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Birddog Lawncare
03-03-2004, 01:54 PM
THis will be my first year, (solo operator) butplan on growing in the next couple of years. I just bought a 16 ft trailer with back gate and side gates. All I have is a 36 WB, two trimmers, an edger, and a back pack blower and two wheel barrels. Is the 16 ft too much? What does most solo operators use? I do plan on buying a bigger mower this fall. ANy input is appreciated.

TreffertLawnWrx
03-03-2004, 02:31 PM
You will be fine. l went from a 6x8 my first year with just a 54" wb. Then last year I bought a 16' landscape trailer when I added a lazer. I am now looking for a 20' enclosed. Not because the 16' is to small but I can take full advantage of an enclosed and want to be able to grow into it.

That always the goal in buying a trailer, better to buy too big then too small. :)

swim
03-03-2004, 03:44 PM
I think the 16ft trailer was a very good investment. It should last you for many productive years. A small trailer would have been outgrown very quickly. Not to many complain about to much space but many will complain that they don't have enough.

Lombardi
03-03-2004, 04:18 PM
My first trailer was 18' and I only had one mower at the time. I figured that I would need the extra length eventually, and I did. I still use the trailer today.

grass_cuttin_fool
03-03-2004, 05:52 PM
I am a solo operator, I have a 12 foot trailer and it works good for me, I have been looking a Z mower and with my walkbehind im not sure i can get both on the 12 footer, I think you will be fine and happy with a 16 footer

sodzilla
03-03-2004, 06:15 PM
I'm pricing material right now to build a trailer. Going 16' long. I'm still debating on 6' or 7' wide though. I can get the axles for the six footer right away.I would have to order the other ones. It would take two weeks to get the wider axles.

TreffertLawnWrx
03-03-2004, 07:14 PM
sodzilla, wait the extra two weeks for the 7'ers. It's well worth it!

GrassBustersLawn
03-14-2004, 10:27 AM
I've got a 12' long but it is 83" between the rails. This allows me to turn my mowers SIDEWAYS, so I can get the 48 ztr; 44 ztr; and 36 w/b on it at same time. NO WAY I could get all that on a 65" wide trailer, unless it was 20 ft long!

Mike

Lux Lawn
03-14-2004, 11:47 AM
the 16 footer will be fine it sounds like you planned right for room to expand you will be glad you bought that one.

kdmaint
03-14-2004, 11:57 AM
16 FT GOOD choice you can always use the extra space to haul material or debris better to buy one know then buy a second trailer done the road more cost effective

twwlawn
03-14-2004, 12:52 PM
I know that you will find the 16' trailer to be quite useful as time goes by as you grow. I've had mine for 7 years and has been one of the best assets to own. I have the utilitly landscape trailer and the flexability of use has no ends from equipment to material hauling. Having dual axles, smoother ride and trailer doesn't bounce like the single axles. Got luck on your purchase.

sgtgm5
03-16-2004, 01:17 PM
I love my 16 ft trailer.

I boxed it in and left the top open to move material. Only thing I need is to come up with something to down load it with a flip of a switch.

LawnSkank
03-17-2004, 07:44 PM
A 16ft trailor is a good buy, especially if you plan to expand over the next few years. A trailor is just one less thing you have to worry about.

bob
03-17-2004, 07:51 PM
I went from a 10'er to a 14'er, then a 16'er. You made the right choice.

GTLC
03-17-2004, 09:07 PM
hey guys I was wondering if it would be an OK idea to get a 16-foot trailer to tow with a '99 Ford Explorer 4.0 V6. It says the max tow capability is arould 5500 lbs. in the manual.

GTLC
03-17-2004, 09:13 PM
How much does a typical empty 16-foot trailer weigh?

jajwrigh
03-17-2004, 09:45 PM
I have a 10' now and I will go up to at least a 14' next time around!!

dobehap
03-18-2004, 03:20 PM
16 feet

Open ~ 1500lb

Enclosed ~3000lb

Also go as wide as you can, the wider the better.
I have 8.5x 16.