what length enclosed trailer?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by lil'dale, Jul 20, 2008.

  1. lil'dale

    lil'dale LawnSite Member
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    Hey everybody. I'm a newbie to the site and pretty new to the business after not doing yards since college 20 years ago. I am about to buy an enclosed v-nose trailer and can't decide between 16 or 18 feet. Any thoughts on this from any of you? Also, any recommendations or better yet, pictures of what type of racks and stuff I should put inside of it?

    Thanks in advance for you advice.

  2. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 2,385

    What will you be pulling your trailer with? I would get as big as your truck can pull. We have a 8.5x20, and we could use more room at times. I would get at least the 18' if your truck could pull it.

    As far as racks, we use trimmer traps and they work great.
  3. Merlin300

    Merlin300 LawnSite Member
    from Zone 5
    Posts: 156

    Get the 18' and roll with it.
  4. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,552

    like he said it all depends on what your truck can handle. but remember the vnose takes about two or three feet off so when you buy the 18 you are really only getting like 16 feet of regular floor space. so if you want all the use of the 18 feet you might have to get a regular square nose trailer.
  5. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,785

    18', you'll outgrow any size, so if those are teh 2 options go big
  6. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,538

    Depends what your going to put in it. I actually run a 12' enclosed. I have a Z and a WB inside with all handhelds on walls. Its a light combination to run around with and burn less fuel. I pull with a 1/2 ton as well. I have a 3/4 ton for mulch and leaves and have an open trailer as well if needed. But its nice to have a smaller trailer to whip araound with. So its just a matter of what your going to put in it. I am assuming your going to put 2 z's if your looking at an 18. If thats the cas you wouldnt need any bigger than the 18. You will also need a 3/4ton or larger truck.
  7. JFF

    JFF LawnSite Member
    Posts: 248

    I have a WB, a 21", and a ZTR in a 7x14 flat nose. There is enough room to get around everything.

    I wanted a bigger trailer, but I have some pretty tight spots on my route, and I was worried that the bigger trailer I wanted was going to be a pain.

    I personally don't see the point of a v-nose unless you are gonna do a ton of highway driving. The ones I looked at were longer than flat noses, but that space in the front is not especially useful. It adds length but not really any space.

    I have green touch xtreme trimmer racks an they work great. I built racks for my blowers and hedge trimmers for less than $10 bucks.
  8. lil'dale

    lil'dale LawnSite Member
    Posts: 31

    could you send a picture of the homemade racks?
  9. mower&more1986

    mower&more1986 LawnSite Senior Member
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  10. lil'dale

    lil'dale LawnSite Member
    Posts: 31

    thanks, that's helpful.

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