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7x14 enclosed good deal?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Thinmint, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. Thinmint

    Thinmint LawnSite Member
    Posts: 69

    i am in the market to get a new trailer and wanted to know a few things

    How will a 7x14 steel frame effect fuel mileage (enclosed trailer)
    Towing with 1500 silverado.

    Is this a good trailer for 3g (2006 hercules/Homesteader)

    Side door and ramp

    i have a exmark TTHP in a 48 and plan to add a trimstar plus a blower and trimmer and 21in toro

  2. spazfam

    spazfam LawnSite Member
    Posts: 146

    should be fine. although it might pull a a little heavy for a 1500. I pulled a 16ft with a 2500hd and it knew it was there when it was fully loaded. It will definitely burn more fuel than towing a open trailer because the enclosed is about double the weight empty.
  3. Thinmint

    Thinmint LawnSite Member
    Posts: 69

    the fuel economy is also making me rethink purchasing it, but storage at home is limited.

    And i have no clue what direction my business will take from Fert apps
    or into lawn renovations to dirt work

    School is giving me tons of knowledge making cutting grass seem boring
  4. spazfam

    spazfam LawnSite Member
    Posts: 146

    For storage and security of your equipment on the job you cant beat it. Fuel economy isnt going to be that great of a difference, what you really need to ask yourself is it large enough to support my business needs for the next few years. 14ft is as small as I would want to go, i had a 16 and at times I ran out of room. It looks like its in good shape.
  5. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,273

    For towing two walkbehind mowers and a few tools, that 7x14 should be okay. Now you have to consider where you see your business in the next couple years...will this trailer be big enough or be able to do everything you plan on?

    I wouldn't be so concerned with the fuel economy of this trailer, the storage benefits should easily out weigh that. I wouldn't tow anything larger than a 14' enclosed with a 1500 truck but for what you plan on carrying, you should be fine.

    You do have to remember that enclosed trailers will seem a little smaller than open trailers. Usually when a 6x12 open trailer would work, a 7x14 enclosed trailer would be best should you choose to go enclosed.

    Always plan for expansion and leave yourself plenty of extra room than what you really need.
  6. Thinmint

    Thinmint LawnSite Member
    Posts: 69

    i appreciate the responses here!
    I find it hard to make decisions on purchases often times, i dont know why. Maybe because i worked so hard for it, that its just hard to let go of.

    I always see others with enclosed trailers that look professional, and look to always do good work. That is what i want.

    Will people also respond to a lettered trailer as well? as far as being a good advertisement?

    btw my 1500 is set up more like an HD with 4.10 gears

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