1. Missed the live Ask the Expert event?
    Not to worry. Check out the archived thread of the Q&A with Ken Hutcheson, President of U.S. Lawns, and the LawnSite community in the Franchising forum .

    Dismiss Notice

Well it's only 2 more feet!

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Shawns Lawns, Jan 25, 2006.

  1. Shawns Lawns

    Shawns Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 638

    My first trailer was a 12' and 2nd was a 14'. I am looking to skip the 16' and go to the 18' and when i thought i had it all figured out i am wondering if i should just go to the 20'. How long is to long to haul a open trailer? What are the pro's and con's? Is there any benifits to a 20' that you don't have with an 18' besides 2 more feet?:waving: :waving: :waving:
  2. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,164

    I don't know about you but for me, i was going to be going with a 16 footer, come to find out, the biggest i can fit in the spot where it has to go is a 14 footer. So now im pricing out 14 footers. All im saying is measure your space if you have any doubts at all!!
  3. Shawns Lawns

    Shawns Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 638

    If you are interisted i can sell you mine. I have a 14 dbl axel for sale. Send me a PM.
  4. K&L Landscaping

    K&L Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 657

    I say get the biggest trailer you can afford. I can tell you from experience a 16' trailer fills up very quickly. I have two 18' trailers now and they fill up quickly also. If you don't have any real tight areas I would go with the 20'.

    RRHAMMONS LawnSite Member
    Posts: 142

    I use a 16' and it seems sufficient, hauling two 60" mowers and two push mowers and various other equipment.
  6. Eclipse

    Eclipse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,149

    No matter what size you get you will find it to be too small.

    With an open trailer I think you would be ok with the 18' but if the cost is not that much greater the 20' will offer you a little more room to grow. With trailer I have found it is best to buy the biggest you can afford, even if you can't fill it up right now with equipment, it won't be long until you can :)
  7. Shawns Lawns

    Shawns Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 638

    The price is only $150 more for the extra 2 feet. That's not a problem its that i never hauled a 20' trailer and i guess i don't quite know what i am in for, (pro's and con's) yet. :waving:
  8. mkjsunscapes

    mkjsunscapes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 20

    18' allows you to hold (3) 60" ztr, but a 20' will give you more room for pushmower, gas cans, shovels, whatever, but like others have said what ever you buy, you always seem to run out of room.
  9. MudslinginFX4

    MudslinginFX4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,170

    I'd go with the 20' personally. I have one of each (20' enclosed, 18' skidsteer trailer, and 2 16' open trailers) and pretty much always use my 20' enclosed for our regular maintenance. I've never had any problems with turning etc.. you will get used to it! The one thing that you may want to consider though is who will be pulling it. If your employess will be pulling it you might want to stay smaller, if your pulling it most of the time you may want to go bigger.
  10. officeguy

    officeguy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 26

    On the tight cul-de-sac's a 20 footer may be a problem to turn, I'v had problems with rentals in the past on those with plantings in the middle.

Share This Page