dump or dump trailer

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by BLC1, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. Duffster

    Duffster LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
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    Just depends on what you plan to use it for.
     
  2. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 714

    Well my situation is this. I need to get another truck that is 4x4 to put a plow on. I was thinking a 1 ton dump would solve that problem and give me some other options for hauling.

    I don't do a lot of hauling. Occasionally I need a few yards of soil. Maybe a little stone or firewood here and there.

    I was having a hard time coming up with anything so I thought another f250 would be fine if I got a dump trailer. It would be nice to have a dump trailer I could get my skid steer with a rock hound on as well. I could sell one of my trailers to help pay for everything.
     
  3. Duffster

    Duffster LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 1,193

    I would go with the dump trailer then.

    Couple reasons,

    1. I hate plowing with a dump truck.

    2. Higher payload. It should be able to have net load of about 10k.

    3. The one ton(10k+GVWR) is a CMV all the time and the two fiddy would only be a CMV when towing the trailer.
     
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2010
  4. CLARK LAWN

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
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    downside is it you need equipment and material on a job you will have to make two trips. i really dont see the point in small (under 40k-50k). i see people do it here with a leaf box on the trailer and they have another truck and trailer for the equipment.
     
  5. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 714

    I was wondering how much more difficult it would be to plow with a dump. Obviously large lots would be fine but the lack of visibilty would drive me nuts.

    Does anybody here have a dump trailer and wish they would have gone with the truck or vise versa?
     
  6. bmoorefield

    bmoorefield LawnSite Member
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    Wow, settle down kids. In Maryland I have a class C license (standard) but you need commercial insurance and DOT #. I have a 14' dump trailer and it works great for many needs. Hauling mulch, top soil, rocks, skid steer, mini x, and I am currently getting ready for leaf removal season with a tailgate mounted debris loader, its great to be able to flip a switch to unload. I do admit that a dump truck would be more nimble in some situations but I manage just fine with the trailer. When I am towing the dump trailer with my 2002 Chevy 2500 HD (6.0L gas) I am averaging 8 mpg. Hope this helps, either way it will be great improvement to your buisness.
     
  7. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 714

    How long of a trailer do you need for a skid steer with rock hound on it?
     
  8. CLARK LAWN

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
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    so do you use two trucks then? one for trailer and one for equipment.
     
  9. bmoorefield

    bmoorefield LawnSite Member
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    Depending on the job, but I put most of my equipment in the bed of truck. If I am using large equipment and need materials such as top soil or stone, I will drop off the equipment and then go pick up the material needed. Most of my jobs are with in a 30 minute round trip to a supply yard.

    Rock Hound and skid steer fits in a 14' dump. I almost purchased a smaller trailer but I am glad I didnt.
     
  10. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 714

    Perfect. That may free me up to sell my large trailer then. If I could use the dump to haul the skid steer that would take care of both.

    Where is a good place to look for used dump trailers. Craigslist hasn't had much to look at.
     

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