When you face the decision to purchase a trailer, you may be disconcerted with all the types and options available on the market these days. Depending on your current and future needs, the difference between single and tandem trailers may be quite obvious.
If you need to drag heavier load on any highway and weather conditions – a tandem axle trailer is the best choice for you. This type of trailer has two sets of wheels, allowing the weight to be distributed accurately on both of the axles. These trailers tend to last longer than single axle trailers, which have only one axle with one wheel on both ends. It’s obvious that the number of axles affects the trailer’s performance. Double or tandem trailers are more stable and have higher payload capacity. They are perfect if you need to handle more weight. Also, they are safer.
Do you know that single axle trailers are not required to have brakes?! According to the law, trailers capable to carry 0 load between 750kg and 2000kg need to have brakes installed, while the trailer with over 2000kg must have brakes on all axles. The biggest issue when purchasing 0 trailer is the load weight, so be sure the trailer is strong enough to handle all the weight.
Unlike tandem trailers which are considered as an expensive investment, the single axle trailer cost less. They use less fuel consequently. Having fewer brakes and tires means maintaining will cost less as well. However, the cost associated with tandem axle trailers should not scare you if you don’t want to pull bouncing and swaying trailer.
Maybe the biggest disadvantage of single axle trailers is their smaller size; therefore they can haul smaller amount of goods compared to a tandem axle. Anyhow, its smaller size makes it easier to maneuver, especially in a smaller parking space.
Another important thing to know when purchasing your tandem trailer is the power of the chassis and spring hangers. The strongest part of the towing vehicle is the place where everything is attached to the chassis. So make sure to buy a strong and robust trailer. To give your trailer the biggest support, the spring hangers have to be at least 6mm. Trailer tires usually have the same size as the towing vehicle tires.