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What size dump trailer?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by fiveoboy01, Jun 23, 2007.

  1. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,988

    I'm sick of hand-unloading dirt, sod, brush, etc. Time to buy a dump trailer.

    I just don't know what size I should get. I know bigger is better, but these are more pricey than your averege flat-bed landsacape trailer.

    I was looking at 6x10 or 7x12 sizes. Are these just too small?
  2. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,085

    I'd look for something in the 16 footer range or bigger if you can afford it. Just compare it to the size of the trailer you are currently using. You won't want to make more trips than you did before buying the trailer.
  3. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,219

    14' will be fine with gvw of truck and trailer
  4. mowingtowing

    mowingtowing LawnSite Member
    Posts: 226

    I have a 14' with 6' sides, If i fill it to the top with mulch is it overloaded and if i put 4 yards of dirt in it its overloaded (technically). If you go much larger then 14' id say gooseneck is a must. Personally I find my 14' PJ (14k GVWR) to be a perfect match for my 99F350 dually diesel.
    7x12 would probably be great for your truck
  5. Dstosh

    Dstosh LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 716

    7x12 Is the perfect size. The 14' is just too long.
  6. Greybeard

    Greybeard LawnSite Member
    Posts: 132

    Our 7x12 Cross-Country dump works well with the F350 5.4. It's down-rated to 9990 lbs. GVW to beat the CDL regs, but it will carry more. Another decision is whether to get a low-bed with drop axles or the taller one with the body above the wheels. I'd recommend twin pistons, too, as sometimes loam or mulch sticks on one side, and the body can twist on a single piston.

    WALKER LANDSCAPE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,415

    We have one for sale 6X12 Bri Mar $2600.00. I have not had to get a chance to get pics but I will if interested.

    ED'S LAWNCARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 361

    Are you going to use it to haul your mowing equipt too? If so get 14' or bigger, if not 7x12 is more than adequate I would think. I have a 7x12 and have not used it to it's full potential. Love that thing
  9. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,446

    We have a 7x14 14,000gvw and it's a little rough on a single rear wheel truck. I'd lean toward the 7x12 or smaller unless you really need the extra capacity (or have a 1 ton or better truck).
  10. mverick

    mverick LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 307

    I use 80x14. Easier to balance a skid steer in then the shorter ones. If using a smaller truck put air bags on the truck and make sure and use good brake controller.

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