View Full Version : 6 X 12 Landscape Trailer will my sonoma do the job?

01-15-2002, 08:24 PM
Ok heres the deal, went down to a trailer dealer the other day. I looked and got an estimate on this, it's a 6.5 X 12 single axle Landscape trailer equipped with, a big cage box in the front, 2 trimmer racks, shovel, rake holders and 4 ft sides. They want $2,487.00 for this. Right now I can only afford a new trailer and walkbehind. Im pretty sure that ill use this trailer for the next year or two. I dont use riders only w/b so im sure thats its big enough. What Im not sure about is if my 1991 Gmc Sonoma 4.3 v-6 will handle it. It's a strong truck with helper springs and a set of good size tires on it. I only plan on using this truck for about 4-6 months then im getting a 250 PSD. Has anyone towed with a s-10 or sonoma. The main concern is stopping and going down hills where the trailer tends to push you down the hill swaying from side to side. I dont really want to spend the $$ to get trailer brakes installed. Im going to be trading in this truck as soon as I can. Heres the weight of everthing, Trailer- 1000 pounds, Walkbehind- 300 pounds, 2 21"s 150 pounds. Total of 1450 pds, also I bag almost all my lawns and I always hve a full load of grass towards the end of the day. WILL I BE ABLE TO GET AWAY WITHOUT TRAILER BRAKES TOWING 1500 pounds

01-15-2002, 08:31 PM
I wrote that the walkbehind weighed " 300 pounds". It weighs 406 pounds Exmark 32" metro. total weight at about 1550 pounds behind my truck.

01-15-2002, 08:35 PM
To much money for that trailer.

01-15-2002, 08:43 PM
agree to much for that trailer

01-15-2002, 08:48 PM
Ive went to the dealer because I needed an estimate with the model # and dimesions ect. My father inlaw is an attourney and knows alot of people. It just so happens he has a friend that wholesales trailers. I think Ill be able to get for around $1500.

01-15-2002, 08:52 PM
I agree with KDJ. Here in Florida I was getting some prices on Trailers,because I only have a 5x8 trailer. I pull my equipment with a Amigo Isuzu.

I was interested in a 6.5'x 12' Trailer & the price is $700.00, but w/no cage box & trimmer racks???? I am in almost the same situation u are, because I do not think the Amigo will pull a 6.5'x12' The only reason I have the 5'x8' is because I did not think I would need any bigger + the price was $350.00. But BOY was I wrong !!! Scagman, I think U need to shop around, that seems a little to high for an Open Trailer.:blob3:

01-15-2002, 08:53 PM

You should be able to get a 6X12 single axle 3500 lb for around $1200.00 I had my welder fabricate cage, trimmer racks, enclose tow for gas cans and crate for hand tools, trimmer holders and water cooler holder for $600.

Your truck should pull this no prob. Just use a class 3 hitch not a bumper ball!!


01-15-2002, 08:56 PM
I think an Izuzu amigo will struggle pretty bad towing a 6 X12. Is it a 4 banger. If you do get the 6X12 let me know how it goes.

01-15-2002, 08:58 PM
6x12 trailer new, 750.00 tops. 100.00 for each trimmer rack and 200.00 for cage. 1150.00 . Plus tax.

01-15-2002, 09:08 PM

Yes it is a 4 Banger, that's why I know it will not pull a 6.5'x12' Trailer,because it struggles w/my 5'x8'. Like I said I was qouted $700.00,again w/out racks etc..... I have them on my 5'x8'. Does anyone think this 4 Banger will pull a 6.5"x12' Trailer? Please let me know if anyone has done this? If so I will ride the Amigo out till it POOPS OUT!! I will try anything if it is paid for.:D

01-15-2002, 09:08 PM
Those are some amazing prices!!!! Ive been to three different dealers in the las month or so and they are all priced around $2500. I guess thats just Washington.

01-15-2002, 09:16 PM

OK how about this I will charge U $1700.00 & U pay the shipping?
I guess that's what Steve Spurrier cost?? Everything goes up to pay for that 5 Million a year for 5 years lol lol:blob2:

01-15-2002, 09:18 PM
I have two s-10's 1 is 2wd 1 is 4wd both w/2.8 v6
I pull 6x10 tilt deck trailers. 48" scag tiger cubs 1240lbs.21" cub Trimmer& blower racks.
these are what I use for small intown yards.
works fine has for three yr. on these trks.
don't kid yourself it don't save gas.like I thought it would.

