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Enclosed trailer/ dump trailer build!

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by FerrisDiesel, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. FerrisDiesel

    FerrisDiesel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 442

    I'm glad I'm not the only one that thinks about things like this while I am out mowing lol
    I had thought about doing that exact same thing, a major downfall with having a drive thru door on the side of the enclosed is space.
    1. I loose alot of wall space to hang equipment, blowers, trimmers, etc.
    also trying to jockey around my walk behind and Walker might be a problem.

    2. I have some lawns that are on very small lots. So trying to find a good spot to park and drop the side gate on the enclosed would be a problem, as opposed to keeping it in the rear where it is.
  2. Woodman1

    Woodman1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 326

    Subscribed! Can't wait to see the finished product!
  3. orlawncaresvc

    orlawncaresvc LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 962

    What about our build?
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    Posts: 151

    Here is a pic of my trailer. I would suggest putting the dump on the rear. Unless you have a very smooth floor, there are times when the load will not slide out on its own. The dump is 6' x 6' and approx. 4.5' deep. If you have a dump that lifts to the side I might be concerned with the trailer tipping a little when in the raised position. At times I have to punch the truck in order to get the load to move. I have a 4' wide door on a 7' x 6' w/ extension storage compartment on the front. Remember you can go wider and taller for your needs. I elected a shorter height because of the wind resistance. Hope this helps.

  5. greengiant9963

    greengiant9963 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 761

    Do you have a few more photos of your trailer?
  6. FerrisDiesel

    FerrisDiesel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 442

    I would love to see some more pictures of your trailer as well!
  7. CLS LLC

    CLS LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 487

    It doesn't seem that you are planning to move the location of your axles (which would obviously require a lot more work on your part) but I feel that it would be necessary to make this trailer safe. You really should have 40% of the trailer length behind the axles and 60% in front, it seems like when you're done, you're going to be closer to 20/80 respectively causing far too much tongue weight, even for a goose neck, your tongue weight issue will then be exacerbated by the weight of the dump insert itself and then further so by the weight of the material in the dump insert.

    If you aren't planning on moving the axles, than I really doubt this trailer will be safe or easy to tow.

    Just my opinion.

    Posts: 151

    Let me take some new pics on Saturday and will post.
  9. FerrisDiesel

    FerrisDiesel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 442

    I have thought alot about this, I have to upgrade the 2 axles to boost up the gvw. I was thinking of upgrading to 7000 lb axles, then I took a look at my enclosed trailer and if I were to move them ahead, I would loose my side door. The only other option would be to move the side door from where it is up front, to behind the axles......
    Also I was thinking today, instead of building a whole new sub frame to place the enclosed trailer and dump insert on, maybe I would just cut off the existing tounge and then get some slightly smaller tube and slide it into the existing rails and then slide the right size tube over that. It would make it stronger and also easier to weld.
    Keep the comments coming, it's nice to have other people taking a look at this build before I get started and putting in their 2 cents!:drinkup:
  10. wee alfie

    wee alfie LawnSite Member
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