enclosed vs open trailer

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tsmiff1, Jan 3, 2002.

  1. tsmiff1

    tsmiff1 LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 61

    I plan to start mowing and some landscaping full time next year. Since I will be going to full time I will need a bigger trailer. Should I get an enclosed or open???? I started to get an enclosed when I bought my first trailer but the summer heat changed my mind. Thanks for any suggestions.
    Tracey
     
  2. ohiolawnguy

    ohiolawnguy LawnSite Senior Member
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    many variables involved there. do you have storage space, (IE garage or warehouse)? if not, enclosed may be way to go. just drive it back home and park it. now, if you do have storage space, the cost of an enclosed may be a factor.. all but one of our trailers are open trailers. the enclosed is used for ladscaping only(great for not causing any windburn on a plant when hauling it from a nursery 40-50 miles away down the highway).i suppose experience in pulling a trailer could be a factor, but that really is just a matter of getting familiar with the particular trailer. some people find difficulty backing up an enclosed trailer. mastering that just comes from practice, and using your mirrors. how long of a trailer are you considering?
     
  3. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,205

    i bought an enclosed trailer 8 by 14 last year. i thought i would miss the open trailer, but i needed it for storage. its absolutely great at the end of the day, to just unhook and drive away. it took a little getting used to backing up using my mirrors, but i caught on quickly. the only thing i miss is gassing up the mowers right on the trailer. it just takes a little longer to unload and fuel up.

    http://www.stslawncare.com/STS Lawn Care MDB Landscaping3.htm

    heres a pic of my trailer. you may want to consider V-nose if you go enclosed, it makes it a little easier to pull. definately get at least two vents and side vents. i regret only haveing one roof vent.
     
  4. tsmiff1

    tsmiff1 LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 61

    I currently have an open 6x10. I need something to put a walker, 48" walk behind, and a 21" mower on comfortably. Thanks.
     
  5. ohiolawnguy

    ohiolawnguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 391

    if you can afford it, just buy a 16ft trailer, open or closed, in a couple years, youll have it full of equipment. if you just buy a 12ft one youll be looking for another one before the season is over
     
  6. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
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    Hey Tracey, I know sometimes people get tired of hearing this said, but use the search feature. Especially for this question, because this has been discussed alot here and there is some really great posts on this topic already.
     
  7. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
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    All I know is I have a 24' enclosed trailer, and it gives me a lot of advertizing, and also acts as a garage. I would never go back to an open trailer.
     
  8. tsmiff1

    tsmiff1 LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 61

    I just thought of something that may be the deciding factor. What about leaves in the fall? How complicated is this work with an enclosed trailer????????
    Tracey
     
  9. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
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    Tracey, good question. First a question for you.
    Do you have to pay to dump? If so you may want to look into finding someone in your area that has a truck loader.
    I used a guy this past fall. I get the leaves to the curb, call him and he comes by and sucks them up into his truck.
    For what he charged me, it came out to about the same (if not less), then what it would have cost me in travel time and dump fees to take them to my local facility.
    I didn't even have to bring my trailer. Just threw the blowers in the pick up.
    With this method, you can go with an enclosed trailer.
     
  10. That's a really nice looking trailer!
    Check a camping trailer supply for adding your own vents.

    Dave
     

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