Open or enclosed trailers?

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by mulchmaster, Jan 23, 2010.

  1. mulchmaster

    mulchmaster LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 212

    Here is my deal, I am looking to buy a new trailer before spring and don't know weither to go with an 18' open trailer with all the racks and cages or a 20' enclosed with racks and lettering.

    I currently have a 16' open trailer that works out well, but I think an enclosed may look more professional. We are primarily a mowing and landscaping maintenance company that does the occasional install job.

    I have a shop where we store the equipment so it's not like I have to have an enclosed for storage reasons.

    I just figured with all the hacks out there it may not hurt to bite the bullet and go first class with a lettered enclosed unit, but I have seen around town and on here some pretty nice open units.

    I think enclosed is the way to go, but I just need a couple people to re- assure me.

    Thanks Andrew

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,780

    I have both, I bought the enclosed because I didn't have a shop and I could lock up my equipment, but then to fit my leaf loader I bought the open and I prefer using the open for most things. I like the enclosed because it's a rolling billboard, but I think the open is more convenient while cutting lawns....
  3. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
    Messages: 907

    If you were to only have one I would go with an open trailer. You can easily load mulch, debris, etc. An enclosed really limits what you can use it for.
  4. mulchmaster

    mulchmaster LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 212

    I would keep the open trailer for the very reason you are talking about, and use the enclosed trailer for mowing and shrub trimming jobs ect. (jobs without mulch or debris)
  5. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    I have thought about this same thing for a while now. There are benefits to both types of trailers, but it really depends on what you are looking to do exactly.

    With an enclosed trailer you have a much more secure trailer than an open. There is no need to unload everything at the end of the day, just lock up the trailer and your good to go. Everything also stays out of the weather if it rains unexpectedly. You can also carry pretty much any tool in an enclosed trailer, its like a mobile workshop. Plus, you have the rolling billboard, great advertising. But like others have pointed out, you can't really haul mulch/bark/dirt/large debris/etc.

    With an open trailer you have the ability to haul debris/dirt/mulch/bark/etc. And it is a much more economical decision since a similarly sized open trailer is about 1/3 or 1/4 the price of an enclosed trailer.
  6. overtime mp

    overtime mp LawnSite Member
    Messages: 112

    Yes the advertisement is very nice and keeping everything in the trailer and end of day and the season. Not taking any room up in the garage is also a plus. Paying employees less also for not unloading is also a plus. Just more price I'm gonna get a couple years under my belt before I go with a enclosed though.
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  7. treeclimber101

    treeclimber101 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    Enclosed the equipment is out of the weather and out of the eyes of would be wrongdoers

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  8. mulchmaster

    mulchmaster LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 212

    nice set-up there Treeclimber!
  9. Millers Lawn Care

    Millers Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    One thing nice with an open trailer (which I have) is that it doesn't get HOT inside during the day! But enclosed does keep everything out of weather too & keeps grass off of your equipment if you haul grass in your truck.
  10. treeclimber101

    treeclimber101 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    You want it everythings got a fair price in my world:):laugh:

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