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Which do you think is better??

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Carolina Cutter, Dec 25, 2004.

  1. Carolina Cutter

    Carolina Cutter LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Do you think an open trailer or an enclosed trailer is better for lawn care.

    Yes, the enclosed is a rolling billboard, but the open also acts as an advertising medium. In other words.....people IMMEDIATELY know what you do.

    I currently run an open trailer but have thought of buying an enclosed.
  2. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    I can see the only con with an enclosed is hauling more weight, thus more wear on the truck and more gas. Oh, another con would be that you could not haul grass or other debris without creating a big mess. Since I leave my trailer and equipment outside (except the winter) a big plus for an enclosed trailer would be protection from the weather and free up storage space in the garage.

    I think it all depends on your own situation that you need to evaluate.
  3. K.Carothers

    K.Carothers LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,124

    I was thinking about that also. I have a6.4x12 big tex with all the holders and racks. I keep it at my house and it is an eye sore for the neighbors. I think having a enclosed trailer would be better for a couple of reasons and the biggest would be that your equipment would not be subject to the weather. Nothing worse when it starts to rain and you have to cover up all the equipment.
  4. edward hedrick

    edward hedrick LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    another choice a SuperLawn truck instead of a truck and trailer

  5. LawnMowerBoy48

    LawnMowerBoy48 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 136

    I just got a new enclosed trailer, I feel that it is lighter than my old trailer open trailer. It is four feet shorter but when you think about it an enclosed trailer is made out of light aluminum. Thinking of that and then the side rails on an open trailer aren't they pretty even weight wise?
  6. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    Yeah, weight wise, these new aluminum and fiberglass enclosed trailers are pretty light. however, if you currently have a 16' open and it seems tight with all the equipment on, you better get an 18' or 20' enclosed. No room for hanging a handle over the side rail to get stuff to fit or turn around inside. I think that if you are used to picking stuff off of your trailer from all sides like gas cans, edger, trimmers, blower, ect. it would be tough to get used to having to fight a big drop door just to get the blower out. The few guys i see around here that have enclsed trailers I kinda chuckle at when I drive by and see most everything that was in the trailer spread out along the curb or in the drive way just so they can get their ztr out. (33' & 21" walkbehind, trash cans, blower, cones, even shovels) I hate moving one thing to get to another and I keep my trailer orginized so I don't have to. But in an enclosed all the trimmer racks are on the walls and it seems like you would have to be stepping over and on everything and bumping my head (i'm 6'4") just to get to the racks. Unless I moved everything out onto the road... I love the idea of security and not having to even think about getting caught in a rain storm, but for me the con's outweigh the pro's on this one.
  7. mowerman111

    mowerman111 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 327

    here is a picture of one of my trailers that I enclosed the front half it has three doors on each side the front two on the right side drop down so you can roll two 21" w/b up in it. it has one long compartment that you can get to from either side with shelves in it for trimmers, blowers etc. the two doors on the other side has shelves for gas, oil, sprinkler parts etc. the back half hauls a walker mower and trash cans. and can be used to haul debris if we need to. so really it is the best of both worlds. I will post some close up pictures as soon as I can. I also have a enclosed trailer which looks more professional, but the half enclosed trailer is easier to get tools out of.

    trailer 1.jpg


  8. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    I have 3 Pequea open dovetail (8 x 18 foot) trailers at the moment. Funny this topic was just brought up cause I was out shopping for an enclosed trailer this week. I am literally out of storage space and now have more equipment coming in the spring.

    I figure I need a 20 footer and I'm personally looking to hear other responses to this thread.
  9. mowerman111

    mowerman111 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 327

    I think the next enlosed I buy will be one with a big door on the right side that swings up like a consession trailer has, so I can build shelves inside to hold the small equipment so you can just walk up to the trailer and get what tools you need instead of walking in to the trailer, thats what I like about my half enclosed it is a ot easier to get tools out of and takes less time plus the tools are locked up and out of sight.
  10. newbomb

    newbomb LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 391

    I started with a 6 X 12 open trailer and it was fine for awhile. Loading and unloading everyday got old fast. I have had an 8 X 16 enclosed for 2 seasons now, and the open trailer is relegated to mulch and dump runs. The enclosed trailer gives you all of the following: security ( no theft while your in 7-11), storage, freed up garage space, no problem if your caught in the rain, advertising space, add one gatorade bottle and you have a rest room. ( thats important to us guys on blood pressure pills). If you have a 3/4 ton truck in good repair, you will have little problem towing it. Make sure you get one big enough though. As someone else said, its a little hard to turn stuff sideways inside. GO ENCLOSED!!

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