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Anyone prefer an open trailer instead of an enclosed trailer?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by NYH1, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. Chris Feenan

    Chris Feenan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    I figure 1000 lbs for a yard of mulch. Less if it's dry, but it's rarely dry in Spring when i need mulch every day.

    Are you putting 3-4000 lbs on a pickup ?
  2. NYH1

    NYH1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    Thanks guys. I appreciate the replies.

  3. gulfjoe

    gulfjoe LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,638

    This is what is scaring me from the switch. Every time I here a clang or bang I loom back and expect to see $300+ in equipment flying down the road... But I love my new open trailer.
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  4. Bumpmaster

    Bumpmaster LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 20,800

    If you got a garage to put your truck an trailer in, an open trailer is the only way to go.
  5. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,504

    any open trailer is cheaper, but the reason most go with an open trailer atleast in the first 4-5 years is the versatility, you put the mower(s) trimmers, and blowers on it to do the lawns, then take them off go pick up 5-10 yards of mulch depending on the trailer, spread that then go cut down a 45ft maple if you do tree work and put all that on the trailer and haul everything away if you have to, yes unloading it by hand sucks but its better then turning down the 800 or 900 dollar tree because you have an enclosed trailer and it would be a complete pain in the ass to load brush, and logs into that. then once you get a little more established you might own a dump truck for hauling debris/mulch/ leaves or a dump insert or dump trailer or all 3. I'd like to get an enclosed trailer like a 22' v nose aluminum one, but I literally just bought my open trailer this spring, and while I would probably keep it, it wouldn't get used nearly as much once I get an enclosed which i want to get a full wrap on.
  6. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,685

    Yea the cheaper part is not always true either, my open 20 is around $7500 and my open 16 is around $5000. You get what you pay for. Some have round stock for frames the next level up is angle iron mine are 2 inch square stock. Ones 11 years old ones 12 years old and not a dent on any of them they are built like tanks. This is one of them with the floor off when I last painted and worked on them.


  7. 01thump

    01thump LawnSite Member
    from orlando
    Messages: 200

    I love my open trailer everything is locked and organized I bought the 6x12 and welded on plenty of extra things to make it work for me..
  8. 01thump

    01thump LawnSite Member
    from orlando
    Messages: 200

    I love my 6x12 I bought it used and added a lot of add ons to it myself to make it work for me..everything is locked and has its own place..[​IMG]
  9. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,009

    You need to get an Extreme Rack from Green Touch. No pins to mess with and waste your time installing or removing it from the rack. You could put it in the rack with one hand if you had to. It's as close to idiot proof as it gets.
  10. themadcutter

    themadcutter LawnSite Senior Member
    from florida
    Messages: 914

    unless you need to have your equipment stored inside something then there is no need for an enclosed trailer.
    Its not only worse on fuel but is also much harder on tires. plus you can't put brush in it and get it back out as easy.

    I use an enclosed but I don't want my equipment out in the weather all the time. there is a tiny bit of extra security with an enclosed trailer. those 2 things and maybe being able to have some shelves and a tool box inside a tiny garage on wheels are the benifits. MAybe looks a little more professional. especially if you have a nice looking wrap. attracts customers.

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