Closed versus Open Trailers

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Eurosport, Dec 5, 2005.

  1. Eurosport

    Eurosport LawnSite Member
    from Canada
    Posts: 152

    Hi What are the Advantages/disadvantages of using a closed trailer?

    Trying to decide whether I should use a closed trailer or open trailer for lawn service
     
  2. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,535

    Enclosed= rain, stuff stays dry and you have somewhere to go if it gets hard
    easy to lock up
    hang a lot of stuff on walls
    A work space
    no unloading at night
    billboard
    neater
    more storage space

    open= cheaper
    easy to get at things
    lighter
    no gas flumes
    easier to clean out
    no height problems
    easier to see around

    I prefer the enclosed to the open but I get the 8 foot wide ones so we have a lot of room inside.
    We use the opens for debris removal and a light duty residential route that we don't need a lot of stuff for.
     
  3. POPO4995

    POPO4995 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,206

    I was wondering the same thing. I want one but cant justify it since we do alot of debris removal and hauling, etc.
     
  4. Eurosport

    Eurosport LawnSite Member
    from Canada
    Posts: 152

    Thanks for the input. Also Do you think 7 foot width will do?
     
  5. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,535

    We use the 7 foot wide ones in our handyman division.
    Had a 7 footer to start landscape. It will do but- we use 60" decks on the Z mowers That is 5 foot wide which leaves less that a foot on both sides. The racks that you have will be on the inside of the trailer and the whole size of the tool will be in it also- meaning that it is much easier to hit your back on the rack or tool. I KNOW!
    Both 7 footers had the wheel house on the outside of the box which left room inside-BUT- the overall width of the 7 foot trailer was wider than our 8'ers with the wheels inside the box. That means less curb damage to the tires. The 7' was a little wider than the dually where the 8 is right in the track.

    Also for mowers, we put a 48" or 44" AND a 36" W/B up front SIDE by SIDE.
    Than the Z will go behind that and even a 21" behind the Z sideways in a 14 foot trailer. That trailer can handle any of our properties. We can not do that with the 7' trailers.

    Our 8' trailers are both 04 and are the Pace Summit landscape trailers, well set up from the factory but with E track on the walls at 18" and 48"- 6" of extra height- 10,000# weight cap.- and spare tire rack, (but no tire)- Out the door about $5200.00 We bought 1 new 7x14 Cargosport by pace and it was about $3900.00, the other was used- 1 year old in 2002 and paid $2600.00 for it. Our open 6x16, 5000# with brakes was $1500.00 and our 6.5x12 3000# no brakes was just over 800.
    We just picked up a used Pace Journey- the cheapest model they make- 5x10 enclosed and in like new shape for $900. It is just a tool storage trailer for rehab homes so the fact that we can not stand up in it is not too bad but if you want a landscape trailer make sure it is tall enough.
     
  6. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Posts: 4,785

    Last week spent $4600 out the door on a cargomate enclosed trailer. So far it has been great. Here is why I bought one.

    More secure/less things to lock.
    No messing with tarps in the rain.
    Store more tools and can have a workshop on board.
    Place to take a break from sun.
    You can store it anywhere.
    Huge rolling billboard.

    cargomate.jpg
     
  7. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Posts: 3,556

    I have an 8.5 x 20. I had 4 open trailers before this one. The open trailers are great, but I like the enclosed trailers more. They are a tad harder to manouver, but its worth it.
     
  8. bjlawn1

    bjlawn1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 15

    I bought a enclosed trailor(7*18) this year and love it. It works just as good for leaf removale as an open trailor.
     
  9. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,164

    How does it work as well as an open for leaf removal, seems like gettin the leaves outta an enclosed trailer would be a royal pita
     
  10. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Posts: 3,556

    Nope. I put leaves in my trailer. I just bought a huge 30ft tarp and when im done, I hook the tarp up to the mower or car and pull the tarp right on out.
     

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