Buying Trailer Need Advice

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by joallen001, Feb 18, 2005.

  1. joallen001

    joallen001 LawnSite Member
    from TN
    Posts: 247

    I am fixing to have a trailer built (next week). My options are 6.5x14. I priced a single for $855 and a tandem axle for $1075. I would prefer to have the single and may just get it 13foot long. Am I gonna make a mistake by doing this. The axle is 3500. Also this trailer was priced with a side a rear gate. The side gate will be 42 inches wide, I wanna try to get it 48" wide though. He said the wider the side gate the more it will angle down towards that side or something like that. Currently I have a 60" super z and plan on purchasing a walk behind this year. That is when the side gate will come in handy. Any advice and help would be great.
     
  2. joallen001

    joallen001 LawnSite Member
    from TN
    Posts: 247

    11 views and no opinion, surely somebody has something
     
  3. treemeat

    treemeat LawnSite Member
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    one thing I say about a trailer--if you can only afford one, get at least a 14' tandem. If you ever do any hauling you will probably end up overloading whichever you get, so go with the tandem.

    Maybe it will be used only for mowers you say--but what if you need to move or have to haul off a load of logs from a tree that fell in your yard or you want to rent a skid-steer or get a load of dirt?

    also a tandem rides smoother, bounces the mowers less.
     
  4. j fisher

    j fisher LawnSite Senior Member
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    What he said
     
  5. stumper1620

    stumper1620 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    with your intended equipment, this requires no thought bigger is better.
    I have a 16' 2 axle & wish it was 20', that space goes quick when you start loading grass clippings or any other extras, and it really sucks to find out you can't fit your mowers on after all the leaves, ect. are loaded.
    best advice is you never ever have a trailer thats too big, you will find out small is the worst mistake you can make. unless you like buying trailers. :D
    you wanted an opinion so there is mine.
     
  6. joallen001

    joallen001 LawnSite Member
    from TN
    Posts: 247

    Thanks for the help. guess its gonna be tandem
     
  7. joallen001

    joallen001 LawnSite Member
    from TN
    Posts: 247

    I will be pulling the trailer with a 2003 TAcoma 3.4
     
  8. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    have to agree with the guys above. Tandem axle is a must...and if you can afford it, I would strongly recommend 16ft over a 14ft. We use enclosed trailers and for a small operation I can tell you that the first 14ft was a big mistake...and we are a small company like you. You will thank yourself many times if you buy at least 16ft...and you will kick yourself a few times each year when you are out of space on the 14. The difference in cost and weight between the 2 sizes is small compared to the added utility you'll get with a 16ft. Your tandem axle will most likely need brakes (thats the law in PA) ...and those braks are often needed when the trlailer is fully loaded
     
  9. joallen001

    joallen001 LawnSite Member
    from TN
    Posts: 247

    Maybe I should go ahead and buy the 16ft then. Me and a friend are planning to buy a nursery when we graduate college in December.
     
  10. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    I dont know how much experience you have pulling a trailer but dont worry about manuvering a 16 footer...piece of cake after a week or so....and an open trailer is a whole lot easier to drive than an enclosed as you can see behind you much better whereas the enclosed blocks most of your rear view
     

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