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Tandem 6x12 Enclosed or Tandem 6x14 Enclosed

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by stuffdeer, Jan 1, 2007.

  1. stuffdeer

    stuffdeer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,538

    Ok everyone.

    I need some help. Next year, Most likely Spring, I will take over the payments of my Dad's F-150 (I'll be buying it).

    It is a 2001 F-150 with the 7700 Package. (Basically a F-150 body on a f-250's frame)

    It has the 5.4 L V8 Triton. Should I go with the extra 14ft, and why so?
  2. RedMax Man

    RedMax Man LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,053

    It would be better to post this in the truck and trailer forum. If your planning on going enc. then i would get a 16' or larger and grow into. 6' wide is way to narrow for enclosed trailers, I would get a 8or 8.5' wide.
  3. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,988

    I have a 8 x 12 enclosed and I always wish it was 4 feet longer.
    Go to the Pace American web-site and they list curb weight for all their models. This will give you an idea of the weight difference.
    If you stay in this business, it won't be long before you'll need at least a 3/4 ton truck anyway.
  4. stuffdeer

    stuffdeer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,538

    Yep, Thats why I'm buying the F-150 HD. I really like it. But, I don't want to put too much strain on it towing an 8ft wide.

    The biggest I could go is a 7x16.
  5. Total.Lawn.Care

    Total.Lawn.Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 841

    I have a 6X14 now and I can tell you this. You can fit two Ztrs in it or I currently carry a 54" Z, 36" WB and a 22" push. I have a 4 place trimmer rack on the left wall and a blower rack on the right wall and two shelves across the front. It is tight, but it fits.

    I do suggest at least a 7' wide as I have to tie up my discharge shoot to get my 54" Z through the back door. I already had this trailer when I became an LCO, if I had to buy another, or when I upgrade, I will get an 8'wide and probably at least 16' long, if not 18 or 20.
  6. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,246

    Just keep in mind that you never have enough room.
  7. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,332

    I would really go with the 7x16. You will eventually fill it up. A trailer is just like a shop it seems like, NEVER big enough. I really wouldn't mind getting a 7x16 enclosed next season. Prolly will if I expand like I want to. That would solve ALL my storage problems, and I would be able to haul everything I could ever dream of needing to haul in it.
  8. Lawntime Mowers

    Lawntime Mowers LawnSite Member
    from KC MO
    Posts: 219

    remember anything over 6' wide gets tricky maneuvering through neighborhoods and busy streets.
    Not much margin for error on an 8' wide anything.

    Also make sure you have breaks on trailer. A loaded 6x14 enclosed trailer is not going to stop on a dime.
    With 5.4L you'll have plenty of power to go but not much to stop.

    Try driving empty truck on wet pavement and slam on your breaks. Now imagine a few thousand pounds pushing behind you.

    Good luck with your purchase.
  9. CleanCutProLawn

    CleanCutProLawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 51

    With that 7700lb package, you would be able to pull a large sized encl. trailer. Almost any trailer that is tandem axle will have brakes included. I know in a couple of weeks I am going to go pick up a 8'x18' V nose enclosed, i can't wait
  10. qualitylawnmanagement

    qualitylawnmanagement LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,001

    If you are stuck on going with those two lengths, then I would get the 14ft.

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