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Enclosed trailer questions

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Irwin97, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,009

    Lets see a picture of your enclosed setup.
  2. Irwin97

    Irwin97 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    I like your set up @plantscapeSolutions ... it looks like 8x16 is enough and good set up for you. I'm leaning for 8 feet wide but not sure if I should stick w/ 16 or 18 so I can fit two ExMark 60' inside w/ two 36' walk behind mowers.

    I think 8x18 V nose should give me room to do that however the shorter the trailer is better for me I think in order to work in downtown area. So I will look into them in person. I would love to see pictures from others w/ similar set up as well.
  3. zo6

    zo6 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 418

    ill take one today, nothing special, shelf in front with toolbox on top,trimmer racks on walls and two mowers, the extra ft. Of width does make a big difference though.
  4. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,009

    If you go wider you will have more wiggle room to load, unload, and move around in the trailer. That will equate to improved efficiencies, less wasted labor, and more money in your pocket.

    Lets say you save 30 seconds unloading and then loading at every stop with a three man crew who gets a little OT each week. If you have 50 stops a week you saved 2.5 man hours. In a year with 35 mowing services that would be 87.5 man hours. That could be as much as $1750 a year saved by having a better setup.

    Most guys do not have really well thought out and creative setups and as a result they leave money behind at every stop they make.
  5. gtmustang00

    gtmustang00 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 59

    I wouldn't go v nose unless you want your employees to crunch the v with a 1 ton dump. Go 8.5 wide, ext tongue, and 20 or 24ft. 24ft is perfect for 2 exmark 60 lazers w/ bagging systems and a 36" walk behind.
  6. Irwin97

    Irwin97 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    @gtmustang00 Nobody drives truck/trailers but me and my brothers so I wouldn't worry about that.

    But yep I've decide I will go w/ 8 ft wide trailer and still debate on 16 - 18 ft mainly because its downtown area and I've seen lot of trucks w/ bigger trailer struggling getting in/out of area. So I'm not sure if 20+ feet is desirable for us.
  7. Irwin97

    Irwin97 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    @plantscapeSolutions yeah every sec/min counts end of the year. I will go w/ 8 ft no qq because I like how more space it give me and esp how your trailer pictures helped showing that every extra space is useful. Now I think I'm down to two things ... brand trailer ( Mirage/Wells Cargo? ) and how many feet long ( 16 or 18 ) I cant go bigger so once I decide on them them will make my order.
  8. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,009

    Thing to check on are to make sure it's dual electric brakes on the axles. Also are the axles name brand like Dexter or just generic Chinese axles. The Dexter axles are also Chinese but they are held to a higher standard. I have had quite few generic Chinese axles fail for various reasons and would not buy a trailer with then again.

    Make sure the front of the trailer has diamond plate covering the front lower 3' because the truck will kick up sand, pebbles, and other debris that will take off the paint.
  9. jones68

    jones68 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    I have a 8.5x20 extended tongue. Love it I wouldn't go any smaller the width is perfect I have trimmers mounted on the right and blowers
    On the left I can fit my 56" exmark with the ultravac in between no problem
  10. Irwin97

    Irwin97 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    @Jones68 ... I've decide I would go with widest possible ( 8 - 8.5 ) so I can have more room inside and it will become Dual purpose for me as it will tow our Hot Rods ( Model A/F1 Series trucks ).

    So far I'm sold on 8x18 w/ 5200 axles, brakes on both, extended tongue, diamond plate front, 2 fans on top, lights interior, and hope for 40 inches or bigger side door.

    I'm pretty much all down to Brand Name now ... I want something that will give me peace of mind within $5k price range give or take w/o worrying about things will go bad or cheap built since my business is important to me and my hot rods cost lot of money.

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