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How much mulch on a trailer?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by DK lawn care, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. DK lawn care

    DK lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 763

    Ive seen LCO's around my area put mulch on their trailers instead of havin companies deliever it. But what i was wondering is, how many yards of mulch could you fit on a fourteen foot trailer with a 3500 pound axle?
  2. silverado212

    silverado212 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 373

    I have a 6 x 10 that I have carried four bobcat scoops on it without problems. You could possibly get 4 1/2 maybe 5 yds. Just have them start loading it and see how it does. You also have to take into account your F-150 tow rating.
  3. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,505

    I bent the axle on my 3500 lb single axle trailer with 6 yards of mulch.
  4. clcare2

    clcare2 LawnSite Member
    from indiana
    Posts: 224

    Hardwood mulch is usually wieghed out at 600 lbs a yard. You probably can carry 5 but with a single axle, I wouldn't.
  5. highlander316

    highlander316 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 333

    i used to put 7yds on my 14ft single axle w/ a 3500lb axle. Rarely any problems. The tires bowed out a little, but I usually didn't drive far. I even put 3 yards of stone on there once (that was stupid though). I upgraded to my 18ft though, and have had 10yds on the trailer with no problems.
  6. DK lawn care

    DK lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 763

    Its a Fourteen foorter single 3500 pound axle with a 8,000 pd coupler. I was gonna put five yards on the trailer and 2 yards in the bed. The customers house is 4 miles away.
  7. ClassicLawnCareInc

    ClassicLawnCareInc LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 737

    It depends of what type of mulch, and if its wet or dry. Hardwood mulch is actually around 800 lbs dry, 900-950 lbs wet a cubic yard, the dyed mulches are a bit less about 500 lbs dry and 600 wet. I usually weigh myself when I load up b/c im carrying 12-15 yrds at a time.
  8. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,322

    just pay the $25 bucks you cheap a$$
  9. tilawn

    tilawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 112

    My opinion on this is you are only 4 miles away!!!!!! Why take the chance of hurting your truck, yourself , or somebody else by driving this much overweight? It will only take a few minutes to go back to your supplier
  10. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,746

    I pull an 18' Custom built Rice Trailer with landscaper body and custom ramps.
    2-3500lb. axles under with brake system--breakaway... 8 ply highway tires.
    I can carry 12 cu.yds. each haul. My 09' Dodge pulls that thing like it is a potato. I am not boasting, all I am saying is, this trailer was built for the job. It isn't a common utility trailer from a farm store. The trailer..........itself weighs 5800 lbs. It takes extra brakes to stop it in time!!!!!

    You can bend these axles with this kind of weight, and cause more harm to your hubs. The races and bearings can't handle the swaying load and the tires, unless they are highway 8 ply, or they can rupture. Single axle trailers will fish tail with excessive loads on them as with a 14 foot trailer. Usually the suspension isn't heavy enough to counterbalance the sway unless you have load stabilizers on the tongue.
    Remember, most accidents occur within one mile of the house or the jobsite.

    I would have the lot, start loading and you need to watch the tires under the fenders. Don't let the tires touch the fenders or off load the weight to the front or rear of the trailer. Stay on the tandem! When the truck starts to lean downwards, it is time to stop.
    I have seen tons of guys load their trailers like the farm boys, and the DOT rips them a new one for overloads. The stuff has to be highway covered here.
    Know the limit of your truck and trailer..............take care of them.

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