Landscape trailers. Who hasn’t seen one parked while many hands expertly coordinate the landscape? Almost every commercial landscaping business owns a trailer – and for good reason, it would be close to impossible to conduct business without one. However, while many of them look alike, features can vary in important ways.
Open or Enclosed?
One of the most basic decisions when choosing a landscape trailer is whether it’s open or enclosed. There are some obvious advantages of enclosed trailers, especially in the rainy PNW. But beyond keeping tools clean and dry, enclosed trailers reduce the opportunity for theft.
The disadvantage is enclosed trailers cost more. Trailer Boss (Spokane, WA) sells multiple trailer brands perfect for landscapers. If you’re a new landscaping business, an open trailer typically costs less and is a great option when funds are tight.
One of the primary questions to answer when selecting a trailer is how much hauling capacity do you need? Are you hauling a mower? Knowing the total weight of the tools you’ll be hauling is vital when deciding which trailer will work best.
Most trailer dealers in Spokane WA cannot help determine the weight of mowers and other landscaping tools. Be prepared with your hauling weight and they can tell you what trailer will work best.
Keep In Mind
-Enclosed trailers are heavier. If all else is the same, an enclosed trailer will have slightly less capacity than an open trailer.
–Landscape trailers range in width from 6 to 8 feet or more.
-Trailer lengths vary up to 20 feet, but 12 to 16 feet is typical
-Department of Transportation regulations require any trailer exceeding 3,000 pounds in gross vehicle weight (GVW) must be equipped with its own brakes
– At a minimum, a half-ton pickup truck is required for towing most landscape trailers
Think about your engine, horsepower, and torque; how much will you need to haul the trailer when it is packed with tools and materials?
Give thought to your wheelbase. A short wheelbase on your vehicle can make it harder to tow your trailer. That’s one reason why pickups with longer wheelbases, are much better suited for towing.
Trailer vendors in Spokane WA often offer accessory racks. These are extremely useful for landscapers. These racks keep smaller equipment secured, can prevent damage during transportation, and make loading and unloading so much easier.
Ramps are an important feature to consider. Most ramps will work great for basic functionality. Going beyond basic means a ramp fitted with springs. A ramp fitted with springs makes it a lot easier to lift the ramps when your guys are tired at the end of a long day.
Side rails are a pretty standard option for open trailers. Side rails keep equipment from rolling off and make good tie-down anchors. If you choose a closed trailer, make sure adequate tie-down points exist.
Landscape trailers usually take quite a beating during normal use, but multiple coats of paint can be pricey. One thing is true, however; paint is necessary. Inevitably your trailer will get dings, dents, and scratches, followed by rust. Paint will help prevent rust as long as possible.
Many trailer vendors offer several options for trailers. The options range from spare tires and tool racks to lighting. Trailer Boss is available in Spokane WA to talk about what trailers and features will best meet your needs.