Spray Trailers for Pest & Weed Control – What are the Advantages?
Advantages of putting your pest control or weed control sprayer on a spray trailer (rather than in a truck)
- Flexibility. When your sprayer is in a truck, you have no flexibility. If the truck needs service or is in an accident, the sprayer is unavailable. If the sprayer is in a trailer, it can be used by multiple vehicles or multiple technicians.
- Personal Vehicle. For pest control owner/operators, this is important. It took you months to get reservations at the best restaurant in town. You put on your best duds and go pick up your date, the prettiest girl in town. Do you want to arrive in a truck hauling a stinky pest control spray rig? If the sprayer is on a pest control spray trailer, you can leave it at home so you can close the deal! Apologies to my lone female reader.
- Space. You can usually get a larger tank on a trailer than you can in a compact or full size pickup. This enables you to perform more or larger jobs. The trailer dramatically increases the size and volume of equipment you can carry with you on your route.
- Backup. A landscape, pest or termite spray trailer makes a great backup in case another sprayer is down.
- Equipment Location – There is usually more flexibility in equipment location in a trailer as compared to a pickup truck. In a pickup truck, there are numerous constraints: gas tank, wheel wells, structural members under the bed etc., sometimes make it a challenge to place equipment exactly where you want it.
- Depreciation. Putting a power sprayer in a truck is going to impact the resale value of the truck. I don't care how careful you are and how clean you keep the truck. Drilling holes in the bed, carrying hundreds of pounds of equipment & water, putting other stuff in and out of the truck bed, is all going to damage the truck and reduce its resale value.
Spray Trailers for Pest & Weed Control – What are the Disadvantages?
What are the disadvantages of putting your pest control or weed control sprayer on a spray trailer rather than in a truck?
- Safety. Hauling a 3000 pound (or more) landscape or weed control spray trailer behind you in traffic is less safe than not hauling a trailer. Stopping distances increase because of the additional weight. Your ability to maneuver to avoid a situation in front of you is reduced. I am less concerned about safety when the company owner is driving. I am more concerned when a 21 year old technician is driving while texting his girlfriend.
Important - We recommend that spray equipment be installed on the trailer so that the trailer is slightly tongue heavy. This usually means placing the water tank over, then slightly forward, of the axle
Important – Be sure to contact your insurance agent BEFORE buying a trailer to ensure you don’t have any insurance related issues or surprises.
- Maneuverability. It is harder to maneuver a vehicle with a weed spray trailer behind it. Parking, backing up, turning around in a tight space are all more difficult.
- Cost. The trailer is an additional cost that you would not have if you put the sprayer in your truck.
- Storage. Finding additional space to store the trailer can sometimes be an issue.
- Theft. Trailers seem to be targets for thieves. We have had plenty of clients have their trailers stolen, even when chained to a lamppost.
- Equipment damage. Trailers bounce around a lot more than trucks. Equipment can become damaged or bounce off the trailer if not careful.