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Crash course on trailers?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Vibe Ray, Jun 20, 2002.

  1. Vibe Ray

    Vibe Ray LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 785

    Hey guys...I am thinking about going the truck and trailer route. I have been using a Chevy cargo van up until now. I have no real experience w/ trailers and have no idea wahat to get. I have heard many terms here on lawnsite about trailers, but I don't know exactly what they mean. What are all the things to look for in a trailer? How much do I spend for this or that one. I am a one man show for now and will probably stay that way for a little while, but will eventually hire help. Basically I need a crash course on trailers. What are all the possible widths and lengths? For now I will go with an open trailer, not enclosed. Does it become very difficult to maneuver after a certain size and what are the best trucks to tow with? Anything else I can think of later I will post later.

  2. SIG

    SIG LawnSite Member
    Messages: 188

    Are you planning on getting a Z mower? I would suggest 6'x 16' with a mesh gate. I would not go smaller than 16' long. I pull my trailer with a 1999 F-350. By the way i love that truck!!! You should be able to get that trailer for less than $2000.00.
  3. HarryD

    HarryD LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,068

    depends do you have a place you can store it or park it . i have a garage i put mine in so i can leave all my equipment on it.
    even though ya only have one walk behind i would get a 16 footer if ya have the space to put it
  4. Vibe Ray

    Vibe Ray LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 785

    My primary equipment is listed in my signature as well as many other odds and ends things I have will go in it.
    I want to add a question, too. What are all the possible options a trailer can have? Such as you mention a "mesh gate"....are there many different types of gates and what do u have to say about them? I have heard things such as tounge heavy, max weight capacity, and angle iron and channel iron and should I go w/ dual axles or dual wheels or whatever and what about side ramps or brakes and tail lights....I have heard all of these things before and most of them I don't know anything about and would like to learn about them. What kind of specs should it have? Any brand names better? Where is a good place to get them?Or.....

    An offbeat truly unimportant thing just 4 fun....which color if were possible to choose?

    Thanx again
  5. Vibe Ray

    Vibe Ray LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 785

    Harry I have a garage that is 21' 6" deep so I have the space, yes.

    And by the way my Exmark Lazer HP is a rider.....in case ya didn't know
  6. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Messages: 3,256

    Ray keep in mind that a 16' trailer is really going be to about 20' or longer. The floor space is 16', but the tongue can add 4' to 6'.

    My little 5' x 10' trailer just fits into my 10'x20' garage. The wheel wells take it to 7' wide and my garage door is a standard 8' door, so I only have about 6" left over on each side when backing in.

    The overall length is about 15' or 16'. I only have a few feet behind my trailer where I have a shelf unit against the back wall of the garage to store stuff on.

    I don't think I could even get a 6' wide trailer through the door and I couldn't go any longer then a 12' long one.

    If I were you I'd go around to local trailer dealers and look at them in person and ask them questions.

    My 5'x10' was around $700. I wish I could get a larger one. Someday I'm going with an enclosed one.
  7. Vibe Ray

    Vibe Ray LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 785

    Ok....great! I didn't know that...I thought that those were the dimensions of the total overall width and length.
  8. 1stclasslawns

    1stclasslawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 565

    I have a 14" by 6'4" wide single axel with out brakes, I pull it with a '97 k3500 chevy 4x4 with duels. With out any problem at all , I could pull a much bigger trailer if I needed too.

    All that being said I carry a 48" JD w/b a 61" Great dane Z a 21" trim mower and a gas edger along with a few misc things on it. I have put a large plastic truck box on the toung fro blades weedeater line and "stuff". It has a 4' drop gate on the back and is all I need. I will one day get a 16' er but my old 1/2 ton did a great job with the trailer it went throught the brakes though.

  9. We do 4 U

    We do 4 U LawnSite Member
    Messages: 183

    When buyimg a trailer don"t do what I did, buy one for what you need at the moment. You will neede bigger and better later on so go ahead and spend the extra $ now. That being said the things I look for in a trailer are at least 2' high expanded metal sides ( great for hauling mulch), greaseable hubs ( so you won't have to repack them), a fold down tounge jack, at least a 4' rear fold donw gate, a side gate, dual axle with brakes and like was said before, at least 16'.
    Buy the way I'm in the market for a trailer for myself, my third in 3 years because I didn't follow my own advise.
  10. yardman1

    yardman1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 458

    I have a 6' 6" by 14' square tube tandem axle trailer with 2' foot enclosed sides with custom weedater racks and blower racks on both sides, it also has a big metal box on the front that you can put stuff inside and lock it. I pull this with a 2000 f-150 4x4 with the 5.4 engine and it pulls it just fine.

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