Trailer size 10 ft vs 14 ft pros and cons

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by gdguth, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. gdguth

    gdguth LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 442

    I currently have a 5 by 10 single axle trailer. I would like to get something bigger like a tandem axle 14 foot trailer. I am currently fine with the 10 footer, but the trailer is tight and I think I need a little bit bigger. I just want to know if there are any cons to having a larger trailer besides extra weight/gas mileage. Also storage can be a little issue as it will be real tight in my garage. Are there any other cons that you can think of?
    Pros: Backing will be easier, more available space on trailer, heavier axle, etc. Are there any other pros I am not thinking of?
  2. greenbaylawns

    greenbaylawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 563

    I final got one last season. I went with the Big Tex single axle 14ft. Love it. I had the 5x10 for 9 years. I put a basket on the front of the 14ft, some weed eater racks and backpack blower mounts. I made all that stuff for it. I got the trailer from All American Trailers in Omaha NE and paid $1,730 ish. I spent probably $150 on all material to build the accessories. Buy one you'll like it. Double axle trailers get you in a little bigger weight class and then you have to get DOT Brakes and all the goods that go with that, But I have DOT numbers anyways just because I play the game. I pull it with a 98 F-150 with no problems.
  3. GravelyNut

    GravelyNut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,594

    You can get a 6X16 dual axle Landscape trailer for around $2K. For that money you get 4 wheel brakes already installed. Even on your single axle you should have brakes due to the weight. Figuring a 5K axle on it and a 5K load puts you at nearly the same weight as your truck. If only a 3.5K axle, it still should have brakes. A 7K tandem axle won't put you in a CDL class unless your truck weighs or is rated at 19K or more loaded.

    The con is tire wear if you make tight turns.
  4. 360ci

    360ci LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 995

    That's for certain! Buy used radial tires every cople years, it's a good low cost alternative to buying new. I have this problem with nearly every trailer I own that's a tandem. Especially with my one RV (now sold). I'd need new tires every 2-3 seasons, but it was pulled 12-16K/yr. Paved, tight cornered recreation areas are the worst.

    My landscape is a single axle 4x8. The frame has started to rot through and I know it won't pass the safety in the spring, so I'll most likely pick up a 5x12 3500lb axle and mount a box on the front for storage and fuel.

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