View Full Version : How much mulch on a trailer?

DK lawn care
07-27-2009, 06:38 PM
Ive seen LCO's around my area put mulch on their trailers instead of havin companies deliever it. But what i was wondering is, how many yards of mulch could you fit on a fourteen foot trailer with a 3500 pound axle?

07-27-2009, 07:14 PM
I have a 6 x 10 that I have carried four bobcat scoops on it without problems. You could possibly get 4 1/2 maybe 5 yds. Just have them start loading it and see how it does. You also have to take into account your F-150 tow rating.

07-27-2009, 07:17 PM
I bent the axle on my 3500 lb single axle trailer with 6 yards of mulch.

07-27-2009, 07:30 PM
Hardwood mulch is usually wieghed out at 600 lbs a yard. You probably can carry 5 but with a single axle, I wouldn't.

07-27-2009, 07:55 PM
i used to put 7yds on my 14ft single axle w/ a 3500lb axle. Rarely any problems. The tires bowed out a little, but I usually didn't drive far. I even put 3 yards of stone on there once (that was stupid though). I upgraded to my 18ft though, and have had 10yds on the trailer with no problems.

DK lawn care
07-27-2009, 08:10 PM
Its a Fourteen foorter single 3500 pound axle with a 8,000 pd coupler. I was gonna put five yards on the trailer and 2 yards in the bed. The customers house is 4 miles away.

07-27-2009, 11:28 PM
It depends of what type of mulch, and if its wet or dry. Hardwood mulch is actually around 800 lbs dry, 900-950 lbs wet a cubic yard, the dyed mulches are a bit less about 500 lbs dry and 600 wet. I usually weigh myself when I load up b/c im carrying 12-15 yrds at a time.

07-27-2009, 11:31 PM
just pay the $25 bucks you cheap a$$

07-27-2009, 11:33 PM
Its a Fourteen foorter single 3500 pound axle with a 8,000 pd coupler. I was gonna put five yards on the trailer and 2 yards in the bed. The customers house is 4 miles away.

My opinion on this is you are only 4 miles away!!!!!! Why take the chance of hurting your truck, yourself , or somebody else by driving this much overweight? It will only take a few minutes to go back to your supplier

Think Green
07-28-2009, 01:17 AM
I pull an 18' Custom built Rice Trailer with landscaper body and custom ramps.
2-3500lb. axles under with brake system--breakaway... 8 ply highway tires.
I can carry 12 cu.yds. each haul. My 09' Dodge pulls that thing like it is a potato. I am not boasting, all I am saying is, this trailer was built for the job. It isn't a common utility trailer from a farm store. The trailer..........itself weighs 5800 lbs. It takes extra brakes to stop it in time!!!!!

You can bend these axles with this kind of weight, and cause more harm to your hubs. The races and bearings can't handle the swaying load and the tires, unless they are highway 8 ply, or they can rupture. Single axle trailers will fish tail with excessive loads on them as with a 14 foot trailer. Usually the suspension isn't heavy enough to counterbalance the sway unless you have load stabilizers on the tongue.
Remember, most accidents occur within one mile of the house or the jobsite.

I would have the lot, start loading and you need to watch the tires under the fenders. Don't let the tires touch the fenders or off load the weight to the front or rear of the trailer. Stay on the tandem! When the truck starts to lean downwards, it is time to stop.
I have seen tons of guys load their trailers like the farm boys, and the DOT rips them a new one for overloads. The stuff has to be highway covered here.
Know the limit of your truck and trailer..............take care of them.

07-28-2009, 09:32 AM
The boss could not wait for a heavy load trailer...
so... this is the last run of it... the complete frame and axe was twisted to hell..
so be gentle with your trailer and :walking:t will last!!!

07-28-2009, 10:06 AM
You can do 4 safely

Hardwood mulch is usually wieghed out at 600 lbs a yard. You probably can carry 5 but with a single axle, I wouldn't.

I like saying 800 lbs. each, keeps my axle half straight.

