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Advice on trailer size

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Mt. Zion Lawn Care, Apr 20, 2013.

  1. Mt. Zion Lawn Care

    Mt. Zion Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 27

    I'm looking to trade in my 5x8' tilt trailer simply for the fact its not big enough, I hate the tilt, and it doesn't pull straight. Right now i'm running one 48'' zero turn. It takes up basically the whole trailer now except about a foot at the end. I'm looking to add a 36'' Walk behind to the arsenal by the end of the season. I would also like one of those Landscape type boxes built on it and raised up high enough to where I could still pull the front of a mower under it. I also want my width to be 77'' or I would settle for a 6ft too. My only question is, how long of a trailer should I need? I was thinking 12ft would hold both mowers, but i'm not sure if it would. I would consider a 14ft, but a 16ft is too big.
     
  2. Vecchio Lawn Care

    Vecchio Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 905

    I run a tandem 16' with a 60" ZTR a 3' utility box a 36" walkbehind and a push mower. It is great having the extra few feet when u have a mulch job or a big cleanup
     
  3. Blade Runners

    Blade Runners LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,021

    We run a 7x16 dbl axle and fit a 52TT, 52 V Ride, and a sideways 36 WB on it with probably 3ft to spare. We also have a giant heavy duty plastic tote box as a toolbox on the tongue.

    For a 48 and 36 you could probably get away with a 12 footer. If you have any plans to expand in the future get a bigger one.
     
  4. Mt. Zion Lawn Care

    Mt. Zion Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 27

    Would two zero turns fit? Just in case i bought say a 61'' ztr instead of a 36'' walk behind? I also tow with a toyota tacoma 4x4 4cyl auto.
     
  5. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,223

    ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS buy a bigger trailer then you currently need, because chances are next year or the year after you will need a bigger one if you keep growing, And will end up having to buy another trailer.

    When i bought my 18 footer years ago it was too big and i didn't need one that big, Now i have out grown it and could use a 20+ footer.
     
  6. Vecchio Lawn Care

    Vecchio Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 905

    If your looking to get a trailer that hauls more than one mower you have to upgrade your
    truck. A 4cyl will not pull a tandem trailer with two mowers. I have a 1500 silverado v8 and it struggles going up big hills when I have all three mowers on.
     
  7. Blade Runners

    Blade Runners LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,021

    Yep, the 4 cyl won't cut it. Make sure you get a trailer with brakes too. If not, you will regret it the first time you have to slam on the brakes in an emergency and find your trailer jack knifed up next to your truck.

    Just fyi, I had to switch from a 5.0 V8 to a strong 5.7 V8 to pull my trailer and that was before the TT was added.
     
  8. Mt. Zion Lawn Care

    Mt. Zion Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 27

    I have no problem with trailer brakes, I also have a 01 2500HD 6.0 and a 18' car hauler. I do however don't think i'll need to upgrade trucks for a 12-14' and 2 mowers. I could however be wrong, but what I have now the truck acts like it isn't back there or when pulling the 18' with a small load (lumber, metals, ect) it doesn't struggle at all. There are plans for the soon future for a 12v cummins though.
     
  9. goel

    goel LawnSite Member
    Posts: 73

    You can always under-load floor space on a trailer, but it always looks funny as hell when you start hanging your mowers off the side and stacking them struggling to fit all the equipment on.

    GoldPro is bang on. Buy for tomorrow - no wait - buy for next week, not for yesterday and today. That or buy again tomorrow. (this gets costly) It costs so little extra to go the next size (or 2) up in trailers.
     
  10. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,843

    Maybe this will help, I run a 7x14 enclosed (with 30" V) and have a 48Z, 36WB, and 21 on it comfortably. That may be a good size for you.
     

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