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Agape
12-12-2010, 12:33 PM
I may buy a larger trailer but I'm wanting to get an enclosed trailer.
I know it will keep my equipment dry, but if it's raining, It will get wet and just be in the enclosed trailer- wet, so will an enclosed trailer really extend the life of my equipment?

If not; then the only benefits are:
keeping my granular chemical dry (which is huge)
Driving around with a billboard (I'm very big on readable signage)

has anyone switched from open to enclosed?
PLZ tell me what you think pros/cons:confused:

SouthSide Cutter
12-12-2010, 01:19 PM
I have been thinking of going to an enclosed. Had a 28ft for the race car. It would be nice to just leave everything in there and not unload all the time. I didn't this time because I wanted a trailer to haul wood, leaves and small tractor with loader. I think it would be a lot easier on the equipment with protection from sun light, rain etc.

Agape
12-12-2010, 01:27 PM
I have been thinking of going to an enclosed. Had a 28ft for the race car. It would be nice to just leave everything in there and not unload all the time. I didn't this time because I wanted a trailer to haul wood, leaves and small tractor with loader. I think it would be a lot easier on the equipment with protection from sun light, rain etc.

well, I have a huge garage that I put the trailer in at night but it would be nice to free up that space. However, I want a blue trailer so I'll have to buy new to find it and the minimum I can find one for is $2400 (6x10 is smallest I can comfortably use)
I probably didn't need to quote you since you r the only response so far! (laughing at myself)

watatrp
12-12-2010, 01:32 PM
I started w/ an open trailer for about 15 years. Had an enclosed trailer for 5 years and now am back to an open trailer. I am able to garage my trailer daily so the only time my equipment is out is when I'm using it. There are advantages to enclosed trailers. Your equipment is secure, it's out of the elements, bathroom breaks in an enclosed are a little more private. A plus of an open trailer is that it allows you to haul leaves, branches and anything that wouldn't fit in an enclosed. Seems like I always ended up carrying more "stuff" that I didn't use in an enclosed just because it was convenient. One more thing, open trailers are easier to back up with.

Agape
12-12-2010, 02:13 PM
Yeah, If I don't have a ground guide backing up would be difficult, however I built a dump bed for my ford and the box prevents me from just looking over my shoulder anyways. I may just measure my garage and get the biggest open trailer I can fit in it. but I need to be able to haul my fert,lime etc... around with out It becoming a wet brick and clumping
(I know, 5 gal buckets-but its not always convenient to dump 15 bags of fert. into 25 buckets).

mowerbrad
12-12-2010, 02:41 PM
I thought about buying an enclosed trailer for a while, but this year I ended up just going for a new open trailer, just larger than my last one.

An open trailer is a much more economical choice over an enclosed. The open trailer allows you to haul all the debris you need to. Like Mike said above, backing up an open trailer is much easier than an enclosed trailer (if you look over your shoulder)...I use my mirrors to back up so it wouldn't make much of a difference for me. If you are concerned about weight and fuel economy, the open trailers are usually lighter and don't act as a giant "sail" behind your vehicle. You can still mount signs on your open trailer, like on the rear gate or if you get tall, expanded metal sides.

Enclosed trailers are very nice and can be quite useful. With the enclosed trailers, it basically gives you a garage on wheels, meaning that you can store all your equipment in there and store that equipment anywhere you need to. Plus, you can install tool benches and cabinets in enclosed trailers so you can take many of your tools with you where ever you go. Enclosed trailers also offer a higher level of security, both from thieves and the weather. All your equipment will stay dry if its raining out and you can lock everything up (out of sight) so any potential thief can't see what's in there and would have a difficult time stealing from you. But these trailers do act as a giant sail behind you, so your fuel economy could be effected.

I chose an open trailer over an enclosed mainly because I need to be able to haul leaves, grass and debris. Also because of the price difference, It would have been another $3000 for me to get an enclosed trailer comparable to the open trailer I have now.

Just some words of advise if you do decide to purchase an enclosed trailer, go bigger than what you would get if getting an open trailer. For example, if you were to decide that a 6x14 open trailer would work, then I'd go shoot for a 7x16 enclosed trailer.

