What size trailer

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by mwalz, Apr 28, 2014.

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  1. mwalz

    mwalz LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I know this is more of my preference and what works best for me, but what size trailer works the best for you? Right now orscheln has a 5x10 on sale locally for $850.

    http://www.orschelnfarmhome.com/200...-trailer-5x10/ctl16754/cp57929/si5175787/cl1/

    I don't want to spend more than 1k on a trailer because i don't make that much to begin with as of now anyways. I would like a 12' trailer to make it easier to expand with bigger machines as time goes on. I am currently borrowing a 5x8 trailer from a friend, and it is a little on the small side. Right now all I need to fit, is 2-3 blowers, 2 trimmers which i will get a rack for, a 21" push, and a toro 36" wb with a sulky hanging off the back. Is 10' a good size to get? Or should i just go ahead and go for the 12' even though it's a little out of my price range. What are your suggestions?
     
  2. AMW Landscaping

    AMW Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    6.5x12 is what I use. It's a custom PJ and I love it. Can't get a better trailer than a PJ.
     
  3. JeremyKuhn

    JeremyKuhn LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm a solo operator but I went ahead and got a 6x16 Tandem for future expansion. I have a Gravely 460 and a Exmark Viking 36" WB and could easily fit them on a 12' though. I would go with the biggest trailer you can afford, you may not see it up front but you can fit more when you expand later.
     
  4. AMW Landscaping

    AMW Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Also want to consider the axle weight so you can carry bulk materials
     
  5. southerntide

    southerntide LawnSite Fanatic
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    5x10 right now looking for new dual axle 6.5 or 7x12 plan on upgrading adding 2nd mower soon hard to find trailers where I live most places are at least 2 1/2 hours away.

    You want at least 3000lb axle for dual zero turn commercials

    What you have now would be good 5x8 for what you have and budget or 5x10 starting out you could find a good used one just get the axle checked first.
     
  6. southerntide

    southerntide LawnSite Fanatic
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    I paid $350 for our 5x10 new but that was quit some years ago
     
  7. skorum03

    skorum03 LawnSite Senior Member
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    get the 6x14 single axle. Not much more expensive than the 6x12 and more room. If I were you I would get the 6x18, cause I am in the same shoes sorta where I need something bigger and could get by with a 6x12 or 6x14 but know the extra 300-$400 is worth the size. And pretty much everyone on here tells you to go bigger
     
  8. ztman

    ztman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The trailer in the link appears to be a light weight weekend warrior trailer. 1 7/8" coupler and no a-frame. You may want to shop around and pay a few extra bucks for one with atleast a 2" coupler and an a-frame.
     
  9. southerntide

    southerntide LawnSite Fanatic
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    Also need to know what vehicle he has to pull the trailer smaller trucks cannot handle to much
     
  10. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Define smaller truck.

    My 150 pulls a 7 x 16. Or 18 I can't remember
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