer. Typically the load weight vs. tire capacity is lower with a tandem even though the single axle trailer will have higher load rate tires. The redundancy of two axles goes a long way towards dealing with road-side issues such as flat tires and bearing problems. I have had very few problems on the road because I do similar preventative maintenance. That is the real key to avoiding problems. The down side is all maintenance costs are doubled.

For the true level of being prepared for long distance towing, you are best served in having two good spares (not the best of the old tires just replaced) and a spare hub. Many times friends and customers have economized on the spare tire, only to have hit something unavoidable in the road 30 miles into a long trip and now have no spare for the rest of the trip....and may be running on an old worn out tire. My neighbor had this happen a couple years ago and ended up buying two tires while on the road - and you know you never get a deal when this happens.

That being said, selling a good single axle ski boat trailer is pretty easy and will help take some of the hit off the price of a new tandem.
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Would I feel more comfortable? Yes
Would I go way out of my way ($$$) to get a tandem? No.
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Old 02-23-2016, 07:31 PM
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[quote=CruisinGA;1217074]Would I feel more comfortable? Yes
Would I go way out of my way ($$$) to get a tandem? No.[/QU

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Old 02-23-2016, 07:38 PM
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I am starting to do a lot more long-distance hauling of my boat, and I think that I would feel much safer with a tandem axle trailer. Am I just paranoid, or does the general group agree? I have towed boats for 25 years and never had a blowout, always torque trailer lugs, take care of bearings, buy new trailer tires every three years, replace brake pads etc, but I still worry. Thoughts on this? Do I just watch too much TV, or am I really that much safer with a tandem? TIA

P.S. Do we have an FAQ for recommended trailer maintenance with the oil bath, brakes, etc?? (smack me for not searching first)
Just dock it at CHL and your problems are over......
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Old 02-24-2016, 12:22 AM
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You replace trailer tires every 3 years???

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Old 02-24-2016, 12:35 AM
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You replace trailer tires every 3 years???

Thatsmrmastercraft - Do you sell tires?
I always recommend replacing tires after five seasons of use. And yes, I sell tires as well as wheels, LED trailer lights and a handful of other trailer accessories. Are you in need of a tire quote?
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TWO WHEELS W/ST205/75R14 LRC KENDA TIRES $309
- - W/ST215/75R14 LRC TIRES $329
TWO 5 LUG WHEELS W/ST205/75R15 LRD KENDA TIRES $339
TWO 6 LUG WHEELS W/ST225/75R15 LRD KENDA TIRES $399


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Old 02-24-2016, 08:04 AM
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The redundancy of two axles goes a long way towards dealing with road-side issues such as flat tires and bearing problems. I have had very few problems on the road because I do similar preventative maintenance. That is the real key to avoiding problems. The down side is all maintenance costs are doubled.
You still have to take care flat tires or bearing issues on the road tandam or not!
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Old 02-24-2016, 08:34 AM
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I'd be totally comfortable towing with the SA. I did about 10, 900 mile trips with my SA and numerous 200 mile trips and didn't worry a bit.
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