How many cubic yards can my trailer safely carry?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by dc33, Mar 4, 2014.

  1. dc33

    dc33 LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 240

    Ive been mowing for 15 years and never really did much mulch till now, mainly now to keep employees busy.
    I got a 16' trailer with 2 3500lb axles and a second 20' with 2 5000lb axles and would like to know how much i can safely put in them without overloading them with a cubic yard weighing about 800 lbs. From my math about 7 yards in the 16 footer and 10 in the 20 footer....maybe a tad more with the hitch taking some of the load....or i could put another yard or two in the bed as well.

    Thoughts?
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  2. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    I put 8 on a 16. Could fit a few more. Would rather have the mulch on trailer than truck
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  3. GQLL

    GQLL LawnSite Senior Member
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    Your spot on with in your weight limits depending on the actual weight of the trailer. Just remember if the mulch is damp or wet it closer to 1000 a yard. He did state he want to not over load the trailer.
     
  4. arkansas502

    arkansas502 LawnSite Member
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    This past December I put 10 yards on my 16 footer and that was a lot of weight, probably way too much weight. I regularly put 8 yards on their with no problems. That additional 2000 lbs give or take was too much.
     
  5. PenningsLandscaping

    PenningsLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    A few bucks in gas costs a lot less than a new axle, trust me I snapped one with topsoil. Never again. 7/8 yards should be fine unless it's raining out or just rained. You also need to consider how close to an actual yard they're giving you. Some places give more generously than others, and I've ended up with closer to 6 on a 5 yard pick up. But generally mulch is relatively light and it's difficult to overload with it.
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  6. professional

    professional LawnSite Member
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    I had a 16' x 8' x 3' dump that is 10 yds. struck level. I was scaled at 13.9k. Trailer is 3.7k empty. Make registration matches your weights to avoid ticket.
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  7. Monroe74

    Monroe74 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Like the others above said but if it is dry you should be alright
     
  8. dc33

    dc33 LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 240

    Thanks guys, i appreciate the help :)
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  9. Schrock Lawns

    Schrock Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    I just had 12/13 on a 16 Texas Bragg never again had a blowout mile from job on also had 13 yard on my 550 that was a scary trip
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  10. BleedingGreen

    BleedingGreen LawnSite Member
    from SE MI
    Posts: 165

    Seriously?

    Two formulas you should know.

    L x W x H = Volume

    GTWR or GVWR - Trailer curb weight = Weight you can carry PERIOD.

    *Note those two measurements are NOT equal. From there you can figure out the rest.
     

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