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    What have any of you out there found works best? I'm writing my business plan right now for a mobile groomery and want to know what I should purchase. I can see the benefits to both, but want to know from someone with experience, what the pros and cons are. Also how is your legal entity set up LLC or S-Corp or something else? What have you found works best? And what were the costs?

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    I am an LLC. I have a trailer and I love it. Roomy and easy to tow. If my vehicle goes down I am not down. Just hitch up to my hubby's suburban and go. If you don't have a back up you can rent one. Also, the trailer is my excuse not to go into areas that I don't want to be in. Sorry, no room for parking. hehe Plus, you can get a Gryphon trailer a heck of a lot cheaper than even a used van.
    If your dog is fat, you are not getting enough exercise!

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    • #3
      Trailer to big?

      Is the trailer to big for many places? Is that going to be a problem? Are you happy with the customer service you receive from your trailer company? Have you had many problems with the equipment? What about in an area that has bad winters. Is the trailer going to become a problem on slippery roads? I do greatly appreciate your responses, thank you.

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      • #4
        I got the wagntail elite. I love it. I did look at the trailers and they are nice but I can't back a trailer to save my life. Believe me I tried. If you saw me you would be rolling on the floor laughing. I am just not able to get the trailer to go where I want it to and if I do then the car is in the wrong place. But hey if you can back a trailer go for it.

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        • #5
          Ok, I have a VAN ($84000) and a Trailer that was used ($9000). Besides cost, I love the cute look of the trailer, the spaciousness and it is easy to drive.

          Everyone will tell you (I am a snob :-) and I ALWAYS do my research. I love Hanvey but if I had it to do over I would buy a Trailer from Joe at Gryphon and have him use Hanvey equipment (which he will do). I liked JOE so much that I am looking at buying a third unit just so I can work with him.

          Kristen

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          • #6
            Originally posted by fortheloveofdogs View Post
            Is the trailer to big for many places? Is that going to be a problem? Are you happy with the customer service you receive from your trailer company? Have you had many problems with the equipment? What about in an area that has bad winters. Is the trailer going to become a problem on slippery roads? I do greatly appreciate your responses, thank you.
            I can get that trailer in just about anywhere. I just use the size as my excuse not to go near the city of Reading. Crime per capita is worse than Philly. the customer service at Gryphon is AWESOME. I live in Pa, so we get some bad winters. If the weather is bad I don't go out PERIOD. Even if I had a van it is not worth it. The trailer is no worse than most vans in the snow.

            As far as backing up a trailer it takes practice. You just have to place your hand at the bottom of the steering wheel and whatever way you want the trailer to go that is the way you push the wheel. You should see some of the places I get in to lol. You would be amazed.
            If your dog is fat, you are not getting enough exercise!

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            • #7
              gracy! I didn't think you were a snob!! why do you think such? sometimes you might come across that way, but you're not..not in the real sense anyway! lol
              ps. oh yeah! I finally located some Timberwolfe Organic dog food..Im going to also carry Evo and Merrick eventually. I'm ordering from a girl in Tenn that sells 1200 lbs of it a week!! so, until I start getting enough sold to at least make the 500lb minimum order, I will drive an hour to pick it up, weekly or biweekly! hope this works out for me..what do you sell the most of? and why do you think it sells? thanks!

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              • #8
                I have a trailer.

                I have a converted Rv 6 x 12 trailer that I pull behind my Durango and I love it. Its roomy, I have plenty of space, I have a standard size tub and table and all my equipment works great. Its easy to hook up and take off, the trailer has great breaks, it weighs about 3,000 lbs and my Durango pulls it easy. When I have a new customer I always tell them I have a trailer and I have never had a problem finding a place to park with it. Backing up is not as hard as it looks, it does take practice though. Driving in the rain is no problem, just go average rain speeds. On the highway I dont go over 60 or the trailer can sway a little. I havent driven in the snow yet, this is my first year doing this, so it should be an experience. But, Im happy with my decision. For me it was the most economical. I have heard that Gryphon trailers are very nice.....

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by hairdevil View Post
                  gracy! I didn't think you were a snob!! why do you think such? sometimes you might come across that way, but you're not..not in the real sense anyway! lol
                  ps. oh yeah! I finally located some Timberwolfe Organic dog food..Im going to also carry Evo and Merrick eventually. I'm ordering from a girl in Tenn that sells 1200 lbs of it a week!! so, until I start getting enough sold to at least make the 500lb minimum order, I will drive an hour to pick it up, weekly or biweekly! hope this works out for me..what do you sell the most of? and why do you think it sells? thanks!
                  Cheri, I was selling Sold Gold but am dropping them the company ONCE AGAIN is changing some formulas which never bodes well and show discontent to me. I sell LOTS of Merrick, Healthwise and starting on Evangers.

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                  • #10
                    Great Responses

                    Thank you all for your responses, you have been extremely helpful. I just recently discovered this site and am so glad! Sounds like a trailer is the way to go. I am limited on funds, but wanted to make sure I got the best for my money. I've heard great things about Wag'n'tails and the Hanvey trailers seem economical because of the light weight thing. What size trailer can you comfortably and spaciously fit everything in? If I'm going to be in there for 6-8 hours a day I don't want to feel crowded.

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                    • #11
                      I'm new at trailer pulling too and by the 2nd day of near all day driving (Conn. to NY to N. Jersey to MD) I was fine with it. Backing up is no prob and I've been in a few sticky situations already too. Heck, within my first half hour of driving it, I parallel park that sonofagun with only an hour of previous towing experience! I've got a Gryphon and Joe's great.

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