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Enclosed Trailer and Getting Around.

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by PGLC, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. PGLC

    PGLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    We have been using open trailers and are now thinking of purchasing an enclosed trailer. We may buy for the future knowing that we will grow and need more space. Right now we could get by with a 7 X 14. However, we have an opportunity to buy a 8.5 X 18 for $1000 more (both new). Does anyone care to share their experiences in handling these size trailers throughout residential communities? The 7 X 14 won't be an issue but I am thinking the 8.5 X 18 may be difficult to get around on smaller streets, especially with cars parked on them. Does the larger one seem to make more sense in the long run? 70% of our customers are residentials. Thanks!
  2. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    from OH
    Messages: 2,331

    go with the 18'. i wanted to get a 16' open trailer but saved some money by buying a 12' open instead, ive regretted that decision ever since. we are going to be purchasing a 8.5'x20' enclosed in the next couple months and we do 90% residential, but people rarely park on the street around here.
  3. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,405

    Have a 8.5 X 20. No issues at all. In the past 2 years I can think of 1 time ive been stuck in a parking lot, and that was my own fault for not knowing it was not big enough. Bigger is better, always.

  4. hchase86

    hchase86 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    I know you were saying that you were thinking of getting an enclosed trailer, but may I suggest purchasing a small box truck from Uhaul. Every since I bought my own, I've been a great advocate of this idea. Uhaul sells out their old rental equipment for pretty good prices and most are in pretty good condition! This really work miracles for me and my business!!
  5. Johnson LCO

    Johnson LCO LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 336

    Without a doubt go with the bigger trailer. I just purchased my new trailer this year and was considering going with a 16x7. I ended up buying an 8x20 and could not be happier. The size differnce visually is daunting but you get used to it very quickly. I do 100% residential and have not had a problem with it so far. You just have to think the first time you are doing your route and figure where you can and cant go. I bet there is not much of a difference in price, so you should consider going 8x20 instead of 8x18 so you can easily fit 3 mowers and everything else.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    go bigger. you can never have too much room
  7. 1wezil

    1wezil LawnSite Senior Member
    from tn
    Messages: 532

    Always go bigger you will fill it fast . I went from a 16 open to a 28 enclosed this year and love it . no problem with getting around at all.
  8. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 2,383

    We have a 8.5x20 and it's great, would not want to go back to an open trailer. This is our 3rd season with the enclosed.

    Go with the 18, or better yet a 20, you won't regret it.
  9. jerrysplowing

    jerrysplowing LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    Definately go bigger ,I bought the 7x14 and started to go outgrow it right away
  10. GreenAcresFertCo.

    GreenAcresFertCo. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 139

    I'll second that...go big or go home

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