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Donald A
11-27-2010, 08:54 AM
I have a dump trailer that i don't use in the winter. During the winter storage should the dump be left down or should it be raised a little? I have seen a lot of dump trucks/trailers with the bed slightly lifted. Your thoughts?
Thanks

Darryl G
11-27-2010, 09:31 AM
I keep mine down but with the tongue jacked enough for it to drain water out the back.

wellbuilt
11-27-2010, 01:02 PM
I would keep the bed up and spray the ram with silicone spray .
Keep the tires off the ground .
Charge the battery's .
Grease every thing.

Darryl G
11-27-2010, 05:13 PM
I take the battery out of mine and keep it in the garage.

Donald A
11-27-2010, 06:16 PM
Thanks for the tips.
This is my 3rd winter with the dump trailer. I have a built in trickle charger which i keep plugged in all winter.
Is the idea of raising the bed to let the water run out, or something to do with the hydraulics or both?

Darryl G
11-27-2010, 06:47 PM
Personally I don't like keeping my bed up unless it's up high enough to put the prop rod in for safey reasons. I think it's both to keep the bed drained and so the underside stays dry. But then you expose the cylinder, thus the recommendation to lube it. Tires off ground is so they don't get flat spots.

I just park it, jack the tongue so it drains and pull the battery though.

wellbuilt
11-27-2010, 10:23 PM
I really think the beds get raised so they don't get filled with snow and ice .
If there is no chance of needing the trailer i see no reason not to just angle the bed with the jack.
Taking the batteries in side is OK
I use my trailers all year round for trash and keep the bed up so the water doesn't freezes the trash to the bed . John