Anyone modify their open trailer for mulch?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by jajwrigh, May 5, 2004.

  1. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
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    I have been getting a lot of mulch jobs lately and the bed of my truck is getting too small for the jobs. I am considering putting some treated wood sides on my 5 X 10. What do you guys think?
     
  2. kppurn

    kppurn LawnSite Senior Member
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    I used treated wood to build sides on my 12' X 6.5' prior to this season. I got a bigger truck and wanted to haul more mulch each trip.

    I'm not sure if you have a single or dual axle, but make sure you don't go over the weight limit for the trailer. The guy I worked for prior to starting my own business bent the axle on his trailer by overloading it.
     
  3. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
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    Good advice about the weight issue...Now that the issue is in my head, I may reconsider my idea.....not worth the potential headache!
     
  4. DJL

    DJL LawnSite Member
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    invest in a dump trailer. worth every penny and some
     
  5. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
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    I put 16" side walls on my 6x10'....I can haul 3 cubic yards no problem.

    Derek
     
  6. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
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    My trailer says it's gross weight is 5k...that includes it's own weight right? I was shooting for 3 yards as well.
     
  7. rookiemower

    rookiemower LawnSite Senior Member
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    i welded expanded steel mesh to the sides of my 6x12 it holds three yard and thats pushing it!
     
  8. blafleur

    blafleur LawnSite Member
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    The mulch I get is 600-800 lbs per yard, your trailer cant weigh much over 1000 lbs, if that. Is your trailer a double axle or single?

    Bryan
     
  9. Superior Lawn Care

    Superior Lawn Care LawnSite Member
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    I have a 6x12 Ez-Dumper trailer tandem axle with a 12,000 pound dump capacity. I put 8' sides om my trailer when i do lawn clean up and mulching jubs. I think its somewhere around 21 cu yards of space. Ive gone over the scale with a total weight of 21,000 pounds (truck, trailer and mulch)
     
  10. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
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    The first time I had the mulch on it I did 2 yards and the suspension hardly squated at all. So I when ahead and did the 3 yards and still have plenty of clearance. The tires also looked good.

    I don't do alot of mulch but this seemed to work ok.

    My next Trailer will be a 6x12 double axle.

    Derek
     

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