Single-Axle vs Double-Axle Trailers - Colonial Airstream
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Single-Axle vs Double-Axle Trailers

When deciding on a new Airstream there are many factors to take into consideration, one of those is single-axle or a dual-axle? What you choose will depend on your lifestyle and needs. Below we will explore the benefits of each axle style and will hopefully help to make the choice a little easier.


The single-axle Airstream trailers are among the lightest and easiest to maneuver, they range in length from 16 to 22 feet. One of the main benefits of a single-axle trailer is most can be towed with an SUV or mid-size truck, this means you may not need to purchase a new tow vehicle. The smaller size also makes it simple to maneuver and easily fit into smaller campground spots.

One of the downsides of a single-axle trailer is they do not offer as much room as a larger trailer. The single-axle trailers can sleep anywhere from 2 to 4 people depending on the floor plan, this is perfect for couples or small families but can limit you if traveling with more than 5 people.

Single-Axle Airstream trailers include:

  • Basecamp 16
  • Basecamp 20
  • Bambi 16RB
  • Bambi 19CB
  • Bambi 20FB
  • Bambi 22FB
  • Caravel 16RB
  • Caravel 19CB
  • Caravel 20FB
  • Caravel 22FB


The double-axle trailers are made up of the iconic Airstream models such as Globetrotter, Classic, Flying Cloud, and International. Double-axle Airstream trailers range in length from 23 feet up to 33 feet.

With the double-axle, you will have the ability to sleep anywhere from 4 to 8 people depending on the floor plan. You will also have more floor plans to choose from, including bunk bed options, and a larger payload capacity. If you are looking for more living space and storage a larger trailer will better suit your needs.


While the 23′ models are still plenty easy to maneuver, models such as the 33′ Classic can be a little intimidating for first time Airstreamers and harder to park. Because double-axle travel trailers are heavier and longer, they can however be more stable to tow in inclement weather or in high winds.

Double-Axle Airstream trailers include:

  • Flying Cloud 23CB
  • Flying Cloud 23CB Bunk
  • Flying Cloud 23FB
  • Flying Cloud 25FB
  • Flying Cloud 25RB
  • Flying Cloud 27FB
  • Flying Cloud 27RB
  • Flying Cloud 28FB
  • Flying Cloud 28RB
  • Flying Cloud 30FB
  • Flying Cloud 30RB
  • International 23CB
  • International 23FB
  • International 25FB
  • International 25RB
  • International 27FB
  • International 28RB
  • International 30RB
  • Globetrotter 23FB
  • Globetrotter 25FB
  • Globetrotter 27FB
  • Globetrotter 30RB
  • Classic 30RB
  • Classic 33FB

What Should You Choose?

Choosing the perfect Airstream trailer for your lifestyle can be difficult. If you plan on traveling with less than 4 people and like the idea of towing with an SUV a single-axle trailer might be right for you. If you are looking for more living space, have a large family, or need more storage space, a double-axle trailer will be more beneficial.

If you have any questions or would like more information about single and dual-axle trailers, give us a call at 1-800-265-9019. You can also view our Current Inventory to see all of our Airstream models.