What type of trailer is best???

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by extremerc76, Jun 11, 2007.


What type of trailer do is better for landscaping

  1. Enclosed

    30 vote(s)
  2. Open

    18 vote(s)
  1. extremerc76

    extremerc76 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 93

    looking at upgrading to a new trailer, and have been thinking about both the good and the bad that comes with open and enclosed trailers. enclosed good = security, keep stuff dry, storage. enclosed bad = price, can't use for clean-up jobs. open good = use for leaf lean-up, firewood removal, price, and mowing. open bad = security, keep stuff dry.

    what do you think i should get, looking more at open just because of price and it would allow me to make less trips to dump site.

    thinking of single axel 12' maybe 14' holmes landscape trailer with extended sides
  2. boxsky

    boxsky LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    I like enclosed. More secure, weather proof, rolling billboard to name a few.
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    enclosed and open have their respective places...that is why we have both.
  4. FearThisDeere

    FearThisDeere LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,154

    Both are good, but if you can afford an enclosed I would get it. Looks a little better (no offense to anyone, I have an open trailer), you can leave your stuff loaded, and don't have to worry about things being stolen. Plus if it rains, you have a place to get out of the weather.
  5. BQLC

    BQLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 574

    I can see the benefits to both
  6. Fairway Land & Lawn

    Fairway Land & Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    We also have both. An enclosed is a little heavier, but does look nicer when pulling up to a maintenance property. However, you cannot load mulch into an enclosed. I find that we use the open trailer much more than the enclosed. On rainy days it is usually the enclosed ( not too happy about wet mower seats ).
  7. Bigray

    Bigray LawnSite Member
    Messages: 140

    i also have both !
    i prefer a dual axle trl. though to any length over 12'
  8. unit28

    unit28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,554

    I have a 16 foot with 4 foot sides.
    It's expanded metal with wood floor.

    It's semi secure. Kinda hard to grab the big walk behinds and
    lift them over.....LOL

    I can put a lock on the ramp and cage so it's just as secure as an enclosed.

    Well, unless I have plants on it but those never sit any length of time anyway.

    Then there's the weather issue........:laugh: The salt in the winter is killing the beast.

    I wish I had a 16' aluminum with 4 foot sides and a removable top.
  9. boxsky

    boxsky LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    I saw a neat open trailer with a tarp roof. Nice because it keeps the sun and rain off the equipment.

    Another reason for enclosed ever sit on a black seat that is baking in the sun. Can you say ouch.:cry:
  10. Supper Grassy

    Supper Grassy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,582

    I have seen the 50/50 trailers On-line its enclosed in the front, and open in the back,
    Open give you more versitility to do other things
    enclosed are safer on equipment

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