Inclosed trailer or no

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by PhilipMoon, Jul 23, 2004.

  1. PhilipMoon

    PhilipMoon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    Hi guys. This is my first posting!!!! Yeeeeha!!!!

    I'm just starting out in this business. What's everyones take on inclosed trailers (Pace American Summit) verses open air?? I'm buying a new house in the Charlotte NC area and my thought was if I had an inclosed trailer, I would'nt need to build a polebarn to keep my gear out of the weather. I could just work on my mowers in the garage.

    Are these trailers too much of a pain to pull around? Other than the price (I've got the bucks!) what would be some drawbacks?

  2. EastTnLC

    EastTnLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 131

    I think it would be a good investment(weather wise) Plus you would have a little more security. If your truck can pull it I dont see why not. It would look even better if you got your logo put on it and lettered. Thats just my opinion. But Yeah I would go for it! Good luck
  3. jim dailey

    jim dailey LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 614

    I have a 20' enclosed trailer that I built. I live in the northeast, with the snowy winters, but I go to Florida for the entire winter. I pack the trailer chock full with my equipment for the winter. I leave it here in the N.E. while I am in Florida. Equipment is safe and dry for the duration. Everything is right there for the spring, once I come back. I just start everything up for the season, and off I go to work. It is just great.
  4. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,905

    It was pricey compared to an open trailer, but I love my enclosed 6x12'.. The only drawback I can think of is fueling the equipment can sometimes be difficult ( not usually ) and all of my machines need to be electric start, Wouldn't want to yank a ripcord in there.
  5. PhilipMoon

    PhilipMoon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    Should be no problem pulling the trailer. My partner and I will be driving Ford F350 Diesel super crew cabs. What's everyone take on the Summit brand?
  6. 2k1yzfr1

    2k1yzfr1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 539

    I have a 8x20 summit and can honestly say it's the best thing I have ever bought. I wanted a 22' car hauler, but by the time I added all the extras the summit has it was close to a grand more. If you order a summit have them install 2 of the 12"x12" fuel doors on the drivers side and you can stick the fuel hose through those and fill up all your mowers. They take some getting used to pulling around town, just make sure you have your towing mirrors slid out and watch the low hanging limbs over the road.
  7. Duron22

    Duron22 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    electric start:
    that is definetly something that i wouldnt think of... thanks for the idea

  8. selnoil

    selnoil LawnSite Member
    Messages: 162

    We've got a 16' enclosed. I debated which way to go, since I do have a place we could put equipment undercover, and decided to start with a used enclosed. That was the way to go, no regrats at all!!!!!!!!! All your tools and equipment will be with you all the time, everything is under cover and you don't need to unload the stuff every night to put it undercover when your already tired :sleeping: , on a job you can just lock everything up easily if you need to go get something, and there are many more good reasons but one of my most favorite and noticed is the bill board affect. You'll have a rolling bill board going through the streets. Most people will not notice the magnetic sign on a trucks door but they can't miss your full sized sign on the trailer :) .

    Good luck,
    Mike :waving:
  9. Eric 1

    Eric 1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,220

    I am also debating this,

    I think for me i will get an open again because,
    I haul brush/trash
    haul cars
    less wind drag (better mpg)
    i already have racks for an open instead of buying new ones
    I like the billboard affect of the enclosed, but if you got an open with lots of equipment on it, they get the idea.
    I have a place shop to park the trailer in
    fueling is lots easier
    not to mention its half the price.
  10. Eric 1

    Eric 1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,220

    I guess the only advantage i see to the enclosed is the security.

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