Originally Posted by V-Man
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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