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Old 01-24-2014, 11:17 AM
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I would say you have a rust problem! Good luck with the new trailer. Tandem/leaf spring fan here.
Great point on the leaf spring trailer. I can launch mine on the most terrible ramps and it is smooth as can be.
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Old 01-24-2014, 11:38 AM
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Ditto on what every one has said. If you are worried about rust or are ever going to put in in salt water, get an open rail frame so water can't be trapped inside the frame. I'm sure that a box frame is a little stronger but I can't imagine that this extra strength would really be needed. My trailer TA is open rail and 23 years old and there are no sags or twists that I can tell, no cracks or signs of metal fatigue. And no rust.
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Old 01-24-2014, 01:08 PM
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I've had both -- my current trailer is tandem. The only advantage I can see for the tandem is increased safety/peace of mind. I can't say it rides noticeably better. I'd imagine your fuel economy will suffer with the tandem since it's heavier and has more tires on the pavement. This would also adversely affect acceleration and hill climbing unless you have a strong tow vehicle. Of course, one factor in my case was that I also went to a heavier boat (190 to 197).

Moving around in the garage by hand will be tons more difficult, if not impossible, for your tandem. I can barely move my 197 around manually in my garage so I have to angle it in just right with my truck -- pain in the butt. My old 190 with the single trailer could be pushed all over the place with one hand.

That said, if you tow alot on longer trips, I think the safety advantage will outweigh any fuel cost and maneuverability issues.
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Old 01-24-2014, 01:55 PM
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My vote is for tandem. Especially if you have far to go. Less prone to fishtailing, etc. But as shepherd said, that stability also makes it harder to move by hand. A small price to pay...
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Old 01-27-2014, 05:10 PM
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I've had both tandem and single-axle. I'd vote for the tandem. Tracks straighter and if you are going camping you can load the boat up without worrying about overloading it (always following the trailer capacity).
Yes, very tough to move by hand but that is not an issue where I park it. I prefer towing any tandem over a SA. Less bounce as others said is also my experience.
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Old 01-27-2014, 05:41 PM
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Thanks to everyone for the replies and advice. I went to the dealer today and decided to go with the tandem axle for peace of mind while on the road. I'll find a way to get it into the garage even if I need to remove the arch...or feed my son more so he can help push.
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Old 01-27-2014, 05:58 PM
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Thanks to everyone for the replies and advice. I went to the dealer today and decided to go with the tandem axle for peace of mind while on the road. I'll find a way to get it into the garage even if I need to remove the arch...or feed my son more so he can help push.
4 tire skates... and and extra pair of hands and a ratchet strap - no problem...
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Old 01-27-2014, 06:06 PM
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For a boat the size of a 205 I personally would not buy a tandem. I've had both. I know you just ordered, but had to chime in.
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Old 01-27-2014, 06:09 PM
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Thanks to everyone for the replies and advice. I went to the dealer today and decided to go with the tandem axle for peace of mind while on the road. I'll find a way to get it into the garage even if I need to remove the arch...or feed my son more so he can help push.
Who are you ordering from? and can you share a ballpark cost?
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Old 01-27-2014, 06:14 PM
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The only experience I have is with a tandem under my 190. Aside from trying to move it around manually, I have no complaints. One of the lakes we go to involves about 13 miles of ungraded dirt road. It's not a smooth ride by any means, and I can't help but wonder how much the trailer would bounce and slide around on those bumps and ruts if it was a single axle. I haven't had to deal with tire failure yet, but that's another one- lose a tire on a TA, and you should be relatively unaffected. Lose a tire on an SA, and it will soil your undies.

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