Anyone running an s-10 (or similar) with small trailer?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by merrimacmill, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 515

    We've been looking into getting into the lawn care/grounds maintenance industry as an extension of our property management company. We have a good amount of equipment already to do our own lawns, but since we will be doing this commercially, we are looking at getting bobcat walk behind and a small enclosed trailer. I would like to get a small enclosed trailer that can be towed behind our little s-10 runner truck. For starters I plan on having a one man crew and seeing where that brings us. So I was looking at a 5x8 haulmark V nose enclosed trailer to start off with. I think that this would be a good start since we'd only be carrying one 48" walk behind, a 22" walk behind, a few trimmers and hand tools. Instead of putting a newer employee in our new gmc 3500 everyday, I'd much rather have them use the s-10. Not to mention fuel costs.

    So basically my question, what do you think for a trailer? 5x8? It is a 4 cylinder, reg cab, and has a tow hitch already installed from the previous owner. Is this a plausible idea, or just foolish?

    I do already have a 14 foot dual axle landscape trailer for our tractor, but its WAY too much for the s10 and I need it to be enclosed.
  2. nosparkplugs

    nosparkplugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,444

    You should always try to purchase a truck you can "grow" into. I think your making a mistake with anything less than a 1/2 ton.
  3. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,169

    I believe he already owns the s-10. id be more concerned about the trailer. maybe look into getting a 6x12. but then you can haul it with your s-10 so your really kind of stuck there. if all you will ever run is a 48 and a 21 youd be fine with the 5x8 but if you plan on expanded at all you would have to purchase a new trailer.
  4. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 515

    We do already own the s-10. We also own a 2006 gmc 3500 duramax. I just don't see where the 3500 would be required for day to day mowing with a couple mowers. I did come across a lightly used 6X10 enclosed with ramp door, and side entrance door for $2300 I believe. Do you guys think an s-10 could handle a 6X10? I've never towed with it, we just use it to run to the store, post office, just errand stuff..
  5. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,169

    it would only be necessary if you had gotten a bigger trailer. but if your only going to be using a 48 the 5x8 trailer would be fine for you. unless you wanted to expand and get a bigger mower or 2 mowers. then a new trailer would be necessary and then you would need to be hauling it with the 3500.
  6. ATL Lawn

    ATL Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    i would do a 5x8 or 5x10 OPEN trailer, but i dont know about running that enclosed everyday on an S10, unless its a 6cyl
  7. ATL Lawn

    ATL Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    i run a s-10 crew only, but we only use two 21" mowers, for yards under 2000sf around intown city.
  8. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,760

    Check that'll want at least a class III.

    An enclosed trailer and that 4 cyl truck will likely not work well at hwy speeds...
  9. LDH

    LDH LawnSite Bronze Member
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  10. shepoutside

    shepoutside LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,208

    This is a great ideal, which I have now done. The beds cost around 1500 bucks. Mine are on 4 cyl rangers.

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