Truck or trailer break down

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by siklid1066, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. siklid1066

    siklid1066 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 148

    What does one do if your rig or part of your rig breaks down for a day or 2 or a week?Any good rental companys?Cost?
  2. LedgedaleLawn

    LedgedaleLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 377

    I do all the maintiniance, if a piece of equipment is down, I will do anything humanly possible to get it up an running fast, every hours it's down, is an hour I'm not making money. Renting equipment to make up for broken equipment is not an option.
  3. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    I could get another truck from a family member but as far as another trailer goes I would have to rent one or find someone who has one that I can use. But if my trailer breaks down abd requires ant major repairs I probably will just buy a new one, and bigger.
  4. mngrassguy

    mngrassguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,167

    I'm solo but I still have a back-up truck and equipment. Down time is way to expensive, let alone the reliability issues. I have trouble understanding these guys that want to run underpowered, old trucks. Here today, gone tomorrow. I'm in this for the long run.
  5. lawnkingforever

    lawnkingforever LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,280

    My wife has a factory installed hitch on her SUV, so in a pinch I would use it.
  6. olde_blue

    olde_blue LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 349

    U-haul for a truck. You need to have a wiring setup, but their F-150 with class III hitch rents for about $20 a day, plus about 80 cents a mile, (plus additional fees--last I checked 2 years ago). Just so long as your trailer isn't over 5000 lbs or so (no electric brakes).
  7. siklid1066

    siklid1066 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 148

    Do they (UHaul)have box trucks with ramps to get your items in and out?Even big mows?

    TREEGUARD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 303

    i have used a uhaul box truck in a pinch when the trailer breaks down
  9. siklid1066

    siklid1066 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 148

    What about a box truck with ramps?Are the ramps sturdy enough for lets say a 36 in machine.
  10. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,296

    Yes, they will be fine, just be careful with ramps on box trucks, I have had mine kick out a few times when I was first getting used to them. Try to drill some holes in the floor and drop a pin in for your ramps.

    Ironically, this is the way I got introduced to a box truck. When my trailer broke a few years back, I rented a box truck for a couple of days and loved it. I bought one the following year.

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