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Hardcore5657
04-15-2011, 09:42 PM
I have a 7x12 , with a 3500 pound single axle landscape trailer. Do you think it will hold 3 yards of mulch???

Greyst1
04-15-2011, 09:46 PM
You will be ok on dimensions and weight.

zopi
04-15-2011, 09:47 PM
Yeah...drive slow...
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Get Some...
04-15-2011, 10:29 PM
You would be real close on weight, and over if the mulch is wet......

RIprop
04-15-2011, 11:19 PM
You should be ok. Drive slow.. and hopefully you have decent brakes;)

grassyfras
04-16-2011, 12:14 AM
Call me crazy but I would think it would hold around 5-6 weight wise. I'm almost at the point where I'm putting 4 yards of mulch in my half ton.

clcare2
04-16-2011, 12:33 AM
one yard of hardwood mulch weighs around 600 lbs. dry.

GunnPropertyServices
04-16-2011, 01:02 AM
i would say 3 yards is max, i have a 7 x 16 with dual 3500 axles and it will carry 5 yards maxed bottoms out the springs

Puddle of Oil
04-16-2011, 01:19 AM
6 yards max! i can carry 4 in my little trailer.

Turf Commando
04-16-2011, 01:26 AM
. I'm almost at the point where I'm putting 4 yards of mulch in my half ton.

How much mulch blows out while traveling down road...?
I do 3 yards max in my 1/2 ton 8ft bed and spread it out...

JeffNY
04-16-2011, 03:31 PM
i would say 3 yards is max, i have a 7 x 16 with dual 3500 axles and it will carry 5 yards maxed bottoms out the springs

I've had 8y on my trailer that size several times. Never for long hauls, but its been on there. Frame flexes a bit.

TurnerLawn&Landscape
04-16-2011, 05:35 PM
I have a 6x12 single axle......if the mulch is wet (during spring) 3 yards is about the max......if its dry in can fit 4 yds........but remember that "yards of mulch" can vary depending on where you get it.....but 3 yds u will be fine

MDLawn
04-16-2011, 08:13 PM
You guys must have some light weight mulch! I had 3 yards (dyed black) in my 06 250 and that thing was squatting bad. I know it can vary between 600-1000lbs depending on type and if it is wet.

GunnPropertyServices
04-16-2011, 08:14 PM
I've had 8y on my trailer that size several times. Never for long hauls, but its been on there. Frame flexes a bit.




does it bottom out the axles to the frame of the trailer? maybe my springs are not heavy duty enuff.

32vld
04-16-2011, 08:15 PM
Is it worth over loading your trailer till the axle gets bent and then the tires will wear out uneven and have to be replaced more often? The question should be how much does a yard of mulch weigh. Then look at your trailers weight rating, and your trucks towing rating.

MDLawn
04-17-2011, 08:16 AM
Is it worth over loading your trailer till the axle gets bent and then the tires will wear out uneven and have to be replaced more often? The question should be how much does a yard of mulch weigh. Then look at your trailers weight rating, and your trucks towing rating.

I was trying to make this point, just wasn't as direct as you. I posted something similar in the general discussion forum titled "Towing Blunders".
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Fahzu
04-17-2011, 11:51 AM
If the sides are tall enough, I think it could hold it. Probably depends a little on the typed of mulch too. Dyed mulch seems to run pretty heavy. I have a 5X8 and have carried 2yds of dry mulch without a problem. How are the tires on your trailer? If they have the thick sidewalls they will probably be fine, the thinner tires might buldge pretty bad.

clcare2
04-17-2011, 05:23 PM
one yard of hardwood mulch weighs around 600 lbs. dry.

If you are putting 3 yards into the back of your truck you are putting 1800 lbs back there.

MDLawn
04-17-2011, 07:28 PM
If you are putting 3 yards into the back of your truck you are putting 1800 lbs back there.

The dyed black mulch around here is more likely 800-1000lbs/yard (as per the supplier). That stuff is heavy in the 10 cu. ft. wheelbarrow compared to the regular triple ground stuff and a F250 wouldnt squat like that with 1600lbs. Oh well there are too many variables.

KeystoneLawn&Landscaping
04-17-2011, 08:38 PM
3500lb axle-1000lbs(?) for trailer= 2500lbs payload....average mulch is 700lbs, so even if a little damp you should be fine with 3 yards.....I'm thinking saturated mulch is around 1000lbs a yard, but as soon as the rain stops mulch looses extra water quickly.

XLS
04-17-2011, 10:04 PM
your good i would say we have hauled alot of mulch ranging from 5 yards of dry Pine in a 5x8 trailer to close to 20 yards on a HD 14' trailer bumper pull and 2.5 ton truck

StihlBR600
04-17-2011, 10:11 PM
i would say 3 yards is max, i have a 7 x 16 with dual 3500 axles and it will carry 5 yards maxed bottoms out the springs


What your saying doesnt seem right. Mulch will weigh maybe 800 lbs. per yard wet, thats only 4,000 lbs. And you have a double axle trailer that has to hold at least 5,000 lbs.

JABBERS
04-17-2011, 10:19 PM
I have a 7 x 12 foot trailer with a 3500# axle and 6 ply tires. I have hauled 5 yards of mulch. I would rather haul 4 yrds easy, all day long.

StihlBR600
04-17-2011, 10:31 PM
Yeah so Gunn property services is crazy. i have a 6.5 x 14 foot trailer with i foot high sides. I should probably be able to get about 5-6 yards no problem. The capacity of the trailer is 5,600 lbs.

