Trailer advice needed!

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by 4curbappeal, Jan 11, 2007.

  1. 4curbappeal

    4curbappeal LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 761

    One year into the busuness and I have already outgrown my trailer! I have an '06 5x10 Big Tex open trailer. I need atleast 6.5x 12 OR 14 maybe with a curbside gate?? My problem is I have a Roll-On Stripng Sulky on one of my wb's which brings it's length to about 7' 6". My other wb has a Bull Rider style velke and it's length is about the same. Angled a little I know i could get them both on a 14 footer. Anyone have any ideas? Any idea on how much I could sell the 5x10 Big Tex for? I can't really come out of pocket more than about $600. Any ideas or help would be appreciated! Thanks!!

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,568

    Raise the sulkys on your walk behinds.
  3. bamaone

    bamaone LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    I have a 6x16 and 6x14. I got the 6x16 first and added the 6x14 couple seasons later to be my medium maintenance trailor. I now wish i had 2 6x16s.
    My 6x14 holds my tiller, 2 21" mowers, 60" Z, with trimmer racks etc., misc. gas cans, topsoil bags.
    My .02 would be to get the largest trailor you can.
    Good luck
  4. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    I agree! I have a 6x16 and a 6x14, im ready for a 7x20 now
  5. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,338

    Well, you have made the too small trailer mistake once, don't do it again. Get a 6.5x16, or better yet, 7x16. Even 18 long. You WILL grow into it. I know I will be upgrading trailers in the next year or so, because my 6.5x12 is getting to be too small.

    I am still undecided on whether or not to get a side gate. I may, so I will be able to put my 21" in the front crossways, but in a lot of cases they are too steep for a ZTR.
  6. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    I agree with mow pro and raise the sulky up on the walkbehind. I would get nothing less than 16 foot if you do move up in size

  7. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,986

    6x16 is a very nice size. Typically they are dual axle, whereas a 6x14 is easy to find in a single axle. Unless you have a whimpy truck or don't plan on adding any new equipment, I would get the 16'.
  8. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    Try and find used trailers. I've gotten two used trailers for 3k each. One is an enclosed trailer 7.5x20' the other is a 7.5x18' enclosed trailer.

    IMHO, its not worth selling your smaller trailer as you would not get that much for it. AND what you get for it is not worth what it can do for you. We still have our 6x14' single axle open trailer. We used it maybe 3-4 times this year when we had problems with the other trailer. So it makes a great backup trailer for emergencies.

    We are also contemplating making it our pesticide trailer by throwing a pump on there with a container for all of the pestcide storage. We'd probablly have to add another axle but I think this would be cheaper than buying new.

    Anyway some food for thought is all. I know you say you don't have the money but you always seem to need bigger than what you have.
  9. lawnstriper23

    lawnstriper23 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 323

    Did you figure out a price for the 5x10 Big Tex? If the price is right I might be interested.......
  10. GG386

    GG386 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    Personnaly I've narrowed my trailer selection down to a 7' wide by either 16 or 18' length (enclosed). I will require the 10,000# torflex axle set up because some of the materials that I haul are heavy and weather sensitive.
    My question to the team is - which brand?

    Some of the models I've been looking at:
    Haulmark- Grizzly or Kodiak
    Wells Cargo
    Horton Hauler
    Pace American

    There's a s**t load of brands out there, any past experience or suggestions?
    One thing, I won't be replacing this thing for awhile, so the build quality and looks is primary.


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