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post #1 of 18 Old 03-13-2010, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking of having a 14' gooseneck stock trailer built with a single axle!
Anyone pull a single axle? Pros? cons?
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post #2 of 18 Old 03-13-2010, 02:19 PM
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I have never seen a single axle horse trailer. I would worry that the weight distribution would shift to much.
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post #3 of 18 Old 03-14-2010, 05:46 AM
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i,ve seen them and used them,when we had nothing else to use,not a good idea,in fact i think they are illegal over here[for horses,cattle] they drag you back ,pushh you forward and very easily start swaying,and if you get a puncture big problems
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post #4 of 18 Old 03-16-2010, 11:35 PM
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I wouldn't do anything over a 1horse with a single axle, mainly for stability reasons. Also, changing a tire would be horrible. With a double axle, you can use a trailer aid to roll up on ad get the tire up in the air. I have changed a tire in under 10minutes with one of these on numerous occasions (blow outs seem to like to happen on trailers in really hot weather). I've also changed a tire on a single axle trailer using a jack and it is next to impossible, especially if loaded and you do not want to unload a horse on the side of a road. Best of luck to you with the new trailer!!
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Thanks for the replies!
The tire blow out it one of my greatest concerns...I may just go with a tandem axle!
Thanks again
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Everyone had good points. I wouldn't even think of towing a 14ft trailer with a single axle.. Stability would be the biggest concern of mine... I have dual axles on my 16ft stock trailer also have brakes on both axles. I added the extra brakes. I believe anything that will carry over 10k should have brakes on both axle's...Can never be to safe....

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. I believe anything that will carry over 10k should have brakes on both axle's...Can never be to safe....
When would you carry 10,000 pounds? 2 horses are lucky to weigh 2000 pounds or 2500 at the most??
That said I would never consider a single axle horse trailer, never ever saw one. If you have a blow out the corner would drop.
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I was basically talking about total weight. Not just horses...I'm pulling 10k with my LQ loaded...
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Thinking of having a 14' gooseneck stock trailer built with a single axle!
Anyone pull a single axle? Pros? cons?
My guess is that it would not be legal on the roads.

Further more why!......if you ever got a flat think what would happen to the horses inside.

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I've seen them and some people like them because they are quite manueverable and light. I don't see alot of cons if you aren't going to be hauling hundreds of miles at a time. If you get a flat it's going to be harder to change the tire and it MAY shake your horses a little more but I doubt it will be dangerous. As long as your under the maximum DOT allowable wieght for a single axle trailer you will be perfectly legal on the roads. I would probably get a double axle trailer though if I was goin to have it built.

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