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Is a 24' trailer too big?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by zz4guy, Jan 19, 2007.

  1. zz4guy

    zz4guy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 901

    Hi guys. I'm new to this business and will probably be focused mainly on residentials this year.

    I am looking at a 24' enclosed trailer to double as a lawn mowing trailer and also to haul my race car to the track a few times a year.

    Money is really not an issue as it doesnt cost much more for me to buy a 20' vs. a 12' or 16'. Plus I could sell the car hauler I have now and break even.

    What I am worried about is hauling the 20' around town. Do you think it is practical if you have 10 properties to get to in a day? Or is it not worth it? Should I just get a 16' so its easy to tow around town? Thanks guys.
  2. JDWalkbehind

    JDWalkbehind LawnSite Member
    Posts: 224

    i really dought you need that much room. and hauling that thing would shock i n the city. i've got an 7x18 and it could fit 2 z's with plunty of space for a w/b or quik trak if i wanted to move my big truck box and gas cans. go with what you need for space. and you've already got a car hauler so what's it matter. just my opinion.
  3. zz4guy

    zz4guy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 901

    Well because it would be an enclosed car hauler :clapping:
    Also the car hauler I have now is kind of a POS. Looks nasty and doesn't have a breakaway setup yet. And it probably weighs as much as a feakin enclosed trailer because its so old lol.
    Anyway I'm really trying to weight the PITA factor for hauling a big 20' rig around town vs a 16' or so. I've heard most guys say 12' is borderline so I'd be getting a 16' regardless to haul the lawn mowers.
  4. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,899

    I guess it really depends on the size of the streets in town, what kind of truck you pull with and if you deal with cul-de-sac's much. We pull a 8.5X16 with a longbed dodge with the crew cab and its a lot of truck

    I would'nt go any bigger for here. People get crabby when their mail is not delivered or the trash does not get picked up because there was a house parked on the street.
  5. Eclipse

    Eclipse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,149

    It depends on how long of a truck you are pulling it with and how much equipment you plan on hauling.

    I had an 18 and went to a 22. With a reg cab, long bed truck I do not really have much of a problem.
  6. zz4guy

    zz4guy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 901

    I've got a chevy 2500 regular cab, 8' bed.
  7. 02DURAMAX

    02DURAMAX LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,804

    If you have the room on the road then you can use a 24'.....but if you don,t I would go with a 16',18' or maybe a 20'..
  8. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 1,517

    My biggest trailer is just shy of 20 foot, but has a 5 foot extended tongue behind a ext. cab dodge with an extended hitch. It is likely close to the 24ft with the added tongue. I don't have any more problem pulling it in congested areas then I do pulling a 14ft with regular tongue behind a regular cab Ford. The only time it can be an issue is parking. In tight neighborhoods you end up blocking driveways and such, but your not there long.

    I don't see a real difference between you using the 24 or the 16 when driving. You can never have to much space anyway. Sounds like you really want the big enclosed, I say go for it!
  9. Shawns Lawns

    Shawns Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 638

    A big factor would be how comfortable you are hauling a 24' around. I have a 20' open trailer and somtimes wish i went with the 24'. In the end it has alot do to with your comfort level, roads in your area, width of the roads you will be on, and a place to store it in when you get home. It would be nice to have every thing you own for business with you all the time.:waving:
  10. naughty62

    naughty62 LawnSite Senior Member
    from iowa
    Posts: 368

    I hate narrow trailers just as much as shorter one .it is nice to be able load a 4x4 ,all the equipment a guy needs on a job .I would never buy a beavertail or a dove tail. it can be pain loading mowers and such when your parked on a hill .Not to mention I see a lot of 7 foot wide trailer for sale.If Ican not rescue a pick up or juniors low profile buick I dont want it.

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