Truck/Trailer Appearance

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by newguy123, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. Kurt6845

    Kurt6845 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 121

    Read thru most of this post and have to agree with the last few folks. It's not about having the newest, brightest, shiniest stuff. It's about having presentable, maintained, and professional looking stuff. I run an 03 F250 Powerchoke with 178000 miles on it, but you would never know that by looking at it, I keep it relatively clean as well as my trailer and equipment. Everyday when we get done mowing, we back the truck/trailer up in front of the garage and hose everything down, it takes 5, maybe 10 minutes and it makes the equipment and evertyhing look that much better, not to mention the aspect of taking care of equipment and maintenance. Lastly, have a somewhat organized look to your rig, all too often I see guys rollin down the road with a truck and trailer that looks like they picked their equipment up with a front loader and just dumped it on the trailer, randomly putting stuff where it fits. Think about it realistically if you have a need for that much stuff, then you should be able to justify a bigger trailer to organize better..... just saying.
  2. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,114

    I think she is right in that aspect. from her perspective. The fact that your equipment looks new shows that you maintain it well. and maintaining it well does make lawns look better. your equipment looks new. chances are your blades are maintained and sharpened. no breakdowns to put you days behind. im sure she wasnt thining of it this way, but its true none the less.
  3. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,114

    But dont get me wrong. my 30 year old bobcat walk behind will out plow my under 1000 hours 62" toro any day as far as looks.
  4. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,647

    Truck/trailer appearance is everything in my opinion. You don't see the big guys driving trucks that are 15 years old and rusted out, they have new equipment.
  5. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,114

    i know. i want one of devissers trailers sooo bad.
  6. ponyboy

    ponyboy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from ny
    Posts: 1,420

    I posted already my thoughts now a question any clients ask you what equipment you use and how old is it
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  7. yardguy29

    yardguy29 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 54

    I've never had a client or potential client ask me what equipment I use or how old is it. a few have asked if I use my own but that's it.
  8. rickstang

    rickstang LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    I think you have to get that smooth medum. Don't have a four door dualy and a fancy trailer. I have a new ford f150 with a nice enclosed trailer.And I have my logo across the side for advertising. I think it gets me more buisness. But, who knows right?
  9. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,114

    appearance defiantly gets you more. its all about looks. in fact I'm putting an office in my trailer. do a walk through then step into the office. customer gets to sit in my chair as j slip in one next to the desk. pull out paperwork for all their options or even set up the laptop and show them some landscape options. even have supplier mags out so they can browse and chose materials.
  10. Banksy

    Banksy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 190

    Let me play "Joe Homeowner" customer for a minute. If you came to my house and asked me to come into your trailer, I would feel weird and wouldn't do it. What I would be comfortable with is you come into my house (neatly dressed and groomed) with your lap top and small printer to discuss my options as your customer.

    That's an interesting idea, but not at all practical. I don't see any customers wanting to climb around your equipment. Really, bird. You weren't going to do this.

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