Best trailer axle kit: how to choose?

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Choosing the best trailer axle kit depends on the trailer’s usage, weight capacity, and type of vehicle. Consider the type of suspension and tire, and opt for a single-axle version for light-duty trailers. For medium and heavy-duty trailers, choose an axle kit with suspension and high-speed wheel bearings, and consider a braking system for heavy use.

In order for you to choose the best trailer axle kit, you must first consider the trailer’s usage, the amount of weight the trailer will tow, and the type of vehicle that will typically tow the trailer. There are various types and styles of trailer axle kits available to install on a wide variety of trailers. The type of trailer suspension used will often determine the type of trailer axle kit to use when installing a new axle on a trailer. You may also want to choose a particular type of trailer tire and choose an axle that allows your specific tire and wheel combination to be used on the trailer.

If you want to put a trailer axle kit on a light-duty trailer, you can opt for a single-axle version that uses a small, lightweight tire and wheel. Trailers that are intended for occasional use around the yard only can usually be fitted with a trailer axle kit that uses the type of wheel that fits onto the axle shaft and is secured by a cotter pin. This type of trailer is fine for use around the yard or behind a lawn tractor. This type of axle is not suitable for carrying heavy loads or highway use, and should not be considered for anything other than extremely light duty.

For medium-duty trailers, there is an important consideration: will the trailer be used with or without suspension? If you are choosing an axle to use with a suspension, the leaf spring trailer axle kit is commonly the best option. This shaft installs easily and will withstand medium to heavy loads without failure. A trailer axle kit designed to be used without suspension must be heavier than the suspended design so it will not fail while absorbing the stress of encountering bumps while loaded.

The heavy duty trailer axle kit components are very similar to the medium duty leaf spring versions; however, this axle commonly employs high-speed wheel bearings and may incorporate a braking system. Depending on the amount of use you expect the trailer to get, you may want to choose a trailer axle kit that incorporates a braking system on the trailer wheels. This type of system is commonly top of the line kit and will generally provide you with the best overall use.

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