New enclosed trailer questions

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by jaybow, Jan 28, 2010.

  1. jaybow

    jaybow LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mi
    Posts: 1,084

    Hey guys I am considering purchasing a new enclosed trailer. I want to be able to fit 2 60" exmark lazer Zs and a 36" walk behind in it. Im not really sure what to purchase so I thought I would ask for some opinions from people with experience. Should I be thinking of a 16' 18' or a 20' trailer. I guess I could always do the bigger properties at different times and drop one of the bigger mowers off and pickup the 36" when I go out to do the smaller ones. Give me your opinions and how you guys with bigger companies work things. Thanks!
     
  2. jhsmith4

    jhsmith4 LawnSite Member
    from Ga
    Posts: 110

    I have a 8x18 with a side ramp, 6" extra ceiling height. I have a 60" Hustler & a 48" Trimstar. I like to have alittle room to move around, so, with your equipment list go no lower than an 18'. 20' will be better for your situation!

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    Last edited: Jan 28, 2010
  3. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,719

    I will say get a 24'. I really wish I had listened to the salesperson when I bought my 20'. They told me for just a few hundred more I could get a 24' and they pull almost identical to the 20'. Now that I have a Walker the extra 4' would be great. In a 20' you could get your two z's and the walkbehind, but just like they told me the extra 4' would be nice.
    Just my opinion.
     
  4. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,273

    Any trailer fills up fast, especially an enclosed trailer. Each of those Lazer Z's are about 6.5' long and then you have the 36" that you can turn sideways. So you could maybe squeeze those mower into a 16' trailer, but that would be if they were all front to back and no room between them. I would highly recommend getting an 8.5x20 trailer. You will want space to walk on the sides, and you will want any extra space you can get.
     
  5. Scagmower48

    Scagmower48 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 430

    If the original poster is going to put a bagging system on in the fall then he has to add room for that. An Exmark's bagger hangs off the mower alot and and makes the mower very long.
     
  6. ygim

    ygim LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 300

    i would go with a 24ft trailer you will be happy
     
  7. TreffertLawnWrx

    TreffertLawnWrx LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 277

    24" for sure, 2 lazers with vacs are tight, thats what i went with.
     
  8. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Posts: 3,065

    Our 24ft (with a 3ft V) fits a 36",a 48" w/b and a 52" rider with bag unit on it and we still have about 4ft left. My advise get a 8.5ft wide trailer for the width, you'll need it for the 60" riders. If you have bag units on the riders you'll need at least a 24ft.
     
  9. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 6,462

    Thats such a long trailer!! Do you have the curb space for a 24'?? Id say 20x8...Im nervouse about getting a 18ft for around here. And were a small town, with decent size lots!
     
  10. ruffcutter24

    ruffcutter24 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 5

    I agree with Ryan. a 24' is hard to maneuver at homeowners associations or even commercial accounts. Also, if you decide to expand, can you trust you $15 an hour driver to handle that size. Also i would look at resale value for a trailer that size. We own nine trailers. None of them are bigger than 18'.
     

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