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Is it better starting off with a single or tandem axle trailer? What is a good size?

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It all depends on how much weight you going to pull.  I have a 12' tandem trailer.  Tandem trailers are hell on tires...  You go through them like SH on a roof.   lol

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Prob not much weight at first due to just starting out, thats actually what I have been looking at. Do you have the 12v or the air driven pumps? Thanks for the input

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Seems like most people that are doing ONLY roof cleaning end up with 5x10's (thats what i got)

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I bought a 6 x 14 v-nose painted the floor with a sealent to protect it against th SH.

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I would think tandem would be the sturdiest and you can hardly go too big as something will always fill up the space

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If you have money for a tandem, go ffor it. It will handle the weight of the SH and water better, and you will have less "sway" of the trailer. If not, just go with what you can afford and keep your weight down.

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To prevent sway create more tongue weight by moving your equipment forward on the trailer. 

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Roof cleaning of Baton Rouge louisiana 225-788-8453 wrote:
Do you have the 12v or the air driven pumps? Thanks for the input


12 volt pumps.  I am still using Envirospecs $300 roof pump.  A great unit for a beginner who wants to build capital with minimum expense.

 



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I use a 5'x8' single axle trailer, it does what I need it to do.

It has a 125 gallon black tank with no fittings (I had lots of problems with bulkhead gaskets leaking and tried several different brands but still no luck so went with a tank with no fittings).

It has a 50 gallon mix tank then the Bandit roller pump then the Titan hose reel with 220' of the 1/2" orange Plyovic hose.

With this setup I can do several roofs in a day with no problem at all so I don't have a need for a larger trailer right now.

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I have a 5'x8' single axle  trailer. I wont add another larger tank onto this trailer because i do pressure cleaning too so i will need 2 big tanks (one for roof cleaning mix and one for water). Im selling my small trailer and going with a tandem for added weight. I figure if there is any chance that i will need the room and higher weight capacity i should just get a bigger trailer now. I will tell you my trailer gets a lot of mileage and with added weight I dont think the trailer would hold up very well.. hope this helps.

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When you go to a tandem axle trailer get ready to change tires more often.  They just do not last as long as a single axle trailer.  The price you pay to safely carry the weight...

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Roof cleaning of Baton Rouge louisiana 225-788-8453 wrote:

Is it better starting off with a single or tandem axle trailer? What is a good size?




 That's a tough question for somebody else to answer,lol. It really depends on what/how much work your doing and where you have to go. I thought a 7X12 SA would be a good start for me, but I would have been better off with a box truck, or something similar. I seem to do a lot of work on condo's/townhomes where it's a nightmare trying to get a trailer around and parked in those places. A box truck would allow me to back in, roll up a door and goroof cleaning



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What brand tires are you using on the tandem axle? I thought they would last longer?

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Carslile.  I have been told that they are the best.  When you turn that is what causes the tires to wear out.  If someone has one that works better let me know.

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I have had Carlisle (sp?) tires on a couple trailers and they are not that good.

I just bought some tires from Southwest Wheel that came with the mod wheels for about $90 each and they are better tread and load rating than the Carlisle tires.

I have not bought the stronger load rated tires yet, I wanted to try out this brand first. You can get the "D" load rated tires for about $150 each for trailer tires, I will buy them next if this brand does not last that long.

I have a whole set of new tires and wheels for my parking lot striping trailer so in a couple of years I will see how long they last.

On my roof cleaning trailer those tires are still in new condition so I will not worry about them for a while.

On the Pressure Washing trailer I just bent an axle, probably hit a pothole going a little too fast or maybe too much weight on the trailer (water and chemicals). I bent an axle a couple of years ago and replaced it and replaced those tires so now time to do it again but this time it is the front axle. I am getting brakes on that axle also so it will stop a little better and help the back axle brakes last a little bit longer. I get about 1 year on the brakes so I am thinking that brakes on both axles then maybe I should get almost 2 years total on both.

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Hey Chris, do you go through tires faster on a tandem axle trailer than a single axle trailer?  I noticed a big difference.  But my tandem trailer fully loaded is a lot heavier than my lod trailer. 

My brakes are going on 2 years.  I just turn the brake controller down when the pavement is dry & up when it is wet.

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The best i think is a tandem axle mainly because of blowouts if you have a tire go on a single axle it's hard to control but with a tandem and you have a blowout you can ride it out easier because of the other axle holding up the weight for you. MUCH MUCH SAFER. Also they can hold way more weight. You should be able to find a tandem with 13k lb axles for about a $1,000 used

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Go with a 12' tandem. Don't go too small then regret it later. We have a 12' single axle trailer and a 12 tandem w' brakes. The single axle (used for other stuff) sways and gets a little sketchy when loaded. With the tandem, I load it full and just hammer down the road without wanting to look back all the time like with the single axle.


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4 tires are always better then 2

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