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California landscaping... No trailers?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by zacher, Jun 10, 2013.

  1. zacher

    zacher LawnSite Member
    Posts: 67

    So I am in California visiting this week and every landscaping truck does not have a trailer.. It's just a pickup truck most with ladder racks and equipment strapped to it and all in the truck..

    I am just curious as why no one uses a trailer like we do down south or what laws restrict the use? I am in the Los Angeles area..
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  2. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,719

    Very small lawns and if pulling a trailer in CA the top speed is 55.
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  3. zacher

    zacher LawnSite Member
    Posts: 67

    Oh okay all that makes sense.. Thanks I've just been way to curious
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  4. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Posts: 2,552

    are you in a very "congested" part of the state? Maybe it's a pain pulling a trailer around in tight situations?
     
  5. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,719

    In the LA area my truck and trailer gate down would be too long for most residential lots. Add in issues of a place to park equipment at night (at home or rented facility) and it makes sense to keep it small.
     
  6. Kawizx62003

    Kawizx62003 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,404

    The Republic of California
     
  7. C & T Landscaping

    C & T Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 480

    Max tow speed in VA is 55 as well, Ive seen truckers go 80+ and Ive also done 70+ with a trailer and have no problems with any LEOs.

    I agree with the congestion and security though.
     
  8. SRT8

    SRT8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CA
    Posts: 1,267

    Yea its kinda crazy, i live in CA and i have never seen a residential yard ever mowed with a 36" or bigger mower.....ever!!!
    You would be surprised at the massive lawns that are mowed with 21" mowers. Some of these are huge mansions and they will have 3 guys mowing for hours at a time. IMO, a huge lawn mowed with a 21" looks ugly.

    But the majority of lawns are small so i understand why most wouldnt have a trailer.
     
  9. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 16,245

    I had lawn business in Simi Valley/ Thousand Oaks area in the early 1990s. I used a van and it worked out well. I miss the days of cutting everything with a 21" mower. My expenses were next to nothing.

    I do much nicer homes her in Bamaland, but bigger mowers and bigger trucks add up real fast, I mean real fast.

    Theft in California is out of control, a trailer would be stolen before you knew what happened, not to mention the lots are real small and parking is a problem.
     
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2013
  10. zechstoker

    zechstoker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 976

    I see guys around here with trailers all the time. Probably depends on which part of the state you're in though. As for me, I still don't have a trailer I can use, so I'm stuck making due with just the back of the F150.
     

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