2 Ft. Trailer sides Mesh Or sheet metal???

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by kevindoughty10, May 8, 2012.

  1. kevindoughty10

    kevindoughty10 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    I am ordering a new 7x14 single axle trailer with one foot sides all around and two foot from the front to the fenders. I would like to know what type sides to get. 14 gauge Sheet metal or wire mesh? The price is the same for both. The trailer has all 2x2 tubing. Thanks for your help.:usflag:
  2. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,517

    My preference would be solid but Id be interested to know if there was any wind drag difference between the solid and mesh.
  3. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,508

    Do you plan to haul solid materials with it?:usflag:
  4. jhouchins

    jhouchins LawnSite Member
    from East TN
    Messages: 182

    Stay away from the mesh. Limbs get hung in them and in you ever haul mulch or dirt you won't like it. Just my 2 cents
  5. kevindoughty10

    kevindoughty10 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    I plan on using it for hauling mowers mainly. I will haul mulch and do cleanups every once in a while. I have never had a sheet metal sided trailer and am worried that it will not hold up to abuse as well as the mesh.
  6. kevindoughty10

    kevindoughty10 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    Thanks for the replies. Please let me know what you think
  7. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,253

    Go solid, if you ever haul any sand, soil, fine rock or brush the mesh will cause problems. The solid area will give you a place to put vinyl graphics on it also.
  8. LuckyFlyinROUSH

    LuckyFlyinROUSH LawnSite Member
    from MO
    Messages: 36

    I would get a double axle instead of worrying about siding, single axles can't carry much. I have a single axle and regret it 24/7. You can always add plywood removable sides for 40 bucks whenever you need to haul materials.
  9. Bubbatex0

    Bubbatex0 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    I put the small mesh on the sides of mine and can haul dirt and gravel pretty good. Used scraps of larger mesh on the front.

  10. kevindoughty10

    kevindoughty10 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    Thanks everybody!!! I decided to go with the 14 gauge sheet metal sides. This will allow me to put graphics on the outside of my trailer for advertising. The reason i am getting a single axle is because I need to be able to push my trailer around in my driveway without a lot of effort. I am constantly having to move stuff around.

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