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mdb landscaping
10-01-2000, 10:58 AM
i currently have a 5 by 10 big tex open landscape trailer. i am going to purchase a new turf tiger in the spring but need a bigger trailer. i have been looking at pace and car mate 7 by 14's. i like the pace, but they dont offer a v-nose. the car mate isnt that bad though. does any body have any recommendations or experiences about buying a new trailer?

10-01-2000, 11:28 AM
I have a Haulmark 16' enclosed trailer. This is the perfect size for me, currently have loaded:

52" Great Dane Chariot
48" Great Dane Scamper
Classen TA-25 aerator
500 pounds seed
350 pounds starter
800 pounds lime
Honda cultivator
And all of the other stuff (blowers. trimmers, etc..)

I looked at the Pace, Wels Cargo, Homestead, and a few more. The Haulmark looked to be the best built, with the best warranty for the money.


[Edited by KirbysLawn on 10-01-2000 at 02:33 PM]

Grasscape Inc
10-01-2000, 12:20 PM
If you want a V-nose get the Haulmark.

The new Haulmark 2000 V-nose are nice, we got one in May.

2 dome lights, roof vent, stone guard, drop door with lift assist., side door etc. and very well built.

A single axle will hold the Turf Tiger, but if you plan on 2 ZTR you will need a tandem.
I would also go bigger than 14 foot, go about 17.

THe door on the Vnose is will not fit the 60" tiger. You will need the smaller deck 50 something.

Get the brake option.

10-01-2000, 03:31 PM
I have a haulmark enclosed. I looked at the v trailer and i thought it was a bad idea because you have alot of wasted room up front. What did everyone pay for their trailers? They seemed awful expensive to me.

10-01-2000, 03:48 PM
I paid $4800 for mine. My trailer is the Elete model with polished rims, finished ceiling, chrome accents, etc.. They has another model with white rims for $200 less.

Just remember, you get what you pay for. My first was a 6x12 Leonard trailer, no where the quality of Haulmark and it cost me $2800.00 :eek:

mdb landscaping
10-01-2000, 03:52 PM
i got a price on a pace enclosed 7 by 14 for around $5300. and with a v-nose you dont really have wasted space because its still 7 by 14 and then the added space of the v. you actually get a little more space and better aerodynamics

10-01-2000, 05:56 PM
I just ordered a 7X16 Haulmark (enclosed) Kodiak Landscape Series for $4700 and am patiently awaiting its arrival. I upgraded the plywood walls to 3/4 inch as opposed to 3/8 inch, it comes with two shelves mounted in the front that are about 24 inches deep with a 3 inch lip. I am also considering having the spray in bedliner material applied. does anyone know of a company that makes vertical trimmer racks for enclosed trailers?
I would take measurements of any equipment that you have and aspire to have, to see how much room you will need. And as I was told if you think you need the 7X14 get the 7X16. I think it was an extra $200.

Grasscape Inc
10-01-2000, 06:45 PM

I paid $2700 for a Haulmark 6*15 with a 3foot V-nose so it's more like 6*18.

This trailer gets used ALOT.

I am very pleased with it. The only prob. is you cannot get a 62" deck inside. Torsion axle, good aerodynamics, and the KICKER!! YOU CAN STAND STRAIGHT UP IN IT. No bending over like our other models. And they look good.
I highly recommend these trailers. We got brakes fitted for $180. Our next will be a tandem so we can use 2 ZTR's in it. The Vnose is pretty wide, so there is alot of extra room.

10-01-2000, 07:57 PM
Grassscape, mine was $4800 (7x16') with tandem axels, brakes, Goodyear Radials, alumimum rims, etc

Mdb, consider the Haulmark first. Better trailer and looks as if it's cheaper than the Pace in this case.

[Edited by KirbysLawn on 10-01-2000 at 11:03 PM]

lawrence stone
10-01-2000, 08:44 PM
Instead of buying a trailer for $5k that needs a truck to pull it take a look at used 12-14" delivery vans.

For about $600 you can have a custom ramp gate made.

I like the Isusu gas jobs (350 chevy v-8) with the GM
4 sp auto tranny with 5.13 axle ratio.

10-01-2000, 09:13 PM
mdb trailer decision

I would caution any lawn maint/landscape company from buying a Pace Trailer. We made that mistake in March of this year and bought a Pace 18' x 7' enclosed dual axle trailer. We haul two Walker GHS, a 36" wb, trimmers, etc in it.

So far in about 5,000 miles, (1) the wheelwell fenders have fallen off on both sides, (2) the 3/4 plywood floor decking loosens up and needs attention every 200 miles or so, (3)the rear drop door, (which Pace rates to 4,000#) has ripped out all of the aluminum trim, and (4) the wiring for both side's fender needed to be re-done.

We don't abuse this trailer, it has seen maybe 50 miles of gravel in 5,000. It simply is not suited for commercial mowing transport, and I would never buy another one. We will spend some time this winter modifying it to make it more suitable, but for the money, I didn't expect to have to do that. Other than these problems, I like all the advantages of enclosed trailers. Good luck.

10-01-2000, 10:32 PM
Originally posted by lawrence stone
Instead of buying a trailer for $5k that needs a truck to pull it take a look at used 12-14" delivery vans.

For about $600 you can have a custom ramp gate made.

I like the Isusu gas jobs (350 chevy v-8) with the GM
4 sp auto tranny with 5.13 axle ratio.

How much does a van like you are describing cost?
How many miles would it have on it?
What type of MPG would I expect?
How much would the yearly maintenance be on the used truck v/s the trailer?


lawrence stone
10-01-2000, 11:41 PM
Kirby try


Winston Salem, NC $15,500.00
1995 ISUZU NPR, $15,500, auto, ac, 18ft van body, new white paint, 100k actual miles, (336)-723-0100.

1990 VOLVO FE613, $6,500, volvo dsl, 5spd, ps, air brakes, 21ft van body w/liftgate, 22.5 on budds, (336)-294-3306.

Greensboro, NC $9,750.00
1995 FORD E350, $9,750, V8 gas, auto, ps, ac, 15ft cube van w/attic, ramp, lease maintained, 2 to choose from, (336)-294-3306




10-02-2000, 12:45 AM
My point is most of these guys already have trucks pulling open trailers that are to small. $5000 for a new trailer is much cheaper than a used truck with 100,000 miles and unknown engine/trans problems.

10-02-2000, 12:55 AM
We have a International 16' by 6.6' landscape trailer with 5'ramp gate, dual axle with white spoked rims, dual electric brakes and 7000plus GVW we put 3 Walker mowers in it with only tilting up 1 deck or 2 Walkers and a 52" walk behind with all decks on ground. Trailer cost under $2,000.00 save your money for needed equipment. We haul with a one ton ford diesel but a f150 or chevy 1/2 ton tow no problem.

10-02-2000, 01:09 AM
I have the same International trailer. My cuz has one also. He does not take care of his and it has held up. I figured if it held up to his abuse then it must be a good trailer, so I went and bought one. $1450.00, I picked it up in Ohio at the factory.