PLS-Tx
12-12-2010, 03:03 PM
We went from an open to an enclosed about 5 years ago. I would never want to go back to an open trailer. We do still have our open trailer if we need it.

Now I'm planning to go to a box truck.

Agape
12-12-2010, 03:04 PM
well the main selling point for me would be keeping my equipment dry, however, does it really help?
You use your equipment in the rain, so wouldn't it just be wet inside the enclosed trailer? case in point, I pull my trailer in the garage after working in the rain, the next morning it's still wet (some drying on the surfaces but soaking in every nook and cranny)
so has anyone experienced benefits from enclosed trlrs in this manner?

A&R Enterprise
12-12-2010, 03:05 PM
I was in the same boat you are talking about.I got sick and tired of loading and unloading equipment all the time from my garage.So I bought a 24 ft enclosed trailer, all is good now.The two things I was worrying about was theft on the job with an open trailer(lots of stealing going on these days),and no more unloading and loading.

Agape
12-12-2010, 03:09 PM
PS- has anyone switched from open, to an enclosed and found themselves saying "why didn't I do this sooner!"- "what was I thinking all these years!??"

Agape
12-12-2010, 03:14 PM
QUOTE=A&R Enterprise;3820998]I was in the same boat you are talking about.I got sick and tired of loading and unloading equipment all the time from my garage.So I bought a 24 ft enclosed trailer, all is good now.The two things I was worrying about was theft on the job with an open trailer(lots of stealing going on these days),and no more unloading and loading.[/QUOTE]

well, I can actually park my trailer in my garage w/out unloading, but I actually worry about brazen thieves to the extent that it actually affects the way I work.:dizzy:

A&R Enterprise
12-12-2010, 03:26 PM
I forgot to mention that was another reason why I bought an enclosed trailer because I had a husky saw and stihl string trimmer come up missing on a job.I was furious.

Agape
12-12-2010, 03:28 PM
couldn't a thief walk in and take stuff anyways (never seen anyone close their door while working)

brianslawncare
12-12-2010, 04:14 PM
im thinking of an enclosed but what do you do about fueling up the machines? do you have to unload every time? or do you add a fuel tank in back of the truck? i did see you could buy a fuel door for the trailer.

slave2lawns
12-12-2010, 04:29 PM
For us , it was more a security thing than anything else.

fatboynormmie
12-12-2010, 04:46 PM
couldn't a thief walk in and take stuff anyways (never seen anyone close their door while working)

I always shut my ramp and lock at every stop.I use a 4 wheel combination lock on only one side and only change one tumbler to lock the door while I'm out.That way you don't have to fish your keys out every time you need to get to the inside.The other side stays unlocked until I get home.

Georgia Lawn Works LLC
12-12-2010, 04:47 PM
If I had nothing and was looking to invest in something that cost 6500+ dollars I would have to buy an enclosed box truck. Do it right and do it one time. I mean think about it you can get a used one for that much that is in good shape. They are diesels and can pull what ever you want to pull. and they are a moving storage unit.

Plus if you get a big enough enclosed trailer to me the only right way to do that imo is to have a deisel to pull it with. More money. So now your looking at maintaining another peice of equipment (A 16ft trailer.)


When I think about making a decision like this I think about the future and ask myself can the company expand into this? And when I think about running multiple crews out of a pickup truck and a trailer..... Well it's just not something I want to do.


Think about it. If you could have one machine that did everything on a mowing standpoint, would you choose that or choose to have 5 different peices that did the same as that one?

Agape
12-12-2010, 05:01 PM
If I had nothing and was looking to invest in something that cost 6500+ dollars I would have to buy an enclosed box truck. Do it right and do it one time. I mean think about it you can get a used one for that much that is in good shape. They are diesels and can pull what ever you want to pull. and they are a moving storage unit.

Plus if you get a big enough enclosed trailer to me the only right way to do that imo is to have a deisel to pull it with. More money. So now your looking at maintaining another peice of equipment (A 16ft trailer.)


When I think about making a decision like this I think about the future and ask myself can the company expand into this? And when I think about running multiple crews out of a pickup truck and a trailer..... Well it's just not something I want to do.


