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slippednfell
02-08-2004, 07:12 PM
After I get my equipment, I'm going to need a trailer to haul it around in. I have a 2-car garage (and a city that won't allow trailers to be parked outside in residential areas). I know that I could rent a storage space, but I'd like to park my trailer in my garage each night. Does anyone out there do this, and if so, what size trailers can be reasonably parked in a typical 2-car garage?

LawnScapers of Dayton
02-08-2004, 08:28 PM
I park a 6'x10' in my garage quite a bit. I 6'x12' would also fit. My garage is approx. 24 feet deep...

Derek

Kelly's Landscaping
02-08-2004, 08:37 PM
Grab a Tape Measure and find out how big your garage doors really are. 9 foot wide is bad but if you have 8 footers your be in for some real problems. Say you get a trailer thatís 6 foot wide inside now add on the tires and fenders and frame and that can be 8 feet or a little wider. See where this is going if you had a trailer that was 5-foot interior width you may still be over 7 feet wide and may only have 3-5 inches per side clearance, which isnít a whole lot. And if you have to do part of your turn while being partly in the garage because the distance is very short that will just get a lot worse.

Iím building a 3 bay garage this spring/ summer were looking at 44x50 we want the doors to be 12 feet wide and 10 feet high I have used 10 foot wide doors before and found with the trucks I use I had less then 2 inches a side clearance on the mirrors. Thatís find if you got a nice straight run but if you had to make a correction that was very difficult now add in bad weather like its dark out its raining all your outside mirrors are fogged you cant see out the back and your understand why Iím insisting on over sized doors.

gaulk
02-08-2004, 08:38 PM
I have a town house and i park my 5-10 in there with 2 52inch riders on it (made a little foot and half fold down ext.) plus a bunch of other crap but i make it all fit, if u are going 2 do this get ready 4 the SMELL my wife loves it lol;)

olderthandirt
02-08-2004, 09:53 PM
big tex trailor will build one that fits. Someone put a thread on them with pic about a month ago

Mac

MudslinginFX4
02-08-2004, 10:34 PM
When I had a trailer at home I used to be able to fit a 16x7 foot trailer in my garage with no problem. But, you really do need to measure it becuase all garages are different sizes.

jajwrigh
02-08-2004, 10:50 PM
I can fit my 5 X 10 but it is a little close....fine once you get it in though.

ProMo
02-09-2004, 07:51 AM
my father in law had that problem when looking for a boat he found a boat trailer with a folding toungue gave him about 3 extra feet

Lux Lawn
02-09-2004, 10:25 AM
Kelly's

Sounds like a nice building your putting up I would really love to have something like that.I have a basic two car attached garage and a 10x10 shed.

pushmower
02-09-2004, 10:31 AM
jajwrigh,

Does all of that equipment fit on your trailer at once?

slippednfell
02-09-2004, 10:57 AM
Kelly,

My 2-car garage is the type that has a single garage door instead of two. I don't plan on having anything other than my motorcycle and assorted other junk in the garage, so it sounds like something like a 5x10 would probably fit. But the suggestion that I need to measure the garage interior before buying anything is definitely a must do. Thanks for the help, everyone.

precisioncut
02-09-2004, 12:27 PM
my 5x10 fits in my 2 car easily but I couldn't fit anything bigger in it

stslawncare
02-09-2004, 04:24 PM
if you have the type garage door that is one big door then you should be able to get a bigger trailer because u can put it in on an angle if need be.

harpoonalt
02-10-2004, 09:01 AM
I ordered my trailer as a 5 x 12 just for that reason. A 6 x 12 would have left me with 3 inches either side to play with and when you're tired that's just not enough. It's nice to be able to leave it loaded and just back it in at night. I am limited to the width mower I can use but in my businesss that's not an issue.
The other bonus to a 5ft wide is that even after adding the width of the tires and fenders it's almost the same width as the truck, which helps in tight areas or narrow streets.

jajwrigh
02-11-2004, 11:05 PM
Not all of my equipment fits at once...it did until I just bought that 36" exmark. Now the trailer sits in the driveway and all of the equipment is in the garage.

