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Thoughts On An Enclosed Trailer!!!!?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by RiverCityLawnCare, Sep 2, 2012.

  1. RiverCityLawnCare

    RiverCityLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 53

    So I'm considering purchasing a black enclosed trailer and having both sides and the rear door lettered. I am leaning towards a 7 x 16" black trailer with green and white professional lettering. My question is for those who have owned a enclosed trailer for their business. Did it help with advertising and help get your name notice? was the investment worth the reward? do you like it as well as an open utility trailer? Please let me know, any advice is appreciated!!
     
  2. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    Even lettering a truck helps gets you noticed. I am thinking of going from trailers to box trucks for several reasons which are not part of your questions.
     
  3. RiverCityLawnCare

    RiverCityLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 53

    thanks duekster!!
     
  4. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,719

    Look at it like this. I have a basic work truck and decent open trailer both with nice vinyl signs. I run my business like a business and get noticed alot. I had a customer that I acquired from buying out another business, while servicing her property I spoke with her about a project she had going on that required me to scalp her lawn before an application. She told me that she would call my OFFICE when she needed it. Now I tell you that to let you know this that looking professional will lead customers to think you are a professional. My office is my truck and cell phone, but I don't mind her thinking I'm a crew leader working for a much larger outfit.
     
  5. topturfhsv

    topturfhsv LawnSite Member
    Posts: 49

    I bought an enclosed trailer last year (7'x16'). I've always used open trailers and wanted to try out an enclosed. I ran the enclosed this season and actually sold it last week because I just like my open trailers more. Here's what I liked about my enclosed: mowers were always out of the rain and I didn't have to unload all the equipment everyday. Now what I didn't like was it made my fuel costs go way up, took longer to make my routes due to going slower because of more weight than my open trailer, and it was alot more difficult to get into some driveways if I couldn't park on the road.
    I never had it wrapped with my name and info. on it just because I was trying it out for a year but that definately seems like it would be good advertisement. I'm looking into buying a box truck for next year. They seem easier to drive than an enclosed but have the same benefits. You should look into those before you make your decision. You can get a good used one for under 10k.
     
  6. cdqat1432

    cdqat1432 LawnSite Member
    Male, from Youngstown, Ohio
    Posts: 138

    Love those trailers! Go with the 8.5 wide though. I used to have 7 wide open trailers but the trimmerracks were on the outside, not hanging over the deck. Forget the fuel costs though. I know that on at least 3 occasions i lost a trimmer or a blower because they weren't properly tied down. If i had enclosed trailers the trimmer would have just hit the floor not the road. Btw, letter the nose too.
     
  7. RiverCityLawnCare

    RiverCityLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 53

    Thanks all for the advice!
     
  8. 123hotdog

    123hotdog LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 481

    Go big on lettering. I have an Isuzu NPR. Its not a box. I prefer the open bed for driver visibility. My trimmers are in two eight foot long toolboxes on one side of truck not exposed to elements. My sides are two feet high. The side with the tool boxes has a 2' by 6' sign on it. The other side has a sign 2' by 14'. That's right fourteen feet long and it has 11" lettering on it. Everybody in town knows that truck, even non-landscapers. The sign is white with green letters. The signs were $700 and worth every penny.
     
  9. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,647

    A enclosed trailer is a good investment for a number of reasons.
    1) storing equipment.
    2) moving billboard that 100s of people will see daily.
    3) acts as a bathroom when nature calls.
     
  10. mrplowjr_ez_v

    mrplowjr_ez_v LawnSite Member
    Posts: 3

    Consider this, Who will be driving the rig. If its you and you're comfortabe with it then thats fine, you won't be able to see much out the back or even sides if you go 8ft+. I'll second the 8.5 comment, 7.5 is pretty narrow IMO, remember they measure from outside wall to outside wall, you want some room to move about inside once equipment is loaded.

    I had an 8x16 wells cargo that was an aboslute beast @3000 lbs empty. I wish I never sold it now that im starting up, I could sure use it. I could get in out of the weather, keep some basic tools and replacement parts, I could work on my equipment right in the trailer during down time. Hell, I even used it to serve food/drinks during parties family picknicks.

    You will lose some mileage but not as much as you would think, one consideration is are you driving a gas or diesel truck, my diesel lost about 3mpg with a loaded 8x16, a little less with a loaded open trailer. I'd probably lose 5-8mpg in my gasoline powered truck. just some food for thought.

    As with anything research the available brands, you may spend an extra thousand to get a good one but its worth it in the end. Don't buy junk. Look for seam-less roofs, narrowly spaced frame joists and verticals, and ramp specs. I also advise LED lighting. (I got sick of getting pulled over for having a light out b/c of crappy roads)
     

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