01-15-2002, 09:21 PM
Do you use trailer brakes on those or not? If you dont how do they handle going down hill?

01-15-2002, 09:39 PM
If you say you have the 4.3L V6 in that sonoma, it should be all right. I have an '89 silverado (full size) with the 4.3 v6 and it handles a trailer fine. Just make sure you have adequate brakes and don't put too much tongue weight on it.

Wow, an F250 PSD is a big step up from a sonoma!!

Andy Miller
01-15-2002, 10:10 PM
In the Greater Cincinnati, Ohio area, I bought mine (6.5 x 12') for $680 one year ago. Strange thing though, it came with used tires and wheels. Dealer says that he sells them that way because most people don't care for paying the extra cost of new? I do not buy that. I have a full size Chevy with the V-6. It does okay. Not too perky on the long interstate hills. I carry a Yazoo kees ZTR and walk behind.

01-15-2002, 10:31 PM
remember everyones market is different, as is every dealer. around here a 6x12 would go for about $1250, add trimmer racks $1450, add the sides $1550, add the cage $1750, and other holders and accesories $1850. so it might be a tad bit high, but not by all that much, sounds like a very nice trailer to me.

No Sweat L/C
01-15-2002, 11:17 PM
I just got a new 6x12 enclosed V-nose trailer that was custom made near me. I had them add electric brakes when I ordered it, only was $175 extra for the brake package. Brakes will save wear and tear on your truck and be much safer on the road, A MUST HAVE!!!. The whole trailer was less than $ 3,000 before taxes. Shop around for your trailer. Mine came with a 3yr warntee. The more educated you are on trailer construction, the better shopper you will become!! I try to buy major items that will last 5-7yrs. before they should be replaced. Buy the best and keep it until it wears out to get the most for your $$$$$.

P.S. New 15" trailer tires with wheels are about $100 each!! thats why they use junk yard car tires and wheels, they probly only pay about $10 each!!!

01-15-2002, 11:27 PM
I went and picked up a new trailer for someone the other day. 6x12 tilt trailer single axle-New!

Paid $600+tax.

Way to much money for the trailer. But the truck will have no problems at all with that or any other trailer in that general size.

01-16-2002, 12:25 AM
I agree with these other guys about price. Here in PA I could have 2 new trailers for that price! On another note, I have a Chevy S-10, 4.3L. v-6 and I recently hooked up my buddies 6 x 12 footer (1000 lbs. empty). I put 2 walk behinds on it and some other small gear. I was hurting big-time on hills (both up and down) and at the end of the day I used a ton of gas too! I use a 4 1/2 x 12 foot "light duty" trailer (about 400 lbs. empty, 2000lbs hauling capacity) and haul the same gear no problem.

01-16-2002, 12:48 AM
That is way to much for that size of a trailer. I bought a 6x16 for 1100 dollars and bought a weedeater rack for 100 dollars and built a two story cage on the front for less than 200 dollars, total investment 1400 dollars.

You should be able to pick up a striped down 6x12 for somewhere around 800+ and have someone weld you some storage peices on it for far less. Keep looking.

Oh yeah, your little truck will do the job just fine. I have pulled my 6x16 trailer loaded with an 88 s10 on more than one occasion and it has a 2.8.

01-16-2002, 12:56 AM
First of all buy a 16 foot trailer with brakes. Yes, even though you have a 4.3 it will pull a 16 footer. I pulled mine around with a 91 1500 2wd, stock springs, and a doggy 165 horse 4.3 efi. (if you have a vortec you got 30 xtra horses) Just dont expect to speed up hills or take off fast! Get a class 3 hitch to be safe and legal. If you get a f250 psd you will look really funny pulling around a 12 foot trailer unless it has a bobcat on it:rolleyes: If you want a less expensive diesel mule to pull your trailer get an older dodge diesel(all have turbo cummins diesels:D ) or get a ford diesel 93 or older(6.9 or 7.3 neither turbo charged:( ) Save your bucks instead of showboating new trucks!!! GOOD LUCK!!!!

01-16-2002, 02:55 AM
I plan to get a Ford f-250 xl single cab, white with rubber floors. Im thinking about getting ine with PSD, but told not to and that the triton v-8 will be plenty. This will not be SHOWBOATING if you ask me. Any imput on v-8 in a 2002 250 xl.

