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Enclosed trailer- V-Nose or not?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by ElephantNest, Jan 25, 2010.

  1. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
    Messages: 1,878

    I'm getting an 8.5 x 16 enclosed trailer soon, and was hoping I could get people opinions on what they like/dislike about their V-Nose, and what they like/dislike about their flat nose.

    A regular trailer with an extended tongue is probably 19' total length for a 16' trailer, and I think it would be about the same for a V-nose......so seems like wasted space without the v-nose.....but maybe they're more hassle than their worth with sight issues, or turning, something else I may not have thought of.

    Which do you prefer, and why?


    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,780

    I have a vnose trailer and am back and forth about it. At first I loved it and still do, because of all the extra room in the front, its great for storage. I also have a dump insert on my truck and because of the extra length of that I as well as my employee had slightly jackknifed it as we were backing up. That was our own dumb faults but I've driven trailers for 8-9 years and have never done it before. Either way...the other problem with it is there is no place to put my truck loader. That is a big issue if you have one or plan on buying one...Hope this helps you a little.
  3. scagrider22

    scagrider22 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,272

    The v-nose is a good place to put a workbench and cabinets without taking up your usable trailer space plus you get a couple extra feet of cargo room with out going to a longer trailer, my 8.5x20' is almost 22' long inside and the cost was the same as a flat nose. And they do seem to tow a little easier at highway speeds.
  4. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    The v-nose will definately cut down on the drag when you are driving. And like others have said the front of a v-nose is a great place for extra storage inside without losing any of the useable space. I'd say that a v-nose would be a much better choice with the added storage space inside.
  5. SilverTouch

    SilverTouch LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    so the 20' does not count the v part at the front?
  6. rcslawncare

    rcslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,684

    I don't like the look of v noses, but for the reduced drag, they might be a good choice. Extra space is a nice selling point, but I heard somewhere that V nose railers don't ripple like regular ones as far as the sheet metal looking good and straight.
  7. 360ci

    360ci LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 998

    I'd get the V nose. If it's advertised as a 8x20, that's generally the box size without the V nose area included, generally it's 2-2.5 feet depending on the tongue length.
  8. scagrider22

    scagrider22 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,272

    Nope the square section of my trailer is 20' inside and the v-nose adds another 2' of storage.
  9. ygim

    ygim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 300

    I'm going with the vnose
  10. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,463

    i know some have already said they have made use of the space a v-nose has.

    i personally feel there is wasted space with a v-nose. with the way i have my enclosed trailer set up the v is to much wasted space to go that route.

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