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Hedgemaster
09-19-2010, 02:59 PM
Remember this?

http://i886.photobucket.com/albums/ac64/Pepwalker2/Lawn%20Care%20Handyman/104_5209.jpg

;)

I'm keeping it, but it wasn't cutting it for some jobs, so I started looking for a trailer a few weeks ago, and now I'm the proud owner of a brand spankin' used 5'x8' utility trailer!

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/104_5733.jpg

It's a 2009 Carry-On brand mesh floor trailer.

* 2000 lb. GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating)
* Main Frame 2" x 2" Angle
* Wire Mesh Floor
* Fully Lighted to D.O.T. Requirements
* 1-7/8" Coupler with Safety Chains
* 2000 lb. Cambered Axle
* Removable Tongue
* Wire Protected in Conduit
* 4-Flat Electrical Plug
* 9" Side Height

The seller owned it for less than one year and no longer needed it after purchasing an enclosed trailer.

It's a bit "ghetto" in it's current configuration, but I plan on doing some work to clean it up.

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/104_5735.jpg

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/104_5740.jpg



The seller installed the sides and while it looks a bit crappy, they are rock-solid. The sides are a small bonus, as I planned on adding sides to whatever trailer I got anyway. They stand 25 1/4" high, which will work well for hauling loads of branches and such...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/104_5752.jpg



Another small bonus was the 1 7/8" ball that the seller gave me. I had a 2" ball already mounted, and he even offered to use his tools to swap them out for me.

It has surface rust, but that's what they make spray paint for. I know someone who may be able to shoot it with a paint gun too, so one way or another, it will look better than it does now.

Inside...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/104_5745.jpg



Tires are in good condition and it tows well...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/104_5738.jpg

Anyway, I now have more options when it comes to the jobs I can bid, and I won't have to cram everything into the back of the truck. I saved about $240 over buying a brand new trailer, and as I've discovered, trailers hold their value fairly well, so when it comes time to upgrade to a larger trailer, I can probably get close to what I paid for it.

I got a fair deal, and I'm happy with the purchase.

Steve
09-19-2010, 03:53 PM
This is exciting! Your business is growing! What will you be doing to jazz it up a bit? Will you be putting any signs on it?

Hedgemaster
09-19-2010, 10:25 PM
This is exciting! Your business is growing! What will you be doing to jazz it up a bit? Will you be putting any signs on it?

Yes, I suppose it is. :)

Haha I knew you'd ask that.
I'm not sure yet, as I'm still playing with some ideas. Ideally, I'd like to paint it bright green, but I don't think that's realistic considering the amount of touch up needed as it gets more surface rust, so at the moment, I'm thinking of keeping it black, but painting the side boards green - maybe hit the lower portion of the board that are visible (below the top rail/between the side framework) with black to keep it all black from the side rails down... not sure.

Signage is a definite "yes", but not yet.

Steve
09-20-2010, 04:48 PM
Well I look forwards to seeing more pics.

MountainViewGreenskeeper
09-21-2010, 01:12 AM
congrates on the new trailer and hope to see the finished product.

But I have a word of caution. I would be careful how much weight you put on the front of that trailer. Its only got that main bar coming out right? and from the picture it already looks like it bending just a tad. So I just wondering if you had noticed that at all... nothing to worry about just something to be mindful of.

Steve
09-22-2010, 05:35 PM
When you have a trailer with a metal mesh floor like that, would laying a piece of plywood over it extend the life of the floor?

From what I have seen, those floors tend to droop and then break under the weight of mowers.

Hedgemaster
09-22-2010, 10:07 PM
When you have a trailer with a metal mesh floor like that, would laying a piece of plywood over it extend the life of the floor?

From what I have seen, those floors tend to droop and then break under the weight of mowers.

Yeah, that mesh is garbage (at least on this brand) - maybe a more expensive trailer would use a heavier gauge mesh?
I'm thinking of adding a floor, as it would also give me the ability to haul mulch if needed.

Currently, I only have two push mowers, so weight isn't a concern. Even the chipper/shredder isn't all that heavy, so even if I don't get a floor on it immediately, I shouldn't have to worry about it. When I bought this, I did so knowing it was a "starter trailer", and that I'd need something larger before too long, but bigger, and better just isn't in the budget at the moment.



