Single-Axle vs Double-Axle

Should you choose a single-axle or a dual-axle Airstream? Is bigger better or would agile and lightweight work for your travel style? Use our comparison tool to see the facts and benefits of each axle style, which will hopefully make shopping a little easier.

Single Axle vs. Dual Axle

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Length

Single-axle travel trailers range from 16 to 22 feet in length. To put that into context, an average car is around 15 feet long, while trucks are generally around 20 feet long. So, single-axle travel trailers aren’t much longer than your average vehicle on the road.

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Towing

Because single-axle travel trailers are small and lightweight, they’re inherently easy to tow. In fact, you can usually tow a Bambi with an SUV – which means you don’t need to have a truck to enjoy a travel trailer. And less trailer weight usually means better fuel efficiency.

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Axle

The axle of the trailer refers to a shaft that rotates a set of two wheels. A single-axle travel trailer has one axle and one set of wheels. Because there are only two wheels and tires, maintenance costs can be lower with a single-axle travel trailer.

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Aerodynamics

The iconic Airstream aluminum shell makes single-axle and double-axle travel trailers equally aerodynamic on the road. Even our Nest and Basecamp travel trailers are designed to reduce wind resistance.

1

Length

Standard double-axle Airstream travel trailers range from 23 to 33 feet in length. That means double-axle travel trailers are longer than SUVs and trucks on the road, but shorter than most commercial or heavy-load vehicles.

2

Towing

Because double-axle travel trailers are heavier and longer, they can be more stable to tow in inclement weather or high winds. You can also inherently bring more along with you inside a double-axle trailer – more gear, more luggage, more of the things you love.

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Axle

The axle of the trailer refers to a shaft that rotates a set of two wheels. A double-axle travel trailer has two axles and two sets of wheels. Often the weight distribution across four wheels and tires instead of only two can mean your wheels, brakes, and tires last longer.

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Aerodynamics

The iconic Airstream aluminum shell makes smaller and larger travel trailers equally aerodynamic on the road. No matter the length of the trailer, the curved shape lets you slip through the wind on the highway and achieve incredible fuel efficiency.

Bambi 20 Single Axel

Single Axle

Single-axle Airstream travel trailers range from 16 to 22 feet in length. They’re smaller, more lightweight, and easy to tow. In fact, you can usually tow them with an SUV.

Flying Cloud 23 Double Axle

Double Axle

Double-axle Airstream travel trailers range from 23 to 33 feet in length. They’re heavier, longer, and can be more stable in inclement weather or high winds. You can also inherently bring more with you inside of the trailer.