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Enclosed Trailer Or Van

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by sasquatchmonk88, May 4, 2010.

  1. sasquatchmonk88

    sasquatchmonk88 LawnSite Member
    from Lansing
    Messages: 12

    I am debating on getting a enclosed trailer next year or a van.

    Enclosed trailers are nice because they are secure, you don't unload every day.

    On the other hand vans are about the same and you don't lose the gas mileage you would if you had a van hauling an open trailer.

    Any opinions?
  2. aznsquirel

    aznsquirel LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    I have a van right now but would love an enclosed trailer. The worst part about the van would have to be the fumes that you smell from your previous cut. I feel like passing out sometimes haha. But a van is nice since it reduces gas mileage and IMO is easier to park/drive/etc.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    i would prefer a enclosed trailer but it all depends on your personal needs and preferences
  4. Fine Gardens Landscaping

    Fine Gardens Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 137

    I was considering a van too because I have a small operation and it'd be better for parking and maneuvering. Couldn't you seal off the passenger compartment to block the fumes? I notice a lot of cargo vans have a metal see through barricade that separates the cargo area from passenger compartment. Maybe you could seal that off further somehow.
  5. TurboMazda

    TurboMazda LawnSite Member
    Messages: 67

    It all depends, but if you decide for a van, I suggest a diesel one, you'll see the economy compare to Gasoline....................And you can seal the driver's seats to keep fumes from harming you,
  6. bradseabridge

    bradseabridge LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 720

    diesel van will most likely get better gas mileage than a gas v8 anyday.
  7. fastlane

    fastlane LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 347

    way noy a stepvan?
  8. grass catcher

    grass catcher LawnSite Member
    Messages: 81

    be sure to consider diesel is 35 to 40 cents per gallon higher and 2x to
    service I bought a f150 v6 to try to save
  9. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,238

    trailer, beacuse you cant tow a van if it breaks down and still do lawns. i think a van would look unprofessional but thats your call.
    if you get a van, you risk carbon monoxide poisoning from the fumes.
    get a trailer

    also if one of your mowers happens to catch fire while in your van, your F***ed! trailer; you detach and get outa there!
  10. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,164

    Depends on what you're calling a van, there are differrent views. Stepvans could work but you are open to fumes and they usually have a small back door, pros is that they chassis will usually last through several engines. Cargo van is that it is very small area, fumes and hard to load but easy to drive and can pull a trailer. Box van can have up to a typical 16' box and lots of room with a wide rear door, downfall would be that it is a big box and catches alot of wind. I would take a van over a trailer but would not get rid of my truck trailer combo for a back-up and to do brush clean up and mulch.

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