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Orrdc
05-22-2012, 01:03 PM
curious to how many yards I can get into a 5x8, treated floor and sides. Sides are about a foot high

Dr.NewEarth
05-22-2012, 01:19 PM
Check the weight restriction on your trailer tongue and also for your vehicle. Of course dry weight will be different than a wet load. Rocks and gravel will differ from mulch.

Your supplier should be able to approximate bucket load weights of their different bulk products for you.

From the dimensions, I would estimate 1.48 yards of product.

LHS Lawns
05-22-2012, 01:23 PM
Length x width x height divided by 27 gives you 1.48 round up to 1.5 yards.

Thats flat across. If you mound it up some I'm sure you could get it another half yard on there.

Just have a decent cover to throw over it and strap it down.

LHS Lawns
05-22-2012, 01:29 PM
NewEarth brings up a good point check the weight rating on the trailer. I'm not familiar with that size trailer.

Darryl G
05-22-2012, 01:43 PM
Chances are that 1 yard of topsoil or crushed stone and you'd be well over weight limit for a 5 x 8.

Darryl G
05-22-2012, 02:01 PM
Sorry...now I see that you specifically asked about mulch...I can get 8 yards on mine no problem. Mulch weight max is about 1,000 lb per yard...usually probably more in the 700 to 800 lb ballpark depending on the material and moisture. Something like a bark mulch will be on the lower end and something like double ground hardwood on the higher end. You could fit 2 on your trailer if you heaped it a bit but as others have mentioned, you need to make sure your truck and trailer can handle the weight.

KrayzKajun
05-22-2012, 02:06 PM
Hmmm leta see. Approx 20yds in my gooseneck dump trailer.
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Orrdc
05-22-2012, 06:08 PM
Trailer max is 2k, truck is 5. Will be pushing it, luckily its very close
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SSmith
05-23-2012, 08:53 AM
Trailer max is 2k, truck is 5. Will be pushing it, luckily its very close
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Yay! Mulch! Kill me. Is there anything worse in this business?

Orrdc
05-23-2012, 09:36 AM
Yay! Mulch! Kill me. Is there anything worse in this business?

I honestly don't mind mulch jobs, start subcontracting your mulch jobs out to me :waving:

And let me borrow that big ol trailer while your at it :drinkup:

Darryl G
05-23-2012, 11:15 AM
I like mulch jobs. It's hard work but it's easy to do, if that makes any sense, and always makes the place look so much better.

Orrdc
05-23-2012, 11:59 AM
I like mulch jobs. It's hard work but it's easy to do, if that makes any sense, and always makes the place look so much better.

I know exactly what you mean, its physically a good workout, not very taxing on the brain though. Plus I like going and doing about 2 hours of work and getting paid $100+ an hour

SSmith
05-23-2012, 06:33 PM
You all must be 25 or younger. I'm an old 32. I'll gladly sub out any and all mulch jobs i get. I LOATHE them.

Darryl G
05-23-2012, 10:09 PM
LOL, I was 32 when my oldest son was born. Here's a picture of him last weekend on his way to his senior prom. I still enjoy a good workout and don't mind being sore...short of being injured of course. I actually like fall cleanups too.

Orrdc
05-23-2012, 10:12 PM
You all must be 25 or younger. I'm an old 32. I'll gladly sub out any and all mulch jobs i get. I LOATHE them.

I'm older than you mr. Smith, then again I was all stat and had 3 td's in 1 game. Polk high football rules!

tebletlawns
05-28-2012, 12:26 AM
If you have a 3500# axle you can fill it up. With only 1' sides you can't fit enough to overload. I've hauled 12 yards on tandem 3500# axles with no problem. I use sheets of plywood cut in half and held in place by the weight of the mulch to add a little hight to the sides.
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