enclosed trailers

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by mowerbrad, Jan 25, 2009.

  1. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
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    I am looking for an enclosed trailer for this coming season and I just got a couple quotes from a haulmark dealer near me and a Legand dealer. The haulmark dealer helped me narrow down my choices to the Kodiak or the Transport DLX. And the legend dealer gave me a price also for one of their models.

    7x16 Kodiak: 6" additional height, 32" side door, 24" atp stoneguard, pair of chrome front corners, 14"x14" non-powered roof vents, two 12v dome lights, 12v wall switch, rear ramp door (4500# capacity).

    Price: $5889.10


    7x16 Transport DLX: 6" additional height, 24" atp stonguard, two 12v dome lights, 12v wall switch, 15" tire upgrade, pair of rear stabilizer jacks, 3/8" side wall covering, rear ramp door (4500# capacity), 36" side door, (4) 5000# square recessed D rings.

    Price: $4907.54

    7x16 Legand: Rear ramp door, side entry door, advantec floor, stone guard, smooth aluminum siding, dual axel, brakes, 77" interior height and a pair of rear stabilizer jacks ($100 extra). NOTE: this trailer is made of all aluminum.

    Price: $6998 regular/ $5998 on sale

    Is there a really big difference in quality between the kodiak and transport? I do really like the Transport DLX because it would fit my budget best, but I don't want to sacrifice quality. I want to make sure that this trailer lasts me for quite a while.

    I am also looking at a wellscargo trailer, but have yet to call to get a quote on one, I will be doing that tomorrow. So if anyone has some info on any of the trailers that I mentioned, please let me know, I want to make sure that I will be making the right choice.
     
  2. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
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    I think the DLX is the way to go. Some of the things I liked were the extended height roof, the 3/8 plywood sides are a huge benefit (wish I would have got that). I'm partial to the full width trailers (8.5ft) vs (7ft). One thing you have to realize is no matter what trailer you get remember its pretty much a tin can with wood trim. I ended up sinking about 1400.00 into my 8.5x16 enclosed during inspection. The payload's are crap so I ended up installing a whole new spring set 2 sizes above what came stock, fixing 2 out of 4 electric brake set ups and a few lights. The trailer is only 3 years old and very pampered, meaning I'm usually the only one who tows it. What ever trailer you decide on you will have to do regular maintenance like grease the wheel bearings, rear door bearings, seal up floor with either paint or oil based stain yearly, even wax it on a regular schedule. They are a good investment, they can be a rolling billboard and keep equipment out of the weather and secure.
     
  3. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
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    I will be the only one towing it. So far I plan on putting some type of protective coat on the floor and the walls as well. I know that it will get waxed a few times each year. Maintenance really shouldn't be an issue since it just takes a couple minutes, and it isn't every day that I have to grease everything.

    Is an 18 footer going to make that much of a difference from a 16 footer? The trailer is going to be bigger than my current trailer which is only a 6x14. I would go with an 8.5' wide but since most of my accounts are residential the smaller size will be better for me. I will only be putting a 60" dixie chopper in there with the colletion system on it (in the fall) and maybe a 32" or 36" wb later on down the road.
     
  4. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
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    Anyone else have any comments or suggestions for me?
     
  5. Advanced Lawn Care  Inc.

    Advanced Lawn Care Inc. LawnSite Member
    from IN
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    I Bought a brand new (2008) 7x16 V-nose all aluminum Legend Series trailer last year and never used it but for storage. It is white in color with the advantech flooring. It has a ramp rear door with flip down flap (bought extra) and a 36 inch side door After all the dealer fees and doc fees I have about $5900.00 into it. I will sell for $4700.00. Interested call me 574-360-5940. I am located in South Bend, IN.
     
  6. Advanced Lawn Care  Inc.

    Advanced Lawn Care Inc. LawnSite Member
    from IN
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    Sorry, it is a 7x19 trailer
     
  7. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
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    That might still work. I am fairly open to different sizes as long as they are at least 16'. I'll let you know if I am interested though.
     
  8. Advanced Lawn Care  Inc.

    Advanced Lawn Care Inc. LawnSite Member
    from IN
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    Just let me know, Thanks
     
  9. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
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    Will I see a significant improvement in fuel economy with a v-nose? I do mostly city driving, only highway driving is taking a mower to a dealer rarely. The only issue I have with a 16' v-nose is that I will lose some storage space.
     
  10. Advanced Lawn Care  Inc.

    Advanced Lawn Care Inc. LawnSite Member
    from IN
    Posts: 56

    Not sure, unless you do mostly highway driving. However you will notice less drag due to the V-Nose and the lighter aluminum contruction and I would think this would have to help with fuel economy somewhat, even in the city. As far as storage space it is a 19 foot V-nose so the actual box part is 16 foot with the V-part adding an extra 3 feet of storage. I posted pictures in the Market Place forum if you want to take a look
     

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