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cozymonkey
04-08-2010, 07:04 PM
So I recently picked up several accounts in the not so nice part of town. They are HOA's that are fairly big. Where ever I park there will be times when my truck and trailer are not visible. There is alot of foot traffic. So my initial thinking was that I would buy a cable and padlock and just weave it through my equipment and at least it would prevent the quick grab of a blower or trimmer. But after working the past week or so I am not enjoying hooking it on and off at every job site. So now I am thinking of getting an enclosed trailer. My main question for those of you who have them what are the negatives or what dont you like about them? I could probably put up with the cable for awhile but just seeing what I might have to put up with if I got an enclosed trailer?

Runner
04-08-2010, 07:13 PM
Access to equipment is usually the biggest noticeable difference, but that isn't that big of a deal. I mean sure, it's easier to be able to walk OVER to a trailer and get whatever pieces of equipment you need, but a few more step in isn't that big of a deal...especially considering the security factors. Another big one is refueling. The equipment basically has to be unloaded and fueled at the station unless there are hatches put in place for this purpose. the side hatches are a major asset in these cases. Now, mind you...just because you have an enclosed trailer does NOT mean you have to go through all the effort of closing and locking it at all times while on the site. this is just an option. Good luck with your shopping, and I hope you find a great deal.

grassmasterswilson
04-08-2010, 07:18 PM
seems hauling off debris would be the tough part. wouldn't locking and unlocking the cable to get you weedeater or blower be about the same as having to close up and lock the enclosed trailer each time?

cozymonkey
04-08-2010, 07:25 PM
i plan on keeping my open trailer to have for debris removal and back up. Ya I was thinking about having to close the door and lock the trailer. But I figure I have to lift the gate and put pins in on an open trailer plus lock up the equipment. Never thought about the refueling issue.

I guess with an enclosed trailer it isnt really advertising your stuff. For all they know you have all of your equipment with you and the trailer is empty. With an open one they can see it all.

Do the enclosed trailers get really hot inside during the summer?

K-OS
04-08-2010, 07:25 PM
All the previous posts are negligible, the advantages far out-weigh the negatives. Your equipment will last longer in an enclosed trailer than out in the elements. Gives you a nice place to rest if a storm cloud moves in for a few minutes. Adds extra storage space for your garage (keep it in the trailer). Gives you an extra spot to work on the machines if it's raining. Makes machinery out of sight for thieves, makes a great advertising billboard. Keeps the bed of the truck clean for other purposes.

Ugh, I can go on and on and on......

All professionals eventually opt for closed trailers.

Dan

topsites
04-08-2010, 08:06 PM
Let me tell you something, unless you work the crack corner where there's folks
desperately needing a fix, you're just as likely to have your stuff stolen in the
nicest neighborhood as compared to the not so well bestowed ones.

Yes sir, down in the projects someone might take your stuff because they need money,
but don't think rich kids won't steal on a whim, some usually do it for the challenge.

That having been said, when I go out I WORK for a living.
I don't quote ridiculous prices, I don't wash and wax my stuff, most of it is used
and I do keep up on maintenance so there's grease and grime and everything,
everywhere.
Then it's like MYob, I keep my eyes and thoughts to myself, and concentrate on the job at hand.
In short and by no means of an accident, I LOOK like I'm working.

And it has been my experience that for the most part, much like we wouldn't give a second thought to the guy
walking around in a grimy shirt and pants carrying pipes and wrenches, anyone can see he is a plumber,
that as a rule folks don't F*K with working man.

SimonCX
04-08-2010, 08:31 PM
Personally I love my enclosed the only thing I regret is not buying alittle bigger because that 2 ft doesn't look like a big deal until you start loading everything. Like previous posts it keeps things out of the elements, extra storage, and the most important how many times have you been in a nice neighborhood and you have to go piss with no where to go, that empty gatorade bottle comes in handy.

hitechlm
04-08-2010, 08:39 PM
there nice if you are on one property for a long time, but if you have a lot of little properties they are a pain to work out of. JMO.

cozymonkey
04-08-2010, 09:00 PM
hmmm interesting thoughts everyone think I will keep my eye out for a good deal on one. Thanks for your input

LwnmwrMan22
04-08-2010, 09:04 PM
The only thing I DON'T like about my trailer, the grass doesn't blow off the mower going down the road.

Other than that I've been running enclosed trailers since '96.

Shoreline
04-08-2010, 09:21 PM
I have an 8X16 enclosed and really regret not getting one with a V nose. Fuel economy is horrendous for me right now and it's harder on the transmission with any amount of wind. I still need to build some shelves inside the trailer to get stuff off the floor but that's about it.

Whatever you do, absolutely get a V nose and get the ramp as the back door.

bobhardt
04-08-2010, 09:33 PM
Personally I love my enclosed the only thing I regret is not buying alittle bigger because that 2 ft doesn't look like a big deal until you start loading everything. Like previous posts it keeps things out of the elements, extra storage, and the most important how many times have you been in a nice neighborhood and you have to go piss with no where to go, that empty gatorade bottle comes in handy.

Amen on the Gatorade bottle!:laugh:

dtford
04-08-2010, 09:40 PM
always loved the idea of the enclosed trailer, and have toyed with it for years. Most of my buddies in the biz have them. I run Walkers and have a custom built with 2 ramps, 1 goes into the truck and 1 going into the trailer. we take alot of grass, and I'm too old to be lugging barrels. I like being able to back my mower into the truck bed and dump, but that's just me

ed2hess
04-08-2010, 09:43 PM
We use both on large HOA properties and prefer open trailers all day long. All of the equipment on open trailer is locked so the only thing they could get is gas or hand tools and we haven't had any loss in 10 years. The blowers and trimmers and chain saws are in the 2ft x 2ft cage and the trimmers are
all on individual locks off the side. We lock the tail gates up if there are mowers not being used that are on the trailer. The big advantage on the closed trailer is not needed to cover it every time you think it is going to rain. The air drag on those are terrible and .....towing truck used fuel big time.We operate on the idea that we don't take all of our belonging with us so our trailer are on the smaller side.

STIHL GUY
04-08-2010, 09:45 PM
with an enclosed you wouldnt have to load and unload at the end of every day. just park ther trailer wherever and its set for the next day

rcslawncare
04-09-2010, 12:08 AM
I would love a enclosed, besides the hassle of fuel and such, other than that, it seems like a great investment. And Id leave all my stuff in it!! Much easier than loading every day!!

KrayzKajun
04-09-2010, 12:13 AM
love my enclosed!! i kept my open for hauling crap~

collegefundms
04-10-2010, 11:42 PM
For the fueling problem I went to Norther Tool and they had two L shaped 45gal fuel tanks for like $300 and they fit perfectly together so one is diesel and one gas. But you can also just buy one big one.

LwnmwrMan22
04-11-2010, 09:22 AM
Get yourself about 3-4 gas stations to mow. Then when you're at the stations mowing each week, you fill up the mowers. Kill two birds with one stone.