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Enclosed or Open trailers

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by kipcom, Jan 15, 2005.

  1. kipcom

    kipcom LawnSite Senior Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 352

    I dont get why so many lawncare owners use open trailers. I started out and in 1 year went to an enclosed trailer. I really enjoy the benefits of having the shade, a place to store all the equipment in from the summer elements. I enjoy the most is when a storm rolls in I can drive the mower right into the trailer and Im out of the rain. I also use it for winter storage of equipment I only use in the warm months.

    Comments ?

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    The main reason is money. Most people starting up in this business start with little or no money.
    And ditto on the enclosed.
  3. LLandscaping

    LLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,016

    We currently use all open trailers because enclosed trailers cost a lot of money and are not as easy to work out of as open trailers. Hopefully in the next year or so we will be able to buy a box truck. We are to the point that we are tried of pulling trailers around and would like to not have to load/unload daily. Also open trailers are more versatile you can haul mulch, gravel, dirt, debris, etc. We will always have at least one open trailer for such jobs.
  4. shaughnessylawn

    shaughnessylawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 117

    trust me I would love to have a encolsed trailer but when there is so much more to buy I just have to deal with the open s&*t you know. I agree with you on just how your equipment see's less abuse from being in the elements
    and the storage plus they look more professional
  5. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    I prefer the open trailer. It is more versatile when it comes to moving other things like dirt, mulch, etc. Easier to work off. And easier for me to tow around and find parking, especially in this over trafficked town. It's no biggie for me, I know lots of people like enclosed and more power to them. I just prefer the versatility of an open trailer, and would not buy an enclosed one.
  6. captaingreen

    captaingreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 471

    I prefer my open because I do alot of landscaping too. It is much easier to pull up and have the bobcat dump 5 yards of mulch on an open, not to mention all the other loading/unloading in a day. I also couldn't back an enclosed into my garage like I can my open 16'.
  7. Blades of Steel

    Blades of Steel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 599

    I'll tell you one thing though. If the theft doesn't get any better then I'm buying a 20 ft enclosed trailer. I will un load the mowers from it at night and leave the hand held thing in it. The only reason i didn't the first time is because I had a f-150 and that would have killed it. Now with the f-250 diesel in the drive I might next year..

  8. competitiveimageland

    competitiveimageland LawnSite Member
    Messages: 192

    ill stick with the enlosed trailers , they are rolling billboards for one . ive yet to have anyone run off with equiptment . ive gotten stuck out in storms befor and its great just bein wable to ride the tractors in and wait it out. as far a loadin a trailer up with mulch i dunno bout that, ill stick with the dump trucks for that work, everyone has watched the scrubs pull outa the stone yards with 4 yars on a 6 by ten trailer with the axle bowed like a pretzel , i get a laugh outa that , just hope they grease their wheel bearing ofter
  9. captaingreen

    captaingreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 471

    I quess the appropriate trailer would be the one that works best for your particular situation.
  10. clay duncan

    clay duncan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 445

    i have had both and i prefer an open trailer for these reasons: eaiser to pull,see around, easier to work out of , more versatile, will go in garage and they are cheaper. an enclosed trailer does have some advantages like maybe weather but dont be fooled by the ability to lock the doors. my trailer was broken into very easily by simply cutting away the small flip down latch that the lock goes through. the lock was never touched and the trailer was backed up against a condo association with at least 40 windows over looking it. if you have an enclosed trailer you need to install an alarm and probably another device to keep it from being hitched up and towed away.....

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