Think about it. If you could have one machine that did everything on a mowing standpoint, would you choose that or choose to have 5 different peices that did the same as that one?

if that works for you,great.
I thought about a box truck but I cant ramp stuff in and out with a trailer attached, the ramps that come with them won't accomidate my 36's well, and I'm not lifting mowers either.

SimonCX
12-12-2010, 05:30 PM
I switched to enclosed trailers for maintance 2 years ago and would never go back to open. Everything is dry and locked up, you have a billboard rolling do the road, no more using clients bushes as bathrooms, no unloading at the end of the day, etc. I never loaded brush on to my open trailer when I had mowers on it so to me thats not really a positive factor, thats what the dump truck is for and if it's a big cleanup job I take the dump trailer. No way would I go back to a open trailer, it only gets used to take the tractor or stump grinder. The only thing I regret is not going 24ft instead of 20ft.

A&R Enterprise
12-12-2010, 05:34 PM
yeah ,thats what i do now,lock the dorrs when I work.It sucks ,but at least it will be harder for the scumbags too take my stuff.

Brianslawncare,
I do have a 15 gal fuel cell in my trailer to fuel up my mowers near the side door

Georgia Lawn Works LLC
12-12-2010, 10:55 PM
if that works for you,great.
I thought about a box truck but I cant ramp stuff in and out with a trailer attached, the ramps that come with them won't accomidate my 36's well, and I'm not lifting mowers either.


Why do you need a trailer? You can haul any debris away with the truck that you plan on pulling your trailer with. Use it wha it's ment to be used for.



Check this out.....

http://www.soarr.com/dealerphotos/truck_n_trailer/xl/41906648.jpg

MSilver
12-12-2010, 11:06 PM
If you can afford it, go with the enclosed. It's more secure, protects the equipment, no need for guys to load/unload each day, which results in less indirect labor, and it's a rolling billboard.

Agape
12-13-2010, 02:00 AM
Why do you need a trailer? You can haul any debris away with the truck that you plan on pulling your trailer with. Use it wha it's ment to be used for.



Check this out.....

http://www.soarr.com/dealerphotos/truck_n_trailer/xl/41906648.jpg

lol, That salesman licked his lips when he saw you coming!
so you got a couple ramps that are about 150 pounds each, when you have debris you walk up and throw it over the equipment you're not using to the nose of the box, and then pull everything out to dump, try to get debris down the 20 foot long expanded metal ramp.... what did that cost? about $30K?
you managed to save the hassle of backing a trailer.
hey, video yourselves using that thing in a day(motion activated recording) and post it so we can all enjoy your purchase.

Clark Griswold
12-13-2010, 02:18 AM
Never had an open trailer, so don't know the difference but like what I got!

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2005-12/1118506/KZSJQ-065.JPG

Georgia Lawn Works LLC
12-13-2010, 10:55 AM
lol, That salesman licked his lips when he saw you coming!
so you got a couple ramps that are about 150 pounds each, when you have debris you walk up and throw it over the equipment you're not using to the nose of the box, and then pull everything out to dump, try to get debris down the 20 foot long expanded metal ramp.... what did that cost? about $30K?
you managed to save the hassle of backing a trailer.
hey, video yourselves using that thing in a day(motion activated recording) and post it so we can all enjoy your purchase.



Wow. What a dumbass.

First of all most of them are assisted lift. Second how much do you think a 8x10 foot wooden fold down door weighs on an enclosed trailer?

Third of all that's not even mine.


Ya know if your company ever expands any I can see your stupid ass buying 4 pickup trucks and 4 encloseed trailers to run your crews out of.

Do what you want fool. But don't ask for peoples help then shoot their ideas down. And as far as the debris hauling goes buy your ass a ford diesel with a dump bed on the back you cheap ass.
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Agape
12-13-2010, 12:24 PM
Wow. What a dumbass.

First of all most of them are assisted lift. Second how much do you think a 8x10 foot wooden fold down door weighs on an enclosed trailer?

Third of all that's not even mine.


Ya know if your company ever expands any I can see your stupid ass buying 4 pickup trucks and 4 encloseed trailers to run your crews out of.