MountainView,
I'll check out the tongue to see if it's actually bent, but I see what you mean in the photo. It's supposed to be removable, so I don't know if that can be replaced if needed. Although, considering the price of replacement parts for anything these days, a whole new trailer would probably make more sense.
As stated above, I won't have anything too heavy to tow around anyway.

MountainViewGreenskeeper
09-22-2010, 11:37 PM
Yeah, that mesh is garbage (at least on this brand) - maybe a more expensive trailer would use a heavier gauge mesh?
I'm thinking of adding a floor, as it would also give me the ability to haul mulch if needed.

Currently, I only have two push mowers, so weight isn't a concern. Even the chipper/shredder isn't all that heavy, so even if I don't get a floor on it immediately, I shouldn't have to worry about it. When I bought this, I did so knowing it was a "starter trailer", and that I'd need something larger before too long, but bigger, and better just isn't in the budget at the moment.



MountainView,
I'll check out the tongue to see if it's actually bent, but I see what you mean in the photo. It's supposed to be removable, so I don't know if that can be replaced if needed. Although, considering the price of replacement parts for anything these days, a whole new trailer would probably make more sense.
As stated above, I won't have anything too heavy to tow around anyway.

Yep just wasnt sure if you noticed. Didnt want you to lose us equipment. But we all got to start somewhere.

Hedgemaster
09-26-2010, 07:56 PM
I took a closer look today and while the tongue itself is straight, the second strip of angle iron that it's welded to has a bend in it. It's bent down slightly in the center, so I'm guessing the previous owner overloaded it.

You can see it in this photo - up near the front...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/104_5740.jpg

For my purposes, it should still be fine.

I still think I need to get a ball mount with a lower drop though. I haven't taken it to a flat, paved spot to take any measurements, but it seems to sit too high in the front. (regardless of the bent frame)

Hedgemaster
10-10-2010, 10:36 PM
I've been pondering ways to make this thing look better.

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/104_5761.jpg

Initially, I thought that the plywood sides were painted, but there is actually black vinyl heat-wrapped/bonded to it. Some of it is peeling and there are spots that look like brown spray paint got on it... ugly.
I considered simply replacing the plywood, but today while cleaning the garage, I ran across an 8'x20" scrap of 3/8" plywood, and I thought, "Hmmm... what about COVERING the existing "black" wood?"

Like this...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/104_5765.jpg


I could simply screw it right onto the existing wood. I'd finish spray painting the frame (previous owner started, but never finished) and paint over the original plywood that is visible on the bottom, keeping everything below the top rail black.

The fresh plywood "skin" gives me some options:
(a) Leave it as is, but apply a waterproofing finish, that would give me a cleaner looking trailer without much effort. (or breaking the bank)

(b) Have a sign shop create a sign to cover the plywood, or at least attach to it.

(c) Add a 1"x6" board and have it engraved with my info using either light wood with dark lettering, or dark wood with perhaps gold lettering?

like this "sketch" (third photo)...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/104_5762.jpg

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/104_5763.jpg

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/EngravedBoard.jpg


What do you think?

Am I crazy? Perhaps there's a better way? High sides a bad idea?

MountainViewGreenskeeper
10-10-2010, 11:13 PM
Well if you want to do it the most professional getting more angle iron and some expanded steel and doing it all steel. It adds value to it as well. But I dont know how much you are willing to spend and if you have access to a welder. But it is well worth it.

My neigbor across the street put steel sides on his after he saw how mine turned out. Funny how that all works out.

Also for signage to save a few bucks we bought the large yard signs from vista print and bolted them to the expanded steel. They last a long time, but in the AZ sun they do fade.

Hope any of that helps you.

DillonB92
10-11-2010, 12:18 AM
I can't wait to see how this turns out! I am also trying to decide how to do some signage for my trailer.

Hedgemaster
10-11-2010, 10:22 PM
Well if you want to do it the most professional getting more angle iron and some expanded steel and doing it all steel. It adds value to it as well. But I dont know how much you are willing to spend and if you have access to a welder. But it is well worth it.

My neigbor across the street put steel sides on his after he saw how mine turned out. Funny how that all works out.

Also for signage to save a few bucks we bought the large yard signs from vista print and bolted them to the expanded steel. They last a long time, but in the AZ sun they do fade.

