Closed trailer vs Open trailer

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by GrassQuester, Feb 10, 2008.

  1. GrassQuester

    GrassQuester LawnSite Member
    Posts: 122

    I have worked with both for a total of 18 years here are my pros for both

    Pros Open Trailer

    -With rack easier to grab equipment
    -Can load mulch,rocks easy
    -Can load palm cutting easier
    -Can load into garage if you are not allowed by your home owner association to have a closed trailer.
    -Easier to keep clean.
    -Can load all debris easy
    -less heavy than a enclosed trailer = less gas

    Pros Enclosed Trailer

    -Looks more proffesional
    -Keeps equipment out of weather conditions
    -Can add awesome graphics
    -Prevents stolen equipment
    -Its like a mobile workshop
    -Just lock 2 master locks and your stuff should be safe.
    -Keeps plants from becoming wind burned

    Feel free to add on and ill add them to the list hopefully we can get it stickied:p Im sure this subject comes up alot.
  2. CrystalCreek

    CrystalCreek LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,458

    i have also had both and hear is what ive found

    open trailers

    everything you said so far is a pro in my book,

    here is the con. I have found myself trying to save a few seconds. hopping over the sides of an open trailer is a way to do this. it is also a way to break a leg or twist an ankle. You can't hope over the sides of an enclosed trailer. I did this and was down several days. Not cool:nono: You could also hurt yourself on the enclosed trailers. My tailgate ramp gets very slippery when wet. I need to do something but not sure what? any ideas
  3. gandk06

    gandk06 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 509

    Open trailer pro.


    enclosed trailers are very expensive when they both do the same thing (move equipment).

    STRINGALATION LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 777

    i have a desire and need for both. i like the idea of landscaping out of a box and cutting on an open trailer. in my mind all the debris hauling and mulch and stuff is what dumptrucks and skiddies are for but hey right now i got a jeep and a small trailer so go figure
  5. LushGreenLawn

    LushGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,121

    One more pro to an enclosed trailer, actually my favorite...

    No more stopping to PEE! Dosent sound like a big deal, but it takes alot of time to stop at a fast food place or convienence store.
  6. customcurbdesigns

    customcurbdesigns LawnSite Member
    from Tampa
    Posts: 203

    When its hot down here, with all the fluids I drink, I still dont have to pee...I think I sweat it all

    Or you can always go on the side of the neighbors house...JK
  7. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,201

    I prefer open trailer for the simple reason, there more functional. Some earlier mentioned that a closed trailer can be locked up to keep equipment safe, to me it looks like keeping all your equipment in a trailer ready to go so the thieves can just back up a drive off. Sure they may have to cut through some padlocks but really how long does that take.
  8. customcurbdesigns

    customcurbdesigns LawnSite Member
    from Tampa
    Posts: 203

    Exactly. Try getting 10 yards of mulch in a enclosed trailer. Wont happen.
  9. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,505

    Another Pro for open trailer...I can pull up to the gas pumps and fuel my truck and mowers at the same time. I'm not sure, but I don't think you can fuel the mowers when they are inside the trailer (directly from the gas station pump). I have also pulled up to a coin op car wash and used it to powerwash my mower and trailer at the same time without removing the mowers.

    But I don't know...I only have an open trailer.

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