Do what you want fool. But don't ask for peoples help then shoot their ideas down. And as far as the debris hauling goes buy your ass a ford diesel with a dump bed on the back you cheap ass.
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I didn't ask for your help, I specifically asked if enclosed trailers kept equipment dry enough to make it a worthwhile purchase over an open trailer because if it's raining the equipment gets soaking wet during use, and sits in the trailer "wet", although it keeps equipment dry that you are not using-I didn't ask: "should I get a U-Haul?" or "what if I dont want a trailer at all at any cost?" I know exactly what a trailer ramp weighs and I'm not worried about crushing injuries if the assist fails. Yes if I expanded to where I needed 4 crews I would very ignorantly get a truck and trailer for each one 'cause our local public transit system is not viable for my routes.
As far as hauling, I DO have a ford f-350 crew with a flatbed dump on it but it's a 351 gas not a deisel.
No thats not yours, but one that you reeeeaaallly want.
I really didn't mean to shoot down your Idea, but rather just to say that your Idea is really stupid and maybe even a tiny bit gay, my apologies.

Clark Griswold
12-13-2010, 12:48 PM
The both of you got up on the wrong side of the bed, maybe just a tiny bit gay!

Agape
12-13-2010, 12:51 PM
The both of you got up on the wrong side of the bed, maybe just a tiny bit gay!

Sorry, I didn't mean to offend the Gay.

Georgia Lawn Works LLC
12-13-2010, 01:25 PM
That picture was simply to show you the makeup of a dovetail for a box truck. Since you thought I aparently wanted you to slide all of your equipment up a 2 and a half foot god damn ramp.


I bet you that truck with the dump bed just sits there because you insist on throwing everything on the trailer instead of using the equipment that you already have.


sorry for the harsh reply. But when you make comments like the salesman was licking his lips when he saw you comming its going to piss anyone off. Especially since I wouldn't use a uhaul for a damn landscaping truck to begin with.


And I was simply trying to broaden your thinking about box trucks. After all I see isuzu's with dovetails in nice shape for around 7000 all the time.
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StihlBR600
12-13-2010, 01:41 PM
Basically enclosed trailers are a waste of money, unless you want to keep your equipment outside or you dont have a garage. They cost a lot more, weigh more, less visibility, cant haul debris and you less gas milage= more money overall. And if you use your equipment in the rain and park it in the trailer its going to stay wet because theres no airflow or sunlight to evaporate the water.

Agape
12-13-2010, 01:44 PM
That picture was simply to show you the makeup of a dovetail for a box truck. Since you thought I aparently wanted you to slide all of your equipment up a 2 and a half foot god damn ramp.


I bet you that truck with the dump bed just sits there because you insist on throwing everything on the trailer instead of using the equipment that you already have.


sorry for the harsh reply. But when you make comments like the salesman was licking his lips when he saw you comming its going to piss anyone off. Especially since I wouldn't use a uhaul for a damn landscaping truck to begin with.


And I was simply trying to broaden your thinking about box trucks. After all I see isuzu's with dovetails in nice shape for around 7000 all the time.
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"Since you thought I aparently wanted you to slide all of your equipment up a 2 and a half foot god damn ramp."- I'm not quite following... "slide??"


"I bet you that truck with the dump bed just sits there because you insist on throwing everything on the trailer instead of using the equipment that you already have." - again not following, but I tow a trailer with my equipment on it and throw clippings and debris in the dump bed if that's what you're getting at?


"And I was simply trying to broaden your thinking about box trucks." - I've thought about box trucks, in depth, before today, and decided that they were a ridiculous idea long before you mentioned it. Don't feel bad, I just don't need a broader way of thinking about box trucks, as I've thought very broadly about them over the last 14 years.

Georgia Lawn Works LLC
12-13-2010, 01:47 PM
That picture was simply to show you the makeup of a dovetail for a box truck. Since you thought I aparently wanted you to slide all of your equipment up a 2 and a half foot god damn ramp.


I bet you that truck with the dump bed just sits there because you insist on throwing everything on the trailer instead of using the equipment that you already have.


sorry for the harsh reply. But when you make comments like the salesman was licking his lips when he saw you comming its going to piss anyone off. Especially since I wouldn't use a uhaul for a damn landscaping truck to begin with.


