width of a trailer

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by mr. k, Sep 1, 2003.

  1. mr. k

    mr. k LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    Hey guys, I have been looking around for an open trailer and was wondering if you could help me out. I am planning on being a solo operation with the 48" WB. I was wondering what size trailer would be better. I am trying to decide between a 5X10 or a 6X10 trailer. I am not sure how tight a fit the mower will be on a 5' wide trailer, but i also dont want to get a trailer thats too big for my needs. any input would help a bunch. thanks guys.

  2. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    get the biggest trailer you can accomodate, parking, streets, towing cap of your vehicle, financially, etc. If you plan on staying in the business, there are going to be times when you'll need a big trailer.

    When i started out i had some 4x8 utility trailer i draggeed my 50" around with. i bought a 6x10 thinking it would be more than large enough, now i'm thinking about buying a Z, and my 6x10 ain't gonna be long enough for both my WB and my Z. My next trailer will probably be a 6.5-7x14-16 footer.
  3. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    A 48" walk behind will fit fine on a 5x10 with room to spare,But it probably won't last too long before you outgrow it.If that is what you can afford it will be fine.If you can afford something bigger you will not be sorry down the road.
  4. turkp15

    turkp15 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 123

    My 48" Viking fits in the back of my F-150 it has a 4/8 bed on it.
  5. Old Red

    Old Red LawnSite Member
    Messages: 187

    Chances are that if you get the 5x10 you'll eventually wish you had the 6 foot. Your friends and relatives will probably find the begger trailer more usefull too. I bought a 6x12 in May, thinking it would meet my needs, and already I've wished I'd gone a little bigger.
  6. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    Listen to these guys when they tell you to by the largest you can afford...there is very little difference in price when you get a little larger. I grew out of my enclosed trailer before the first season ended. Their advice on this is dead right on.
  7. mr. k

    mr. k LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    Hey guys thanks for all of you information. Looks like I am going with the 6X10. I think its only a little over $100 more and from what it sounds like, it will be well worth it in the long run. Thanks again.

  8. CoachLinz

    CoachLinz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 126

    I haul everything in the bed of my GMC pickup - 48" w/b, trimmer, blower, tools, gas cans, etc. I only cut part-time and don't have a place to park a trailer so this works well for me. Might be an idea to start working out of a truck and then add a trailer later when you need it. At that point, you will have been making money for a while and can buy a bigger/better trailer that will last you for a longer time. Good luck.
  9. kerrazy

    kerrazy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    I started out with a 5x10 and quickly outgrew it, buy the biggest trailer you can (make sure it fits in the garage). I now have a 6.5x14 and am very happy with it.

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