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whalertim posted 07-11-2001 01:13 PM ET (US)   Profile for whalertim   Send Email to whalertim  
Question? When do youe move up to a double axle? I saw a 20' Outrage wiyh a single axle and was wondering shouldn't it have a double. Also if you do have a double, do you have to run electric brakes?
tim NC
Bigshot posted 07-11-2001 01:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
You can un a single on a 20'. I would run tandem personally but if bought it with a single, I would keep it. You do not need to run brakes on a trailer. If over 3000lbs I would recommend it.
lpaton posted 07-11-2001 03:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for lpaton  Send Email to lpaton     
Number of axles required is based on gross vehicle weight being towed ie boat ,motor, gas,trailer and whatever is in the boat. It is marked on trailer. I think you would be pushing it with a 20'.
Brakes are required based on (again) gross vehicle weight. Varies from state/state or province in my case.. Requirements here are brakes on all axles if GVR exceeds 2860# or 50% of weight of towing vehicle. Trailer weight varies a lot. Ran my tandem over a scale befor brakes were installed and it came in at 980#.
In my case for an Outrage III (19'-8" )boat and accessories,gas comes in at 3550# (full gas). With trailer say4600#. No way I get away legally without brakes.
To finish this missive it is easier to launch and especially retreive a boat when ground conditions are poor (eg moose hunting no ramp) with a tandem.
blackdog posted 07-11-2001 04:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
USCG recommends 1500lbs for brakes on trailer

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