01-16-2002, 08:22 AM
no trailer brakes they will push a little on sand or gravle thats why they stay intown.

01-16-2002, 10:46 AM
Hey, Nelson - Spurrier went to the Washington Redskins - that's Washington D.C., not Washington state.

01-16-2002, 12:22 PM
Hey Scagman
Dont worry about your truck, I have a 98 Ford Ranger 4x4 4.0L, with a Class III hitch, pulls a 6.5 x 12ft trailer with a Turf Tiger and a JD F525 three wheeler on it with no problem. Just take it easy braking if your trailer doesnt have brakes, dont wanna ruin those brakes on your truck too quick. Make sure your load on the trailer is balanced, because your trailer will start to sway back and forth while driving if your load isnt ballanced, ive had experiance with that, can be dangerious and can blow a tire.
I would agree with everyone on the price, i could get a 7 x 16ft trailer for like $1800 here, but thats without cage and racks, but it comes with brakes.
My thought is since your getting a bigger truck, see what kind of a deal you could get on a 7 x 16ft trailer, makes sense cause once you get a bigger truck you can pull a heck more with it. Always think about your future expansion, but hey if you have a budget your working on then stick with it.
Good Luck
MATT (Lawnman)

01-16-2002, 04:28 PM
Originally posted by HOWARD JONES
Hey, Nelson - Spurrier went to the Washington Redskins - that's Washington D.C., not Washington state.

My Bad !!!!!!!!!!!:o

Chuck Sinclair
01-16-2002, 04:59 PM

Trailers on the west cost are twice (If not more) then what the East cost guys pay.

01-16-2002, 05:25 PM

I bought a new 6.5x10 trailer with a 4 ft gate and the price was 950. Single axle and no brakes. AS for the truck....make sure you get brakes on the trailer.


01-16-2002, 08:13 PM

I think you are talking western Washington as on the west coast. If I am wrong and you are in the D.C. area you may want to give Hillwood Sales a call. They are in Gainsville Va just north of Warrenton. Their number is (703 or 540) 754-4611. I bought a 6'x14' trailer there about a year ago for $925.00. It was your basic landscape trailer with the four foot drop gate, but they had other more elaborate trailers that were reasonably priced as well.


01-16-2002, 08:24 PM
I went to a differnt dealer today this is more like it!!!!!!!!!!

6.5 x 14 Dual axle Landcape trailer, comes with brakes on all four wheels, large cage box in front, painted light blue (co. colors are white and blue), split gate and 4 nice lookin wheels. Its gonna take three weeks to get here, but thats alright. They want $3750 :)

Brake control box for my truck is $180

Weedeater racks (holds 2) are $140 each which seems alittle high to me. I gonna put one on each side.

01-16-2002, 09:42 PM
Originally posted by scagman
I went to a differnt dealer today this is more like it!!!!!!!!!!

6.5 x 14 Dual axle Landcape trailer, comes with brakes on all four wheels, large cage box in front, painted light blue (co. colors are white and blue), split gate and 4 nice lookin wheels. Its gonna take three weeks to get here, but thats alright. They want $3750 :)

Brake control box for my truck is $180

Weedeater racks (holds 2) are $140 each which seems alittle high to me. I gonna put one on each side.

6x16 trailer 1200.00---- brakes on two axles 150.00ea=300.00 trimmer racks 100.00 x2 =200.00 ---one cage 200.00


Go traderonline.com to get some info.

01-16-2002, 11:19 PM
I bought a new 6.5X12 tandem last summer. Surge brakes on front axle,split ramp no trimmer racks (made my own). $3250+
15% sales tax. Would have liked to get a 14 or 16 footer but it wouldn't fit in my garage. It is big enough to carry a 36" Walker,32 Toro wb., two 21" mowers and a Little Wonder blower.


Charles Laws
01-17-2002, 12:18 AM
Price seems extremely high, we just picked up a new 16' tandem axle with brakes, chrome wheels, new heavy duty tires and drive on tailgate for $1,350. Storage cage shouldn't run over $350, I believe I would shop some more.

01-17-2002, 12:33 AM
Im from SEATTLE, WASHINGTON. I dont understand how everyone is getting trailers for these prices. Ive looked at three different dealerships all pretty close. I guess its just my part of town!

01-17-2002, 08:10 AM
just as i said above, everyones area is priced differently.

01-17-2002, 02:29 PM
Maybe I should take a road trip!