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16' vs. 18' open trailers

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by chevyman1, Dec 28, 2004.

  1. chevyman1

    chevyman1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    besides the obvious 2ft of space, are there any pros/cons to hauling one or the other. After year 1, I have outgrown the 12ft trailer because now I need to haul the 60" Dixie, a 50" Dixie Run Behind I'm buying, a 36 Ferris, and a 21inc push
  2. Texas Mower Parts

    Texas Mower Parts LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 472

    I'd get a 18 or 20'. A 16' may be fine for now but you may want more in the future. To me there is a big difference between a 16 and a 20. Also, you may want to get heavier axles. I like 5200's and 6000's, but you'll need a dovetail to keep the gate angle low. The heavier the better. It will last longer, plus you can haul heavier equipment, like rental stuff(Trenchers, tractors, etc.) Just my .02 :dizzy:

    JKOOPERS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,259

    i have a 16' and and to fit 3 mowers on it i have to turn one sideways it sucks . i would get the 20' and then i would put another gate on it up front so you dont have to pull every mower off to get to the front one .
  4. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    I was gonna add that each mower takes about 6 feet of space so if you are gonna haul 3 i would go with the 18
  5. chevyman1

    chevyman1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    thanks guys, ok it's either 18 or 20 now
  6. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    I've got a 12 foot trailer now, and I often can't find a spot to park with that. I want to upgrade to a longer trailer, but I fear I won't be able to park it in the places I have to go.
  7. Daddio

    Daddio LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    Go 20 ft. with side gate, I load two lazers off back gate and 48'' walkbehind from the side (what a time saver).It is so convinient just to unload whichever mower I need.
  8. N.H.BOY

    N.H.BOY LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,603

    I have a BigTex 20 ft.For a few hundred more than the 18 it's well worth it. If you got the truck to haul it and the space at home for it I'd get that. Like everyone else will say more room for more stuff :p You can always add on to the trailer, being more racks and stuff.
  9. Smithers

    Smithers LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,265


    how did you put the side gate? got pics or links?
  10. ztoro

    ztoro LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 735

    Side gates are ussually curbside in place of the door... I wish I had that on my trailer.. although a door is nice for quick access rather than having to unlatch and lower a ramp.. I guess you can get a door on the road side as well.

    I have a 8.5x18. I was originally going with the 7 x 16 but then came acrooss a few month old 18 footer for the same price as a new 7x16.. So glad I got the 8.5x18..

    3 mowers (52" +) in line or you can fit some smaller decks side by side.... to make it 4 mowers...

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