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KS_Grasscutter
08-09-2009, 11:32 PM
I am doing what I should have done 5 years ago: buying an enclosed trailer. What brand is good, what is junk? Trying to get out as cheaply as possible, but want something nice enough to last 5 or 6 years.

Got a price on a Doolittle from my local dealer, 8x16, ramp door, 48" side ramp door, $5300 if I pick it up in central MO.

Can I do better than that? I have found ONE used trailer locally, and not only is it junk, it's only 6 foot wide. I am willing to travel ~300 miles +/- if need be.

davis45
08-09-2009, 11:37 PM
I would shop around, I think you can get one a few hundred cheaper. Ive owned alot of enclosed trailer from being in motocross my whole life, the best trailers I ever had were United Trailers. I have doolittle open trailers which have been great, my buddy has had a DooLittle enclosed for many many years. He has worked it to the grave and back with no problems (flooring company).

whitebp1
08-10-2009, 11:09 AM
I myself am in the market for a trailer as well.. chekc out some of these sites i have come across. They may help you out... cardinal sales is by far teh cheapest i have found...



http://www.trailersforless.com/cargo_trailers.html
http://www.internet-trailer.com/
http://cardinalsales.homestead.com/Index.html
http://www.trailershowroom.com/index.htm

whitebp1
08-10-2009, 12:24 PM
http://www.oktruckandtrailer.com/

mowerbrad
08-10-2009, 03:06 PM
I was really thinking about getting an enclosed this year, but when business didn't do as well as I was hoping, that plan went out the window. The best brand that I have found was the Wells Cargo trailers, which are really expensive, but will last way longer than other enclosed trailers. I also looked at Haulmark, which was pretty reasonably priced at about $5800 for a 7x16. The wells cargo would be about $7000-$8000 for the same.

South Florida Lawns
08-10-2009, 03:37 PM
What ever you do don't go with the $2300 16ft enclosed deals that are out there. Even though they are new and look nice the frames are stamped steel and thin, the whole craftsmanship of the trailer sucks. They will not hold up to commercial abuse like mowing and landscaping.

I got a deal on an entry level enclosed trailer and while its still a strong trailer its cosmetically falling apart. Spend the money and get yourself a Pace Summit or a FeatherLite.

Green Pastures
08-10-2009, 06:56 PM
Get one you can afford.

Look into getting Line-X sprayed on the floor, ramp and 1' up on all walls.

I know other scapers who have to replace the floors in their trailers every 3-4years.

My 8 x 20 enclosed trailer is going on 9 years old with daily use and the floor doesn't even squeak.

I can spill anything in there, leave bags of grass as long as I can stand the smell and just rinse it out with no rotting or damage to the plywood under the Line-X.

I bought the trailer new and dragged it straight to the Line-X shop without loading a thing into it.

Think about it.

bubbska
09-03-2009, 06:16 PM
I bought a 8.5 x 20 Hallmark about three months ago. It is a 2005, but was in great shape. Not used very much. Found it on craigslist. Paid $4000. But I am always checking craigslist. Check craigslist in the Kansas City area. I have found alot of nice pieces of equipment for very resonable prices in that section of craigslist. In the last year I have bought the trailer, my 2005 F-350, 2 walker mowers, 1 walker aerator, 1 Ryan L-48 aerator, 3 redmax trimmer/edgers, 1 redmax backpack blower, 1 5 x 10 trailer, 1 walker snow plow and 2 Toro commercial walk behinds. All from craigslist. And all at very resonable prices.

Green Pastures, woulkd love to see a pic of the inside of your trailer, Does the floor get slick when it is wet? If not that sounds like a great thing to cover it with. How much did it cost to have that done? Thanks KD

newlooklandscp
09-04-2009, 10:33 PM
cheap price .... cheap junk trailer. but it all depends on who is using it, yourself, employees with respect, or employees who dont care. My haulmark was $4300 in 2004 (8x14 LS Packages). My Wells was $8400 back in April (8.16 LS Loaded Package) I love this trailer. Depends on what your willing to spend. I have also had pace and cargomat ... both junk. US cargo is ok. Any other non-name brand I wouldnt touch. But that is me.

Ken

bubbska
09-05-2009, 07:47 AM
Maybe yours was a cheap junk trailer. Very happy with mine. Don't cinsider mine junk at all. Serve's it's purpose very well. Well worth the money I paid for it, compared to the other ones I looked at around here.

Puddle of Oil
09-05-2009, 09:20 AM
how bout "allpro" they any good?

pitrack
09-06-2009, 12:46 AM
So you guys think it would be a bad idea to buy say a trailer like this?
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-7x14-7-x-14-V-Nose-Enclosed-Cargo-Trailer-w-Ramp_W0QQitemZ160358711806QQcmdZViewItemQQptZTrailers?hash=item25561fc1fe&_trksid=p4999.c0.m14

KS_Grasscutter
09-06-2009, 02:30 AM
Noticed today that the dealer has an 8x16 on his lot for $4250...

