Mulch and dump trailer question

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by beano, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. beano

    beano LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hey guys, ive been looking at used 6x10 dump trailers but all the ones im finding are only #7000 lbs. gvw. I have been using a single axle 6x12 and can get about 4 to 4.5 yards in before weight becomes to much so anyone who has a trailer like this, how many yards can i realistically fit into this trailer. I can build sides so i guess weight is more of an issue here.
     
  2. kps2389

    kps2389 LawnSite Senior Member
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    A 6x10 dump trailer can fit about 4 yards without sides. A dump trailer with a 7000 lbs gvwr prob weighs about 2,200-2,400 lbs. So that means you got 4,600-4,800 lbs to play around with between building sides and material. So legally you could probably haul like 7-8 yards of mulch without being over weight.
     
  3. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
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    Go atleast 10k gvwr. Empty, like he said is prob around 2k. You'll have something to grow out of if you guy higher then 7k.
     
  4. sunray

    sunray LawnSite Member
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    Why not order a trailer with heavier axles and springs from the trailer company?
     
  5. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Find a 10,000# low-profile dump trailer. With some extended sides (not too crazy...), you'll be able to haul 7-8ish as said above. What kind of truck do you have? You need to make sure you can stop this trailer too.
     
  6. beano

    beano LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a chevy 2500hd. I was looking at the #7000 because i found a good deal on a used one. I would love to have a 10 or 12,000# trailer but dont want to spend 5 or 6 grand on a trailer since i just purchased the truck.
     
  7. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Tell ya what- they are the best investment ever! I'm suprised more guys don't have dump trailers. I laugh everytime I see a pile of limbs, yard waste, edgings, ect. on a landscape trailer. I don't have time to unload all of that by hand at the end of a long day. I couldn't imagine doing mulch jobs without one.

    Even 7,000# units would do for most guys. I understand about the truck though...
     
  8. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 2,371

    Didn't you say your budget was 4k? Whats another 1 or 2k for a BRAND NEW trailer? You won't regret it. Its been a great investment for me by far.
     
  9. kps2389

    kps2389 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Spend the extra $$ to get a #10,000. When I was looking before I bought mine I was gonna get a #7,000 because I only have a 1/2 ton truck. After talking to the dealer I found out the #10,000 only cost about $500 more than the #7,000 and it also only weighed about 200 lbs more. Go with atleast a #10,000 you won't regret it in the long run.
     
  10. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
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    I can haul 6-8 with 2 foot sides on mine......I use a 1/2 ton truck and about 6 is enuff of a load on the truck
     

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