16' or 18'?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Fwilamosky, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. Fwilamosky

    Fwilamosky LawnSite Senior Member
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    So for next year I plan on purchasing a larger trailer during the winter when they're cheaper. My problem is that I don't know which to purchase a 16 foot or an 18 foot. My setup is current a 48in walkbehind and a 61 procat ztr. I plan on adding a 36in wb as well for next year along with a bagging system for the ztr. Does anyone have a similar setups that they can post to show an example of how it all might fit? I mainly get my revenue from mowing and mulch installations
     
  2. T Scapes

    T Scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
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    are you planning on going open or enclosed. Do you usually haul your own mulch of have it delivered. I am upgrading to an enclosed next year and going with an 18ft which will fit my 48in turf tracer and 2 scag tiger cats. If i wanted to fit a bagger on the ztr or a little bigger mower like a turf tiger i could just turn the walk behind sideways. IF you usually haul your own mulch id get an high side open trailer 18ft or maybe 20 if you go the open route check out Appalachian trailer there based out of ohio and make a great trailer
     
  3. jlong10

    jlong10 LawnSite Member
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    I would go with the 18'. I think your setup should fit on either size. In my opinion it's always better to have a few extra feet to haul anything extra you may need. Also consider trying to find one at least 7' wide. Though it will more than likely be easier to find a 16', I think the bigger the better.
     
  4. Fwilamosky

    Fwilamosky LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm thinking a 20' would be too large for my current set up, but it would most likely be an open trailer due to the weight my 1/2 ton can pull in relation to the mpg. If i get another truck and add another crew then I might get an enclosed.
    I'll check out the Appalachian trailer here in Ohio. I will not buy a trailer smaller than 7' since a nagger attachment will put me over that
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  5. jones68

    jones68 LawnSite Senior Member
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    if you can i would go with the 18. i currently have a 36 & 48 walkbehind and a 56 lazer with ultra vac i have a 12 foot trailer i can turn the 48 sideways and drive the lazer in straight and get the gate closed but it rubs the back of the bagging system i dont like that im afraid one shift and its going to crack the plastic. what that tells me is that my lazer with bagger on is a little over 8 feet long 8 + 4 + 3 = 15' so the 16 will fit but with only a little to spare i plan on getting a 16 or an 18 over the winter also
     
  6. Fwilamosky

    Fwilamosky LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yeah I am provably gonna buy an 18' trailer from Appalachian with the 6000 pound axels
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  7. jones68

    jones68 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I was looking at Kaufman trailers they look pretty good online
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  8. jones68

    jones68 LawnSite Senior Member
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  9. Fwilamosky

    Fwilamosky LawnSite Senior Member
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    Looks like a solid unit except that at Appalachian trailers a 18' 6k axel only costs 2399
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  10. jones68

    jones68 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I haven't looked at that brand much to know the specs of the frame cross members and such. I know that here if you have a trailer with a gvw of over 10,001 lbs you need a CDL
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