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Trailer with front mounted dump box ?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Turf Dancer, May 25, 2003.

  1. Turf Dancer

    Turf Dancer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 681

    I have an idea to build a trailer with a dump box across the front that will dump to the side for debris, you know a dump box for grass! my idea is to build a 14' trailer, the back 10' portion would be for equipment. the front 4' x width of trailer would be a dump box for grass and I could use it for bark chips etc. I plan on the dump box having 3' to 4' sides! so the ends of the box would be on the sides of the trailer on the front, which I could have lettered ! Has anyone built a trailer like this ? If so could you post a picture please. I think I have it figured out but I would like any ideas you may have!
  2. Smitty58

    Smitty58 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 531

    Turf Dancer, I don't have one but now I want one. I've got a few ideas. What if you built a box the width of your trailer and say 2-3 feet wide. Keep it up off the floor so you can put stuff underneath. On the inside of the box slant the bottom towards the side you want to dump on. Put a hinged door (hinges on the bottom) and build the door with sides so when you drop the door it forms a shute. Then instead of dumping you simply rake whatever you have in the box out. You could probably line or paint the bottom with something to make the stuff slide out easier. This would not be as slick as a dump ,but a lot easier to build and really nothing to tear up. Then all you have to do is pull up to where you want to dump ,drop the shute and pull the junk out. As a matter of fact this could work pretty good for mulch too. If you position a wheel barrel under the shute simply rake it in.
    Thanks for the idea now I've gotta build one.
  3. Seon

    Seon LawnSite Member
    Posts: 17

    My thoughts would be the weight of the dump when full of grass. This would increase the weight on the tongue hitch which in turn will affect your steering? BTW, when dumping, the weight of the load will shift towards one side...will it tip the trailer towards that side?
    These are just my thoughts and may not even be a factor. Good luck.
  4. Lech615

    Lech615 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 105

    I really like this idea. i have been thinking about something similar but not sure how to go about it yet. Lert me kow if you have anymopre ideas. Hey maybe you could patent it and sell when you figure it out

  5. wxmn6

    wxmn6 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 163

    Good point - I would think that you can counter balance by moving the equipment back at the end of trailer. Heck, if it was a full 14' trailer, you still would be putting 1000 pounds machine in front and still have plenty of equipement behind to help counter balance. So I don't think it would be a big deal, I THINK.

    Another good issue to point out. I guess it's time to invent a leg stablizator like those on big ladder fire trucks! :D Oh wait, by the time everything is done and loaded up, you would be well at the max GVWR. :dizzy:
  6. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,457

  7. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
    Posts: 776

    I would think for a stabilizer all you will need is a 2x2 reciever hitch on the side of the trailer that you can slide a stabilizer into and just lock in there with a pin for quick dumping. Another thought is, if you want to use this for bulk materials, how are you going to load the box? Most wheel loaders around here at least just barely are able to dump into the back of a long bed pick-up. You might have luck being loaded by a skid steer though.
  8. landscaper3

    landscaper3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,354

    Get a 16' tandem trailer put a 4x8 easy dump insert up front and you will have about 12' of equipment room! Or go for a 18'footer
  9. Doogiegh

    Doogiegh LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 871

    My trailer is a 16'. I used the first 7 feet for a dump box and the remaining 9 feet for equipment.

  10. Doogiegh

    Doogiegh LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 871

    Here's a pic of the box 1/2 open. I used plywood sides that mount on with a latch and pin kind of system. I can dump leaves in there all day long during a cleanup, come home, take off both sides of the trailer and push the stuff out to the right and left.. Put the sides back on and all done.


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