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enclosed or open?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Branching Out, Jul 24, 2008.


enclosed or open

  1. enclosed

    38 vote(s)
  2. open

    22 vote(s)
  1. Branching Out

    Branching Out LawnSite Member
    Posts: 109

    I'm confused....why are there sooooo many open trailers on here?...I can't for the life of me see why you would buy one...I think that enclosed is the only way...what do you guys think?
  2. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 2,385

    Enclosed is better, but open is cheaper.
  3. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 2,372

    True. Some people cant afford an enclosed. I have an enclosed for my equipment, and an open dump trailer for all my grass clippings/lawn debris.
  4. shane mapes

    shane mapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 537

    open for me is the bet. enclosed is to time consuming , safer.
  5. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,742

    I run both! depends on my mood! LOL
  6. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,446

    We run both. One nice thing about an open trailer is fueling up, or blowing off the equipment. Our 20ft black enclosed shows battle scars from tree-lined roads (and a couple curbs) and it gets old to see it come back from a day of mowing with mystery dingmarks on the right front corner (or worse). The enclosed is great when it rains or when it's cold outside and great for storage.
  7. DoetschOutdoor

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

    Thats why you gotta have both. As of now I only have the enclosed and wouldnt have it any other way for mowing but I desperately need an open for other jobs.
  8. pasto_guy

    pasto_guy LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Posts: 119

    We use both also but the mowing crews use enclosed. We get lots of calls because our Phone # and name are huge on the sides of the trailers. It's a moving billboard. 1 drawback of the enclosed is the weight and extra fuel used to pull it. You won't be using a 1500 truck to pull a 20ft enclosed trailer loaded with equipment. If you do you won't be for long.
  9. JosephLawnCare

    JosephLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 809

    I've had both. The enclosed just gets beat to hell and back, plus looks like crap when they do. And the heavy duty ones are expensive. Open is great if you have a shop and don't have to unload everyday!!
  10. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 2,385

    We have a white 8.5x20, been running it about 2 1/2 yrs, and it still looks as good as when we got it. Actually, it looks better than when we got it, now it's all lettered up.

    We also have a open that we use for mulch and brush, but the enclosed is great for mowing, can't beat having a bathroom with you all day.

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