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StihlBR600
08-30-2012, 04:00 PM
Im looking at getting an enclosed trailer soon. Im either getting a 16 or 18 ft but havent decided yet. Also im not sure whether or not to get an 8.5 ft or 7 ft wide. I have a 61" scag and im growing every year so might have 2 mowers pretty soon. What do you guys prefer that have enclosed trailers? feel free to post some pictures!

Schrock Lawns
08-30-2012, 04:26 PM
Defentlay get the 8.5 foot if your planing on using it as a mobile workshop think about even going with a 20 ft
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scotts lawn care
08-31-2012, 08:52 AM
Go as big as you can, - if your growing every year you may use the extra space before you know it. 8.5 is great. 20 foot would be nice.

ringahding
08-31-2012, 10:00 AM
Get the 20' man, if you are in it to win it....you will not be disappointed. Then get it all Logo and Designed up! Your trucks, shirts, etc. Spend the money if you can, it will pay itself back quick...


http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7081/7382733878_ed0cbd7a62_n.jpg

Schrock Lawns
08-31-2012, 10:58 PM
Get the 20' man, if you are in it to win it....you will not be disappointed. Then get it all Logo and Designed up! Your trucks, shirts, etc. Spend the money if you can, it will pay itself back quick...


http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7081/7382733878_ed0cbd7a62_n.jpg
Can you post pics of the inside of your trailer?
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PLS-Tx
09-01-2012, 04:19 AM
8X20 is a nice size, ours is 8.5X20. If I was to get another one it would be 8X20.

StihlBR600
09-03-2012, 10:02 AM
20 ft is crazy big! I dint even think i have enough room at my house for a 20ft. Im going to get a 8.5 x 18. It will be lettered. How do you guys feel about lettering the back door or your trailer? is it worth it?

Lazer_Z
09-04-2012, 01:54 PM
20 ft is crazy big! I dint even think i have enough room at my house for a 20ft. Im going to get a 8.5 x 18. It will be lettered. How do you guys feel about lettering the back door or your trailer? is it worth it?I don't see why it wouldn't be, think about when you're in traffic. If you're lettering is eye catching it'll be looked at plus, what else are they going to be looking at with an 18x8.5 trailer in front of them.

ParkWelding
09-04-2012, 07:01 PM
I have an 8.5x20 and it is a nice size. One thing I did notice when shopping brands was the 20' car haulers almost always have a dovetail, and some of the 16' and 18' I have seen do not. Depending on what you load in the trailer, a 20' or 24' might have the rear wheels parked on the dovetail. My last mower in is parked like that and so far not a big deal. OTOH, no dovetail on a higher riding 16'/18' might have a somewhat sharp ramp angle. Just something to think about.

Poorboy's landscaping
09-04-2012, 10:36 PM
I run a 7 x 16ft enclose. I love it. If I was going to do it again it would have been 8 or 8.5 wide. It gets tight in there with wackers and blower hanging on the wall and a 60" z.
As soon as I can figure my photo bucket password out I'll post pics.

StihlBR600
09-05-2012, 11:05 AM
Yeah ive been thinking about getting the 20 ft. Someone made a really good point yesterday and said the resale value of a 8.5 x 20 would be higher and be easier to sell because people could use it as a car hauler for their race cars, so im taking that into consideration. plus you cant go wrong with more room!

seabee24
09-05-2012, 01:25 PM
I had the opertuity to own or run 7x12 , 7 x 16 , 8.5 x 20 8.5 x 24

the 7 foot wide is too small to walk though cleanly. everything does fit, but you have to jump over things to move around.

16 footer fit everything that we needed. it was cramped but everything fit. by fare the 16 foot was easy to drive around and I would not hessitate at all to let a new driver use it.

the 8.5x20 was great, everything fit, plenty of room. at the time my only complaint was that I couldnt get all my mowers, plus wheel barrow in it. (but we now have sperate crews, so thats not an issue) if you were going to bring a ZTR it could get a little tight with 3 other mowers. Driving wasnt super hard but for sure you had to know what you were doing and had to watch out.

8.5 x 24 - loved that trailer. I fit everything, and then it was so organized it was like being in supply room. Everything had its own spot, nothing out of place. tons of room. hauled a few cars in it even. didnt matter what mowers I had, heck even at one time put 2 pallets of brick inside, then my mowers to go to a job. had small skidsteer inside, dingo. It was really great. Huge con. - driving for me wasnt bad, but in no way should you let a new guy drive this. There where actually parts of town that I could not safely make turns and thus i avoided them, or parked half a block away.

on the driving thing- you would be surpised at the type of truck you are pulling it with will make more of a difference than the length of trailer. 11 foot dump with the 20 footer was harder than the 24 footer with a pick up standard cab.

StihlBR600
09-05-2012, 07:10 PM
Yeah towing isnt going to be an issue for me so im not concerned about the length or weight of a larger trailer. I had one more question......for those of you that have an enclosed do you have spring axles or torsion? Would there be a noticable difference on the ride quality? I have torsion axles on my 14ft landscape trailer right now and it pulls great.

seabee24
09-06-2012, 12:38 AM
The torsion seemed smoother to me, I did notice a big difference with 10 k axel set up. Vs. the standard 7k. Less tire wear, better brakes, and it seemed to pull better with the larger axel set up

juspayme
09-06-2012, 02:09 AM
get the 8.5 by 20 its only 2 ft longer than the 18 and trust you will need it in the future. get it lettered you will look like the king.

ParkWelding
09-06-2012, 09:15 AM
Forget about leaf spring axles. Torsion is quieter, better tire wear and better ride.

StihlBR600
10-24-2012, 11:30 PM
Ive decided on a 8.5 x 20 with 2ft V nose. I will be getting the 5200 lb. axle upgrade but not torsion axles. Came out to $5200. I will be ordering it in the spring hoping that the snow flies this year!

jones68
10-25-2012, 10:30 AM
what brand did you decide to go with?

Blades Lawn Maintenance
10-25-2012, 04:59 PM
Post some pictures when u get it lettered

scotts lawn care
10-25-2012, 05:27 PM
Congrats on the enclosed - you will love it. Sounds like a good size for you.

StihlBR600
10-26-2012, 11:42 AM
Im going with a Storm. Ive been going to enclosed trailer dealers in my area and comparing quality of build and features to prices. My other option was an American Hauler. When comparing the Storm and American Hauler side by side i could not justify spending another $1,900 on the American Hauler. It had some nicer things done to it like the whole frame was rubberized and it had two handles on the gate compared to Storms one. But since im ordering it I can have them throw another handle on for free most likely.The frames of the trailers were exactly the same. But the Thing that stood out to me the most was on the Storm they only put rivets every 4 feet compared to American haulers every 16 inches. The AH looked like a pain in the ass to letter and the aluminum sides werent anymore secure than the Storms. Acutally when you banged on the side of the trailer the AH was noisy as hell compared to the Storm. The look of the Storm is so much cleaner.

rstan2010
10-26-2012, 12:13 PM
I went with a American hauler this past spring ordered from American trailer mart. It is a good quality trailer and seems to be built very well. I went with the 8.5x18 and wish i would have gotten a 20 footer. Go with the 20' you wont regret it.

precision8m
02-19-2013, 12:53 AM
How is your 20'? How well can you fit mowers? I am wanting a 20' and hoping I don't need a 24'. I have a 60" ztr, 42" wb, and a 48 walker to fit in there with a push mower and all the small equipment. How do you think I am going to be with a 20'?