Trailer Size?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by grasssin, Dec 6, 2003.

  1. grasssin

    grasssin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 361

    I am in the market for a trailer to fit a 36" wb and a 21" together plus the trimmer trap for all the little goodies. What size would this be 5x10 or 6x 10, 6x 12?

    I would like a little leftover room to fit misc materials on there as well.

    Thanks for the help again...
  2. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    Get the largest trailer you can afford. As your business grows, you won't have to buy another trailer right away. I made this mistake once, and had to buy a new trailer 2 years after I'd just bought one. Post# 3350

    MIMAINTAINCE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    Bob couldnt be any more right. I made the mistake of getting a 5'x10'. 2 years later, I bought a 54" walk behind and it barely fit width wise. I also had a tractor. They barely fit after some welding from my friend. If I could start again, i would go 6.5x12
  4. pcnservices

    pcnservices LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 614

    Then get the 6x12 - nothing smaller.
    I started off with a little 5x8. Was too small to start with. Then bought me a new 5x10. That size didn't last me one season and then got me a 6x12 with 2' high mesh sides and a 4' rampgate.
    The 6x12 is a pretty roomy trailer and you can easily fit a 52" Z and a 52" w/b on it. The w/b sits sideways in the back. Racks for the trimmers and tools and a basket for the gas cans and more tools and s#$t and you have a pretty compact setup, lots of space, easy manuevarable and towable.

    I should'nt have wasted my time and money on all those smaller units to begin with.

    Good Luck
  5. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    6x12 is a good sixe. It sucks to have a trailer that is "big enough" and have to take something in for repairs, and the loaner mower they will gladly give you wont fit on the trailer.
  6. pcnservices

    pcnservices LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 614

    Hey grassin,
    Just found this 6x12 trailer (new) on ebay with a Buy it Now price of $795. Now that's a steal! :drinkup:

  7. tx_angler

    tx_angler LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 278

    I'm with Bob on this. Trailers are just like storage buildings - no matter what size you get they are going to be too small way too soon. If you can afford it upgrade to a tandem axle trailer. Not only can you haul more but they don't sway as much as a single axle trailer.

    No matter how many axles you get don't pass up the electric brakes. You just haven't lived until you slide through a red light intersection with all four wheels on the truck locked up knowing there isn't a thing you can do to stop. Trust me on this! :D
  8. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    Gotta agree!!!! Anyone you buy can't be big enough or have enough brakes!!!!!! Also the cost for the exta axle is not that much more, but it doubles the weight you can carry. Could come in handy if you ever wanted to haul a small trac, dingo, etc.
  9. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,116

    Check your state laws. Here in MI, any trailer that weighs over 1500 lbs. is required to have brakes on all axles as well as a break away device. I bought one with single axle brakes and it was impounded by the local Motor Carrier officer. Cast me almost $500 for the ticket and towing bill. It only cost $150 to add brakes to the other axle.

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