Open trailers

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by kartracer2000, May 25, 2008.

  1. kartracer2000

    kartracer2000 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 89

    You guys with open trailers, do you guys just let your equipment stay outside if you dont have a shop? I have an enclosed, but, a couple of guys in my area have open trailers and their equipment sits outside uncovered through rain and other weather. I would think that would be hard on the equipment. What do you guys do?
  2. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,169

    try to leave everything on the trailer, saves time in the morning. usually cover everything with a tarp when rain is in the forecast. just lock everything up and unhook, all I have to do is hook-up everything an unlock it as I need it...
  3. Chilehead

    Chilehead LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Stockbridge, GA
    Messages: 1,956

    I leave everything on the trailer, and store it in my garage overnight.
  4. Big C

    Big C LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,642

    Even though I have a shop I put it my garage for the following reasons:
    1. It is closer and more convient than putting it in the shop.
    2. My kids like looking at my equipment everyday (for some strange reason).:confused:
    3. Last but not least the gas smell really pisses my wife off...:laugh:
  5. MowHouston

    MowHouston LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,012

    I've got a 25' x 11' storage unit that I pay $40/mo for. Plenty of room for my trailer at the end of the day and firewood that i've got left over from last winter :)

    Close to the house too. I got a pretty good deal though.
  6. Military Lawns

    Military Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 323

    I have an enclosed and open trailer. The open trailer is T/A 6x12 and fits perfectly into my garage. Lately, I have been using the open trailer more because it is easier to transport sod, mulch and plants. I have been busy with a few landscaping jobs.

  7. tamadrummer

    tamadrummer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,102

    I unload into the garage everynight because if I left it loaded we would not be able to get into the freezer. I have to be able to lift the tongue and pull the trailer out if we need something in the freezer.

    As far as rain goes when I am out, I have W.E. Chapps heat insulated trimmer covers on my 2 cycle and my blower gets covered with a big garbage bag and my 2 Briggs gas cans have 1 1/4 sch. 40 pvc pipe with pipe caps for covers to keep out the rain on them.

    I don't worry about the 2 big mowers, they should be ok in the rain I would think. The carburetors are totally covered.

    It is a total pain in the butt loading every morning but it is how it is until I can afford a storage unit. That is just not important to me right now.
  8. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    this is my issue too.... Glad ya posted....

    cant afford a shop right now and the trailer wont fit inside. so when It rains I unload everything ..PITA..

    But I think I'm gonna take a advice from raven386, and do the ole tarp thing.

    Thanks again
  9. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    Day to day during the week, I usually keep the trailer loaded in front of my shop. If rain is in the forcast, then I unload and re load the next day. My trailer is usually un loaded over the weekend.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    just cleaned the garage to fit the trailer in it

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