DK lawn care
07-28-2009, 12:14 PM
I dont see why i cant do it. Its dyed mulch. So if its five hundred a yard, then 500 x 5 is 2500 pounds which is 1000 pds under my axles ratin. and i plan on puttin 2 yards in my bed. And i aint being cheap, my customer just doesnt want his driveway stained so i offered to pick it up..

DK lawn care
07-28-2009, 12:17 PM
and i will deff have them load it slowly. If i see that the tires are gettin close to the axle, ill have em stop and come back and get more mulch later.

07-28-2009, 04:23 PM
I haul mulch on my trailer all the time. I actually sold my 1-ton dump because my trailer will haul more yards per trip than the dump truck could. I was hauling 6-8 yards on a 6.4' x 16' tandem trailer...7000 gvw.

I would say that you could get 5 on a 14' trailer with no problem. If you're worried just make sure its a dry day out and not rainy...the rain will obviously add more weight to the mulch.

07-28-2009, 06:31 PM
It's not just the axles you have to worry about. Make sure the floor and the cross members that support the floor are sturdy enough to carry that much, or you'll have a nice U-shaped floor after a few heavy loads.

Think Green
07-28-2009, 06:49 PM
I used to have an 8 X 16 custome trailer with 7000 GVW axles! That is exactly what it is axles, and not the original posters single axle trailer.
My old trailer could haul 6-8 yards of mulch with no trouble, as it did place immense stress on the brakes of the truck. We replaced the brakes 2 times a year X 4 calipers and rotors too.
You have to consider this single axle trailer has a 3500 GVW axle, but that is its maximum weight. The axle is carrying the weight of the frame, the lumber, and sides if applicable.
I will not tell anyone what to do, but be safe for yourself and others around you. If the DOT catches anything over limit, it only hurts you!!!!

07-28-2009, 07:53 PM
I have a 14 footer. I have gone up to 4 yds of hardwood mulch comfortably before. I tried 4.5 once and it just didn't feel right, so I dropped the load back down to 4. Just my experience.

07-29-2009, 12:19 AM
I have got a regular cab long box 1500 and 2 yards of hardwood mulch barely fits in and also is too much weight for the truck. No way you could fit it in a 6.5 foot bed and tow a heavy trailer in addition to overloading the truck. I would say get 4 on your trailer and leave the truck empty or you will be sorry.

DK lawn care
07-29-2009, 12:26 AM
SCAG, what year is your 1500?

DK lawn care
07-29-2009, 12:37 AM
Well anyways, i picked up the mulch today. It all went very good. Had to make two trips. The first trip, 2 yards in bed and 4 on trailer. The second was only one yard. Just didnt feel comfortable with one more yard on the trailer or truck. So here are the pics.

http://inlinethumb41.webshots.com/41960/2453956940102940326S600x600Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2453956940102940326dssUSe)

http://inlinethumb05.webshots.com/43844/2513422820102940326S600x600Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2513422820102940326KPpWxq)

http://inlinethumb29.webshots.com/42140/2004099180102940326S600x600Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2004099180102940326ziTLuO)

http://inlinethumb55.webshots.com/44150/2840337370102940326S600x600Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2840337370102940326AvMPRP)

http://inlinethumb16.webshots.com/42127/2307317000102940326S600x600Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2307317000102940326RyyDEZ)


07-29-2009, 12:40 AM
Hows the spillage........

DK lawn care
07-29-2009, 12:49 AM
it was very minimal. But their was some

From Dust 'til Lawn
07-29-2009, 09:24 AM
I have a 14ft. single axle...I get 5 yds at a time....never an issue....

07-29-2009, 01:58 PM
SCAG, what year is your 1500?

2009 chevy, I didn't realize you had side boards when I said 2 yds wouldn't fit.

08-22-2009, 10:51 AM
How mulch is to mulch..:hammerhead::hammerhead:

08-22-2009, 02:40 PM
Weigh the trailer with the mulch on it then you will know. Most mulch weighs at least 600lbs per yard and as high as 1000lbs. I use my 16' dump trailer rated at 19500lbs. will carry 20 yards and you can tell its there.