What is a Drop Axle on a Trailer? Everything You Need to Know

Jun 30, 2022 | Trailer Axles

The following guide answers the question – What is a Drop Axle on a Trailer?

This is a common question we receive at BlueSwift Axles and this article will answer everything you need to know about drop axles.

Whether you have an enclosed trailer, a horse trailer, a boat trailer, or a flatbed trailer, it will come with either drop axles, straight axles, or torsion axles.

What is a Drop Axle on a Trailer?

A drop trailer axle is like the standard straight axle, but the axle is dropped 4 inches from the center wheel spindles and hub. This makes the trailer sit closer to the ground.

What is a Drop Axle

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This is different from using both a Spring or Torsion Axle, as these make the trailer sit higher to the ground.

Advantages of Drop Axles

There are several reasons why a 4-inch drop axle trailer is beneficial for hauling.

Since drop axles have a lower deck height, this is great for enclosed trailers or car haulers where low ground clearance loading and unloading are needed.

It can also make a height difference to fit under a low clearance garage door entrance.

Where do I Buy a Drop Trailer Axle?

You can order a new drop trailer axle with BlueSwift Axles and it will be shipped to your door within 7 days.

Need it sooner? We understand that downtime is lost time and opportunities, so we have a 48-hour rush option. It will be shipped within 48 hours of ordering.

Contact the Trailer Experts

BlueSwift Axles knows trailers. We are here to help you with all your hauling needs.

From custom axles shipped within 48 hours to trailer hitches and ratchet straps, we’ll get you back on the road with minimal downtime.