12 foot trailer question?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by calvinslawnservices, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. calvinslawnservices

    calvinslawnservices LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 836

    I am looking to get a 12 foot trailer and am wondering what I can fit on it in terms of equipment. I would like to be able to fit 2 60in walkbehinds or one walkbehind and a ztr.

    Any ideas on if these will fit?

  2. The Grounds Crew

    The Grounds Crew LawnSite Member
    Messages: 146

    It's as basic as lining up the equipment and measuring it from one end to the other and see how long it is. Rule of thumb. Always get two feet larger on a trailer as it will save you a lot in the future. Make sure that you get a trailer that can handle those large machines. You might even wan't a tandem axle if you plan on using that equipment.
  3. calvinslawnservices

    calvinslawnservices LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 836

    Thanks for the advice. Do you think that there would be a need for tandem axles on this trailer? If a ztr weighs 1300 at the most and then a walkbehind weighs less than 700 i will be under the gross weight of the trailer. My route is rather small so the miles on it will be low.
  4. The Grounds Crew

    The Grounds Crew LawnSite Member
    Messages: 146

    Most 6x12 single axle trailers have a gross weight of about 2,500 to 3,000 lbs so you will be fine. But if you ever want to haul other tools and/or material you might want to go larger. But in your case you will do just fine with a single. Just make sure to look at specs before you buy it.
  5. calvinslawnservices

    calvinslawnservices LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 836

    I have been looking at different trailers and most 6.5 * 12 trailers have 3500 axle and a capacity of 3000. I figured I can carry about 4 yards of mulch at a time which is fine for me cause its either about 4 yards or 10 there's no in between.

    Do you think that a walkbehind and ztr will fit? I can measure out 2 walkbehinds but i don't have a ztr to measure out for the trailer.
  6. dieseltech

    dieseltech LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 651

    I would buy bigger...i have a 14 footer and put a z and a walkbehind on it and wish i had more space. I got my trailer as a freebie from my father inlaw and after this season, its first with me will be looking to go to a bigger size next year.
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  7. Lawn Pawn

    Lawn Pawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from zone 3
    Messages: 568

    I would mark the trailer dimensions on the ground... and arrange your equipment within to see how it fits.
    Last tandem axle trailer I bought was only $50 more for 2ft. longer!

    Single axle pulls a little easier.... but a tandem pulls a little more stable.
    My opinion anything over 12ft. would be better off going tandem unless your only hauling leaves or mulch.
  8. GrassIsGreenerLawnCare

    GrassIsGreenerLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 636

    I agree. I really wish I had made the right decision when I upgraded from my 5x8 to a 6x10. Stupid move on my part, but I needed that little extra space to fit the walk behinds. I need a 16ft trailer now, and am stuck in a crappy situation, and now need to sell my 2 small trailers int he middle of cutting season.
    You will be dissapointed when you start getting large leaf clean-up and mulching jobs, not to mention fitting the mowers. And there is no need for tandem axles on a 12ft trailer really. I really suggest at least a 14ft trailer for you my friend. Trust me

    And yes, you should be able to fit them. I had fit a 48' and a 36' walk behing in a 5x8, sideways
  9. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 6,309

    They will fit but just barely. ZTR is 7' and the frame, wheels, and deck of the WB is about 5'. the handle bars will be in your lap when you load though. When i bought the 14footer was only $100 more so i just went with that. Glad I did.
  10. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,256

    14' tandem axle and brakes on both axles would be a great choice and get a well built one not the cheapest. If you grow your business you'll appreciate having the extra room alot. I have a 16' and 2 WB mowers and run out of trailer often. Yesterday I was able to leave the house with one mower wheel barrows and all the hand tools needed for a mulch job. I stopped and picked up my mulch and then proceeded to my first property. Mowed the lawn, cleaned the beds out, and then installed mulch. I then went and mowed 4 more lawns and after that, on my way to the last 3 properties of the day stopped by the supply yard picked up 3 yards of compost and top dressed a lawn before mowing the last 2 properties of the day. If I had a smaller trailer this could not have been done in one day and would've cost me more in drivetime and fuel, something to consider as a small operation that is only using one truck/trailer setup. TIME IS MONEY!
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2012

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