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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mdb landscaping, Oct 1, 2000.

  1. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,205

    i currently have a 5 by 10 big tex open landscape trailer. i am going to purchase a new turf tiger in the spring but need a bigger trailer. i have been looking at pace and car mate 7 by 14's. i like the pace, but they dont offer a v-nose. the car mate isnt that bad though. does any body have any recommendations or experiences about buying a new trailer?
  2. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Posts: 3,486

    I have a Haulmark 16' enclosed trailer. This is the perfect size for me, currently have loaded:

    • 52" Great Dane Chariot
    • 48" Great Dane Scamper
    • Classen TA-25 aerator
    • 500 pounds seed
    • 350 pounds starter
    • 800 pounds lime
    • Honda cultivator
    • And all of the other stuff (blowers. trimmers, etc..)

    I looked at the Pace, Wels Cargo, Homestead, and a few more. The Haulmark looked to be the best built, with the best warranty for the money.


    [Edited by KirbysLawn on 10-01-2000 at 02:33 PM]
  3. Grasscape Inc

    Grasscape Inc LawnSite Member
    Posts: 235

    If you want a V-nose get the Haulmark.

    The new Haulmark 2000 V-nose are nice, we got one in May.

    2 dome lights, roof vent, stone guard, drop door with lift assist., side door etc. and very well built.

    A single axle will hold the Turf Tiger, but if you plan on 2 ZTR you will need a tandem.
    I would also go bigger than 14 foot, go about 17.

    THe door on the Vnose is will not fit the 60" tiger. You will need the smaller deck 50 something.

    Get the brake option.

  4. chrisbolte

    chrisbolte LawnSite Member
    Posts: 135

    I have a haulmark enclosed. I looked at the v trailer and i thought it was a bad idea because you have alot of wasted room up front. What did everyone pay for their trailers? They seemed awful expensive to me.
  5. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Posts: 3,486

    I paid $4800 for mine. My trailer is the Elete model with polished rims, finished ceiling, chrome accents, etc.. They has another model with white rims for $200 less.

    Just remember, you get what you pay for. My first was a 6x12 Leonard trailer, no where the quality of Haulmark and it cost me $2800.00 :eek:
  6. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,205

    i got a price on a pace enclosed 7 by 14 for around $5300. and with a v-nose you dont really have wasted space because its still 7 by 14 and then the added space of the v. you actually get a little more space and better aerodynamics
  7. beck

    beck LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 432

    I just ordered a 7X16 Haulmark (enclosed) Kodiak Landscape Series for $4700 and am patiently awaiting its arrival. I upgraded the plywood walls to 3/4 inch as opposed to 3/8 inch, it comes with two shelves mounted in the front that are about 24 inches deep with a 3 inch lip. I am also considering having the spray in bedliner material applied. does anyone know of a company that makes vertical trimmer racks for enclosed trailers?
    I would take measurements of any equipment that you have and aspire to have, to see how much room you will need. And as I was told if you think you need the 7X14 get the 7X16. I think it was an extra $200.
  8. Grasscape Inc

    Grasscape Inc LawnSite Member
    Posts: 235


    I paid $2700 for a Haulmark 6*15 with a 3foot V-nose so it's more like 6*18.

    This trailer gets used ALOT.

    I am very pleased with it. The only prob. is you cannot get a 62" deck inside. Torsion axle, good aerodynamics, and the KICKER!! YOU CAN STAND STRAIGHT UP IN IT. No bending over like our other models. And they look good.
    I highly recommend these trailers. We got brakes fitted for $180. Our next will be a tandem so we can use 2 ZTR's in it. The Vnose is pretty wide, so there is alot of extra room.
  9. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Posts: 3,486

    Grassscape, mine was $4800 (7x16') with tandem axels, brakes, Goodyear Radials, alumimum rims, etc

    Mdb, consider the Haulmark first. Better trailer and looks as if it's cheaper than the Pace in this case.

    [Edited by KirbysLawn on 10-01-2000 at 11:03 PM]
  10. Instead of buying a trailer for $5k that needs a truck to pull it take a look at used 12-14" delivery vans.

    For about $600 you can have a custom ramp gate made.

    I like the Isusu gas jobs (350 chevy v-8) with the GM
    4 sp auto tranny with 5.13 axle ratio.

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