Open vs Closed Trailers and Gas Mileage

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by cpel2004, Jan 30, 2008.

  1. cpel2004

    cpel2004 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Im trying to think of different ways to save on fuel cost. Do you switching from a closed tandem to an open tandem would make a big difference on fuel saving?
     
  2. BUCKEYE MOWING

    BUCKEYE MOWING LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I would think that you would save some ...
     
  3. old oak lawn

    old oak lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 710

    if you are switching to a lighter trailer you will save on gas, and a open trailer has less wind hitting the front of it then a enclosed. but it also has rain and sun hitting your equipment all day long.
     
  4. Albery's Lawn & Tractor

    Albery's Lawn & Tractor LawnSite Bronze Member
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    My 16' Enclosed V-nose got better mileage then my 16' open trailer. The tailgate on my open trailer was like a parachute. I finally sold the open trailer this fall.
     
  5. cpel2004

    cpel2004 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    bump......
     
  6. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
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    thats what is keeping me from putting a sign on my trailer.
     
  7. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 2,385

    Even if you do save $ on gas, what good is it going to do you if your equip. gets stolen off the open trailer. I think I'll stay with the enclosed trailer so I can lock it up.
     
  8. growingdeeprootsorganicly

    growingdeeprootsorganicly LawnSite Senior Member
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    If you go with the open trailer try to figure a way to mount your hand tools / leaf rakes
    shovels/ ete. so they don't catch the wind maybe mount on side of trailer on an angle.
     
  9. MowHouston

    MowHouston LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Just my two cents:

    I've got an open trailer but only until I can afford an enclosed trailer. The fuel mileage isn't going to be much of a difference.

    And as others said, fuel mileage isn't going to mean much when compared to the value of keeping your equipment in good shape for when you want to sell it.

    I wouldn't even think you'd save 1mpg anyhow.
     
  10. TomberLawn

    TomberLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    An old farmer near here was noted for saying that whether you build a building or not, you'll pay for it. What he meant was wear on equipment will cost as much as a shelter to keep it in over time. Apply that to your trailer. I think a V-nose enclosed would offer the best solution. The V splits the air and being enclosed protects your stuff from weather and theft. I think a V-nose would be more aerodynamic than a bunch of awkward shaped equipment racks, mowers, and ramps on an open trailer.
     

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