In this six-minute video, Josh Winters of Bish’s RV (formerly Haylett RV) explains the advantages and disadvantages of single vs. tandem axle travel trailers. There are, indeed, differences.
Generally, lighter, smaller-sized trailers will have only one axle. They don’t have as much weight to support. The trailers themselves weigh less so they cost less. But, as Josh explains, “God forbid one of the tires goes flat, it will get really squirrelly behind you.” It can be a challenge, he explains, getting it brought down from your towing speed.
And, he says, single axle trailers tend to be narrower, so they can be more “jumpy” and less stable than a wider trailer. A narrow axle, Josh explains, will tend to “wiggle more.”
When a trailer has two axles “you’re going to jump immediately to more weight and higher cost,” he said. Cargo capacity also goes up.
In this video, learn all the pros and cons of single vs. tandem axle trailers.
Great comments about weight going from a single to dual axel trailer. I pulled a single axel trailer with my Jeep Grand Cherokee with a towing package. Worked great. But, went to a dual axel trailer with one slide out and the same length as my previous trailer. The first big hill we came to on I-5 north of Los Angeles is 5 miles long and it took us over an hour to get to the top of the hill. We traded the Jeep the next week. But weight and safety, the dual axel was best for us.
Love the videos Josh makes, bought our 2019 Winnebago 1700BH from them and had it shipped to us in the U.K.
Josh has a lot of good useful videos on Haylett’s website under their “resources” page. What he says makes sense, not only on this video but on his other ones also.