Open Trailer Question

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Lynden-Jeff, May 13, 2006.

  1. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,405

    Hi,

    I have a question for all you open trailer owning folks. What do you do every night with your equipment? I don't really have enough space to unload everything so I was thinking about just locking down everything and tarping the trailer with a heavy duty tarp. Would this work? I will have everything under video surveillance and heavily locked down so i'm not worried about anything getting stolen.

    Thanks
    Jeff
     
  2. mrbray101

    mrbray101 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 251

    I have 10 by 15 storage now but I used to just lock up the trailer and chain everything together that wasnt already locked in racks. I bought trimmer covers and threw them on the trimmers and edgers and my trailer has a truck toolbox on the front of it which locks up all my odds and ends, like loppers, oil, gas, string, etc etc. Throw a big tarp over everything and anchor it somehow so it doesnt blow off. My stuff was never even wet from the dew. Make sure to get a good lock for the front of the trailer. The one i had actually went into the coupler and locked it so no one could take it.
     
  3. Mrk'sLawn

    Mrk'sLawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 133

    I do the same. A few long chains and a few locks.. Cover with tarp, fasten tight and done.. I'm lucky though. I store my stuff on my parents property. I back the trailer into the drive and cover. My Dad, with lots of complaining, lets me put my 2 cycle stuff in his garage.
     
  4. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,328

    I keep one trailer behind the fence but they kept stealing the shovel, gas, and sprayers out of the back of the truck. I put in one of those lights that come on when you walk up and the camera that scans back and forth and now I have gone 2 years without any problem. I think it is high risk to leave a trimmer locked in such a way that they could use bolt cutters and snatch and run. You might get a 2x2 cage for the blowers/hedge trimmer etc. and take trimmers inside.
     
  5. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,712

    i take everything off and put it in my garage. its less hassel than trying to hook up the trailer by yourself . i leave the trailer connected to my work truck.
     
  6. Boonman

    Boonman LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Posts: 55

    If it isn't going to rain, It all stays on the trailer. If it going to rain, it gets unloaded in the shop. My new shop will have deep enough bays that I can back the truck(s) and trailer(s) in and keep them hooked up. But that isn't for another year...
     
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,494

    The whole trailer gets backed into the shop and the truck goes in next to it.
     
  8. bnorton

    bnorton LawnSite Member
    Posts: 140

    Trailer gets backed into garage loaded, makes it nice to just hook up to the next morning and go.
     
  9. Drew Gemma

    Drew Gemma LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,510

    I'll have to post a pic for you guys! Give me a day or two!
     
  10. 29 Palms Property Management

    29 Palms Property Management LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 347

    That's what I do. It would be nice to have a shop to just pull into, truck, trailer and all, and leave it. Unfortunately I'm not to that point yet. Probably at the beginning of next year. But I guess I'm just lucky to have a garage for now.
     

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