View Full Version : Who goes with opened who goes with closed?

03-03-2001, 12:52 PM
Im doing this just out of curiosity, i wanted to see who goes with opened or enclosed trailers. I know alot of the older members and what they have but theres so many new members i would like to know what they use. We personally use open only because finacially we arent able just yet to get an 18ft enclosed.


03-03-2001, 12:59 PM
I have both.
8 X 20 open equipment trailer w/ 2 5k axles and split landscape ramps.
8 1/2 X 24 enclosed car hauler, ramp doors rear and side.
most of my miles are all highway, and the enclosed trailer is great for keeping equipment clean and secure.

mdb landscaping
03-03-2001, 01:56 PM
i just got a new 8 by 14 enclosed cargo pro v nose trailer.

03-03-2001, 02:28 PM
have an open trailer right now,but I'm going enclosed as soon as I can afford to!

03-03-2001, 03:56 PM
We are in the process of getting a dovetail truckbed for an isuzu that we are in the process of purchasing to eliminate trailering all together.

I saw so many contractors using them in the Charoltett NC area that I fell in love with them when I was there last year.

As for what we currently have in effect is open trailers with 2ft sides, and a built on mesh box for storage. We also lowered our gate from one 6foot to split 4ft.

Hope this helps.

Island Lawn
03-03-2001, 04:02 PM
I'm interested in more info Kris!

I assume you mean the isuzu cube van (npr).
What is the dovetail truck bed?

BTW I got an open trailer that I am making due until I can get me something enclosed....maybe a cube....

[Edited by Island Lawn on 03-03-2001 at 08:05 PM]

03-03-2001, 04:04 PM
Funny you mentioned that I just checked out the f-series with the landscape bed, and some other beds. They seem to be a really good way to go. You can get matching trucks for everything you do. Including pesticide sprays.

GreenQuest Lawn
03-03-2001, 04:04 PM
I use an open trailor but it has 4' sides that come back 8' then angle down to 2' steel of course i dont like the look of wood. I think the enclosed are great. would love to get one but cant justify the cost right now mabey in a few yrs.

lawrence stone
03-03-2001, 04:28 PM
I just have a lowly 5.5 x 12 single axle with a single mesh gate. I need a open trailer so I can drop my handy ramp gate on my pick right onto the trailer so I can have access to any equipment or materials or to load debris into the bed of my pickup.

Meet the twins. One one on the back of the trailer is a 10 year old and an "adopted" 13 year old. Those magnums are 750cc and turn double blades to move mass amounts of clippings with ease in high gear all day without missing a beat.


03-03-2001, 04:41 PM
I know that cant be clumps on the turf areas in the back ground?? -LOLj/k

Actually in all seriousness are those 60"decks on the wb or are they 54??

03-03-2001, 04:41 PM
I run three open trailers, we have a shop that we pull the trucks and trailers in at night, connected, so I dont need an enclosed trailer for storage, I like having open trailers because I can fit anything on them, any size mini backhoes, skid steers, loads of mulch or whatever, If we didnt have a shop to pull everything in at night I would think having an enclosed trailer would be the way to go, but for us we think having open trailers are the way to go.Just my two cents

03-03-2001, 04:49 PM
I use 4by8 for somethings but am beginning to use
6 by 12 more as things pick up

03-03-2001, 04:58 PM
Scroll down and check out the dump/equipment trailer. I just wish the platform were a little larger. definitely a medium duty or diesel for pulling power is needed IMHO. ;-)

I agree with SLC1 that an open trailer has so much more potential than an enclosed trailer. I think that with locks like the trimmer trap and kreeper keepers that for daily tasks we are fairly safe. We also have our guys bringing their lunches with them so the trailers are basically never unattended, other than at a site.

As far as safety is concerned we have a safe enclosure for our equipment at night as well. With my younger bros still in college and living at home there is constantly traffic by the barn at all times of the day and night so I dont fret it too much.

Just my .04

03-03-2001, 05:22 PM
We use 20' and 24' wells cargo enclosed trailers. If you can justify the expense, I think they are well worth the investment. Your equipment always has a home and is safe out on the job, as long as you keep your trailer locked.

We use open trailers to tow backhoes, skidsteers and to tow water or pesticide tanks.

03-03-2001, 06:51 PM
<img src=http://www.northshreve.com/images/LandscapeTrailer1.jpg>

Now thats a trailer, they even have a top of the line mower being pulled up on that bad boy. Such class =).

03-03-2001, 07:23 PM
PLease do not type in caps, it gets very annoying to some ppl on the forum, as alot of the time it comes across as yelling.

03-03-2001, 07:35 PM
My main trailer is a enclosed Haulmark, my spraying trailer is open. I always feel very uneasy when my open trailer is parked with me away from it and I have mowing/trimming equipment loaded.

