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Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Rich's Lawn Care, Apr 4, 2003.

  1. Rich's Lawn Care

    Rich's Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 376

    Just starting out and i need a trailer. What do you guy's think?

    what size?

    open air?



    Thanks Rich
  2. landscaper3

    landscaper3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,354

    16' tandem axle (International brand ) #7700 GVW Home depo sells them along with most commercial mower companies. We paid $1880 at Home depo 3 years ago for one and $1999 for the other last year. Brakes on ALL axles. I say this one for its size you can put mulch-grass or misc up front and haul your mowers.
  3. NYRookie

    NYRookie LawnSite Member
    Posts: 240

    I would say a 16' er, tandem axle, brakes on both axles. I would buy as big as you can afford so you don't have to buy a bigger one in a few years.
  4. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,154

    I started with a 6.5x10 added 2' to that, then went with a 7x20, that could haul all my equipment they were all open trailers. But finally got a 25' enclosed trailer, 2 weeks ago i came home with all my equipment on the open trailer and started raining hard. Thats one reason I bought a enclosed, also vandalism. But its what you can afford and I would get at least a 16'er,.:)
  5. Hometown

    Hometown LawnSite Member
    Posts: 60

    I started with a 8x10 with mesh gate. It was a nice trailer to haul walkbehind and push mowers and misc stuff. Then bought a 16' dual axle with single gate and no brakes. Trailer had axles rated to #7000 but with no breaks it was to hard on tow vechile. Last year I bought a 18' dual axle with dual brakes also had a split mesh gate put on to lighten the weight of the gate. A split gate is much easier to lift and lock into place.
  6. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,457

    I'd say get the biggest enclosed trailer you can afford.

    Brakes on both axles.

    Wells Cargo, Haulmark, Avenger...shop around.

    Put the spray in bedliner on the floors, ramp and 1' up on the walls. Or several coats of EPOXY paint with sand mixed in. The bed liner is better but more $$.

    You're in Maine, you'll appreciate having a safe, dry place to store the equipment while winter passes. Keeps your equipment out of the weather at all times.

    I've never had anything stolen from me either.

    Enclosed trailers are rolling billboards too.

    Gives you some shade to eat lunch in.
  7. Rich's Lawn Care

    Rich's Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 376

    Thanks Scott that's some good info.

    i'm going today to look at a used enclosed car-mate trailer 6x12
    the guy only wants $825. for it and its all set up inside with landscape racks.

    why do you use the bed liner stuff?
  8. Bouncer

    Bouncer LawnSite Member
    Posts: 49

    Hey Rich, did you go look at that enclosed trailer?? Just wondering, seemed like one heck of a bargain!!:angel:
  9. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,457

    My trailer has "Line-X" brand spray in bedliner in it. I really like it. It was $1200 but it's been worth it. No visible wear so far. Clean up is a snap, use a broom or a water hose. A little soap and a brush if you want it really black again. Great stuff.

    Read the fine print on the trailer flooring warranty. Mine said any gas, oil, chemicals spills void your warranty. I guarantee that you will never be able to NOT spill gas, oil and chemicals inside a landscaping trailer.
  10. Lombardi

    Lombardi LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 538

    Does that spray on bedliner make it more difficult to scoop or slide material on. I considered putting it on mine, but I thought it would hinder the ease of sliding Pavestone pallets on or scooping rocks,etc.

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