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Open trailer or enclosed?

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

  1. Agape

    Agape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,644

    "Since you thought I aparently wanted you to slide all of your equipment up a 2 and a half foot god damn ramp."- I'm not quite following... "slide??"

    "I bet you that truck with the dump bed just sits there because you insist on throwing everything on the trailer instead of using the equipment that you already have." - again not following, but I tow a trailer with my equipment on it and throw clippings and debris in the dump bed if that's what you're getting at?

    "And I was simply trying to broaden your thinking about box trucks." - I've thought about box trucks, in depth, before today, and decided that they were a ridiculous idea long before you mentioned it. Don't feel bad, I just don't need a broader way of thinking about box trucks, as I've thought very broadly about them over the last 14 years.
  2. Georgia Lawn Works LLC

    Georgia Lawn Works LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 365

    That picture was simply to show you the makeup of a dovetail for a box truck. Since you thought I aparently wanted you to slide all of your equipment up a 2 and a half foot god damn ramp.

    I bet you that truck with the dump bed just sits there because you insist on throwing everything on the trailer instead of using the equipment that you already have.

    sorry for the harsh reply. But when you make comments like the salesman was licking his lips when he saw you comming its going to piss anyone off. Especially since I wouldn't use a uhaul for a damn landscaping truck to begin with.

    And I was simply trying to broaden your thinking about box trucks. After all I see isuzu's with dovetails in nice shape for around 7000 all the time.
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  3. Agape

    Agape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,644

    THAT'S what I was asking, and that was my theory. Thank you br600! but have you tried an enclosed and found that to be true? or are you theorizing like me? my biggest need is to keep my granular chemical dry as well as my pruning gear.
    I will most likely just get the biggest open trailer I can fit in my garage.
  4. EFS

    EFS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    I have had the same question about whether to go with an open or closed trailer. I have an open trailer right now, but I need to get a larger trailer for next year. A friend of mine that ran a lawn company swears by the open trailers. He said that the extra gas alone that you spend pulling an enclosed trailer is not worth it.
  5. Agape

    Agape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,644

    that's odd 'cause I got a freind that swears enclosed are lighter than open, I'll call a trailer shop and ask which is heavier.
  6. Agape

    Agape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,644

    I called a trailer shop, and the salesman said the enclosed trailers are roughly 30% heavier than open trailers.
    right now, when I leave my trailer and truck to go hand out fliers etc, I run a cable through all my small equipment and put the lock on both ends and through the pin chain on one of my ramp pins so the ramp cant open, but my trailer is pretty small.

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  7. StihlBR600

    StihlBR600 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 705

    No i have never owned an enclosed trailer. Im buying a new trailer in the spring and ive been researching every trailer possible. No matter what enclosed trailer you buy, even all aluminum, they will always be heavier than an open all steel. If i bought an enclosed i wouldnt be able to do fall cleanups, mulch, or pull it with my truck. I have all of my equipment locked on my open trailer already so it would be pretty difficult to steal anything other than some gas cans. In the sping i am buying a 7 x 14 all aluminum landscape trailer. $3,200 after taxes. It will last forever and only weighs 1,000 pounds.
  8. PremierT&L

    PremierT&L LawnSite Member
    Messages: 223

    I will be very curious to see what you decide and how it works out for you, because I have a similar dilema.

    I currently have a 5x14 open trailer that just barely fits in my garage(2 car garage but with 2 single doors). The 5x14 has served me well so far as I use (2) 36 inch hydros and (2) 21 inch WBs as my bread and butter so far has been HOA contracts with lots of houses with lttle yards.

    I'm adding some larger accounts now and I need to add a larger mower or 2, but of course anything wider than 48 won't fit on my trailer. I'm bummed about this b/c being able to keep my trailer in my garage is very convenient and makes it much easier to sleep at night.

    So now I'm looking at either a 7x16 open and renting some garage space at a local storage place for around 140 a month, or an enclosed that I can park at the same local storage space for around 40 a month. I thought about the box truck too, but I don't want to take on the extra cost of having another vehicle unless I really have too.

    I haven't decided yet, but I'm leaning towards the enclosed. I think it looks more professional, and I'm not so worried about fuel economy as almost all of my accounts are within a 3 mile radius. I also like the idea of having everything inside the trailer so I can keep things like dry fert and hand tools in there as you mentioned. I hadn't thought about the bathroom thing, but that makes a lot of sense too lol.

    OTOH, the open trailer is more versatile for hauling things like pallets of sod, and I think it will be easier to keep clean and just quicker for the guys to get stuff on and off of.

    Let us know what you decide please and thanks for starting this thread.
  9. TNGrassCutter

    TNGrassCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,321

    I have a 5 x 10 open and 7 x 16 open and my 54 inch Kubota will fit on the 5 x 10 with the flap up with about 3 inches to spare. Just thought I would let you know. And I must have a weird garage because my 7 x 16 is sitting in there right now with the door closed.
  10. clydebusa

    clydebusa Inactive
    Messages: 1,660

    Yelp, I have, had open for 22 years, just decided last March to go to enclosed to keep the equipment safe. It does keep the equipment dry which should help. It is true I upgrade equipment evey couple of years so not sure if it will help that much. I have 2 crews and plan on changing the other to enclosed this next year. As stated before, I have kept the open to help haul.

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