What type of trailer should I buy?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by bdconsoli, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. bdconsoli

    bdconsoli LawnSite Member
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    This will be my fourth year in business now and I have outgrown the little 5x8 trailer I started with. I am looking to get a 6x12. It's big enough for the equipment I have and then some and it's still small enough and light enough I can tow it with my Ford Ranger. My question to you guys is should I go with an open or enclosed trailer? I don't have a shop, and there is enough room in my dad's shed for my handheld stuff, but my ztr is in my back yard under a tarp. So, what type of trailer do you guys prefer and why?

    Thanks
    Brian
     
  2. kilgoja

    kilgoja LawnSite Senior Member
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    i have a 5x10 open trailer...i prefer it since it's the same width as my truck...so if my truck is in the lane then so is the trailer...a 6x12 would be a little wider than my truck...it's a little thing but just something i prefer...my dad has a huge trailer and that thing is like wide as the lanes of the road lol....i hate using it cause sometimes you have to get one side of the wheels off the road in order to not hit an oncoming car...very annoying and dangerous...it all depends on how much room you need and how big your business is....i only carry one 48" mower and a 21" pushmower on my trailer so i have plenty of room...could even fit a 54" mower on a 5x10...if you have or plan to get a 60" or wider mower then you need a 6' wide trailer for sure...they also make 5x12 trailers...so just decide if you need the extra width or not...i don't like the enclosed trailers...i just unload my trailer at the end of each day and put them in the garage or if you have space in your garage you can back the trailer into it and leave your mowers on the trailer
     
  3. bdconsoli

    bdconsoli LawnSite Member
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    I have a 48" Tiger Cub and a 21" push mower plus handhelds. Plan on getting a trac vac or similar eventually. I made 2' sides out of 2x4's on the trailer I have now and it's tight with the 48. Total inside width is like 57". I'm not worried about the driving part. I am pretty sure a 6x12 will be the best size for me, just whether it's open or closed is the question. Just trying to see what everyone else likes.
     
  4. newjerseylandscaping

    newjerseylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    can we get pics of the 5x8? im looking at starting with one like that. Thans
     
  5. bdconsoli

    bdconsoli LawnSite Member
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    I'll try, never posted pics on here but I'll give it a shot.
     
  6. Cape Atlantic Landscaping

    Cape Atlantic Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    I would say what ever you do get for larger than you think and get Dual Axel.
    The dual axle will make it much easier to back up. We have enclosed trailers because we don't have a shop to put stuff away. I like them also because you can keep your stuff out of the elements
     
  7. bdconsoli

    bdconsoli LawnSite Member
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    I can't go much bigger than a 6x10 or 6x12 for a bunch of reasons. Price, driveway space, plus my Ranger is only rated for 5800 lbs, so a 7000 or 10000 dual axle 20' trailer won't work for a lot of reasons. Size wise I know what I am going to get, it's just whether it's open or enclosed.
     
  8. newjerseylandscaping

    newjerseylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Get an open inmo for smaller size trailer a open will be more productive. because you can build sides for the truck for debris but if you get a large job with alot of debris you will have to load that trailer. with some sides and a tarp your all set.
     
  9. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
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    If storage is an issue, an enclosed trailer will be your best option. You can use your truck for debris. Plus everything can be locked up in an enclosed, no unloading at the end of the day.
     
  10. newjerseylandscaping

    newjerseylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    This is not a jab or anything but a ranger is not going to hold the deberis like a 150 or 250 would the oppen would prevent un neccissary runs to the dump
     

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