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box truck vs pickup and trailer

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Lawn Masters, Aug 30, 2005.

  1. Lawn Masters

    Lawn Masters LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 850

    I'm currently looking to expand and get a second truck, but I need to decide between a box truck, and a pickup with a trailer.

    I'm thinking a 16' enclosed trailer for security, since around here things do tend to "walk" off if you dont lock em up. or a box truck of the same length with a custom made ramp on it for this purpose. I just cant decide which I want, either one is a great addition, but I cant make up my mind.

    my budget, is $10K, for the either setup, which I'm sure I can do, if I get something used.
     
  2. TURF DOCTOR

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,138

    We run 2 box trailers keep them sharp looking hindsight i would have bought a junky box trailer.They will get banged up nobody cares but you.
     
  3. Lawn Masters

    Lawn Masters LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 850

    Since I found a suburban locally for a decent price under $6K, and in decent shape, I'm going the trailer route. Turf Docter, thanks for your advice, I appreciate it.
     
  4. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    I would go with the box truck. You can get a used truck for $15,000 and $1500 for the ramp. A box truck is better with employees, since they aren't towing a trailer.
     
  5. Lawn Masters

    Lawn Masters LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 850

    While this is true, it'll be a crew with a driver who's towed trailers before, so I'm not too worried about that. besides, my limit was $10K.
     
  6. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    got a bank. Pull a small business loan.
     

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