Enclosed Trailer

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by KS_Grasscutter, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
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    I am doing what I should have done 5 years ago: buying an enclosed trailer. What brand is good, what is junk? Trying to get out as cheaply as possible, but want something nice enough to last 5 or 6 years.

    Got a price on a Doolittle from my local dealer, 8x16, ramp door, 48" side ramp door, $5300 if I pick it up in central MO.

    Can I do better than that? I have found ONE used trailer locally, and not only is it junk, it's only 6 foot wide. I am willing to travel ~300 miles +/- if need be.
     
  2. davis45

    davis45 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would shop around, I think you can get one a few hundred cheaper. Ive owned alot of enclosed trailer from being in motocross my whole life, the best trailers I ever had were United Trailers. I have doolittle open trailers which have been great, my buddy has had a DooLittle enclosed for many many years. He has worked it to the grave and back with no problems (flooring company).
     
  3. whitebp1

    whitebp1 LawnSite Member
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  5. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
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    I was really thinking about getting an enclosed this year, but when business didn't do as well as I was hoping, that plan went out the window. The best brand that I have found was the Wells Cargo trailers, which are really expensive, but will last way longer than other enclosed trailers. I also looked at Haulmark, which was pretty reasonably priced at about $5800 for a 7x16. The wells cargo would be about $7000-$8000 for the same.
     
  6. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
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    What ever you do don't go with the $2300 16ft enclosed deals that are out there. Even though they are new and look nice the frames are stamped steel and thin, the whole craftsmanship of the trailer sucks. They will not hold up to commercial abuse like mowing and landscaping.

    I got a deal on an entry level enclosed trailer and while its still a strong trailer its cosmetically falling apart. Spend the money and get yourself a Pace Summit or a FeatherLite.
     
  7. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
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    Get one you can afford.

    Look into getting Line-X sprayed on the floor, ramp and 1' up on all walls.

    I know other scapers who have to replace the floors in their trailers every 3-4years.

    My 8 x 20 enclosed trailer is going on 9 years old with daily use and the floor doesn't even squeak.

    I can spill anything in there, leave bags of grass as long as I can stand the smell and just rinse it out with no rotting or damage to the plywood under the Line-X.

    I bought the trailer new and dragged it straight to the Line-X shop without loading a thing into it.

    Think about it.
     
  8. bubbska

    bubbska LawnSite Member
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    I bought a 8.5 x 20 Hallmark about three months ago. It is a 2005, but was in great shape. Not used very much. Found it on craigslist. Paid $4000. But I am always checking craigslist. Check craigslist in the Kansas City area. I have found alot of nice pieces of equipment for very resonable prices in that section of craigslist. In the last year I have bought the trailer, my 2005 F-350, 2 walker mowers, 1 walker aerator, 1 Ryan L-48 aerator, 3 redmax trimmer/edgers, 1 redmax backpack blower, 1 5 x 10 trailer, 1 walker snow plow and 2 Toro commercial walk behinds. All from craigslist. And all at very resonable prices.

    Green Pastures, woulkd love to see a pic of the inside of your trailer, Does the floor get slick when it is wet? If not that sounds like a great thing to cover it with. How much did it cost to have that done? Thanks KD
     
  9. newlooklandscp

    newlooklandscp LawnSite Member
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    cheap price .... cheap junk trailer. but it all depends on who is using it, yourself, employees with respect, or employees who dont care. My haulmark was $4300 in 2004 (8x14 LS Packages). My Wells was $8400 back in April (8.16 LS Loaded Package) I love this trailer. Depends on what your willing to spend. I have also had pace and cargomat ... both junk. US cargo is ok. Any other non-name brand I wouldnt touch. But that is me.

    Ken
     
  10. bubbska

    bubbska LawnSite Member
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    Maybe yours was a cheap junk trailer. Very happy with mine. Don't cinsider mine junk at all. Serve's it's purpose very well. Well worth the money I paid for it, compared to the other ones I looked at around here.
     

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