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Old 09-02-2012, 06:19 PM
RiverCityLawnCare RiverCityLawnCare is offline
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Thoughts On An Enclosed Trailer!!!!?

So I'm considering purchasing a black enclosed trailer and having both sides and the rear door lettered. I am leaning towards a 7 x 16" black trailer with green and white professional lettering. My question is for those who have owned a enclosed trailer for their business. Did it help with advertising and help get your name notice? was the investment worth the reward? do you like it as well as an open utility trailer? Please let me know, any advice is appreciated!!
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:24 PM
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Even lettering a truck helps gets you noticed. I am thinking of going from trailers to box trucks for several reasons which are not part of your questions.
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:29 PM
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thanks duekster!!
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:53 PM
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Look at it like this. I have a basic work truck and decent open trailer both with nice vinyl signs. I run my business like a business and get noticed alot. I had a customer that I acquired from buying out another business, while servicing her property I spoke with her about a project she had going on that required me to scalp her lawn before an application. She told me that she would call my OFFICE when she needed it. Now I tell you that to let you know this that looking professional will lead customers to think you are a professional. My office is my truck and cell phone, but I don't mind her thinking I'm a crew leader working for a much larger outfit.
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:58 PM
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I bought an enclosed trailer last year (7'x16'). I've always used open trailers and wanted to try out an enclosed. I ran the enclosed this season and actually sold it last week because I just like my open trailers more. Here's what I liked about my enclosed: mowers were always out of the rain and I didn't have to unload all the equipment everyday. Now what I didn't like was it made my fuel costs go way up, took longer to make my routes due to going slower because of more weight than my open trailer, and it was alot more difficult to get into some driveways if I couldn't park on the road.
I never had it wrapped with my name and info. on it just because I was trying it out for a year but that definately seems like it would be good advertisement. I'm looking into buying a box truck for next year. They seem easier to drive than an enclosed but have the same benefits. You should look into those before you make your decision. You can get a good used one for under 10k.
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Old 09-02-2012, 11:18 PM
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Love those trailers! Go with the 8.5 wide though. I used to have 7 wide open trailers but the trimmerracks were on the outside, not hanging over the deck. Forget the fuel costs though. I know that on at least 3 occasions i lost a trimmer or a blower because they weren't properly tied down. If i had enclosed trailers the trimmer would have just hit the floor not the road. Btw, letter the nose too.
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:36 AM
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Thanks all for the advice!
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- Stihl Blower
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Old 09-03-2012, 03:28 AM
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Go big on lettering. I have an Isuzu NPR. Its not a box. I prefer the open bed for driver visibility. My trimmers are in two eight foot long toolboxes on one side of truck not exposed to elements. My sides are two feet high. The side with the tool boxes has a 2' by 6' sign on it. The other side has a sign 2' by 14'. That's right fourteen feet long and it has 11" lettering on it. Everybody in town knows that truck, even non-landscapers. The sign is white with green letters. The signs were $700 and worth every penny.
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:56 AM
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A enclosed trailer is a good investment for a number of reasons.
1) storing equipment.
2) moving billboard that 100s of people will see daily.
3) acts as a bathroom when nature calls.
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Old 09-10-2012, 08:35 PM
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A enclosed trailer is a good investment for a number of reasons.
1) storing equipment.
2) moving billboard that 100s of people will see daily.
3) acts as a bathroom when nature calls.
those are all great reasons, but number 3 is spot on... i work in a gated community of over 3000... i have found 3 porta pottys at new home construction inside the gates. without those i would have to leave go to a gas station and re-check in with the guard...
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