Open trailer or enclosed?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Agape, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. Agape

    Agape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,644

    I may buy a larger trailer but I'm wanting to get an enclosed trailer.
    I know it will keep my equipment dry, but if it's raining, It will get wet and just be in the enclosed trailer- wet, so will an enclosed trailer really extend the life of my equipment?

    If not; then the only benefits are:
    keeping my granular chemical dry (which is huge)
    Driving around with a billboard (I'm very big on readable signage)

    has anyone switched from open to enclosed?
    PLZ tell me what you think pros/cons:confused:
  2. SouthSide Cutter

    SouthSide Cutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,331

    I have been thinking of going to an enclosed. Had a 28ft for the race car. It would be nice to just leave everything in there and not unload all the time. I didn't this time because I wanted a trailer to haul wood, leaves and small tractor with loader. I think it would be a lot easier on the equipment with protection from sun light, rain etc.
  3. Agape

    Agape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,644

    well, I have a huge garage that I put the trailer in at night but it would be nice to free up that space. However, I want a blue trailer so I'll have to buy new to find it and the minimum I can find one for is $2400 (6x10 is smallest I can comfortably use)
    I probably didn't need to quote you since you r the only response so far! (laughing at myself)
  4. watatrp

    watatrp LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 511

    I started w/ an open trailer for about 15 years. Had an enclosed trailer for 5 years and now am back to an open trailer. I am able to garage my trailer daily so the only time my equipment is out is when I'm using it. There are advantages to enclosed trailers. Your equipment is secure, it's out of the elements, bathroom breaks in an enclosed are a little more private. A plus of an open trailer is that it allows you to haul leaves, branches and anything that wouldn't fit in an enclosed. Seems like I always ended up carrying more "stuff" that I didn't use in an enclosed just because it was convenient. One more thing, open trailers are easier to back up with.
  5. Agape

    Agape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,644

    Yeah, If I don't have a ground guide backing up would be difficult, however I built a dump bed for my ford and the box prevents me from just looking over my shoulder anyways. I may just measure my garage and get the biggest open trailer I can fit in it. but I need to be able to haul my fert,lime etc... around with out It becoming a wet brick and clumping
    (I know, 5 gal buckets-but its not always convenient to dump 15 bags of fert. into 25 buckets).
  6. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    I thought about buying an enclosed trailer for a while, but this year I ended up just going for a new open trailer, just larger than my last one.

    An open trailer is a much more economical choice over an enclosed. The open trailer allows you to haul all the debris you need to. Like Mike said above, backing up an open trailer is much easier than an enclosed trailer (if you look over your shoulder)...I use my mirrors to back up so it wouldn't make much of a difference for me. If you are concerned about weight and fuel economy, the open trailers are usually lighter and don't act as a giant "sail" behind your vehicle. You can still mount signs on your open trailer, like on the rear gate or if you get tall, expanded metal sides.

    Enclosed trailers are very nice and can be quite useful. With the enclosed trailers, it basically gives you a garage on wheels, meaning that you can store all your equipment in there and store that equipment anywhere you need to. Plus, you can install tool benches and cabinets in enclosed trailers so you can take many of your tools with you where ever you go. Enclosed trailers also offer a higher level of security, both from thieves and the weather. All your equipment will stay dry if its raining out and you can lock everything up (out of sight) so any potential thief can't see what's in there and would have a difficult time stealing from you. But these trailers do act as a giant sail behind you, so your fuel economy could be effected.

    I chose an open trailer over an enclosed mainly because I need to be able to haul leaves, grass and debris. Also because of the price difference, It would have been another $3000 for me to get an enclosed trailer comparable to the open trailer I have now.

    Just some words of advise if you do decide to purchase an enclosed trailer, go bigger than what you would get if getting an open trailer. For example, if you were to decide that a 6x14 open trailer would work, then I'd go shoot for a 7x16 enclosed trailer.
  7. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 2,383

    We went from an open to an enclosed about 5 years ago. I would never want to go back to an open trailer. We do still have our open trailer if we need it.

    Now I'm planning to go to a box truck.
  8. Agape

    Agape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,644

    well the main selling point for me would be keeping my equipment dry, however, does it really help?
    You use your equipment in the rain, so wouldn't it just be wet inside the enclosed trailer? case in point, I pull my trailer in the garage after working in the rain, the next morning it's still wet (some drying on the surfaces but soaking in every nook and cranny)
    so has anyone experienced benefits from enclosed trlrs in this manner?
  9. A&R Enterprise

    A&R Enterprise LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    I was in the same boat you are talking about.I got sick and tired of loading and unloading equipment all the time from my garage.So I bought a 24 ft enclosed trailer, all is good now.The two things I was worrying about was theft on the job with an open trailer(lots of stealing going on these days),and no more unloading and loading.

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  10. Agape

    Agape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,644

    PS- has anyone switched from open, to an enclosed and found themselves saying "why didn't I do this sooner!"- "what was I thinking all these years!??"

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