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Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by tthomass, Sep 18, 2007.

  1. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Posts: 3,497

    My 16' dump is rated at 12,000 GW and my 10' dump at 10,000 GW.

    16' weighs 3,800 lbs
    10' weighs about 2,500lbs

    So, I can haul about the same thing in either one which is sad. The 16' I would expect to be 14-16,000 GW.

    Is it possible to change out the axles to bump up the GW? I'm pretty sure it is how it is and nothing I can do about it but thought I would through it out there.
  2. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,613

    Dexter manufactures axles up to 22.5k each, you could have two 8000lb axles installed under it they would probably run 1k each not sure what a new trailer with 8k axles costs whether replacement is worthwhile or not. Just because your axles can handle 16k doesnt mean your hydraulics or truck could.
  3. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Posts: 3,497

    Truck not a problem. Hydro I have not checked into.......none of this will probably happen, just satisfying my curiosity if there is a way to actually increase the GW.
  4. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,370

    I second what LawnManiac883 said ... sure you can swap out the axles, however, it doesn't mean that your truck can handle the increased load !!
  5. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Posts: 3,497

    Truck will have no problem with the load. Its a 25,500GVW dump truck, not a Toyota.
  6. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,446

    It might pay to sell the one you have and upgrade. I went down to all pro trailers in Jacksonville Florida last december and picked up a 7x14 13,200lb twin ram dump for an even $5000. Well worth the trip.

    Good luck.
  7. Eclipse

    Eclipse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,149

    It might be functional but it may not be a legal increase in GVWR. Just a thought.
  8. SiteSolutions

    SiteSolutions LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,114

    Have to agree. Whatever the GWR of the trailer was when you bought it, that's what it is on the title. Same way you can put air bags under your one ton pickup but the tag on the door sill still reads the same, and that's what the cops will write on the ticket. If it means a lot to you, I would just trade up.
  9. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,370

    Sounds like sage advice ... it makes sense to me !!

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