Spray Trailer for Pest & Weed Control – What are the Disadvantages?

Posted by Andrew Greess on Oct 16, 2012

What are the disadvantages of a power spray trailer versus putting your pest control or weed control sprayer in a truck?

  1. Safety.  Hauling a 3000 pound (or more) 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.

2. Maneuverability.    It is harder to maneuver a vehicle with a  pest control spray trailer behind it.  Parking, backing up, turning around in a tight space are all more difficult.

  1. 3. Cost. The spray trailer is an additional cost that you would not have if you put the sprayer in your truck.

4. Storage. Finding additional space to store the spray trailer can sometimes be an issue.

5. Theft. Trailers seem to be targets for thieves.  We have had plenty of clients have their trailers stolen, even when chained to a lamppost.