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Help me with enclosed trailer size!

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Westbrooklawn, Feb 3, 2005.

  1. Westbrooklawn

    Westbrooklawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 427

    I have been in the business for 15 years now and have always used open trailers. I am now looking at enclosed trailers. For those of you who have made the switch, or have always used enclosed trailers, what do you think is the most practical size enclosed trailer for lawn maintenance.

    Market we service is mainly high end residential, and some commercial, using an F250 truck with 2 or 3 man crew.

    I am torn between 16', 18' or 20' for length, and 7' or 8' width. I am thinking 18-20 foot might be too large to manuever in residential areas? I also question the need for 8' width. Please respond if you have experience using enclosed trailers for this type application.

    Thanks in advance.........
  2. EhlingerLawns

    EhlingerLawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    as far as trailer size goes we run an 8.5'x20' and wish wed have gone bigger going with a wider trailer makes it easier to work inside .
  3. Westbrooklawn

    Westbrooklawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 427

    EhlingerLawn - Thanks for the quick response. Does the 20' length present any problems in manueverability?
  4. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    I dont know if you have checked prices with any dealers in your area, but check out this site, might be worth a ride to Hickory. There price on a 24 footer is cheaper than I can get a 16 footer here in Va. I dont have an enclosed trailer I use an open so I cant comment on the size.

  5. Harleyboy52

    Harleyboy52 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    I'm real new in the lawn business but I started with a 6.5 X 16 open trailer and recently got a 7 X 16 closed in haulmark. I have an aluminum tool box mounted in the front and can still get a JD 275 and an exmark lazer z with 60" deck in it. It pulls real good with a 97 F150 V6. I mounted my echo's on the wall with J shaped ladder holders like you would mount on a building to hold a ladder. Works great.
  6. EhlingerLawns

    EhlingerLawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    the length doesnt restrict too much one thing to consider is future growth in your company ........ right now we have three ztrs on that trailer and have both sides covered in vinyl advertising it litterlay looks like a 20' billboard
  7. 021462

    021462 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 97

  8. 021462

    021462 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 97

    I have used both kinds of trailers. Presently I use a 16' open trailer. I lke the ability to fuel up and crank my walk behind without having to open doors. However there are times when I wish everything was enclosed for theft and weather reasons. Length wise just remember you have to turn all that stuff around in culdesacs and some tight spots. How much equipment do you have to store? I have a walk behind 44" and a 52" Zturn, and one 22" push along with a wheel blower. All of which fits fine in either trailer. I guess it is personal preference and how much money you have friend.
  9. randallwise

    randallwise LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    I've got an 8.5x16 trailer, actually a car hauler. The extra width makes a great difference when you have a few guys in getting equipment at the same time. No climbing over each other or equipment. In & out efficiently. In addition, makes more space to utilize the walls for tool racks and shelves.

    You can see my rig here:



    I painted the inside white to open it up a little. Wood just feels to dark. I sprayed the floor, ramp, and an 18" cove w/ Vortex spray liner. Makes it nice to hose the thing out and keep the wood from chipping up. I've since sprayed the shelves on the front, too.

  10. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,449

    We like narrow short for residential, parking is problem in our area. Most of the lots are 60' wide..little place to park. The only problem is starting the rope pull hydro units. We had to build a metal shield on the gas tanks because the guys were pulling the rope against it when starting. Just be sure you get enough axle and frame strength to haul heavy mowers.

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