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Old 03-01-2011, 08:20 AM
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Is a 16' enclosed trailer enough?

I started up a lawn care & landscape design business spring 2010 with very little money and was forced to purchase just what I needed to get by. I bought a strong 1996 1/2 ton pickup, a 10' open Big Tex trailer, a used push mower (that right, 21" of agony), and Stihl trimmers and blowers. With only a truck payment I was able to save enough money to purchase a Walker mower during the latter half of 2010.
Now my question to you is, I am selling my trailer and going to purchase either a 16' or 18' trailer but I don't know which would be better, keep in mind I am also planning on purchasing a early 2000's Ford F-250 or 350 to haul the trailer and to haul dump trailers full of soil and such. I am trying to forecast growth (purchase of another mower) and don't want to cut myself short by buying a trailer that is too small. FYI I measured my Walker and it is exactly 8' long.

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Old 03-01-2011, 08:56 AM
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I have an 16ft enclosed and i wish it was 18ft never enough room.
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Old 03-01-2011, 01:04 PM
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If you are doing mostly residentials 16' should be plenty. You will run into a handling problem and may even receive complaints you are blocking driveways or neighbors houses.
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Old 03-01-2011, 01:24 PM
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If you just starting 16 ft is more than enough
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Old 03-02-2011, 12:13 AM
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Thanks everyone for the responses thus far.

I only had 5 residential accounts during the 2010 season. I hope to acquire at least 5 more residential clients and potentially try at a commercial job but not exactly sure how to go about bidding and so on, which is why I am not sure what size trailer to go with. Right now I think 16' will work fine but if I keep growing I wonder if 18' would be best.
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Old 03-02-2011, 12:23 AM
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20ft enclosed and you will be set..you could get by with a 16 but you will end up selling it down the road probably(not that its a bad idea). I did the same as you pretty much. Started with a 12 was going to go 16 for a few more years but went straight to the 20.
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:59 AM
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I have a 16' and it works. Holds 2 zero turns, push mower, hand tools and such. In the fall I run baggers on mowers and that is when it gets tight, but we manage
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Old 03-02-2011, 10:13 AM
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20ft enclosed and you will be set..you could get by with a 16 but you will end up selling it down the road probably(not that its a bad idea). I did the same as you pretty much. Started with a 12 was going to go 16 for a few more years but went straight to the 20.
How do turn on a residential area with a 20’’ trailer
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Old 03-02-2011, 11:40 AM
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Thanks everyone for the responses thus far.

I only had 5 residential accounts during the 2010 season. I hope to acquire at least 5 more residential clients and potentially try at a commercial job but not exactly sure how to go about bidding and so on, which is why I am not sure what size trailer to go with. Right now I think 16' will work fine but if I keep growing I wonder if 18' would be best.

It's nice to have all the biggest and best of everything, but with only 5 residential accounts I doubt you have the cash flow to buy a large trailer. Taking on debt is what kills a business.

Is you truck and trailer bursting at the seems now with equipement?

Then why make the jump to another trailer, on just because you might afford it?
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Old 03-02-2011, 11:45 AM
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i have 22ft goose neck wish at time was longer goose neck are easy to get in and out tight areas
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