Got my new GMC 3500 dump

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by merrimacmill, May 9, 2008.

  1. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill LawnSite Senior Member
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    Finally picked up my new 2007 GMC 3500 Dump today. I found a good deal on an 07 up in maine. Drove up an hour or so and picked it up today. I'll get some better pics of both the trucks tomorrow, but I just got home and it was dark. The first picture is one the dealer took of it for listing it online, the second is one of it sitting in my driveway, very dark though.

    Its got the 6.0 vortec, its the w/t edition, so no cd, power locks, power windows or anything which is ok being a dump truck and all. Monroe 2/3 yard dump body.

    A couple questions for those of you who already have dump trucks, this is my first one, is it better to leave the body up a little when its going to rain out so the rain can drain, or is it better to leave it down then dump out the rain later? I see a lot of guys doing it both ways, but I don't want to put to much constant stress on the hydros.

    Thanks.

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  2. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
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    Very nice! Congrats on the new purchase! lots of luck with her... you lucky S.O.B!
     
  3. Paulup

    Paulup LawnSite Senior Member
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    From what i know about working dozers and track hoes, so long as you don't leave the cylinders all the way up it shouldn't hurt anything. You don't want constant pressure on it though, so might be better off waiting for someone with more dump truck experience to chime in. I've never seen any full size dump trucks left with the box tilted, so there is probably something to that.
     
  4. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
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    the water will come out once you drive... or just tilt it a bit when you get going. no need to leave it raised constantly. I dont own a dump truck though so I might be wrong.
     
  5. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm not talking all the way up, I've just seen guys leaving them up a few inches so it slopes slightly back, instead of forward. Although there is a local excavation company around here and every time I drive by I admire their equipment and they have two HUGE volvo dump trucks, everytime I drive by, the bodies are all the way up, or slightly up. I couldn't keep it all the way up in my driveway even if I wanted to, I'd hit the power lines lol.
     
  6. PORTER 05

    PORTER 05 LawnSite Senior Member
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    ya some guys freak out with that stuff, i see there dump bodies totally lifted i dont get it, i just keep it the way it is and when we use it i just dump the water out before we leave---

    if you dont mind me asking about how much was that truck, payments every month?? , or did you buy it out right??..sweet truck man, i cant wait till i get my newer dump, i dont think ill go for brand new though!

    i was just in newburyport yestery , can you say "kittens" lol!
     
  7. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    very nice rig!!! Congrats
     
  8. JohnsonLawn

    JohnsonLawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    Congrats on the new truck. I hope it treats you well. I usually leave my dump bed up about 6 inches when a real heavy rain is coming, otherwise I could swim in the back of the truck. Just my .02 cents
     
  9. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill LawnSite Senior Member
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    All said and done, I paid 27K including the dump body, put down 30% so payments for 60 Months are like 300 something, can't remember exactly though. I usually never go 60 monthes, I always do 36 but I fuiger that I'm going to make high payments on it and get it done in a year and a half or so. I just thought that it might be nice to have the lower payments in the winter, just incase it decides not to snow. We now have two ends of our business, the property management of the building we own, and the landscaping end. We have separate checking accounts for both parts, and the payments are set up as an automatic deduction from the landscaping account. So if worse came to worse, the PM end of it could pick up a couple payments, but I'd rather just keep it completely separate. That was my reasoning for that.



    Oh, and kittens. HAHA, I always drive by going to Home Depot, but never been.
     
  10. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill LawnSite Senior Member
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    Another question for you dump truck guys, I'm going to build the wooden sides today, and I would like to go more than one 2x6 high, but the slots are only high enough for one, so I was thinking of getting some kind of gate latch thing at home depot and setting it up so it can stick into a hole on the head board at the top of the side, to prevent it from bending outwards. Also, since my tractor can load it with no sides, I want the removable. So I was thinking of getting 4 trailer hitch pins, and using that instead of a bolt to hold the sides on it. What do you think?
     

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