View Full Version : deciding what trailer to get

JCLawn and more
08-16-2010, 12:17 AM
I am thinking of a 20 foot enclosed or open trailer. What are some pro's and con's to both? I like in enclosed so I don't have to take anything off the trailer, and I could put a work bench in it with tools.

08-16-2010, 09:22 AM
we started with an open

open trailer pros:
convenience, just grab something from anywhere on the trailer
fueling up was easier
visibility while towing
can also double as a debris hauler

enclosed trailer pros:
much more professional image
more secure
equipment stays out of the elements
cabinets, workbench etc...
can take a piss in a bottle anywhere now,
huge advertising space
typically a better ride if you get torsion axles
can take it camping

just remember that if you get an enclosed, take whatever size you were going to buy for an open trailer and add 4 feet, trust me. we went from an open 12'x6.5' and wanted to get a 20'x8.5' enclosed, when i went inside the 20, i knew it was going to be too small so we got a 24'x8.5'


JCLawn and more
08-16-2010, 10:21 AM
whats the reason for the extra 4? 24ft seems like a lot. I only got a 1500 truck for now. I should be fine with only one mower though. I want another front deck mower. So those 2 will take 17ft

JCLawn and more
08-16-2010, 10:23 AM
I think I will be using my custom 8x5 a lot. I don't think a 20 or 24ft will fit in small driveways lol

Triple G Lawn and Snow
08-16-2010, 05:32 PM
if that 24' trailer only has tandem axles what size trailer do they start putting triple axles under them for enclosed trailers?

JCLawn and more
08-16-2010, 07:00 PM
if that 24' trailer only has tandem axles what size trailer do they start putting triple axles under them for enclosed trailers?

you can get small trailers with 3 axles. it depends on what the weight rating is

JCLawn and more
08-17-2010, 08:39 PM
what is your axle ratings on that?

08-17-2010, 09:25 PM
If you get a 20' trailer (enclosed or open) get the 5200lb axles...its an extra $100 compared to the 3500lb axles and adds about 50% more capacity to the trailer. My new 18' trailer is having 5200lb axles put on it, I doubt I will ever have that much on the trailer, but its nice to know that I won't overload it easily.

I chose to buy another open trailer mainly because I use my trailer to haul grass clippings and leaves throughout the year. Using an enclosed trailer would not have worked out well with hauling leaves and grass. Plus a comparable enclosed trailer was twice as much price wise.

JCLawn and more
08-17-2010, 09:28 PM
the problem as I just learned with that is that if you have a weight rating on your trailer of 10,000 or more, you have to have a cdl. Its stupid