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trailer width- what's the real difference?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by peeklandscaping, Jul 13, 2014.

  1. peeklandscaping

    peeklandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 306

    Interested in getting a new trailer, just have a question about the width of it. Let's say it's a 16ft length, and says 6ft wide. Really that's 6and1/2 wide by 16. So 7wide is only half foot wider than a "6wide'? For an enclosed, I've seen 7wide, with the wheel wells on the outside of the trailer, and an 8wide with the wheels "inside" the trailer. So are they really the same width, wheel to wheel, just more space enclosed? And wheel to wheel, a 6x16 is only a 1/2 ft more narrow than a 7x16? Kinda confused :dizzy:
  2. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    The actual distance between the inside of the fenders.

    Example a pickup truck bed is wider then 4' in front and behind the wheel wells. Though that space is waste because you can not lay down a sheet wider then 48". So if a mower is wider then 47" it is not going to fit.

    Does not matter how trailer manufacturers differ on how they size closed versus open trailers.

    What matters is the actual distance across the narrowest width of the trailer.

  3. Mobius396

    Mobius396 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    Get the biggest one you can pull. I've never heard anyone complain about having to much space. Not to mention, no matter how big you go, you'll run out of room soon enough.
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  4. peeklandscaping

    peeklandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 306

    So the question is, what would be a maximum size I could comfortably pull with a F250? Both open and enclosed options? Also, I service quite a few winding, narrow roads... is it tricky to pull a wide trailer?
  5. Pressedun

    Pressedun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 44,518

    16x7 would be great, if you've never pulled a trailer before it will be tough at first. If you're used to pulling one, you'll be fine.
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  6. PicturePerfectLawns

    PicturePerfectLawns LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,845

    I have 6 foot wide inside to inside actual "space" on the trailer. I'm happy with it. Can pull two walk behinds side by side. At first, I had a 5 foot wide and out-grew it within a few weeks. I agree the bigger the better, you'll get use to pulling it.
  7. peeklandscaping

    peeklandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 306

    I'm pulling a 5x12 right now... the 5wide gets real cramped quickly. 6wide by 16 would probably work well, or 7x16.
  8. TTS

    TTS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 615

    Only time width makes a difference in pulling is on narrow roads you don't have much wiggle room in your lane with wide trailers. With a trailer wider than the tow vehicle you will get some extra wind resistance that drops fuel economy but most guys aren't putting enough miles on to make a measurable difference.
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  9. A Leaf Above

    A Leaf Above LawnSite Member
    Messages: 223

    If you are going to go 7x16 I recommend just going to an 8ft wide ...I use 7x16s and I regret not having that little bit of extra width ..

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