Hope any of that helps you.


Not sure I want to be that spendy with this particular trailer. Maybe in a year or two when I upsize to a better trailer that I plan on keeping. For now, I just want to improve the appearance and usability without shelling out a lot of cash.


How high are the sides on your trailer? Any "issues" with having sides? 99% of the trailers I see are basic utility trailers, so I'm wondering if there's a good reason for that.
The only drawback I can initially think of is restricted accessibility to the contents.

MountainViewGreenskeeper
10-12-2010, 01:39 AM
Not sure I want to be that spendy with this particular trailer. Maybe in a year or two when I upsize to a better trailer that I plan on keeping. For now, I just want to improve the appearance and usability without shelling out a lot of cash.


How high are the sides on your trailer? Any "issues" with having sides? 99% of the trailers I see are basic utility trailers, so I'm wondering if there's a good reason for that.
The only drawback I can initially think of is restricted accessibility to the contents.

I have 4 ft sides on mine with a box of sorts that opens from the front of the trailer. Basically a normal landscaping trailer... atleast out here.

Hedgemaster
10-26-2010, 09:28 PM
Teaser post... ;)


I've got the plywood cut and I'll be applying some waterproofing stain to it tomorrow before attaching it. I was going to go buy a specific color, but I already have a can of "Natural Cedar" sitting here from a deck project, and I just spent $600 on tires today, so "Natural Cedar" it is!

I've also picked up some black spray paint to touch up the bottom portion of the trailer before adding the sides.

Grabbed some I bolts that I'm currently planning on putting on the outside in case I want to attach a tarp, but not sure where to place them yet...


Doing the same size sides as shown in the earlier photo.
(I HATE the fact that you can't copy/paste images on this forum!)


Hope to have before/after photos in the next few days. :)

Steve
10-26-2010, 09:33 PM
Doing the same size sides as shown in the earlier photo.
(I HATE the fact that you can't copy/paste images on this forum!)

Can you attach them to the post by clicking the little photo button above where you are writing your text?

Hedgemaster
10-26-2010, 11:31 PM
Can you attach them to the post by clicking the little photo button above where you are writing your text?

Well, let's see...


Nope.
At least, I don't think so.


I mean, I could open a new window, go to my photobucket account, find the photo, click the link, then come back here and paste it, but on a forum I moderate, we can simply "highlight"/copy a previously posted image (anyone's image), and then paste it into a new post.
I'm not sure why it doesn't work that way here - both forums are vBulletin.

No biggie, just frustrating when you are used to doing it one way elsewhere.

CHEESE2009
10-26-2010, 11:55 PM
If you're just putting walk behind lawn mowers in there, you should be able to access everything alright. Though even a small tractor will have you jumping over the sides to get your equipment.

I'd probably cut the wood down a little bit on the sides, while keeping it rather high in the front.

I see a lot of companies using the same trailer (without the wooden sides) and I gotta say - they look neat.

You advertise your equipment - and have access to it.

The wood is just silly, just cut it down so it blocks the holes around the base and nothing or little more.

Most importantly, where are you going to attach your bungies!!!!!!!!!!!

Hedgemaster
10-27-2010, 11:51 AM
If you're just putting walk behind lawn mowers in there, you should be able to access everything alright. Though even a small tractor will have you jumping over the sides to get your equipment.

I'd probably cut the wood down a little bit on the sides, while keeping it rather high in the front.

I see a lot of companies using the same trailer (without the wooden sides) and I gotta say - they look neat.

You advertise your equipment - and have access to it.

The wood is just silly, just cut it down so it blocks the holes around the base and nothing or little more.

Most importantly, where are you going to attach your bungies!!!!!!!!!!!


Thanks for the input.

I'm keeping the sides because I keep getting inquiries about hauling away brush piles. Seems to me that a trailer with no sides would would make that difficult to do, but I don't know.

Bungies?
Grabbed some I bolts that I'm currently planning on putting on the outside in case I want to attach a tarp, but not sure where to place them yet...

I'm also going to add some tie down attachment points on the inside.

CHEESE2009
10-27-2010, 01:45 PM
That's kinda neat then! Would you be able to somehow add hinges to the wood, so that they fold

http://i920.photobucket.com/albums/ad41/breeze2009/hindgelock.png

Lock > hindge, hindge, hindge.....