And I was simply trying to broaden your thinking about box trucks. After all I see isuzu's with dovetails in nice shape for around 7000 all the time.
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Agape
12-13-2010, 02:10 PM
Basically enclosed trailers are a waste of money, unless you want to keep your equipment outside or you dont have a garage. They cost a lot more, weigh more, less visibility, cant haul debris and you less gas milage= more money overall. And if you use your equipment in the rain and park it in the trailer its going to stay wet because theres no airflow or sunlight to evaporate the water.

THAT'S what I was asking, and that was my theory. Thank you br600! but have you tried an enclosed and found that to be true? or are you theorizing like me? my biggest need is to keep my granular chemical dry as well as my pruning gear.
I will most likely just get the biggest open trailer I can fit in my garage.

EFS
12-13-2010, 03:36 PM
I have had the same question about whether to go with an open or closed trailer. I have an open trailer right now, but I need to get a larger trailer for next year. A friend of mine that ran a lawn company swears by the open trailers. He said that the extra gas alone that you spend pulling an enclosed trailer is not worth it.

Agape
12-13-2010, 03:51 PM
I have had the same question about whether to go with an open or closed trailer. I have an open trailer right now, but I need to get a larger trailer for next year. A friend of mine that ran a lawn company swears by the open trailers. He said that the extra gas alone that you spend pulling an enclosed trailer is not worth it.

that's odd 'cause I got a freind that swears enclosed are lighter than open, I'll call a trailer shop and ask which is heavier.

Agape
12-13-2010, 04:06 PM
I called a trailer shop, and the salesman said the enclosed trailers are roughly 30% heavier than open trailers.
right now, when I leave my trailer and truck to go hand out fliers etc, I run a cable through all my small equipment and put the lock on both ends and through the pin chain on one of my ramp pins so the ramp cant open, but my trailer is pretty small.

StihlBR600
12-13-2010, 04:08 PM
No i have never owned an enclosed trailer. Im buying a new trailer in the spring and ive been researching every trailer possible. No matter what enclosed trailer you buy, even all aluminum, they will always be heavier than an open all steel. If i bought an enclosed i wouldnt be able to do fall cleanups, mulch, or pull it with my truck. I have all of my equipment locked on my open trailer already so it would be pretty difficult to steal anything other than some gas cans. In the sping i am buying a 7 x 14 all aluminum landscape trailer. $3,200 after taxes. It will last forever and only weighs 1,000 pounds.

PremierT&L
12-13-2010, 07:01 PM
I will be very curious to see what you decide and how it works out for you, because I have a similar dilema.

I currently have a 5x14 open trailer that just barely fits in my garage(2 car garage but with 2 single doors). The 5x14 has served me well so far as I use (2) 36 inch hydros and (2) 21 inch WBs as my bread and butter so far has been HOA contracts with lots of houses with lttle yards.

I'm adding some larger accounts now and I need to add a larger mower or 2, but of course anything wider than 48 won't fit on my trailer. I'm bummed about this b/c being able to keep my trailer in my garage is very convenient and makes it much easier to sleep at night.

So now I'm looking at either a 7x16 open and renting some garage space at a local storage place for around 140 a month, or an enclosed that I can park at the same local storage space for around 40 a month. I thought about the box truck too, but I don't want to take on the extra cost of having another vehicle unless I really have too.

I haven't decided yet, but I'm leaning towards the enclosed. I think it looks more professional, and I'm not so worried about fuel economy as almost all of my accounts are within a 3 mile radius. I also like the idea of having everything inside the trailer so I can keep things like dry fert and hand tools in there as you mentioned. I hadn't thought about the bathroom thing, but that makes a lot of sense too lol.

OTOH, the open trailer is more versatile for hauling things like pallets of sod, and I think it will be easier to keep clean and just quicker for the guys to get stuff on and off of.

Let us know what you decide please and thanks for starting this thread.

TNGrassCutter
12-13-2010, 07:06 PM
I will be very curious to see what you decide and how it works out for you, because I have a similar dilema.

I currently have a 5x14 open trailer that just barely fits in my garage(2 car garage but with 2 single doors). The 5x14 has served me well so far as I use (2) 36 inch hydros and (2) 21 inch WBs as my bread and butter so far has been HOA contracts with lots of houses with lttle yards.

I'm adding some larger accounts now and I need to add a larger mower or 2, but of course anything wider than 48 won't fit on my trailer. I'm bummed about this b/c being able to keep my trailer in my garage is very convenient and makes it much easier to sleep at night.

