Anybody run a F-550 landscape dump to tow their mowing trailer?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Chris_NC06, Jun 15, 2013.

  1. Chris_NC06

    Chris_NC06 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Sanford, NC
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    Wondering if anybody uses a truck like this to pull a mowing trailer. I'd really like to run one of these for both maintenance and landscaping/construction. I'm a little afraid of the length pulling a 16' + trailer in residential communities.

    I'm looking at a truck like this with a 12' landscape dump

    http://www.truckpaper.com/listingsdetail/detail.aspx?OHID=4366605

    Or this one with a 11' contractor dump body

    http://www.truckpaper.com/listingsdetail/detail.aspx?OHID=3428045
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  2. goel

    goel LawnSite Member
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    We run a regular cab 550 dump and a 350 extended cab dump w 20 ft landscape and a 16ft landscape.

    Depends on the route as to which trailer is attached to which truck.

    Sometimes parking is a problem.
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  3. precision8m

    precision8m LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have seen many outfits use that setup for mowing. They probably do more than mowing but i do see a lot of them with mowing trailers.
     
  4. SWMichigan

    SWMichigan LawnSite Member
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    I have an older fsuperduty (11' dump) and I find the bed blocks my vision some when needing to back up, change lanes, etc. The turning radius is bigger than my 150, as well. That being said you will probably get used to going a little slower and being careful.
     
  5. ZX12R

    ZX12R LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a GMC C4500 with a 12" body very similar to the one in first link for mowing although its used for other things also.Right now it pulls a 12' open trailer but next season,Iplan on an 18" and quite possibly a 20 footer.
     
  6. Chris_NC06

    Chris_NC06 LawnSite Fanatic
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    This is just the kind of info I was looking for. Thanks!

    I too will be using this truck for more than just mowing. I agree that me and my guys will probably get used to it after a while.

    Thanks for the help guys! :)
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  7. SWMichigan

    SWMichigan LawnSite Member
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    Mine is a beast, great for leaves, sticks, grass clippings, snow plowing, dirt work, rocks, hauling salt, snow, etc. I can't pass a gas station without stopping though... Repairs get expensive though since everything is super sized on there. Here in SW Michigan I would say it seems half of the guys doing landscaping full time have dump beds on their trucks.
     
  8. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
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    My twin ram 4500s had vision in mind when I ordered them. I have 14 inch contractor sides with a 8 inch carved sign/board so I have excellent vision plus the bulkhead I ordered had not one but 3 groupings of cut outs. This was to make sure I could see my trailers. Both are crew cabs with 9 foot dumps we tow a 16 and a 20 foot trailer with them giving me 43 feet and 48 feet for total lengths. I absolutely love them and you can check them out on my web site if you need too picture them. I even have a few pics with trailers in the lawn mowing page.
     
  9. SWMichigan

    SWMichigan LawnSite Member
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    Those rigs are definitely nice!
     
  10. Chris_NC06

    Chris_NC06 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Kelly's,

    I absolutely love your RAM's! Two of the best looking trucks on this site! I have a few questions for you if you don't mind, how much we're the bodys on your trucks? I'd probably go with a little longer wheelbase and bed then yours, probably 12'. I like the RAM trucks, and I'm not much of a Ford man. But all the RAM's around here are C&C trucks, and are more expensive then the F-4/550's already upfitted with a body. I'm about ready to say screw it and just order exactly what I wan't. After all YOLO, right? :D
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