Trailer size

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by LawnSolution, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. LawnSolution

    LawnSolution LawnSite Member
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    I recently sold my 5x8 trailer that I got a good deal on a few years ago and I'm looking to upgrade. I am looking at the gatormade trailers either a 5x10 or 6x12.
    Everything fit on my 5x8. 36" WB with velke, push mower, blower, trimmer, 2 gas cans, and bagger for the push mower.

    I just do this part time solo with about 15 accounts. I dont plan to go much bigger.

    So what do you guys think about the size? any pictures of a 5 x 10 setup?

    I should be able to get 2 scoops of mulch on the 5x10. It will be alot easier to maneuver and lighter.
     
  2. jones68

    jones68 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I always recommend a dual axle with brakes it allows you to do much much more with your trailer. yes you can get 2 scoops of mulch on a 5x10 but what if a customer wants topsoil or stone they weigh much more.
     
  3. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
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    When I get to the office I will post photos of our 6x10.
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  4. skorum03

    skorum03 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would say look at whatever size you think you need and then get the next size bigger. Don't hear about people complaining much about having too much room on their trailer.

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  5. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Have already put them up in another thread. Here is the link: http://www.lawnsite.com/showpost.php?p=3394088&postcount=15

    I like single axle trailers versus double due to less maintenance upkeep with bearings and tires.

    We have all supplies delivered unless it's a small job that I can get in back of one of our trucks.

    I like the 6x10 because I can fit a 52" zero turn, a 36" walk behind and all the necessary hand tools no problem.
     
  6. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    You will get the guys saying you need an 8x20 to do it right. They aren't buying it or paying for your fuel either. You need what will work for you. Your not hauling several ztr or bulk materials on a regular basis, so tandem axles and brakes aren't a necessity. I would get a 3500lb axle and 15" wheels. 2ft mesh sides make mulch and sod hauling easy.
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  7. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Part time and solo. I echo Patriot's post. Mesh sides if you want to haul mulch, sod etc etc. You can haul a good amount of mulch on a 5x10 6x10 or 6x12.

    Pics of our 6x10 with 52" Lazer and 32" BOP.

    One pic of hauling some mulch and rock for an install that I didn't have time to wait for delivery. I did have the load properly strapped while in transport.

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  8. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    That's a nice organized set up you have there. Could easily be towed with a mid size pick up and kept in a garage. A set up like that can make good money for a motivated solo or two man crew.
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  9. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Thanks when I lived in town in the house pictured I used to back it into that garage. Like you said and IMO it is a very good set-up for our sized lawns most are 80' by 125' once you add a home, walkway, driveway and pool/lanai the turf area isn't that great. 2 guys can knock out about 20 plus a day with a tight route even with shrub care and bed maintenance.

    If it was just me I'd be running Standers probably Wright or Scag but my old man won't go for it and won't let me have a Stander even on the new rig I'm putting together. I get a new trailer but I still have to use our old Exmark 52" Lazer while he gets the new Dixie Chopper.
     
  10. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have a 6x14 now, and back when I had the 5x10 it was real nice. The zero and 36 fit nicely, and It pulled well enough. Love the extra room now and cant say I would ever want to go back, even with just with on mower.
     

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