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Old 04-24-2014, 09:40 AM   #1
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Pros and cons of 2 axles versus 3 axles

We've heard that on a 3 axle trailer that the back tires wear out quicker. Is this true? Is there any advantage of one over the other?
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Old 04-24-2014, 12:24 PM   #2
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We had a triple and went back to double. Just too expensive to keep up with tires and maintenance items not to mention time involved.
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Old 04-24-2014, 06:32 PM   #3
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We bought a Harley Davidson trike after we got our 2011 Monaco Monarch. Now we've decided to change to a fifth wheel toy hauler, of course we have to sell the Monarch first, so we've been looking. We've found a 2014 Voltage 3605(double axle) and also a 2014 Spartan 1234X(triple axle) that we really do like. Both have pluses when it comes to the floor plans. The Voltage has an 11' garage while the Spartan has a 12'6" garage. In our decision making we're trying to figure out if the axle thing is something that's important to consider.
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Old 04-25-2014, 09:21 PM   #4
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Double vs Triple Axle

We have a 3650 Palomino Columbus with Triple axles. It is my understanding that the GVW of the trailer plays a part in whether it has 2 or 3 Axles. Anything over 12000lbs will need triple axles to support the weight. The caution I had explained to me was never to take real sharp turns on pavement but if it is unavoidable to drive very very slowly as the tires have to roll over onto their shoulders during the turn. And I was cautioned to avoid backing up as any type of turn while backing is very hard on tires. It is the rear tires that take a beating turning forward and the front tires that take a beating while backing up. I have'nt taken my TH far enough yet to see what the wear situation will be on the open road.
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Old 04-26-2014, 06:54 PM   #5
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I just bought a 3 axle toy hauler. I looked at a bunch of 2 and 3 axle ones. It seems that the 2 axle toy haulers use 8K lb axles and go up to a loaded (gross) weight of 16K lbs. The triple axle ones I looked at usually had 3 6K lbs axles and went up to a gross weight of 18 K lbs.

A (very) few had 7K axles and I think I remember seeing one or two that had 3 8K axles. I didn't look very closely at those since the "dry" weight was well over the towing capacity of my current tow vehicle.

I bought based on floor plan and weight, not one whether it had 2 or 3 axles. I purchased the largest/heaviest unit I could afford that I could still tow with my current tow vehicle (which will be upgraded soon to a class 8 HDT). It just happened that I ended up with a 3 axle unit (Columbus 3600TH). I'm very happy with it and after one week of camping its now back at the dealership with a list of everything I could find wrong (only 3 major items, and a bunch a little piddly stuff). It tows great with a 3/4 ton Dodge diesel on the flatlands. I would not take it into the mountains with this truck!!
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I just bought a 3 axle toy hauler. I looked at a bunch of 2 and 3 axle ones. It seems that the 2 axle toy haulers use 8K lb axles and go up to a loaded (gross) weight of 16K lbs. The triple axle ones I looked at usually had 3 6K lbs axles and went up to a gross weight of 18 K lbs.

A (very) few had 7K axles and I think I remember seeing one or two that had 3 8K axles. I didn't look very closely at those since the "dry" weight was well over the towing capacity of my current tow vehicle.

I bought based on floor plan and weight, not one whether it had 2 or 3 axles. I purchased the largest/heaviest unit I could afford that I could still tow with my current tow vehicle (which will be upgraded soon to a class 8 HDT). It just happened that I ended up with a 3 axle unit (Columbus 3600TH). I'm very happy with it and after one week of camping its now back at the dealership with a list of everything I could find wrong (only 3 major items, and a bunch a little piddly stuff). It tows great with a 3/4 ton Dodge diesel on the flatlands. I would not take it into the mountains with this truck!!
My first horse hauler had three axles @ 12k/lb each. Since then we've gone down to two axles @ 10k/lb each. My trailer's net weight is 12k/lb and gross 20k/lb. That leaves plenty of stuff I can put on board - like 66 gals of fresh water, 24 gals of LP, a full fridge/freezer, the 7.5kw Onan gen + fuel, and all our gear + 2 horses.
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Only 75-80% of the weight is on the axles. Rest on truck.
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