Dropping the trailer to save gas?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Fahzu, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. Fahzu

    Fahzu LawnSite Member
    Posts: 119

    Hey guys, gas prices are killing us in Southern California. Have any of you just decided to do your basic maintenance from the back of the pickup to save gas?

    I like the convenience of backing the trailer in and out of the garage and not having to load and unload every morning, but is the extra work worth the fuel savings of not towing the extra weight and equipment?
     
  2. B&Clawncare

    B&Clawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 179

    Most guys out there are running equipment that is far too large to put in the back of a truck. Not to mention how hard it would be when unloading it and loading it.
    I guess this would work well if you only had a push mower and some other small tools.
     
  3. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 2,716

    ^^^ I agree, if you have anything less than 36" it might be an idea, but I'd look pretty dumb trying to squeeze 2 72" mowers and a 48" mower into the back of a pickup. :laugh:
     
  4. ringahding

    ringahding LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 612

    Or keep the trailer on & have a certain service area to avoid all the driving...Is the 5x8 trailer the biggest one you have?
     
  5. B&Clawncare

    B&Clawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 179

    hey ringahding, I do a lot of residential accounts and I am able to profit a lot off of them because I have kept my size down.
    Just curious how you contact larger properties to bid on. Such as apartments and what not. Do you call who is in charge and ask for a tour of the site and then send them a quote or do you just send them a quote? I have looked for an answer on here and haven't been able to find one.
    I know this is off topic but i thought i would ask. Thanks!
     
  6. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 37,805

    Yeah, you can save money, but isn't the goal to make money?

    Just my two cents
     
  7. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,541

    Sound like you need raise your price if gas getting to high
    You have to pass it on Everybody else does it
     
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2012
  8. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,220

    consumables are always an issue.

    we raise our prices as fuel goes up..
     
  9. Fahzu

    Fahzu LawnSite Member
    Posts: 119

    The 5X8 trailer is all I have and the 21 inch Honda is all I need for most of my accounts. 93 Chevy makes a good point...trying to save money is good and all but raising some prices might be the answer.

    Thanks for your responses everyone!
     
  10. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,346

    If I only had a 21" I wouldn't
    Pull my trailer.

    I run a diesel truck that doesn't get any better or worse milage with or without a trailer.
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