Anyone ever ruin the hitch on thier dump truck?!?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Husky05, May 30, 2006.

  1. Husky05

    Husky05 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Well I just did the stupidest dumbest thing I have done in a Lllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllong time! I was in a hurry tonight trying to change the oil and sharpen the blades on all my equipment. I had a load of grass on my dump truck that I needed to unload so I went to dump it and didnt realize the tailgate was on top of the hitch. As the body was up in the air I noticed that the bed was not lifting right only to realize that I bent the hell out of my hitch and put a massive dent in my tailgate. I am soooooooo furious I dont know what I am going to do? I cant even hitch my trailers up to it now. The best part about this is I just bought this truck last March its brand new!
     
  2. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
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  3. Tim Wright

    Tim Wright LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I just ruined my tailgate Friday on my dumptruck. Bent it all up. There is no straightening it. It also pealed the bottom of my truck frame and I need to get the hitch jacked up, welded, and reinforced. I am getting a new tailgate fabricated by a local guy.

    I was so mad at myself. More money out.

    Tim
     
  4. PROCUT1

    PROCUT1 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from TN
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    See a lot of trucks around here with the same dent on the tailgate...
     
  5. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
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    why not check local salvage yards, they often have them cheaper and if you get lucky, the color may match, if not, have it sprayed. you'll have to paint a new gate anyway.
     
  6. Let-it-mow!

    Let-it-mow! LawnSite Member
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    Bent ours about a week ago. New hitch came in today, I'll probably put it on tomorrow morning. Odd that this happens so often but nobody's figured out a way to stop it.
     
  7. Husky05

    Husky05 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Well after a grueling day and finally cooling down alittle I went around this morning trying to find a place that could fix my hitch that I so badly bent. After 3 different machine shops, I went to this local place that does welding. The owner was like well this tends to happen often dont feel bad I can fix it. This guy cut a half octogon shape off the 3/4 in steel plate for my hitch and cut a new face obviously bigger for it and welded it back on. Put new screws in for the hitch and took all my tail-lights off and re-welded all the joints again. After he was done he even painted it black again. It looks really good and you could tell that this guy was a true mechanic/machinest he really knew his stuff. It cost me 191 dollars even though I hate like hell to pay that, I guess that is a mistake you only do once. Now if I didnt have this huge dent in my tailgate I would feel much better, but hey at least it works.
     
  8. Husky03

    Husky03 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I rented a dump truck one time form a place that sells mulch and they did not show that there was a second safety chain to prevent accidental lifting. Tore the mount right off. It lifted no problem:laugh: Also, it must suck being number 5.
     
  9. iluvscag

    iluvscag LawnSite Senior Member
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    Pictures.:)
     
  10. kemmer

    kemmer LawnSite Senior Member
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    some trucks ive seen have a triangular frame welded to the truck so the tailgate rests on the frame while it dumps.
     

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