Enclosed trailer opinions

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by jdutcher003, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. jdutcher003

    jdutcher003 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 181

    I am looking into buying an enclosed trailer and was looking to see what you guys had to say about it.

    What size do you feel is best? I know different operations need different sizes, but what would guys choose.

    What size axles? 3500 or 5200?

    Also what brands do you feel are best?
  2. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    What equipment are you trying to fit in it? What's the tow vehicle?
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  3. jdutcher003

    jdutcher003 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 181

    This would be for lawn mowing. I am still growing and it will be for me and one worker to be using. I would like to put one or two zero turns in it as well as a stander or walk behind with blowers and trimmers.

    I am pulling it with a 3/4 ton diesel so I am not really worried about not being able to tow it
  4. Jaybrown

    Jaybrown LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,160

    Well usually 1 Ztr is 7 feet long so 2 is 14 feet a stander is 5 feet long You will need at least a 19 ft trailer.
  5. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,566

    Jay is pretty spot-on, with machine lengths.

    Axles are dependent on what you ultimately do put in it, the trailer EW, and whether or not you care about what weight classification your plate falls into. I don't know how the DOT is in NY, but, if you have to run a DOT number, cross scales, etc, you may want factor all that in. Generally, I wouldn't think you'd need more than 3500# axles. Those axles typically come with 15" wheels, so you want to make sure have good tires (most trailers are coming with Chinese garbage). I added Maxxis 10-ply 225/75 to my trailer, to get as much reliability as possible. For sure, go with torsion axles, as they ride really nice and minimize the beating your equipment and trailer will be subjected to.

    A typical V-nose will gain you ~30" of extra floor length and a lot more additional storage than you might think. Hit my signature link for a look at what I can fit into mine.

    As far as brands, that depends on your budget. You can buy stripped junk or spec a custom-build. I chose the latter, as I knew typical trailers in my length would never hold up.
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2014
  6. DuallyVette

    DuallyVette LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,966

    from 25 years experience using a 20 ft enclosed trailer for a similar load, I wouldn't have anything less than 6000 lb axels. and 16 inch wheels. my 1st 20ft had 3500 lb axles. i bent a few axles before I put 7000 lb axles on it.
  7. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,837

    I always seemed to bend my axles on a every other seasonal bases with 3500lb axles.
  8. precision8m

    precision8m LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 349

    Always go a little bigger or longer than you currently need. Definitely do the 5200 axles and you'll probably need a 20 ft but maybe bigger depending on what kind of small equipment you take. I keep a 48 walker, 60 toro and 42 walk behind in mine and there is still about 3-4 feet of room in the back if I pack them in tight.

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