Let’s take a look at an age-old debate; “single axle, or twin axle?”
Whether you are looking to buy your first caravan, upgrade or downsize, chances are that this question has cropped up at some point in your caravanning life. If it hasn’t, then it soon will.
Both single and twin axle caravans have their own pros and cons.
In answer to the above question, neither is necessarily better. It is simply the fact that either single or twin will appeal more to your current circumstances and or style of touring. Take a look at the list below and make up your own mind.
Single axle caravan pros
- Generally smaller & lighter (makes them easier to maneuver)
- Cheaper service costs (having only one axle means only one set of wheels and brakes have to be inspected)
- Cheaper to buy
- Cheaper to insure
- Can be towed by wider range of vehicles
- Only two tyres to replace (2 in comparison to the 4 on a twin axle)
- Easier to accommodate in storage
Twin axle caravan pros
- Greater stability whilst towing (4 wheels on the ground helps)
- Greater amount of living & storage space inside
- Not as heavy on the nose (the weight distribution tends to be better on twin axles)
- More suitable for families (twin axle caravans generally have layouts that suit families due to the extra space)
- Greater payload (that’s right, you can carry more stuff!)
- Often fitted with onboard water tanks (not in all cases, but most have onboard water tanks)
- More space on roof for fitting of accessories like satellite dishes and air conditioning
Single axle cons
- Not as much storage and living space
- Less stable on the road (4 wheels gives greater stability)
- Generally missing some of the “luxury” facilities (such as onboard water tanks, roof mounted air con, etc)
- Smaller payload (you can’t carry as much with you compared with a twin axle)
Twin axle cons
- More difficult to maneuver (requires at least 4 people to safely maneuver)
- Most remote controlled caravan movers can not turn on a circle (they shunt the caravan around)
- Heavier (costs more in fuel to tow them)
- More expensive to buy
I racked my brains for a while about all of these points, it is everything I could possibly think of. Do you have any more to add?
I’d like to know which you prefer and why – let me know in the comments below, is it single or twin axle for you?