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Old 01-10-2013, 11:31 PM
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Open Trailers are Better Than Enclosed

Ok so this is my second year running an open trailer after several using enclosed.

Definitely never buy another enclosed.

Too many benefits to open.

The only things I miss about enclosed are better security and more ad space.

Kinda feel sorry for the guys hauling enclosed now.
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:35 PM
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I have an open trailer and kind of wish it were an enclosed! To each his own I guess.
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:06 AM
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Haha. You feel sorry for guys that use enclosed trailers? Too Funny. Enclosed trailers help you look more professional or shall I say, distinguished. Seriously, it really doesn't matter that much. To each it's own.
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:08 AM
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Above Par guy, didn't mean to steal your line. My bad yoh!
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:24 AM
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Man I used an open trailer for about 5 years and couldn't wait to get a enclosed trailer. I love the fact that it stays out of the weather, I don't have to unload it at the end of the day or load it up in the morning. Plus it's nice security also. I love the enclosed and just use the dump for hauling debris
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:29 AM
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I dont know how the guys fuel up with those enclosed.... Or run around with a motor home in the back.. That would drive me crazy. I get the idea but would slow me down about 2 hours out of the day for sure. Closterphobia all over the place.. I'm out in country so security is a non issue and i put my stuff in the barn every night, they like it in there haha. Open and free for me!

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Old 01-11-2013, 12:35 AM
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Fueling up is easy. When I know I'm going to get gas I put the fuel cans in the bed of the truck. My mower only has about a 4 gallon tank so it's not huge and the rest is mixed.
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:50 AM
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Fueling up is easy. When I know I'm going to get gas I put the fuel cans in the bed of the truck. My mower only has about a 4 gallon tank so it's not huge and the rest is mixed.
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Well that doesn't make any sense to me. I got 24 gallons of gas to fill(2 Z's) and then the mix fuel which I have right by the hitch area. I don't deal with cans an at
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:25 PM
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Well that doesn't make any sense to me. I got 24 gallons of gas to fill(2 Z's) and then the mix fuel which I have right by the hitch area. I don't deal with cans an at
For real. I only have 1 ZTR and I dread going to the gas station every 2 weeks. Fill up the mower (10 gals) and two 5 gallon cans. Plus the 36" mower and the 21" mower. Plus the 2 stroke stuff. Did I mention the twin fuel tanks on the truck?
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:26 AM
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We used enclosed trailers on all of our crews for about 15 years. Just switched over to enclosed a little over two years ago and I'd never go back.

There were two main reasons. First, they are WAY more secure. On the jobsite and at your shop. Now if you're a Solo Op and only have one trailer and are keeping it near your home, it's probably secure. But if you have several crews, I can almost guarantee you stuff will get stolen out of them eventually - I don't care how secure you think your shop is. When it happens the first time you'll be pissed but think it's a fluke. When it happens a year later you'll be like, "WTF! I thought we took measures to prevent this?!" When it happens a third time, despite all your efforts to secure them, then you'll want an enclosed one.

Since we've gone to enclosed about two and a half years ago (and because we hold the crew leader strictly accountable to keep it locked) we haven't had one item stolen during that time.

Second reason is the advertising my enclosed trailers offer me. It's like a huge billboard rolling around town and sitting in high end neighborhoods all day. And now we have 5 of them going around town any given day. IMO, if you're trying to grow a large business, name recognition is critical. So since that's our goal, the trailers help us meet that goal in a big way. Our name recognition has gone up like crazy since we got these trailers.

I would never go back to open.
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