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Old 03-16-2003, 06:09 AM
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purchasing a landscape cargo trailer

purchasing a landscape cargo trailer for equipment and mobile office. I have all the manufacturer websites and considering a 6x10 or 6x12 to start. any suggestions on what to be looking for options etc. trying to limit costs as the cheapest I priced (haulmark) new was $2400 with freight. lower cost was attributed to lower freight because its coming from PA which is closer to the dealer here than the rest.
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Old 03-16-2003, 09:14 AM
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Haulmark makes a nice trailer. I used to have a 24 foot for my race car. Are you getting the ramp/door option? That is really nice. Haulmark makes a rear door spring loaded ramp for cargo trailers. The door opens and closes with one hand. It comes with bare plywood or diamond plate on it.
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Old 03-16-2003, 01:03 PM
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Using an enclosed trailer for landscaping will limit your use a great deal. Loading/unloading of equipment and supplies has to be done from the back only. You can purchase a 16-18' flatbed with rails and a drop gate for a lot less and still have a more convenient trailer to work off of. With an open trailer you can pull up next to the area and unload mulch, dirt, rock, etc. with much more ease than having to unload from the back of an enclosed trailer. You can use your truck as a mobile office as most of us do. This is just an idea for you to save some money and make the job a little more easy.
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Old 03-16-2003, 01:41 PM
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For day to day work, we have found the enclosed trailer to only be practical for irrigation. Bins for the many fittings etc. Even then it is a pain for loading and unloading anything else.

We also have a large enclosed trailer made from a large enclosed truck that we use only for job site storage when we are going to be at a site for an extended period and it is at a significant distance from the shop ( 50 miles or more).

The open trailer format certainly works much better for most things.

Also if you do invest in an enclosed trailer go much longer than you think you really need, because before long you will need it.

Austreim Landscaping
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Old 03-16-2003, 08:36 PM
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An enclosed trailer will protect your equipment better. They less likely to steal what they can't see. Have graphics put on it and it's a moving billboard. You shouldn't have to unload/load the trailer regularly. As you grow, both types of trailers can benefit you. Good luck.
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