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New Trailer - Open or Enclosed?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by dmccarthy, Aug 27, 2014.

  1. dmccarthy

    dmccarthy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    Hello All,

    I'm helping a family member get started in the business and lawn care/landscape maintenance is not my specialty so I'm looking for a bit of guidance.

    My main question is ... I'm about to purchase a trailer for this new endeavor and I'm wondering if I should purchase an open or enclosed trailer? My budget is around 3K and I'm located in AZ. I'd like to keep it cheaper if possible but I'm not sure what is better.

    Equipment hauled at the moment will be a couple of push mowers, backpack blowers, trimmers/edgers, cans and typical tools/gas/etc. No riding mowers yet, but we may get one in the future if business takes off.

    The trailers I'm looking at lately are either:

    - 8x12x2 Open Trailer with mesh sides
    - 6x10 (or 6x12 enclosed) - 6 foot height.

    My concerns with the open trailer is theft of equipment at night. While locked up behind a gate its still not that hard to hop the fence and steal the equipment.

    What is everyone's opinion on this? Splurge and go enclosed? or just roll with the open trailer?

    Thanks a lot!
  2. BossPlowMaster

    BossPlowMaster LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    You aren't going to want enclosed if you plan on doing any mulch jobs or anything that needs to be dumped in the open trailer. Let's face it, you are going to be storing the mowers inside anyways and you aren't going to be mowing in the rain so go with open.
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  3. DuallyVette

    DuallyVette LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,839

    I vote for an enclosed trailer. No one will steal your equipment when your not able to stare at the trailer. Mulch and trash could go into the pickup bed.

    Good luck.
    I know how things turn out when ever I've tried to help someone...:)
  4. DuallyVette

    DuallyVette LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,839

    I wouldn't let open or enclosed dictate the size of the trailer.
    Often, spending a little more up front saves money in the long run.
  5. dmccarthy

    dmccarthy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    Thanks for the info so far. I'm not letting the enclosed/open dictate the size, thats merely a financial restriction. :)
  6. fatboynormmie

    fatboynormmie LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,268

    I like having BOTH Plus a dump trailer but Im self diagnosed OCD !!!
  7. thecuttingedgelawn

    thecuttingedgelawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    I currently have a 6X12 enclosed trailer and other than being a bit small (until I get a new one very soon)...I love it. It was the right choice. I have 2 zero turns trimmer, back pack blower, shelving, small mobile shop with tool chest, compressor, generator , supplies, parts, etc in it. I also like being able to just pull in by our shop and getting out and leaving everything. (pad locked of course) Right off the top of my head its probably a bit more useful to have an enclosed trailer over an open because its also handy for other things. Open does have its advantages, in my opinion, it just doesn't make it superior to enclosed. Also, don't make the mistake I did and buy what you need at the time. Buy just a bit bigger for possible growth of your business. Hence like someone said already, a bit more money up front saves money in the long run. And as you mentioned considering a 6X10 or 6X12 should be plenty of room for you at the moment and give you a bit of room to expand some in the future. Hope that helps.
  8. lawnkingforever

    lawnkingforever LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,280

    I own both. For just mow blow and go accounts I would never use an enclosed. I only use the enclosed one day a week when we do a large hoa property. These the cons to my enclosed.

    1. Alot more difficult to grab handhelds
    2. Hard to fuel up mowers
    3. Backing up is a pain
    4. Horrible gas mileage
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  9. Pietro

    Pietro LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 855

    Enclosed all the way. Equipment is safely locked up in a jiffy, it's all out of the weather, it provides free storage in winter or off season and it can be lettered up for nice advertising. You have no idea how nice it is to have an enclosed trailer with shelves for tool storage/oil and fluids. You can also hand shovels and etc in there so you always have you're tools on hand.
  10. Bumpmaster

    Bumpmaster LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,109

    Going to need a 3/4 ton truck to pull an enclosed trailer. I would never get an enclosed but I got a garage that my truck an trailer fit in.

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