Enclosed Trailer Recommendations

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by GreenCloverlawnCare LLC, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
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    Last year I spent a ton of time thinking about how to have my current trailer built. I just bought an open trailer last year and ended up having it custom built, so I really thought a lot about what should go on a trailer. A lot of the same concepts can apply to an enclosed trailer that you are looking at. I actually almost decided to go with an enclosed, but the enclosed I priced out was going to run me $6000-$7000 by the time I had all the options installed on it that I would have wanted.

    Look at what dealers you have around you. I know some people don't mind traveling to buy a trailer but if you don't have a dealer for that trailer nearby, it may be difficult to get warranty work done or get new parts quickly. Haulmark, Wells Cargo and Pace are some of the big names in the enclosed trailer industry, but like I said you also have to consider what dealers are in your area.

    A few options that I would suggest would be teh extended tongue, upgraded 5200lb axles, extra lights inside, LED light package, side vents and/or roof vents, extra height package, spare tire, and a stone guard on the front. I would also suggest a trailer tongue box if you can get one mounted. Some people really like having a cabinet or some type of shelving in the trailer to help keep things organized and be able to carry their extra 2-cycle oil, trimmer string and some tools.

    Sizing an enclosed trailer is a little different than an open trailer. I always suggest getting a larger enclosed trailer than open. For example, if a 83"x16' open trailer would be big enough, then an 8.5'x18' enclosed trailer would be a comparable size. Space always fills up fast as I'm sure you know.

    You do want to make sure that the trailer you get has quality materials. The wood used for the floor and sidewalls should be thick enough. The 3/8" sidewalls and 3/4" floor should be pretty much standard. A one piece roof is also a must to avoid leaks. Studs/support posts should be 16" apart.

    I know that enclosed trailers can have problems with leaking at seams, so it may not be a bad idea to take some chaulk yourself and make sure everything is sealed up nicely.

    You will want to make sure that your truck will tow it nicely, it is going to be like a sail behind you so you'll get a ton more drag. I wouldn't worry about a CDL, you shouldn't be over the limit unless you are towing it with a very large truck (like an F450/F550). Make sure that you explore all your options and look through a trailer well before buying. Since it is a fairly big investment, you'll want to make sure it lasts for quite a while.
     
  2. Puddle of Oil

    Puddle of Oil LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Not all states require a cdl to tow an enclosed, so speak for yourself.
     
  3. cuttin-to-the-Max

    cuttin-to-the-Max LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You're better off getting your CDL Because you are pulling with a Commercial Vehicle. And its just a better idea safety wise.....

    I've seen a ton of guys who cant drive with an enclosed trailer...(tight turns, running over curbs when there is plenty of space, etc)

    Sounds to me you dont have your CDL.......
     
  4. Puddle of Oil

    Puddle of Oil LawnSite Bronze Member
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    No I don't have a cdl, don't need one to tow my trailer. I agree, some are stupid with long trailers but you don't need a cdl to drive a 20' trailer, not in Ohio anyway.
     
  5. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Having a CDL dosnt make you a better driver ! Have you ever worked around commercial properties where the drivers bounce trailers off curbs all day or cant back a trailer to a loading dock to save thier azz.
     
  6. mybowtie

    mybowtie LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
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    Safety wise?? Really?? Theres No difference towing a open or enclosed. If u cant back up a enclosed, u aint backing up a open the same lenght. If you run over curbs with an enclosed, you'll be runnin over em with a open.

    No I dont have a cdl. Used to thou , drove truck 4 several yrs, but dont need it anymore.
     
  7. cuttin-to-the-Max

    cuttin-to-the-Max LawnSite Bronze Member
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    only difference with backing up a enclosed vs. a open is with a open... Most guys can get away with looking out the back window to see where the trailer is headed. opposed to enclosed where you cant! I've been pulling trailers since i was 16 never ran over a curb! :cool2:
     
  8. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    I have a class A and I hit curbs. It doesn't make you any better of a driver IMHO. Anyone who says they've never curbed a tire with a trailer well I just don't believe you or you don't drive much in the city. Having an enclosed trailer requires a CDL that sounds like complete bull. Almost all states have the same requirements because it is usually the federal standards. All longer trailers are easier to back up its the short ones that are a pia. I have a tow dolly and its a real pain.
     
  9. mybowtie

    mybowtie LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Posts: 683

    Tell me about it..When i had snowmobiles, I hated backin up that trailer. I was so used to my 18' landscape trailer, that going to the shorter one was a killer.
     
  10. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
    Posts: 4,202

    Anyone have a translusent roof? Saw one online and it brightened up the interior well.
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