03-03-2001, 07:39 PM
I have 2 8X20 enclosed trailers. the enclosed trailers are great as long as you have people that can handle them and won't crash. Even with storage space I would still get enclosed trailers. They are a rolling billboard and I think are less likely to have something ripped off. Also keeps your equipment out of the elements. They are well worth the money..

03-03-2001, 07:49 PM
I borrowed a 5X8 to get started putting a 36" on it then blowers and trimmers in truck

Last fall i bought a 7X16 enclosed. i now carry both 36"s trimmers, blowers, hedge trimmer, chain saw, rakes, shovels, tools with me all the time. And soon a new dixie chopper
i bought the enclosed so i wouldnt have to load and unload everyday. The other reason i did not want to have to worry about storage of all my equipment in the garage. It is not really big enough for the car and all of the equipment.

For those of you who think it is too much money compared to the open trailers, consider this. How much time does it take to load/unload your trailer. say 10-15 minutes for each so 25 minutes a day to load/unload. I can cut an extra yard a day for that amount of time for $25-$30 so an extra $125 a week or $500 a month times the number of moths you cut equals ?

dont get me wrong the open trailers are nice to get a load of mulch, rocks etc.

03-04-2001, 03:38 PM
This will be our first year using a cube van, it's 16' inside. I am making ramps for it now and then all the brackets for the other equipment is next. We also have a variety of trailers that we use depending on the jobs to be preformed that day. In my spare time I'm going to build a dump trailer for grass and leaves to pull behind the van. We bought an older used one to try this year and if it works good we will upgrade to a newer one with a longer box.

03-04-2001, 06:33 PM
If you are only in the position to buy one trailer I say buy a open trailer. They are much more vertitile... you can haul mulch with them along with brush and leaves that you would not want to put in a enclosed trailer. If you have the money I think the most ideal thing to do is to buy a enclosed trailer for your mowing crew and a open dump trailer for your landscape installation/maintenance crew!

Mark J. Miller
03-04-2001, 07:00 PM
We are currently running 3 enclosed trailors and 3 open trailors. When I decided to purchase the first enclosed trailor it was more for convenience and security than anything. However, when I put my full-color logo on all 4 sides it became such a billboard that I bought 2 more. It has been a great form of advertising for my company.

One very important thing to consider, DRIVERS. The enclosed trailors take much more skill to manover than your standard open trailor that you can back up by looking over your shoulder.

I also have an enclosed trailor set up for our irrigation division. Very effecient!

03-04-2001, 07:21 PM
Guess your getting old when everybody else
can hear caps shouting and you cant even hear them
at all.Wonder what else Im missing.OH WELL!!

03-04-2001, 08:12 PM
yeah the driving would be no problem i have driven heavy equipment on trailers and have driven others many many times. My brother however would need a little work(syzer on here) he is intimidated by our open trailer lol.

03-04-2001, 09:58 PM
I have a 6 1/2 x 14 and a 6 1/2 x 16 open trailers. The best purchase I have made is a Backsaver for the gate on my mower trailer. My 6 yr old can put the gate up now. I live on a 100 acre horse ranch and the road to the shop passes right in front of my house...yet I would love to have an enclosed trailer for peace of mind and advertising. oh my.......big toys for big boys!!!!

03-05-2001, 02:00 AM
Mine is an 18' with dovetail.

EarthTech Landscapes
03-05-2001, 02:14 AM
i have both enclosed and open. i generally use the open trailers. have one dedicated to hauling bobcats and trackhoes, my equipment trailer 12,00 GVW,, also use a smaller open trailer, Also have a 23 foot enclosed trailer that is used on larger jobs were i have to leave tools and equipment over night it is made by featherlite trailers.

Scape Sculptor
03-05-2001, 08:33 PM
I have an open for now. Would like an enclosed someday. Thinking on checking into one of those landscape utility / dumper combo. I think those enclosed landscape super trucks would be a good idea to. or Kris' idea of a dovetail landscape body on a truck.
There is getting to be so many good options out there these days. Just what is a boy to do? haha

Ground Pounder
03-06-2001, 04:37 PM
Isn't an enclosed trailer a little awkward for refueling equipment?

03-06-2001, 05:12 PM
I am using a 12' long single axle car hauler. I just made ramps to accomodate mowers and built upside using 2x4's. It does duelpurpose as I can use it to haul around my demo derby cars also.

03-06-2001, 05:21 PM
16x7 open trailer-tandam axle with brakes-bearing buddies-mesh steel lock box across the front-jungle jims trimmer, blower, and hedgetrimmer racks- custom welded hand tool rack with room for 9 tools-"that's about all I've got to say about that"