Hedgemaster
10-27-2010, 07:02 PM
Funny you mention that. I was considering doing something like that in the future, but I hadn't thought about doing just "half" like that.

At first I wanted to re-build it to have removable sides, but human nature the way it is, I KNOW I'll never want to mess around with taking them off, and putting them on, so I thought about making sides that fold down to half the height for when I don't need the high sides.

CHEESE2009
10-27-2010, 07:08 PM
Funny you mention that. I was considering doing something like that in the future, but I hadn't thought about doing just "half" like that.

At first I wanted to re-build it to have removable sides, but human nature the way it is, I KNOW I'll never want to mess around with taking them off, and putting them on, so I thought about making sides that fold down to half the height for when I don't need the high sides.


Yeah, the less time you take putting things together per visit - the better.

My tractor is heavy enough not too budge, but any walk behind will bounce around (broke a few of them that hit the tractor on bumpy roads)... I just connect a bungee to the 'ramp' to my mower, kind of cool.


You could always keep your trailer sides folded down and only put them upwards when you're hauling stuff?


I like your trailer because of the flooring..... When you need to wash your stuff, just hose down the entire trailer with your equipment inside of it! Water falls right through it! - Awesomeeeee

Hedgemaster
11-01-2010, 10:26 PM
OK, here she is - all covered in fresh paint, and new wood on the sides!

WARNING - TONS of pics!



First I cut the side panels to size, applied a waterproofing finish, and allowed them to dry while doing the metal prep work...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5811.jpg



This was the worst part...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5812.jpg



I didn't get too crazy with the prep work - I just took a wire wheel to the rough stuff before priming it...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5813.jpg



One ugly trailer prepped and ready for priming...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5825.jpg



http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5833.jpg



In order to make the inside look a little less crappy, I decided to spray it flat black...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5836.jpg

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5835.jpg



While I was at it, I sprayed the floor mesh flat black as well (it was all rusty)...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5843.jpg



Then I sprayed the outside metal with gloss black before adding the wood to the sides...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5842.jpg

Blue painter's masking tape was the exact width of the reflective tape, so I masked that before spraying the ramp, rather than having to buy new strips of reflective tape...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5848.jpg



Bolting on the sides... I cut off the excess bolt length when finished - hardware store didn't have anything shorter in stock.

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5851.jpg

On the bottom row, I used I-bolts to add places to tie/bungee things to if needed...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5850.jpg



After I cut off the bolts, I sprayed them black to help them blend in.
Here she is in all her glory...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5853.jpg

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5854.jpg

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5855.jpg

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5858.jpg


And of course, I had to get shots of her with the ramp UP as well! LOL!

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5863.jpg

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5867.jpg

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5868.jpg

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5869.jpg



Truck and trailer - Today (Monday) was the first day on the job for the trailer!

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5870.jpg

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5871.jpg

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5882.jpg



O-tay, that's all the photos!

Hope you enjoyed today's edition of This Old Towable!
Tune in next week for an exciting episode on attaching anchor points to the inside in order to keep your junk in your trunk!

:D

CHEESE2009
11-02-2010, 12:01 AM
HOLY SHOOOOOOOOOT!!!!!

That is beautiful!!!

WELL FRIGGEN DONE MAN!!!!:D

MountainViewGreenskeeper
11-02-2010, 12:44 PM
very nice job

Hedgemaster
11-02-2010, 05:53 PM
Thanks guys.

I used it to haul away ten bags of lawn/leaf debris today. That wouldn't have been possible without the trailer.

I want to add some side marker lights when I get some time. Lights always turn heads.

Oh yeah, it got filthy when I went to dump the leaves. :(

Steve
11-02-2010, 08:18 PM
You did an outstanding job! Very very sweet!

You must be getting a lot of compliments now.

How long did that take?

Hedgemaster
11-02-2010, 08:56 PM
You did an outstanding job! Very very sweet!

You must be getting a lot of compliments now.

How long did that take?


Thanks. :)

I "sanded" and primed one day (maybe 1.5 hrs), and did the rest the next day. It took most of the day.

There's roughly $90 - $100 in materials used. (Lumber, paint, hardware) The 3/8" plywood was expensive, but I chose the "sanded" exterior grade stuff rather than some less expensive options.

