what size triler is best?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by instyle, Jan 11, 2006.

  1. instyle

    instyle LawnSite Senior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 380

    I plan to carry 2 - 48" walkbehinds, 2 - Push mowers, 2 - Tillers, plus random equipment. I am looking at trailer size:

    16x7 = $6100
    16x8 = $6250
    18x7 = $6400
    18x8 = $6550

    Is 8 feets wide going to be winder than I would need? Does it make it tough for in city driving? Is 18x8 overkill. I want to have plenty of room.


    Ps: These prices are CDN

    TURFLORD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 834

    IMO a 16', double axle, open trailer, is the most versatile. It holds all the equipment when the truck is full regardless if you use that space everyday. If your doing landscape work without the benefit of large equipment, it's alot easier to unload large trees from the trailer than from the back of the truck. It's also like having 2 trucks in one. Put the pavers in the trailer and any other supplies in the truck,like base material. Open trailers really help stage the job more efficiently, but you can't lock anything up at night.:)
  3. instyle

    instyle LawnSite Senior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 380

    i really want an enclosed trailer. I am guessing I will go with a 18x7. My only concer is weather or not the extra 2 feet will make it that much harder to tow around the city all day long.
  4. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 1,796

    I think its a little like rope. Once you've cut it its not getting any longer. If you have some empty space so what? If you can't fit everything in there then there's a problem. It will have higher resale if you go bigger most likely.
  5. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    I would recommend a 16x7. You will be able to fit the mowers basically on one side, and the tillers and other mowers on the other side.
  6. MacLawnCo

    MacLawnCo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,847

    buy more than you need cus eventually you will need it. No, you wont notice the extra couple feet. Infact, i think the larger trailer is easier to work with than a shorter, single axle unit
  7. Shawns Lawns

    Shawns Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 638

    I started out with a 6X12 and then just bought a 7X14 and i made a mistake i did not go big enough. I am now selling the 7X14 and will skip the 16 footer and go to the 18footer. My only problem is price here is beyond ridiculous. :waving:
  8. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784


    Get at least the 18ft trailer, 20' is real nice to have.

    Figure this a basic 14x7 is just as wide as a full width 8 footer just the body sits over the wheels. The only cutback that I could see is needing bigger tow mirrors.

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