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Protecting Dump Trailer

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by FearThisDeere, Apr 21, 2006.

  1. FearThisDeere

    FearThisDeere LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,168

    I have a 6x10 Cam dump trailer. I love it and it fits my needs perfectly. I use it to dump horse manure from my farm. Of course, occasionally there are rocks that get in there and scratch the bed of the trailer on the way down. The horse "waste" is very acidic and cause rust very easily. In the winder everything freezes in there as I only dump it every three days. Is there anything that can protect it and help it slide easier? I need something that is pretty slippery to get everything out. Is Linex the way to go or is there something else that is a little cheaper?
  2. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,164

    i don't think linex will make it slide easier, i think just the opposite....maybe spray some fluid film in there as that stuff doesnt freeze or has a low freezing point and it never dries.....
  3. FearThisDeere

    FearThisDeere LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,168

    Yeah that is what I was thinking about the Linex. The guy at the shop said "oh yeah, it will slide fine." Yeah, when I tried to slide my keys across the sample the slid for miles! I am more concerned about protecting it and maybe helping it slide a little easier to top it off. Thanks for the advice!
  4. oldrustycars

    oldrustycars LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 301

    anyplace that sells dumptrucks can set you up with a liner. they arent cheap. they make dumps last way longer, and even stand up to hot asphalt.
  5. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,112

    Fluid Film..there's a guy on here "Deno" who will send you a free sample

    G&S LANDSCAPING LawnSite Member
    Posts: 28

    :) I used fluid film on my dump insert, Buy it by the gallon from WWW.GEMPLERS.COM. works great. also leave the bed up on your dump a little so rain and snow move out .Rust is a killer on equiptment.
  7. Gilla Gorilla

    Gilla Gorilla LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 923

    Look into a plastice polyethylene product called UHMW. I got a sheet of 4'X8' at a 1/4" thick shipped to my door for $201. I use it to make new skid pads for my proslides. The one down side to having this in your trailer is that if you plan to transport anything like a mower or small tractor then there is not much traction like on the metal floor. You will most likely have to strap or chain stuff down then.

    I am actually looking into getting a 6'X10' by 1/2 thick sheet for my dump trailer because the metal floor is pretty rusted and I would not have a problem with stuff sliding out especially when I am backed up a driveway and dumping mulch or topsoil.

    Take a look at this website and you can find a distributor in your neck of the woods to get a quote, plus the nice thing is you dont have to recoat it like a liquid and can pull it out rather easily if needed.


    NEUSWEDE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 1,147

  9. FearThisDeere

    FearThisDeere LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,168

    Thanks for all the advice. I'll look into everything. One question about fluid film: is it a protectant or does it just allow the material to slide better? Do you have to keep re-applying it?
  10. lwcmattlifter

    lwcmattlifter LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Posts: 859

    Get a poly liner. There are companies that make them for small dump beds I think PolyMax is one manufacturer. It'll be the first and last time you will ever have to mess with it.

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