Overall, not that difficult, yet as you can see, the result is a MUCH nicer presentation.

wellbiz
11-03-2010, 02:34 PM
Looks really nice. Great job!

The Cleaning Doctor
11-03-2010, 03:18 PM
That is a major transformation. Congrats.

Now get a sign on both sides and the back with your name and phone number at a minimum and get some work. That thing turns heads the way it is, so give them something to look at or read.

Speaking of that, one of Artie's brochure or card holders would go well on that trailer.

Steve
11-03-2010, 10:25 PM
Since you are really good with wood, do you think it would be worthwhile to maybe make some telephone numbers out of wood and screw them into the side of the trailer?

Would that be a fun project and something that stood out?

Speaking of that, one of Artie's brochure or card holders would go well on that trailer.

I agree.

Hedgemaster
11-04-2010, 09:40 PM
That is a major transformation. Congrats.

Now get a sign on both sides and the back with your name and phone number at a minimum and get some work. That thing turns heads the way it is, so give them something to look at or read.

Speaking of that, one of Artie's brochure or card holders would go well on that trailer.

Thanks. :)

Working on the signage. I got my paperwork in the mail for my fictitious name, and now I'm getting some other issues finalized, but yeah, I want to put the info on there - sides and back. I'm also having signage done for the side and back windows of the truck cap.

I have two of his card holders and I usually have them on the truck windows while I'm parked, but forgot to hook them on that day. :(


Steve,
I think the cleanest look would be to have the name/number engraved in wood and added like in my earlier mock-up photo. I can't imagine it will be cheap though - gotta make a few calls.



Looky... more pics!

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/104_5921.jpg

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/104_5922.jpg

Steve
11-05-2010, 06:37 PM
I think the cleanest look would be to have the name/number engraved in wood and added like in my earlier mock-up photo.

Why not experiment with a router? This could be really fun to try.

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Hedgemaster
05-17-2011, 10:25 PM
Here are a few pics (see attachments) of my trailer in use recently.

So far, so good. I'm going to need to get a trailer capable of hauling heavier loads next year (mulch/bulk items), and I wish I had gotten a 5x10 instead of a 5x8, but for now, it's doing what it needs to do. I went into this purchase knowing it was a "starter trailer", so I can't complain.

I'm also looking into getting signage made to bolt onto the sides...




Ack!
Guess I'll have to upload them to Photobucket, 'cuz they won't "attach" here.
I'll get to it in a little while...

Hedgemaster
05-18-2011, 12:12 AM
photos...


Spring clean-up...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/IMAG1255.jpg


Hauling 30 bags topsoil/garden soil to fill a raised bed...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/IMAG2005.jpg

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/IMAG2006.jpg



On the job...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/IMAG2021.jpg


At one of my favorite client's...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/IMAG2026.jpg

Steve
05-19-2011, 04:50 AM
It looks like you are really putting that trailer to use! Nice job!

Hedgemaster
05-21-2011, 12:23 AM
It looks like you are really putting that trailer to use! Nice job!

I hauled away five half dead 8-9' tall arborvitae trees today.
Now I need to go get five new plants to replace them.

A job I could not have taken without the trailer.



Aside from eventually getting a bigger trailer, I'm considering getting a smaller one that I can tow with my wife's car should something happen to put my truck out of commission for a few days. Just something big enough to haul the mower and trimmer and gas.

Steve
05-23-2011, 05:21 AM
Aside from eventually getting a bigger trailer, I'm considering getting a smaller one that I can tow with my wife's car should something happen to put my truck out of commission for a few days.

I haven't seen that pop up on here before but that is a good idea. Why not cover your butt when you can!

Hedgemaster
05-23-2011, 07:22 PM
I haven't seen that pop up on here before but that is a good idea. Why not cover your butt when you can!

Exactly.

The only way to make money is to get TO the job. I don't know anyone with a truck I could borrow, but if I had a backup to at least keep mowing, it would be a godsend if I were told "The parts won't be in until Thursday".

We need a new (used) vehicle, and were thinking of replacing our Cavalier with a small SUV that could pull my current trailer if needed, but we may not be able to afford an SUV, so I may be looking at another small car... and a small trailer to hitch to it in a pinch.

Done Rite Lawn Care
05-23-2011, 08:17 PM
You did a great job fixing up the trailer, Hedgemaster. Post pics of the signs when you get them put on.