So now I'm looking at either a 7x16 open and renting some garage space at a local storage place for around 140 a month, or an enclosed that I can park at the same local storage space for around 40 a month. I thought about the box truck too, but I don't want to take on the extra cost of having another vehicle unless I really have too.

I haven't decided yet, but I'm leaning towards the enclosed. I think it looks more professional, and I'm not so worried about fuel economy as almost all of my accounts are within a 3 mile radius. I also like the idea of having everything inside the trailer so I can keep things like dry fert and hand tools in there as you mentioned. I hadn't thought about the bathroom thing, but that makes a lot of sense too lol.

OTOH, the open trailer is more versatile for hauling things like pallets of sod, and I think it will be easier to keep clean and just quicker for the guys to get stuff on and off of.

Let us know what you decide please and thanks for starting this thread.

I have a 5 x 10 open and 7 x 16 open and my 54 inch Kubota will fit on the 5 x 10 with the flap up with about 3 inches to spare. Just thought I would let you know. And I must have a weird garage because my 7 x 16 is sitting in there right now with the door closed.

clydebusa
12-13-2010, 07:37 PM
PS- has anyone switched from open, to an enclosed and found themselves saying "why didn't I do this sooner!"- "what was I thinking all these years!??"

Yelp, I have, had open for 22 years, just decided last March to go to enclosed to keep the equipment safe. It does keep the equipment dry which should help. It is true I upgrade equipment evey couple of years so not sure if it will help that much. I have 2 crews and plan on changing the other to enclosed this next year. As stated before, I have kept the open to help haul.

clydebusa
12-13-2010, 07:44 PM
couldn't a thief walk in and take stuff anyways (never seen anyone close their door while working)

I close and lock the doors when both men are in the back yard.

lawnartists
12-13-2010, 09:07 PM
We use both open and enclosed trailers. The both have pros and cons. Some of the ones that I've noticed:
Open
Pro
Carry Bulk Mulch and pallets
Lighter and easier to maneuver
Cheaper

Cons
Stuff Gets Wet / Open to the elements
Have to strap everything down

Enclosed
pros
Great Billboard
more private
easier to carry leaves and debris (my opinion, for we use large tarps on the floor of the trailer and pull them then were ready to unload if we don't have the dump truck)
Better for transporting plants
leave trailer on job to work out of
cons
app twice the price
bulky (gas mileage and can't see as much of your surroundings)

For us, we try to use a combination of both types depending on what were doing. I started with a open trailer because of the price and then added the enclosed when I was ready for a second crew.

PremierT&L
12-13-2010, 10:17 PM
I have a 5 x 10 open and 7 x 16 open and my 54 inch Kubota will fit on the 5 x 10 with the flap up with about 3 inches to spare. Just thought I would let you know. And I must have a weird garage because my 7 x 16 is sitting in there right now with the door closed.

Thanks for your post. Yes I know i can get a 52 on my trailer, but I'm really wanting to go with a 60 ZTR. My garage has 2 single doors instead of 1 big door. Thanks again.

olaf valle
12-14-2010, 01:11 AM
If you have the cash and space go for an enclosed trailer. I have both I don't even use the open trailer, because I have a dump truck. Try buying a good use one. I can see the box truck will be great for guys that just mow grass, and don't bag. But I use my dump for almost everything grass clippings, ,mulch, top soil, tree trimming/cutting, scrap metal, snow plowing. So here is my answer, I think it all depends in your situation and where your business is now and where you want it to go.

zo6
12-14-2010, 04:26 AM
wow. What a dumbass.

First of all most of them are assisted lift. Second how much do you think a 8x10 foot wooden fold down door weighs on an enclosed trailer?

Third of all that's not even mine.


Ya know if your company ever expands any i can see your stupid ass buying 4 pickup trucks and 4 encloseed trailers to run your crews out of.

Do what you want fool. But don't ask for peoples help then shoot their ideas down. And as far as the debris hauling goes buy your ass a ford diesel with a dump bed on the back you cheap ass.
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a box truck to go mow grass with, thats ridiculous, my enclosed trailer door weighs next to nothing, i would definately run more pickups with open or enclosed trailers before i bought that, what a hassle that thing would be, not to mention it looks like crap, but at the same time, you use what works for you, ill use what works for me...

