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Is a 16' enclosed trailer enough?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Mid MOwer, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. Mid MOwer

    Mid MOwer LawnSite Member
    from Mid-MO
    Messages: 12

    I started up a lawn care & landscape design business spring 2010 with very little money and was forced to purchase just what I needed to get by. I bought a strong 1996 1/2 ton pickup, a 10' open Big Tex trailer, a used push mower (that right, 21" of agony), and Stihl trimmers and blowers. With only a truck payment I was able to save enough money to purchase a Walker mower during the latter half of 2010.
    Now my question to you is, I am selling my trailer and going to purchase either a 16' or 18' trailer but I don't know which would be better, keep in mind I am also planning on purchasing a early 2000's Ford F-250 or 350 to haul the trailer and to haul dump trailers full of soil and such. I am trying to forecast growth (purchase of another mower) and don't want to cut myself short by buying a trailer that is too small. FYI I measured my Walker and it is exactly 8' long.

    Thanks -John
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2011
  2. waters lawn care

    waters lawn care LawnSite Member
    from alabama
    Messages: 128

    I have an 16ft enclosed and i wish it was 18ft never enough room.
  3. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,560

    If you are doing mostly residentials 16' should be plenty. You will run into a handling problem and may even receive complaints you are blocking driveways or neighbors houses.
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  4. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,896

    If you just starting 16 ft is more than enough
  5. Mid MOwer

    Mid MOwer LawnSite Member
    from Mid-MO
    Messages: 12

    Thanks everyone for the responses thus far.

    I only had 5 residential accounts during the 2010 season. I hope to acquire at least 5 more residential clients and potentially try at a commercial job but not exactly sure how to go about bidding and so on, which is why I am not sure what size trailer to go with. Right now I think 16' will work fine but if I keep growing I wonder if 18' would be best.
  6. mow4cash

    mow4cash LawnSite Member
    Messages: 101

    20ft enclosed and you will be set..you could get by with a 16 but you will end up selling it down the road probably(not that its a bad idea). I did the same as you pretty much. Started with a 12 was going to go 16 for a few more years but went straight to the 20.
  7. Green Feet Lawn

    Green Feet Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 226

    I have a 16' and it works. Holds 2 zero turns, push mower, hand tools and such. In the fall I run baggers on mowers and that is when it gets tight, but we manage
  8. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,896

    How do turn on a residential area with a 20’’ trailer

  9. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,984

    It's nice to have all the biggest and best of everything, but with only 5 residential accounts I doubt you have the cash flow to buy a large trailer. Taking on debt is what kills a business.

    Is you truck and trailer bursting at the seems now with equipement?

    Then why make the jump to another trailer, on just because you might afford it?
  10. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    i have 22ft goose neck wish at time was longer goose neck are easy to get in and out tight areas

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