Az Gardener
09-06-2009, 10:04 AM
I myself am in the market for a trailer as well.. chekc out some of these sites i have come across. They may help you out... cardinal sales is by far teh cheapest i have found...



http://www.trailersforless.com/cargo_trailers.html
http://www.internet-trailer.com/
http://cardinalsales.homestead.com/Index.html
http://www.trailershowroom.com/index.htm

Add this to the list http://aztrailboss.com/trailboss_002.htm
By far the best trailer for the buck. Each one custom made to order takes about 2-4 weeks depending on how busy they are. Different from any other enclosed I have seen at the same price as typical enclosed. You can walk on the roof and he has all kinds of little custom do dads you can add. They are chap but they add up quickly. The inside is steel tube then 5/8 ply then skinned with the aluminum. This is better because you have fewer dents as the ply is backing the aluminum. you can easily see and attach to the ribs inside ans you can weld reather than screw stuff on. The corners are diamond plate the ramp door is thick angle iron so no one can peel the corner back. the ramp assist is much higher quality, I could go on can't say enough good things about them.

My 8.5 x16 started out at 5300 base price. Mine ended up being super custom and was about 8-K out the door. I added a RV tongue, lifted the roof 12", added additional walls, shelves, roof racks, interior racks and hangers, Nurse tank, chemical cabinet, lunch cabinet and fold down table, then had the back end sprayed with Hercoliner. This was the first trailer that I picked up on Friday and it was producing income on Tuesday because we don't work Mondays :laugh: All I had to do was load it up. A place for everything and everything in its place, its a beautiful thing.

Tread yourself come down here this winter and get out of the cold pick up your trailer and know it will last you 10+ years and still have enough value to resale for at least 60-70% of what you paid. That's a good investment.

borwicks
09-06-2009, 10:18 AM
I bought a used enclosed 8x20 for $2200. Needed a new torsion axle. $365. This trailer has 6" boxed channel. Came with tons of shelving as well.

Exmark Guy
09-06-2009, 07:36 PM
What do you guys think of corn pro enclosed, do they have drop down gates, or just barn door style.

FCS Services
09-07-2009, 10:21 PM
I've been looking too. Inclosed cargo trailers are different then inclosed landscape trailers. here is a site that I found that I found interesting

http://www.enclosed-landscape-trailer.com/

FCS Services
09-07-2009, 10:37 PM
okay - so I don't know how to spell.................

LawnGuy73
09-10-2009, 04:13 PM
We just bought our first enclosed trailer this April, went with a Interstate 1 brand. I'm not at all impressed, next time we are going with H&H.

Maple Wood
09-15-2009, 08:05 PM
H & H is out of bis.:cry:

oakwdman
09-15-2009, 09:09 PM
I would personally never own anything but Wells Cargo. I had one and it was a very well built trailer. thats all you see brickman and valley crest run around here so they must be doing something right. It is also basically the only enclosed you see on the road around here.

Mowingman
09-15-2009, 09:17 PM
You need to buy an all steel trailer. Forget those fancy looking aluminum trailers. They will not hold up like a steel trailer, and the steel trailers are not much heavier than the aluminum ones.
I recently bought a new 6'x14' all steel trailer. It is built by S&H Trailers, in Madill, Ok. Pulls great, and built like a tank.
If you buy one with a fold down rear ramp, check with the factory to see what the load rating is for the ramp. You can spec a better reinforced ramp at most trailer manufacturer's, and that will save you a lot of troubles in the future.

johnnybravo8802
09-15-2009, 09:49 PM
The enclosed trailer seems to be the best idea yet but that seems like a lot of mass to lug around on a daily basis. It's especially a lot to try and get into tight spaces and up driveways. My boxtruck was the ticket when I had it but that, of course is the most expensive route to go.

LawnGuy73
09-16-2009, 04:13 PM
H & H is out of bis.:cry:

What, when did this happen?

Maple Wood
09-16-2009, 05:42 PM
I went to my local H and H dealer yesterday to look at a new 7x16 enclosed.
He told me that H and H was shut down by their bank. He said that several dealers would like to buy it from the bank and rebuild the company. This would take at least a year. Great product but poor managment.

MACKTRUCK
09-17-2009, 01:00 AM
has anyone ever heard of atlas trailers? How are their enclosed trailers?
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LawnGuy73
09-18-2009, 08:43 AM
I went to my local H and H dealer yesterday to look at a new 7x16 enclosed.
He told me that H and H was shut down by their bank. He said that several dealers would like to buy it from the bank and rebuild the company. This would take at least a year. Great product but poor managment.

Oh man, that really sucks. I agree awesome product but sounds like they have some problems.