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8' wide car hauler for lawn equipment

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by themadcutter, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. themadcutter

    themadcutter LawnSite Senior Member
    from florida
    Posts: 914

    Is it worth the extra weight to have that wide of a trailer. I know some one who has an 8x14 enclosed. He doesn't know the weight of the trailer and I haven't seen it up close. I was thinking that an 8' wide trailer would be nice to have but all that weight? I am a gas conscious person. I hate filling up and waisting that money. Thats why I learned to travel very light but I am going to start carrying an extra mower because of all the large properties I do so I am going to up grade my trailer. I have seen what happens to the underneath of a light single axle enclosed trailer that hauls 2 commercial mowers around. Thats why I want something more substantial. I guess everything is a trade off.

    So does anyone use a car hauler for lawn equipment and do they regret it?
     
  2. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 2,385

    We use a 8.5X20, I had a 72" ztr when I bought it. For 60" ztr's I think a 8' wide trailer would be perfect.
     
  3. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,742

    I love my 8.5 trailer. My lawn trailer is a 8.5x18 w/ vnose
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  4. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 2,517

    I have an 8.5x24, works nicely.
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  5. themadcutter

    themadcutter LawnSite Senior Member
    from florida
    Posts: 914

    Thanks for the input. None of you guys really feel the coast of the extra weight
    associated with the 8' wide as compared to say a 6 wide. It may not seem like much because its only 2' but its really 2' x 14'. I Don't know how much weight that really is though.
     
  6. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 2,517

    My trailer is heavy and it's a pain to park, but it's worth it. It keeps my stuff dry, safe, and prevents me from forgetting anything. The extra width will allow you to have shelving/ladders/trimmer racks and still have room to walk. I am able to park my 34" ZTR and my Zspray side by side in mine. I also have my 60" Z and a 200 gallon skid sprayer with room for bags of fert.
     
  7. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 2,517

    Be prepared to piss many neighbors off when you park lol. Oh well...
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  8. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,742

    I don't woRry about fuel economy. I drive a c/c dually diesel. Fuel economy is the last thing I worry about
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  9. XLS

    XLS LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,038

    2' width wont be 700 lbs more on the ground???? what am i missing?
     
  10. themadcutter

    themadcutter LawnSite Senior Member
    from florida
    Posts: 914

    I don't think you are missing anything. I really had no idea how much more weight it would be. 700 seems like a lot to me. I built a trailer for my exmark and I don't think the whole trailer weighs 700. So you can see where I'm coming from.

    A ways back I used a 6 by 16 utility and the gas difference was pretty noticeable compared to what I have now.
     

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