CRM Lawncare
02-12-2004, 10:11 AM
I am getting ready to put in a metal two car garage behind my house to store my equipment. My development doesn't allow equipment parked outside either. I'm getting a 25' x 20' X 9' garage with boxed eve roof, 9' doors and the metal matches the siding on the house for $3,500.00 installed. Add another $1,200.00 for concrete pad and I'll have it for less than $5,000.00. Is a semi-cheap answer if you need room to store equipment inside and don't wanna spend a ton of money.

hunter
02-12-2004, 10:22 PM
Store a 6.4 x12 in mine. Woould love 14' but with the tongue lenght it would not allow me to walk in the garage with the trailer in.

Turfcutters Plus
02-27-2004, 01:44 AM
I store a 6x12(13 accually,1 foot extra over tongue) in my 24x24 with extra 8x8 behind trailor when in garage(nice!)I'm lucky to have another 1 1/2 in back of back yard.Bought this house with that in mine,for my back-up gear.Never done damage here.Crunched some wood in my last houses garage though!Probably from the tiring 110' driveway.Now my drive is short,but wide.

LawnScapers of Dayton
02-27-2004, 05:10 AM
CRM is the company building your garage a national one or local???

Derek

ej Landscaping
02-29-2004, 01:14 AM
off the subject.....

what did you guys pay for the 5x10. I got a price from big tex at 1400 (2' mesh sides, ramp door) too high?

Zach76
02-29-2004, 11:14 PM
Originally posted by ej Landscaping
off the subject.....

what did you guys pay for the 5x10. I got a price from big tex at 1400 (2' mesh sides, ramp door) too high?

I picked up a 5x12 yesterday with 12 inch solid sides and a 4 ft ramp gate for $865. That's brand new, so I'll have to go to the DMV and pay for tags and sales tax, but I thought it was a good deal.

gogetter
02-29-2004, 11:44 PM
Paid like $785 for my 5'x10'. Made by Carry On.
I wish I had got the 12', only about $100 more.
Now I need something bigger.

By the Yard
03-01-2004, 10:57 AM
Zach-

Did you get it from H&H in Elmwood?

Mark

mjensen
03-02-2004, 04:38 PM
I bought a 6' x 12' with a built in drop gate (2 foot gate and 2 dove tail) for 925 tt&l a week or so ago in Austin Texas. I thought this was a great deal. Has 14" open sides that i will leave open for now. Plans are to build a Trimmer Rack and removable storage caddy. I park mine in the garage with you any issue. (to help keep the smell out wash your units at the car wash for less then 5 dollars. This will help keep them looking new and ward off some of the smell.


Great site!

Zach76
03-02-2004, 06:01 PM
Originally posted by By the Yard
Zach-

Did you get it from H&H in Elmwood?

Mark

Sure did. Dick was friendly as heck. I'll definitely do business with them again.

By the Yard
03-03-2004, 01:24 PM
Yeah they are nice people. IMOP the best trailer you can get in our area. Like the solid sides.

Mjenson-

Washing this type of stuff leads to rust....will just deal with the smell if its temp parked in my garage.

Mark

mjensen
03-04-2004, 08:30 AM
Mark,

I can understand you point but built up grass that has moister in it will cause rest faster then just water alone. The chemicals in the crass (iron) cause rust. Removing as much as possible has proved to keep a long lasting rust free deck on my mowers. I haven't been in the business long enough to have all the knowledge so everyone's advice is always accepted. Thanks for you point of view on this.



Matt

By the Yard
03-05-2004, 12:15 PM
Nor have I Matt (2nd Year in the Business) = -)

Sorry I wasn't clear on this, I agree leaving it will cause MORE rust. Scraping the decks is the best way IMOP. To be honest you will find just as many people using water too. Oh, before I forget...

Welcome!
Mark

firedog2710
03-06-2004, 12:38 AM
i park a 5X10 single axle in my standard two-car garage right next to my 2003 sierra 1500 ext. cab 4X4. right now, when i park it, i back it just inside the door opening and move it by hand the rest of the way. i only have one mower, a 48" gear-drive fixed deck toro WB. to get it just where i want it in the garage, i move the mower back on the trailer until it's just over the axle and the trailer is just as easy to move as when it's empty. i'm gonna buy a trailer dolly real soon and make it even easier.