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Old 02-06-2011, 03:07 PM
 
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Will the size of the U-Haul cargo trailer make a substantial impact upon fuel economy? We are weighting the pluses & minuses among the 5X10, 5X8 & 6X12 cargo trailers hauled behind our toyota tundra from Alaska to NM.
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:04 AM
 
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The difference will be barely anything or completely unnoticeable. Its more of the wind resistence then anything else and their all close in size so they won't have a big difference. Might as well get the biggest one, as the dual wheels will keep it stable more then anything.
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Old 02-23-2011, 08:52 PM
 
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The difference will be barely anything or completely unnoticeable. Its more of the wind resistence then anything else and their all close in size so they won't have a big difference. Might as well get the biggest one, as the dual wheels will keep it stable more then anything.
Thanks with that thought, illinidorry.
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Old 02-23-2011, 10:06 PM
 
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Yessir, Ive pulled a 5x12 single axle and a 5x12 double axle and I'll take the double anytime.
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Old 02-24-2011, 07:14 AM
 
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We hadn't really been focusing on the single/double axle aspect so we appreciate your response. We were looking more at the cost of the trailer & the fuel costs from Alaska to NM. What I hear you saying is the double axle lends to better, safer handling & stability.
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Old 02-24-2011, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Northern MN
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You will easily loose 5-7mpg but what is the alternitive, shipping everything?

Shipping it will cost you even more.

The only way your going to see decent millage is to slow down to 60-65 mph. and hills or mountains and you see single digits for millage.

Get the tandem axle trailer it will tow better.
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Old 02-24-2011, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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You will lose a lot of MPG regardless.. get the trailer that is biggest that you vehicle can handle safely. Tundra is a decent vehicle. I'd get the tandem also...

biggest safety issue beyond that (beyond Uhaul brakes which dont work ) is getting the trailer level or slightly nose heavy.
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Old 02-24-2011, 07:38 AM
 
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Yes, make sure the trailer is level and heavier towards the hitch but still level. This does not mean the rear of the tow vehicel should be squating.

The weight distribution should be 60% front 40% rear.
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Old 02-24-2011, 08:36 AM
 
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We hadn't really been focusing on the single/double axle aspect so we appreciate your response. We were looking more at the cost of the trailer & the fuel costs from Alaska to NM. What I hear you saying is the double axle lends to better, safer handling & stability.

Sorry what I was meaning was, you'll probably lose the same mpg's with any of the 3 trailers so you might has well go with one that will be the most stable. If you were deciding between a 5x8 trailer and a 6x16 it would be a size difference enough to go with the smaller trailer but all uhauls trailers are so close they difference wont really affect mpg more then the other.
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Old 02-24-2011, 07:29 PM
 
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Sorry what I was meaning was, you'll probably lose the same mpg's with any of the 3 trailers so you might has well go with one that will be the most stable. If you were deciding between a 5x8 trailer and a 6x16 it would be a size difference enough to go with the smaller trailer but all uhauls trailers are so close they difference wont really affect mpg more then the other.
You were clear in what you were saying & it makes sense to go with the double axle for stability.
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