As I stated in another post I don't collect and haul away grass clippings or leaves in the fall, only branches from pruning tree work and hedge clippings. Loading and unloading equipment is also no problem for me either. Less than 2 minutes to set up the 2 safety ramps. For hauling grass clippings and leaves a open trailer would have the clear advantage because it is much easier to load grass clippings and leaves. But I don't do that and keeping my equipment out of the rain, my handhelds out of site of thieves and not having to unload & load everyday is more important.