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Old 09-07-2008, 02:10 PM
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Default Triple axle 15" or dual 16"

What would be your choice? Pro's and Con's I'm ordering a new trailer. Thanks, Doug
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28ft. boat, aprox 6000 lbs. weight wise both should overkill. Doug
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No such thing as overkill. Triple axle, one more axle to have to work on or when you have a tire or axle let loose you still have 2 tires on that side until you can get somewere to repair. When you turn with triple axle the tires really bend. If you put brakes on all of the axles you will have more breaking power.
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Old 09-07-2008, 05:31 PM
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(6) 16's shouldn't cost that much more than (6) 15's (and related hubs, etc). Triple 16's would be my choice. It's overkill but if you have a blowout on one tire you can still tow it down the shoulder to get somewhere to have it repaired.
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Originally Posted by outriggers
28ft. boat, aprox 6000 lbs. weight wise both should overkill. Doug
Seriously, for a 6k lb boat that's beyond overkill, it's a waste.

If you are going with a steel trailer, get twin 5k lb axles. They'll be equipped with 15" 6-bolt wheels wrapped in 225/75-15 tires with a 2540lb load rating @ 65psi. If you are going with an aluminum trailer, go with the 3500lb axles but insist they use the same 225/75-15 tires; they'll be mounted on 5-bolt wheels. Get brakes on both axles and go really crazy and get an electric over hydraulic actuator.

Order a spare wheel/tire or perhaps two. Also get a complete spare spindle and hub (plus mounting hardware and lugnuts). Then invest in a good air compressor, tire pressure gauge and grease gun. Buy wheel covers and use them. Grease the hubs regularly and check the tire pressures religously. If you'll be in salt water, seriously consider mounting a fresh water tank so you can rinse the trailer immediately after you pull it out (yes, both after launching and retrieving).

A thought to consider when it comes to severe overkill: if you run too little weight for a heavy duty trailer, you'll concentrate wear on the center of the tire. That could also lead to a concentration of heat buildup which is the number one reason tires fail.
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I think I wasn't clear enough. Triple axle 15" wheels or tandem axle 16" ? I don't think wearing the center of the tires will be a problem. My tires usually time out before they wear out and I could always lower the pressure. My trailers are stored inside all year, I also use nitrogen in the tires. Electric hydraulic disks on all wheels. With the heavy axles and lighter boat the ride might be compromised. Doug

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