Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by dadertgf, Jul 17, 2009.

  1. dadertgf

    dadertgf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    Hi new to the buisness wondering what u guys recomend for trailers open ? inclosed? what lengths? and Brands? any info would be great


  2. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 38,836

    Enclosed is really the best way to go.

    Advantages of enclosed:
    1. Mobile shop. Every tool you might can have a home.
    2. Dry. If it's raining, drive into the trailer till the rain passes.
    3. Theft. If the trailer is closed, less chance of somebody grabbing a blower on the go.
    4. Mobile office. Have a little workbench/desk if you have room for paperwork or for eating lunch.
    5. DOT can't see inside :laugh:
    6. Easier to customize. You can make into whatever you want to.

    And my role of thumb is to buy the biggest you can afford, no matter open or enclosed. I just bought a 16' open trailer for $500 for a 48" WB and that's it. Yeah, it's too big for one mower, but it's better than squeezing a 48" on a 5x8.
  3. dadertgf

    dadertgf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    Thanks. Do u have a inclosed or thats just what you would get if u had the money?
  4. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 38,836

    I do not have an enclosed.

    If I had the money to justify an enclosed, I would buy a 20 foot enclosed.
  5. Bob_n_weave

    Bob_n_weave LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    I recommend a open 7x12. I strongly considered an enclosed Trailor but glad I didn't buy.
  6. SangerLawn

    SangerLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 736

    Most of the time a 6x12 trailer can go under the radar of DOT officers. You can even cut the front of it out and load to ztr 60 inch mowers on it and stay legal. That is how I have by 6x12 set up. My other trailer is a 6x16.

    I agree an enclosed trailer is best. It insures that you won’t have any equipment stolen however I will not run out of one. I am kind of tall and don’t like hitting my head lol
  7. golfnpreacher

    golfnpreacher LawnSite Member
    Messages: 123

    States cannot impose restrictions on any trailer less that 102" wide and less than 26 feet long (except for weight restrictions) They can require them to be registered under certain categories. (DOT CFR 49 - 658)

    Generally speaking, unless some restriction is imposed by Federal Regulations, states do not impose them, it creates a nightmare of enforcement with interstate commerce. (Please note the difference between INTER state and INTRA state. If someone is involved in business in a particular state, that in INTRAstate and that state can regulate business done within it's borders. However, if someone is "passing through" one state but not doing business there, that is INTERSTATE)
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Yeh you can't haul no brush with it.

    Mine's a Carson landscape 6x12 single axle.
  9. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,621

    I think it is quicker and easier to work out of an open trailer. But no security. Way cheaper than enclosed.
  10. dadertgf

    dadertgf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    I would regester this trailer so im not conserned about DOT. And for brush and stuff i can use a dumptrailer. Also bob and weave why r u glad u did not go with inclosed ? ... sanger cut the front off ? ? .. thanks for all info Zach

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