Dump trailer functionality?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Shady Brook, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
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    why no love for the deckovers?
     
  2. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 1,517

    The deckovers look very interesting, especially with the fold down sides. It seems they are not all that much taller then some of the non deckover dumps. Are they poor as far as weight distribution when cornering? Any other thoughts on quality brands?
     
  3. scagtiger

    scagtiger LawnSite Member
    from TN
    Posts: 173

    they dont seem pull as smooth as the non deckovers... i would look into bri-mar and load trails... i looked at every trailer out there and these by far seem to be the best built trailers out there
     
  4. cddva

    cddva LawnSite Member
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    I'll give a thumbs up on the Bri-Mar dump. I have a tag type 7'x14' 12K# with dual cylinders, barn door and dump style gate, 6 d-rings and ramps. Great trailer, I use it to haul a mini-ex as well as the usual materials/debris. Well built trailer!
     
  5. pjtrailerguy

    pjtrailerguy LawnSite Member
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    The PJ or Load Trail dump trailers from my experience seem to be the best built trailer for the money. The PJ is the widest lo-pro dump on the market with a full 83" wide inside the bed. They are also standard with amenities such as LED lights, tarp roller bracket, battery, loading ramps, d-rings, stake pockets, 10 guage metal. Another thing that PJ does that very few do is fabricated sides where the side meets the floor is not welded, it is bent at a 90 degree and welded down the center of the trailer. Every time you dump it cleans out the corner and won't rot out the trailer in time. The PJ is much superior to a Brimar. I've seen Brimars in our shop here in PA. They're built an hour away from here. Light duty. Thin steel. Battery extra cost. High priced. Nowhere near the quality of a PJ. PJ's 14' 14000 dump weighs app 4500 lbs empty which is one of the heaviest duty dumps on the market. Available at almost any PJ dealer for $7000 tops. You would never regret buying a PJ. PS one more thing to make sure you specify is POWER DOWN. Gravity down dump trailers take a LONG time to bring down in the winter when the oil is cold. If you are looking at a PJ it is a standard feature.
     
  6. Merlin300

    Merlin300 LawnSite Member
    from Zone 5
    Posts: 156

    Everything PJtrailerguy says is true. I have the 14' 14,000 lb gooseneck dump and love it. The only problem I have had is with the China made wheel bearings. I have replaced them with better bearings. I still have a problem with one wheel getting hotter then the others, and it is not the brakes. I have had a mechanic look at it and he is stumped.

    Other than the wheel heating up problem, I think they are the best going. The only thing I can add to the above post, is the powder coat paint is the cats ass.
     
  7. Axl

    Axl LawnSite Member
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  8. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 1,517

    Thanks for the input fellas! The Hillsborro looks like a very nice and well thought out unit. I did talk to a fella today who strongly advocated the PJ, as many on here also do. He claimed you can get a wheel barrow under the dump and dump into the barrow.....I really doubt it. Any truth to his comment. I claimed the deck was 30"....which is tall, but not likely good enough for a barrow. He also claimed there is no problem loading a tractor, or bobcat....which I believe, but with an implement on the back of a tractor.... I would think you are in for a good time. The fella also said the biggest problem with the dump trailers is the battery. He says they trickle charge, and often do not charge enough to dump, leaving you stranded with a shovel, or in need of some type of jump device.... any thoughts?

    Any other opinions would be wonderful!
    SB
     
  9. Merlin300

    Merlin300 LawnSite Member
    from Zone 5
    Posts: 156

    My P.J. came with a deep cycle marine battery that is charged by my truck. I have NEVER had a problem with a dead battery, even with several cycles during a day. As for dumping in a wheel barrow, it is to low to dump into one. I can shovel into one though while it is down, the wheel barrow fits perfectly up to the bottom of the trailer.

    Loading a tractor in it works fine with a loader on the front. With a implement on the back and no loader, it is a challenge to keep the front end down. It also helps to raise the trailer a tad, to reduce the incline. Just be careful if the floor is wet.
     
  10. pjtrailerguy

    pjtrailerguy LawnSite Member
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    We also have very few problems with batteries going dead because they do trickle charge off the truck but if you wanted a standby charger PJ offers a 120 volt charger that simply plugs into a wall outlet and wires up to your battery with 2 wires. It only costs app $75 and you would be able to charge it when it is unhooked from your truck. At least 99% of the time when a dump trailer battery runs dead it is because the trucks charging wire fuse is blown and the owner is unaware of it. With a good deep cycle battery (PJ uses an Interstate deep cycle) you should have no problems keeping it charged up.
     

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