Hedgemaster
07-06-2011, 11:17 PM
Heh. No signs yet, but here's another photo...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Shrub%20Rescue%20Monroeville/IMAG2345.jpg

I don't use the trailer much for mowing jobs since I have the cargo carrier to haul the mower on, but over the last two weeks I've filled the trailer up twice with hedge/tree cuttings, so it DOES see some usage.

Side note:
I HATE going to dump the debris. It's either a mud pit, or a dust bowl.
How's a man supposed to keep his truck all shiny under these conditions? LOL!

Hedgemaster
04-15-2012, 08:57 PM
Thread revival.

The trailer is getting more use this season now that I have the Ferris walk behind. I'll be pulling it 2-3 days a week now. (Wed/Thurs are "city" days, so I just use the cargo carrier and take the 21" mower)

Just last week...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/Truck/DSCI0508.jpg

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/Truck/DSCI0510.jpg


I busted a tail light lens on my retaining wall while trying to wiggle it into my driveway (car parked across the street) so today I replaced the tail lights with LED lights. I picked them up on sale and with a coupon for $26 at Harbor Freight. It came with 2 amber side markers and complete wiring harness as well (which I didn't need to replace), but the amber lights don't have the same bracket hardware as my current side markers, so I'll have to get them rigged up another day. I'd love to get amber "strip" lights or add several ambers... I like vehicles/trailers with lights - they turn heads.

Johnny_boy02
04-15-2012, 09:43 PM
Is the orange cone required or just being cautious?

Hedgemaster
04-15-2012, 10:47 PM
Is the orange cone required or just being cautious?

Not required. (verified by state police at a safe trailering seminar)
I don't see ANYONE else do it, but I do.

Usually I have one in front and back.
Aside from the "safety" aspect (really though, I just don't want anyone hitting my truck) it ALSO draws attention to the fact that someone is there WORKING. I normally have lawn signs in front of and behind the truck. I figure the cones are just helping attract attention to my info. :)

Al Kessinger
04-16-2012, 01:58 PM
Wish i could find a trailer so i could stop renting uhaul :-(

SECTLANDSCAPING
04-16-2012, 02:11 PM
Wish i could find a trailer so i could stop renting uhaul :-(

you have to shop. I almost got a big tex 6x12 dual axle for $600. The seller sold it right underneath me. Told me he wouldnt be home till 2:30 last night and when I called a few hours ago said someone bought it this morning.

I seen a nice 5x8 with no floor for $275. Both of these trailers sold in less then a day.

If I was you I would get the biggest trailer I could afford. I bought a 5x8 to start with and it was good when starting but now I need a 16 footer to put a few mowers on. I would always think expansion when purchasing.

Al Kessinger
04-16-2012, 02:18 PM
Im lookin for a trailer frame maybe out from under an old camper someone stripped and just build it up the way i want it, but ofcourse now that im looking for one i cant find any

JeffK26
04-16-2012, 06:11 PM
Im lookin for a trailer frame maybe out from under an old camper someone stripped and just build it up the way i want it, but ofcourse now that im looking for one i cant find any

Here are some options for you. If none of these fit your needs or price keep looking daily. and look at old posts. Trailers were being snatched up within 2 hours of being posted and the one I got was an ad one month old, seems everyone overlooked it. :)

http://springfield.craigslist.org/search/?areaID=221&subAreaID=&query=utility+trailer&catAbb=sss

Hedgemaster
04-16-2012, 08:26 PM
I don't know how anyone catches a good deal on a trailer because they hold their value pretty well.
Even homemade nightmares that don't look roadworthy sell for a LOT more than I'd ever dream of offering. It's crazy.

Which reminds me. I saw an old Buick towing what looked to be something about 5x6 and I could see nothing but wood. The whole thing appeared to be made of 2x4 and 2x6 lumber and had what looked like a "fence" for a raised side rail. It was interesting to say the least. Made me feel much better about my own trailer. :D

Al Kessinger
04-16-2012, 10:16 PM
lol i looked at a trailer it was 4X10 and litterally the whole thing was made of wood. the only steel on the trailer was the axle, springs and trailer coupler. the frame was made of 2X4s bolted together with two 2X4s in an A for a tongue. need less to say i didnt not stick around to haggle price.