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MMLawn
03-28-2006, 08:00 PM
Ordered a new enclosed trailer today for my overnite traveling crew. I ordered a 8.5'x28' with 5,000 lb Torsion Tandem Axles with electric brakes on all four wheels, break away, frame is 10" steel I-beams, 4,500lb capacity heavy duty rear ramp door, 48" side door, three roof vents, three interior lights, rino-lined floor. We will also install cabinets because if I ordered them through the factory it would add an extra 2-4 weeks on the wait period and I need it sooner than that.

This crew will have it loaded with (3) 60" ZTR's, (1) 36" Wb, (1) 21", (4) trimmers, (2) stick edgers, (2) BP blowers, (1) WB edger, (1) WB blower, and of course the other supplies they will need.

I went to get a 22' or 24' and ended up with this after looking at them all. So, any of you guys that have one that big is it a pain or too big.

qualitylawnmanagement
03-28-2006, 08:12 PM
No that is the perfect size, you want to have some room to work in there. 3 60in z's will take up 20ft then add the walk-behind and other stuff. I would of went to a 24ft but that me.

olderthandirt
03-28-2006, 08:13 PM
Now thats forthought, a few cots in the front and think of the $$$$ you save on motel bills jump another 2' and you can add a stove and RV reefer and then they can do there own cooking. Hire a female driver and they might work for free, Hire the right one and they will pay you. :clapping:

echovalley
03-28-2006, 08:14 PM
What are you pulling that thing with?

MMLawn
03-28-2006, 08:27 PM
Now thats forthought, a few cots in the front and think of the $$$$ you save on motel bills jump another 2' and you can add a stove and RV reefer and then they can do there own cooking. Hire a female driver and they might work for free, Hire the right one and they will pay you. :clapping:


DANG MAC, you are the man! Make them sleep on cots inside the trailer...why didn't I think of that :laugh:

MMLawn
03-28-2006, 08:27 PM
What are you pulling that thing with?

2005 F350 PowerStroke Diesel Dually :weightlifter:

lawnmaniac883
03-29-2006, 05:45 PM
Is it just me or do 5000lb axles seem small for a 28 footer??

MMLawn
03-29-2006, 06:45 PM
Must be you because it is actually an upgrade as it came standard with 3500# ones and 6000# was the biggest it offered. With the 5K's I'll have 6000# of payload ability as the curb weight of the trailer is only 3990#. This trailer is actually designed and sold as a car carrier also, so the 5K axles are more than enough.

lawnmaniac883
03-29-2006, 06:54 PM
I see, massive trailer that puppy'll be. Congrats!

MMLawn
03-29-2006, 07:02 PM
Thanks.. :waving:

firecapt13
03-29-2006, 08:20 PM
where did you get it and what did it cost

MMLawn
03-29-2006, 08:32 PM
Superior Trailers and it was $7825.00 + title and tags

BTW, is Ronnie still the police chief in Apex or has he retired?

firecapt13
03-29-2006, 10:24 PM
He retired about year and half ago. How do you know Ronnie

MMLawn
03-29-2006, 10:27 PM
I was in law enforcement in Wake County back in the 80's and early 90's and was also a police chief

iluvscag
03-29-2006, 10:48 PM
Congratulations, could you post pics of the new trailer.

MMLawn
03-29-2006, 10:57 PM
yeah. I'll try and get some this weekend

iluvscag
03-29-2006, 11:04 PM
Thanks. Appreciate it.

DLCS
03-29-2006, 11:45 PM
I think 28' would be just right considering its a overnight crew and they may need space to do their own repairs while on the road. Stock that sucker with some tools and a nice work bench and you'll have a rolling workshop too. Sounds like you got a good price too.:clapping:

firecapt13
03-30-2006, 09:55 AM
where were you a police chief at. I have been on fire department since 91

MMLawn
03-30-2006, 08:34 PM
We picked up the trailer late this afternoon about 6PM so heres a quick cheap cell phone pic. I'll get some good ones with the digital of the outside and in later this weekend if anybody wants to see them.

I also forgot to mention that I went with the upgraded side door of 48" so we could get the WB's out through that door if we needed to.

The one thing that I REALLY don't like is that it is white. ALL of my trucks and other enclosed trailers are red to match and that is what I wanted here also. BUT they didn't have this trailer with the specs I wnted in stock in red and ordering it from the factory would have delayed delivery 6-8 weeks tis time of year and I simply couldn't wait that long. So, we'll have to like the white. :laugh: I may even though I haven't in the past for security reasons, logo this one. If we do we'll use red lettering to kinda match the trucks.

DLCS, that is the exact plan! Once finished on that I'll post a couple pics also.

Firecapt I'll PM it to you as I don't want it on the public forum. YOu know it cause I was a chief in '91

qualitylawnmanagement
03-30-2006, 09:05 PM
Nice trailer man, What is that is used for? Traveling crew? Do you just do residential mowing on that traveling crew or just commercial? I want to start a traveling crew but don't know how far to go out to. How far does your crew go like radius? Can you get some more pictures up? If it's not to much trouble.

MMLawn
03-30-2006, 09:12 PM
I do 90% commercial and have two traveling crews that handle the "out if town" accts. One handles accts that are less than 100 miles from our shop and they use an 18' and/or a 20' open with 4' sides trailer and are back home each evening. The other which will use this trailer as I had to upgrade their present one handles accts that are more than 100 miles from the shop and they spend most week nights in motels on the road. They travel up to about 3.5 hours each way from he shop at the furthest acct. I don't post a ton of pics but if you look under the Photos forum you will find some pics of my less than 100 mile crew I snapped one day when checking on them at a couple new accts. There are also some pics on there under a different thread of a sports complex that we just built for a local private school.

South Florida Lawns
03-30-2006, 09:19 PM
He's finally gonna put a load behind that Ford:clapping: :clapping:

Should be a nice setup and I'm sure a whole lot easier for the crew now that everything is enclosed.

These are the cabinets that I'm using in my trailer. http://www.blazinbelltech.com

They make some nice stuff even folding beds, most of it is for motorcycles but they hold up to commercial abuse.

Espacesverts
06-29-2007, 02:20 AM
Are charging a very high price with your travelling crew to cover all the gas expense? How exactly are you doing for your traveling crew?

Sandgropher
06-29-2007, 04:49 AM
Dont waste your time with questions this is an old thread and the poster has been banned since last november :)