Enclosed trailer

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by The mayor, Dec 24, 2005.

  1. The mayor

    The mayor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 592

    I am thinking about buying a enclosed trailer. Mainly to free up some room in the garage. Is there anybody that wishes they stayed with a open trailer or has everybody been happy going to the enclosed. Besides filling up the equipment that would be the only downfall, besides weight.
  2. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 3,556

    I bought a 20footer in May this year. Brand new 05 Haulmark, black. Its sweet. I love it and would never go to an open trailer. However, Im selling it and getting a dump trailer, im getting out of Lawncare and just doing landscape work, so theres no need for me to keep the enclosed. If interested shoot me a pm
  3. Landscape25

    Landscape25 LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 199


    I am not at the point of needing an enclosed trailer or any trailer, but do you think that it is impractical for landscaping. It would be good to protect the plants. I don't know if you could get a pallet of mulch in there though. I like to use bags. There is less chance of things flying off too. Of course pulling any trailer scares me. For soil/rock an open trailer would be better.
  4. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 3,556

    No its not impratical, its nice for hardscapes because you can put your wetsaw in there, and secure it to the floor, plus you can put 3 or 4 wheel barrows in it, along with any plants you have purchased, and you wont have to worry about them getting beat up by the wind, espisally the trees. You can also fit a pallet or two of sod, but I would not reccommend mulch. Leave the mulch, rocks, etc. for the truck bed.

    Why do you like bags? Its way more expensive, bulck is cheaper and eaiser imo.

    and why would pulling a trailer scare you. I am only 17 and when I was 16, about a month after I had my lisence I was pulling trailers. Trust me, their easy to get used to, just make sure you have the RIGHT truck. Just about any truck can pull a HUGE trailer, but when it comes to stopping power and suspension, its all up to the truck.
  5. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,995

    if you are going to be doing any clean up work, any removal of hedges, small trees or the like, you will want an open trailer or a dump trailer. Seing as most of us don't / can't afford to start out with 2 trailers, the open one is the most versital.

    Up side to closed trailer, don't need to unload to store equipment
    frees up storage space
    less drag while towing
    mobile billboard

    can be hot as hades inside
    If you don't remove equipment at the end of the day how do you maintain it
    if someone steals your trailer they get all your equipment too
    can't use it as a debris trailer
    can't use it to carry over height or over length items
    much more expensive to buy
    can't see thru it while driving or backing up

    Each has their place. I have an open trailer and like it alot but I can see the advantages of closed but I think I will go to a dedicated landscaper truck before I buy an enclosed trailer.
  6. vanguard

    vanguard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 202

    Hey Premier,

    What model did you buy? Your discription said "luan walls" so you didn't get the landscapers Kodiak Model w/ plywood sides?? Any problems with popin holes in the cardboard sides?
    I'm also looking around for next year and am curious on what the guys here think. :)

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Love our enclosed for cut and trim only and for thieves and weather.I would never go back to a flatbead for mowing only.
  8. Landscape25

    Landscape25 LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 199

    I don't do any serious hardscape. Around here, the bulk is not much cheaper than the bagged. I pay consumer prices for bagged. You can only get a deal if you buy something like 10 pallets. For me the aggravation of bulk is not worth it. I did have a bag of mulch come off my truck- with the signs on. I don't think my truck could pull much of anything. It is a Dodge Ram 1500 v-6.
    I do not offer lawn service and bag most of my debris. My logo is very colorful. It would look nice on an enclosed trailer.

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Enclosed with brakes is not that heavy 6x10 or 6x12 with a 6 footer you need to stay with 52 inch decks.
  10. MowerMoney

    MowerMoney LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 281

    I really like having my enclosed trailer. When I'm on site, I just close the back ramp door and my equipment is out of sight from anyone. (Out of sight, out of mind) When I get home at night, I just lock her up and forget it. When I leave the trailer unhooked from the truck, I use a Gorilla Clamp on the hitch. Makes it very difficult for some thief to hook up easily to steal the trailer. In the winter, I pack most everything I have in it for storage. And a side benifit is that you never have to go searching for a place to relieve yourself when on a job site, just close the door and carry wide mouth bottles. :blush:

    The biggest disadvantage, as has been mentioned, is that you can't use it to carry bulk materials such as mulch or soil. If I had more land at home for parking space, I would get a cheap open trailer for that purpose.

    But having your equipment out of sight does not mean that it'll never get stolen. I have a nephew that contracts out as a maintenance/millwright. Two weeks ago when he got up in the morning, his truck, trailer and 20 years of equipment was gone. The trailer wasn't even hooked up to the truck when he last left it. Right out of his own driveway. Worst part was, that because of an accident he had years ago and high insurance rates, he didn't have theft on the truck or trailer.

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