Tandem-Axle Trailers or Single-Axle Trailers?

March 11, 2019

We Help You Decide Which is Best for You

When choosing an open utility trailer, one of the first decisions you have to make is single or tandem axle. There are benefits to both, depending on your needs. Everlite Trailers offers both single and tandem (also known as double-axle) trailers, making us well-equipped to help you decide.

As you can tell from the names, a single-axle trailer has one axle with a wheel on each end. A double-axle trailer has two axles placed close together, distributing the cargo weight over both axles and the four wheels. The ability to disperse the weight more broadly is a clue to the first advantage of tandem-axle utility trailers: they can carry a heavier load. If you know you will be hauling heavy cargo, usually a double-axle trailer is your best option.

Having your cargo riding on a pair of axles has other advantages, too. 

Because of the two axles holding the weight, a double-axle trailer is more stable and has a better suspension (less bouncy) than a single axle, especially at highway speeds. That makes towing safer when hauling over long distances. 

When properly loaded, a tandem-axle trailer is less likely to sway. Also, with your cargo riding on four wheels, a blown tire won’t create as much of an emergency. But that doesn’t mean you should take blown tires any less seriously. In addition, tandem-axle trailers are required to have brakes, whereas single-axle trailers are not.

Overall, tandem-axle trailers come in larger sizes than single axles, so if you’re planning to expand your business it makes sense to go with the former.

Are there reasons to choose a single-axle trailer? Of course! Single-axle trailers generally cost less to purchase and maintain, are easier to maneuver in tight spaces, and—because they weigh less—are more economical to tow.  

If you’re hauling light loads over short distances and prefer a less expensive up-front cost, single axle trailers can work for you.

On the other hand, if you carry large or heavy cargo, haul over long distances, and safety is a priority, a tandem-axle trailer is the way to go.

Talk to your local Everlite Trailers dealer to help you decide which type of utility trailer and options are best for your needs.