TNGrassCutter
12-14-2010, 08:06 AM
Thanks for your post. Yes I know i can get a 52 on my trailer, but I'm really wanting to go with a 60 ZTR. My garage has 2 single doors instead of 1 big door. Thanks again.

I have a 1 car garage.

lawnkingforever
12-14-2010, 08:40 AM
If storage of your equipment is an issue or is becoming to costly, then an enclosed trailer is a good solution. Just speaking of my own situation, I do not think the costs associated with an enclosed trailer is worth it. I have plenty of storage space at my house. I live in a very safe area, but I feel more comfortable with my stuff inside my garage locked up, than to have an enclosed trailer sitting in my driveway. I use my truck for personal use at times, and don't like the the idea of a trailer full of equipment constantly parked, without my truck attached to it. My garage has no windows and a deadbolt lock on the man door, making it nearly impossible for a thief to get in. The two things that I do like about an enclosed is you eliminate loading and loading of equipment and the fact you could create sort of a workshop on wheels for fixes in the field.

Agape
12-14-2010, 12:05 PM
If storage of your equipment is an issue or is becoming to costly, then an enclosed trailer is a good solution. Just speaking of my own situation, I do not think the costs associated with an enclosed trailer is worth it. I have plenty of storage space at my house. I live in a very safe area, but I feel more comfortable with my stuff inside my garage locked up, than to have an enclosed trailer sitting in my driveway. I use my truck for personal use at times, and don't like the the idea of a trailer full of equipment constantly parked, without my truck attached to it. My garage has no windows and a deadbolt lock on the man door, making it nearly impossible for a thief to get in. The two things that I do like about an enclosed is you eliminate loading and loading of equipment and the fact you could create sort of a workshop on wheels for fixes in the field.

when I was looking for a house the most important thing was garage and I found an oversized 2 car gar (single door-2 car and an extra 8' off to the right) although I gotta clean it lol

also not being on a main busy street (for pulling/ backing in and out of drive)
they make industrial wheel chock/locks so I think i'd be safe in driveway, also I never have tools I need, so it would be nice to have a place to keep all kinds of tools.
fuel is killing me though as I added up reciepts and have over $7K in fuel for my trucks this year.

Agape
12-14-2010, 12:08 PM
also, my body requires a MASSIVE kickstart of coffee, so having a place to poop would be rocking, as no matter what, my first need occurs as I'm pulling into my first account!:laugh:

1984buzzard
12-15-2010, 01:48 PM
anyone use v-nose enclosed trailers?

zo6
12-15-2010, 11:59 PM
anyone use v-nose enclosed trailers?

mine is, love it cause i can carry everything i might need, but have to admit, when i was doin bearings on it this year i used my open trailer for 3 days and that was nice too, didnt have all the stuff on there, just what i knew i would need.. But overall the enclosed was probably the best thing i ever bought

bolc5150
02-07-2011, 07:55 PM
anyone use v-nose enclosed trailers?

I just ordered a 7x16 v-nose Pace and can't wait. Instead of buying a 18ft. and paying about $400 more, i get a 7x17.6". From what I have seen that installing shelving would be a space saver than taking from your equip. space. You still have 16' and possibly more under the shelves. I did add 2 side vents and upgrade to radial tires.

Puddle of Oil
02-07-2011, 08:26 PM
If I had nothing and was looking to invest in something that cost 6500+ dollars I would have to buy an enclosed box truck. Do it right and do it one time. I mean think about it you can get a used one for that much that is in good shape. They are diesels and can pull what ever you want to pull. and they are a moving storage unit.

Plus if you get a big enough enclosed trailer to me the only right way to do that imo is to have a deisel to pull it with. More money. So now your looking at maintaining another peice of equipment (A 16ft trailer.)


When I think about making a decision like this I think about the future and ask myself can the company expand into this? And when I think about running multiple crews out of a pickup truck and a trailer..... Well it's just not something I want to do.


Think about it. If you could have one machine that did everything on a mowing standpoint, would you choose that or choose to have 5 different peices that did the same as that one? [/i][/size]

that would work for the southern guys..............