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Old 08-09-2010, 12:44 AM   #1
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what size enclosed trailer do you guys reckon i should get for a gutter machine? it should store materials obviously.
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I have seen them run from the back of pick-ups and 8ft trailers but most companies around here who do it have larger vans.

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Like BC said, the machine itself doesn't take too much space.

You're a gutter guy.
Consider your ladder & staging storage.
How big is your truck to haul it.
Job site access.

Good luck...post some pics.........trailers are fun
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Consider what ALL you need to put in it.
And maneuverability around the city, and job sites.
How about the your Logo on the side.
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May be obvious, but don't forget to consider the actual "load carrying weight limits" of the trailer you plan to purchase. My first could barely carry my tools. I had to move up to a dual axle.
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ya; I have a dual wheel 6x12, but I really wish I opted for the 7x14 or 7x16.

I had no experience towing anything and was a little apprehensive about towing something so wide and so long.

I just did a small job this past weekend for a waterfront property on a renovated pier. My truck and trailer were both too tall to fit into their 6'-8" max. garage, so I tried to park along side the building in the "Contractor's Parking Area". Only, my truck and trailer were too long, I was blocking the walkway and was asked to move. I had to park on the street in the "30 Minute Loading Zone" and keep my fingers crossed. No ticket - whooo hoo!

Here in Philly a lot of the streets are extremely narrow. I once had a job in South Philly and had both the right and left wheels of my truck riding on the curbs - no trailer that day!!
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Why not consider a 10 or 12 foot box truck?

You can pick a used one up pretty reasonable from U-haul, Penske, etc.

Paint it white and add graphics.

Way easier to maneuver than a trailer.
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but the trailer is way easier/cheaper to maintain in the short and long run.
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What ever one you get, in about 6 months you will wish you got the bigger one.
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do i really need 12-16 ft trailer just for a gutter machine? all the ladders are already being carried on the racks of our other truck.

i was assuming 8ft trailer would suffice for the machine, materials, and accessories.
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i was assuming 8ft trailer would suffice for the machine, materials, and accessories.
Technically, maybe. In real life, no way. Surely you've seen the trucks used by a gutter outfit or two somewhere in your area?
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Technically, maybe. In real life, no way. Surely you've seen the trucks used by a gutter outfit or two somewhere in your area?

well, we use to sub out all of our gutter work. first 2 subs had a big box truck. our current guy uses a cargo van. in the end we decided to make our own because they all suck and are always late to the job. those are the only vehicles ive seen used for gutter machines. we dont have enough people to drive a third vehicle. we need to haul it to the job sites and leave it in the garage when its not in use. 8 ft not enough/!??!?!?!
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I bet if the guy with the van had his druthers, he'd be driving one of those box trucks.

Technically I suppose you can get away with a dedicated 8' trailer, if that's absolutely all you'll be using it for. But just as you've seen others say, you'll wind up wishing you had something larger. And a larger trailer can be multi-purposed, making your operation more capable and flexible. Shrug.
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...do i really need 12-16 ft trailer just for a gutter machine? i was assuming 8ft trailer would suffice for the machine, materials, and accessories...
Jay, My gutter guy (also roofer) runs his gutter stuff out of a 10' trailer & P/U truck. He does a lot of gutters.
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Jay, My gutter guy (also roofer) runs his gutter stuff out of a 10' trailer & P/U truck. He does a lot of gutters.

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