GunnPropertyServices
04-18-2011, 12:04 AM
Yeah so Gunn property services is crazy. i have a 6.5 x 14 foot trailer with i foot high sides. I should probably be able to get about 5-6 yards no problem. The capacity of the trailer is 5,600 lbs.


theres nothing crazy about me, i am just talking facts for real world experience
my trailer weighs 2000 lbs unloaded, it has dual 3500 axles 7 x 16 in size and with 5 yards of mulch it will bottom out the axle, last time i did it only bottomed out the back axle.

TMlawncare
04-18-2011, 12:45 AM
Call me crazy but I would think it would hold around 5-6 weight wise. I'm almost at the point where I'm putting 4 yards of mulch in my half ton.

That 1/2ton must have a very large bed, and super springs to carry 4 yards.

mnglocker
04-18-2011, 01:07 AM
If you're grabbing the mulch in 2cu.ft. bags figure this, 41 bags will get you 3 yards, They're about 40lbs a piece even fairly wet. That'll put you at about 1680lbs.

mnglocker
04-18-2011, 01:08 AM
That 1/2ton must have a very large bed, and super springs to carry 4 yards.

No kidding, a full sized truck with an 8 foot box holds about 2 yards when the bed is filled almost to the top of the rails.

XLS
04-18-2011, 04:19 PM
you can set a pallet of #45- 3 cuft bags of pine in a truck bed placing 5 yards in a pickup truck if its a 3/4 ton truck its capable for short distances

Mark Oomkes
04-18-2011, 04:38 PM
Call me crazy but I would think it would hold around 5-6 weight wise. I'm almost at the point where I'm putting 4 yards of mulch in my half ton.

You're crazy.

Maybe, just maybe mulch will be 700#'s per yard. But it also might be 1,000#'s per yard.

You're also crazy for putting 4 yds in the back of a half ton. Or your supplier is screwing you.

I've had 8y on my trailer that size several times. Never for long hauls, but its been on there. Frame flexes a bit.

And this is why we get the 3rd degree from motor carrier cops, because of crap like this.

A better question is, not will it carry it, but will it or the tow vehicle stop it.

TSB group
04-18-2011, 05:45 PM
No kidding, a full sized truck with an 8 foot box holds about 2 yards when the bed is filled almost to the top of the rails.

yeah, 2 yards is fulll. So when the guy "loaded me" and told me it was three yards and I laughed at him...he got offended. I had an idea it wasn't a full yard, but when I was putting it in my dump it was hard to tell how far off he was loading. I decided to bring my 8'bed F250 over and got his little math equation down real fast.

Depending on where you go, and what kind of mulch you are getting will vary what you can load on your trailer or truck. I use 800 pounds as my dry weight, and 1000 pounds as the wet weight to avoid issues. In my experience the cost of going back for a yard is cheaper than getting pulled over while over weight. Once you get hit over weight you can count on getting extra looks from local cops too. Just not worth it in my opinion.

Also here is PA, even with a 3500 pound axle, we are only registered for 2990 for weight. Everything over 300 pounds needs a yearly inspection. Just be careful. Just because the equipment may carry it, doesn't mean they won't fine you silly while carrying it to the job!

grassyfras
04-18-2011, 10:32 PM
I have sides that go to the roof of the truck. I haven't put 4 yards in yet but I am tempted to try it. Three yards are above the side walls on the truck. I don't have springs put on my truck yet, but plan to do so ASAP.I'm also in the market for a bigger truck.

JeffNY
04-18-2011, 10:39 PM
And this is why we get the 3rd degree from motor carrier cops, because of crap like this.

A better question is, not will it carry it, but will it or the tow vehicle stop it.

lol, you don't even know if it was overweight, stop it. some trailers flex with half their capacity.

and I wanna see the picture of 4 yards in the back of a half ton....this should be good

TurnerLawn&Landscape
04-19-2011, 12:01 AM
i have f150 half ton with sides that go to about the top of my cab....3 yards was maxing out my springs, almost flat, and when i would hit a bump my tires would rub against my wheel wells!

Mark Oomkes
04-19-2011, 09:38 AM
lol, you don't even know if it was overweight, stop it. some trailers flex with half their capacity.

and I wanna see the picture of 4 yards in the back of a half ton....this should be good

Because you said you had 8 yds on a trailer that same size.

So if we use the lowest weight per yard-700-we get a material weight of 5,600#'s. Add the trailer weight on that and we have at minimum 6,500#'s.

You're telling me you have a 7,000# axle on a 7X12 trailer?

JeffNY
04-19-2011, 09:44 AM
Because you said you had 8 yds on a trailer that same size.

So if we use the lowest weight per yard-700-we get a material weight of 5,600#'s. Add the trailer weight on that and we have at minimum 6,500#'s.

You're telling me you have a 7,000# axle on a 7X12 trailer?

umm, no, I said I have the same trailer (7x16 with 3500# axles).

7000lbs - 1200lbs = 5800 lbs. the mulch can weigh 725#/yrd. Not necessarily overweight.

Mark Oomkes
04-19-2011, 11:21 AM
I have a 7x12 , with a 3500 pound single axle landscape trailer. Do you think it will hold 3 yards of mulch???

umm, no, I said I have the same trailer (7x16 with 3500# axles).

7000lbs - 1200lbs = 5800 lbs. the mulch can weigh 725#/yrd. Not necessarily overweight.

OP has a single axle trailer, you said you had the same trailer. :dizzy: :rolleyes:

JeffNY
04-19-2011, 11:24 AM
OP has a single axle trailer, you said you had the same trailer. :dizzy: :rolleyes:

but my reply didn't quote the OP, it quoted the guy with the same trailer.

Mark Oomkes
04-19-2011, 12:15 PM
but my reply didn't quote the OP, it quoted the guy with the same trailer.

You are correct, please accept my apologies. :hammerhead: