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from open to enclosed

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by woodlawnservice, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. woodlawnservice

    woodlawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 779

    Thinking about making the switch this year to at least one trailer... I run 16ft opens right now which give me plenty of room generally. Question is...will a 16ft enclosed be enough? Id prefer 18 but those seem hard to find... most are 16 with a wedge nose or a 20 that's flat nosed.... who of y'all have and.how do I like your enclosed...
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  2. clydebusa

    clydebusa LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,660

    There are benefits on both types of trailers and there are some post in the archive on this subject. For me I run 2 trailers both 18. The open I am able to put in shop at night. To run a second the other had to set out. I couldn't stand the thought of leaving the stuff out and unloading everynight is a pain. So got a 18 enclosed slightly rounded front. I like them both. Since I have a dump truck and truck, the dump truck runs the enclosed and the truck runs the open. I ran a small 8.5 x 12 for a couple of years for the small mower and loved it and decided to go to the 18 enclosed. If I had to choose at this point it would be the enclosed. I would also say the 16 would have to be V and 8.5 wide. Good luck!
  3. curleelawncare

    curleelawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 40

    I have a 8.5x16 enclosed and a 7x14 open. The open trailer has sat in the yard for a year and a half. I like the enclosed better for security as well as advertising. I have sides and back lettered. In the front of the enclosed I built a shelf system to hold sprayers, chemicals, fertilizer/seed, etc. Besides, have you ever tried to PEE in an open trailer? LOL.....go enclosed.
  4. woodlawnservice

    woodlawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 779

    All valid points I have weighed the options of so far... I can't see.many disadvantages of the closed vs the open... I have dump trailer.so I generally.wont b hauling.much debris in the closed. I see a lot at 7 ft wide though.... id prefer the 8.5 but if I'm going used.most are narrower. U think thee v nose helps on gas milage? I want to set this up for my spraying/ irrigation trailer with shelves in the nose for tools, parts, and a rack above for PVC... still want the option to haul my mowers and equipement though if needed. I can put my trailers in.my shop but still the weather has hurt all my equipement in some way... faded paint, died out primer bulbs... getting rained on... just can't.b good on it
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  5. biodale

    biodale LawnSite Member
    Posts: 177

    I have both. The open trailer is easier and quicker touse. Just reach over and grap the line trimmer. But the enclosed has advantages. Advertising, security, etc. Definately get the wider units. The 7 foot wide is hard to get to everything.
  6. woodlawnservice

    woodlawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 779

    If u had to buy all new trailers what would u choose
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  7. Golden Boy

    Golden Boy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 79

    If you are mow, blow and go type operation then go with open. Full service you need an enclosed.
  8. clydebusa

    clydebusa LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,660

    I would buy an enclosed again, and will eventually replace the open with enclosed.

    V is easier on fuel. My issue was I wanted maximum room in the 18' length. A 16 with 2' or 3' v nose doesn't have the room as a 18 square and 18 was my max length. With a 9' or 11' bed truck pulling 18' is max I wanted for the neighborhoods. 8 or 8.5 width is the only way to go IMO.
  9. ashgrove landscaping

    ashgrove landscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,460

    Wanna sell that 7x14?

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