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Enclosed trailers?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by qualitylawnmanagement, Aug 12, 2007.

  1. qualitylawnmanagement

    qualitylawnmanagement LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,000

    I plan to get an enclosed trailer for next season 20ft or a 24ft undecided yet:dizzy: , an have a few questions.

    What is the difference between a flat top to a round top? What are the advantages over one another? Also how many people use V nose enclosed trailer? I think it would be great cause it saves on fuel and you can get the side door and run your ztr and walk behind threw it with out having to move mowers out the back of the door.
  2. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,377

    Well for the flat roof, round roof thing, i would go round. If you go flat, the odds of water getting in are much higher, whereas the round roof, the water just slides right off.

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,568

    Well to me the round top looks better and the rain runs off,the v nose are extra in price and for the size you are doing i don't think you get that much more room,as for the side door our's is 36 inches so you are going to have to go super wide have you got the room in your accounts.
  4. Albery's Lawn & Tractor

    Albery's Lawn & Tractor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,674

    The V-Nose really helps on mpg. With my old 16' open trailer I could only get 200 miles per tank (about 9 mpg) but with the new 16 enclosed I'm getting 260 miles per tank. I like the v'nose to for the little bit of extra storeage. Make sure you get 8' wide or more as a 7' wide trailer gets tight with a 60" ztr. I also like the look of the flat tops but thats just me. And for that size make sure you get 5200lb axles.
  5. qualitylawnmanagement

    qualitylawnmanagement LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,000

    Thanks, yupp a 24ft will fit in at all of my accounts. Just don't know if I want a 20ft or 24ft.
  6. qualitylawnmanagement

    qualitylawnmanagement LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,000

    Yea I was planning on getting the 8.5ft wide trailer, and 5200lb if I go with the 24ft.
  7. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3,065

    Good choice on either a 20 or 24'. Our 16 fits our needs but a little cramped at times. IMO, a 20' trailer is plenty big unless your running 2 or 3 larger Z's and walkbehinds. Just remember the walls close in fast,lol Just try and find a place for everything then decide on a 20 or 24'. And I would definetly go with a 8.5 wide and not the standard 7ft.
  8. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,319

    i have a 20' and its the perfect size, i have to suggest that you get 3/4'' plywood walls they will make the trailer a bit more heavy but you can hang racks and shelves were ever you like, it just makes things a million times easier not having to worry about hitting a stud and then having your blowers fall off the wall because the screws pulled out. and second suggestion is to get the rear roller wheels on the back of the trailer this is the best option i ordered on mine. a trailer that long is going to drag the tail end so it will save your investment from abuse. you may want to get the extended tongue also if you ever think you will pull it with a stake truck or dump truck, even if you dont it makes it alot easier to back up with a pick-up pulling it.

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,568

    Don't laugh, a featherlight horse trailer seems it would be perfect,itz a 5th wheel and super light, i always thought about a 5th wheel for tight turns,+ they look cool.
  10. fool32696

    fool32696 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 993

    Featherlight aluminum trailer = $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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