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Open Trailers

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by JonM, Mar 24, 2005.

  1. JonM

    JonM LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    I read every thread possible on here, and very rarely post. I cannot say how much information I have found and how much knowledge I have gained from Lawnsite. Now for my question. I hope I've posted this in the right section, but, here it goes. I have mowed lawns before, but this is my first year as a legitimate business... registered and insured, no licenses required in NH for mowing as far as I know. I sold my car and put the money towards an '05 Chevy Silverado 2500HD 4x4. I currently have a 5x8 trailer, but it seems dwarfed by the truck, and backing up can be tricky. I see a lot of your set ups, and was hoping for some recommendations. I'm looking at maybe a 12' or 14' single axle, I wont need much more for right now. What brands do you recommend? I see the ones with the mesh storage box on the front, who makes them? I'm looking for a sturdy trailer that can hold my Exmark Metro 36 and trimmer and blower, but still give me some room to grow. There are a few dealers nearby who have CarMate and Big Tex. What would you recommend?

    If this has been asked before, I apologize, I did a search but didnt turn up too much. Thanks again! Jon :)
  2. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    let the 5x8 make you money to save up enough for a new/used larger trailer. You'll get the hang of manuevering the 5x8 in no-time.

    big tex makes some nice (read $$) trailers. Don't be afraid to buy a used one, there's not much to a trailer, so they're simple to fix, upgrade, etc. Think about electric brakes too. you never know when you might need them.

    Tractor Supply carries those mesh boxes, there are a few companys that make their own versions as well. try searching for trailer box or cargo box, etc.
  3. Jamesgateslandscaping

    Jamesgateslandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 421

    I live in Amherst, I have a 6x10 with steal sides for sale for $400. The trailer is a tilt with tail gate (no ramps). Interested?
  4. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Messages: 1,405

    I reccomend using at least a 6 x 10 model, if not bigger. You will outgrow it faster than you think!
  5. Lawnchoice

    Lawnchoice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 781

    I need another trailer and it's going to be 6x12 as well. I found a dealer in Kittery that carries BigTex. He quoted me 1300.00 ( ballpark ) and has a shipment coming in next week.

    If they are at that price, I am going to pick on up.

    Will let you know what I find out.
  6. JonM

    JonM LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    Thanks Lawnchoice, I'd appreciate it. There's a Big Tex dealer in Weare, NH that I've visited. I went and looked at them the other day and they appear to be a well built trailer, but please let me know what you find out. Thanks! :) Jon
  7. lawnandplow42

    lawnandplow42 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 508

    I'd stick with an open trailer
  8. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3,065

    If interested in getting a bigger trailer I would go with what you can afford. I bought a 7x12 and I wish I would have bought at least a 16' I have absolutly no room on my trailer this year, but I have all that I need. And as far as the boxes they do make pre fab ones but if you know someone who welds its a lot cheaper, usually they are made only out of 1x1 or 2x2 angle iron and expanded metal (for the mesh part). I customized mine a little- sits off the trailer enough to get my 48" under it and deep enough to put larger fuel cans in it. I also put, and I thought this was pretty neat, a tarp roller on top (like you see on dumps to cover the cargo) it covers all of my equipment and attaches to the sides of the trailer. I have some specs if anyone is interested.
  9. bnl

    bnl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    NoBagger, Can i get the specs for that tarp roller? I have thrown around the idea of getting one fabricated for my dump trailer so I can stop fooling with the covers and bungee straps to eliminate the leaky loads of mulch. Actually, I know with a tarp roller, i will not be eliminating the leaking of the mulch from underneath as well as the cover and straps do, but all the law enforcement around here wants to see is a cover of some kind.....they don't care if you lose a bit here and there, just as long as you have a cover of some kind. (So why even have a law if they don't mind your cover leaking?) Anyway, I would like to see how yours is designed. Thanks.
  10. Lawnchoice

    Lawnchoice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 781


    I got a call from them yesterday saying that they were getting the 6x12's in this week. 1350.00 with the dual ramps.

    I will get back to you when I get up there to visit them.

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