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stuffdeer
01-01-2007, 11:07 PM
Ok everyone.

I need some help. Next year, Most likely Spring, I will take over the payments of my Dad's F-150 (I'll be buying it).

It is a 2001 F-150 with the 7700 Package. (Basically a F-150 body on a f-250's frame)

It has the 5.4 L V8 Triton. Should I go with the extra 14ft, and why so?

RedMax Man
01-01-2007, 11:11 PM
It would be better to post this in the truck and trailer forum. If your planning on going enc. then i would get a 16' or larger and grow into. 6' wide is way to narrow for enclosed trailers, I would get a 8or 8.5' wide.

LawnTamer
01-01-2007, 11:14 PM
I have a 8 x 12 enclosed and I always wish it was 4 feet longer.
Go to the Pace American web-site and they list curb weight for all their models. This will give you an idea of the weight difference.
If you stay in this business, it won't be long before you'll need at least a 3/4 ton truck anyway.

stuffdeer
01-01-2007, 11:18 PM
I have a 8 x 12 enclosed and I always wish it was 4 feet longer.
Go to the Pace American web-site and they list curb weight for all their models. This will give you an idea of the weight difference.
If you stay in this business, it won't be long before you'll need at least a 3/4 ton truck anyway.

Yep, Thats why I'm buying the F-150 HD. I really like it. But, I don't want to put too much strain on it towing an 8ft wide.

The biggest I could go is a 7x16.

Total.Lawn.Care
01-01-2007, 11:20 PM
I have a 6X14 now and I can tell you this. You can fit two Ztrs in it or I currently carry a 54" Z, 36" WB and a 22" push. I have a 4 place trimmer rack on the left wall and a blower rack on the right wall and two shelves across the front. It is tight, but it fits.

I do suggest at least a 7' wide as I have to tie up my discharge shoot to get my 54" Z through the back door. I already had this trailer when I became an LCO, if I had to buy another, or when I upgrade, I will get an 8'wide and probably at least 16' long, if not 18 or 20.

dcondon
01-01-2007, 11:20 PM
Just keep in mind that you never have enough room.

KS_Grasscutter
01-01-2007, 11:28 PM
I would really go with the 7x16. You will eventually fill it up. A trailer is just like a shop it seems like, NEVER big enough. I really wouldn't mind getting a 7x16 enclosed next season. Prolly will if I expand like I want to. That would solve ALL my storage problems, and I would be able to haul everything I could ever dream of needing to haul in it.

Lawntime Mowers
01-01-2007, 11:38 PM
remember anything over 6' wide gets tricky maneuvering through neighborhoods and busy streets.
Not much margin for error on an 8' wide anything.

Also make sure you have breaks on trailer. A loaded 6x14 enclosed trailer is not going to stop on a dime.
With 5.4L you'll have plenty of power to go but not much to stop.

Try driving empty truck on wet pavement and slam on your breaks. Now imagine a few thousand pounds pushing behind you.

Good luck with your purchase.

CleanCutProLawn
01-01-2007, 11:45 PM
With that 7700lb package, you would be able to pull a large sized encl. trailer. Almost any trailer that is tandem axle will have brakes included. I know in a couple of weeks I am going to go pick up a 8'x18' V nose enclosed, i can't wait

qualitylawnmanagement
01-02-2007, 12:00 AM
If you are stuck on going with those two lengths, then I would get the 14ft.

JDWalkbehind
01-02-2007, 11:29 AM
the truck should be fine my trailer gets pulled by 2002 F150 once in awhile and i have a tandem 7x18 and i have a z and a tractor on at all times. and go with the extra space it doesn't seem like muc now but during the season when you want more equipment or bigger mowers it worth it.

nick

ALarsh
01-02-2007, 11:50 PM
I would not buy an enclosed 6x12... just too small for enclosed. For open its not as bad.

I plan on going 8.5x18-20 when I get an enclosed.

J&R Landscaping
01-03-2007, 01:08 PM
Yep, Thats why I'm buying the F-150 HD. I really like it. But, I don't want to put too much strain on it towing an 8ft wide.

The biggest I could go is a 7x16.

If you can afford it, I would go with the 7x16 then. If you plan on expanding and such, you will enjoy having the exta room both now and then. JMO

carcrz
01-03-2007, 01:17 PM
I would definitely go as long as you can. The truck should be able to pull it w/ no problems. An open trailer will be lighter, but enclosed adds more secutiry. I have a 16' open & even it could be a little longer. It's give & take.

KrayzKajun
01-03-2007, 01:38 PM
I would go with atleast a 7' wide. I have a 6'x14' and always wish it was bigger