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Enclosed or open trailer?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by MikeKle, Jan 8, 2010.

  1. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,253

    I have always used open trailers for my business, but am know wondering if an enclosed trailer might be better. I am not looking for a brand new one though, probably looking for a late 90s, early 2000s 16-18ft interior length with a rear ramp door, dont really need a side door or any other options. I have looked at many classifieds, but most are brand new. Where are the used enclosed trailers? Even a 16ft made in 2006 is selling for $3500-$5000.!!! I was hoping to find one for around $2500 or less, and do not mind if it needs a bit of work, or needs some wood replaced either. So a late 90s, even a mid 90s maybe if in OK shape. If anyone knows a god place to find what Im looking for, I would appreciate it. I just bought a brand new 16 ft tandem axle open trailer last spring, and would be willing to trade it(plus some cash) for a 16-18ft enclosed trailer. Thanks guys.
  2. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,332

    I was sort of looking at enclosed trailers last spring. I only ran across a couple used ones locally, and they were junk. My main motivation to getting an enclosed trailer was to be able to operate without renting storage space for equipment, but I then came to the conclusion I have far too much junk that I wouldn't be able to carry on the trailer on a daily basis, so for now I am sticking with an open trailer. Maybe I can get a new one when some more stuff is paid off in a couple years lol...
  3. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,253

    The only negative I can think of about an enclosed is when you are filling the mowers at the gas station, and having to pull the mowers on and off the trailer to fill them up. But I thought about making some sort of closable opening in the trailers side, enough so the gas nozzle can fit thru. And I suck at backing a trailer using my mirrors, I have to look back to steer my open trailer, but I would probably get the hang of it, when I first got my open trailer, I sucked at trying to steer it too!!! It took me forever to back it in the driveway, now I can swing it in the first time! There has to be older enclosed trailers for sale somewhere? Where did they all go then?

    Another idea is to make my open into an enclosed, How expensive can it be to go that route? Im sure a trailer supply house would sell all the wall supports and roof pieces. Anyone know if its pricey to do this, or even worth it? Thanks
  4. dwlah

    dwlah LawnSite Senior Member
    from Argo Al
    Posts: 558

    You could mount a fuel tank in the back of the truck then you could just fill it up at the station then fill the mowers from that
  5. FryDaddy

    FryDaddy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 145

    This maybe a dumb question, but are those clear polyuerthene (plastic like)sprayer tanks capable of holding gas...
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  6. Kutz Lawns

    Kutz Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 526

    The dealer that I use also sells used enclosed trailers too http://www.wellers.com/

    With the economy the way that it is there should be a boatload of trailers for sale out there!
  7. DoetschOutdoor

    DoetschOutdoor LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S. IL
    Posts: 1,818

    Most of the time you will not have to pull mowers out to fill up on petro...just get close to the pump and open the side door or drop rear gate and the hose will reach the majority of the mowers inside unless your running a huge trailer.

    Im not too far from you there in KY and I went down south and saved about 1200$ on my enclosed...sooo many trailers are made down south then shipped up north and if you can drive a few hundred miles you can save substantially. My trailer came loaded with options the dealers around here wanted to bend me over for $ wise so Im happy with going south. We made a 3 day weekend out of it, had a few hickups along the way but saw some cool places and saved alot of $$
  8. 360ci

    360ci LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 992

    I'd shop around online via Kijiji or CraigsList for enclosed trailers. I find that a lot of folks have bought them to carry a couple ATVs or motorcycles, and generally have ramp doors. They're rarely used units (at least the ones I saw were) but the price was only $1K on average than from buying new (with a warranty!).

    With the markets still down you might be able to haggle a local dealer for a GREAT price on a new unit with no options except for a rear ramp door of course. A lot of people that I know of that own a purpose built cargo trailer, use it until the bitter end (frame rots off, axles come loose from frame; are welded back on but aren't straight, etc). Older units will definitely be in bad condition.

    You'll have to check with the manufacturer. Some tanks aren't meant for petroleum based fluids but can hold 'light' hazardous materials. Petroleum will break down the plastic over time which is cause for safety concerns.
  9. DoetschOutdoor

    DoetschOutdoor LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S. IL
    Posts: 1,818

    Why do you need to keep gas in a sprayer bottle? That makes very little sense. Gas cans come in all different shapes and sizes or if you get an enclosed trailer, put a 15 gallon tank bolted to your workbench in there.
  10. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,785

    not to say you cant find a deal, but they are far and few between. its like saying your looking for an 07' diesel 4x4 for less than $10k. enclosed trailers are like mowers, they keep getting more and more expensive. 18' enclosed are in teh $6500-$7500 range now. either pony up some more or forget about it. ive seen some nice trailers in the range you've said $3500-

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