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best dump trailer for the money?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by zmowingmaster, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. zmowingmaster

    zmowingmaster LawnSite Member
    Messages: 237

    Ok guys,
    I am in the market for a 5x10 dump trailer.I can't go any wider for storage reasons ,they don't make them any longer in the 5' wide segment.
    I am planning on getting two 5k axles and putting on some extention walls to make the whole trailer 5'x10'x4'.so I can whole a min of 7 yards.
    The question is will the hydro lift already installed still handle that much load even if i put on 8 yards.
    And between Load trail,PJ and Brimar...which one would be a better selection for a $4000 +/-.

    load trail.jpg


  2. appalachianoutdoors

    appalachianoutdoors LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 354

    Bri Mar may make the trailer to custom specs if you call the factory and talk to someone. I am sure that they can upsize the cylinder for you also. Good luck with your decision. I have a Bri-Mar coming in this week, so my preference leans towards them. :usflag:
  3. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,009

    I have a 20' PJ dump trailer. It weighs 9000 lbs empty and is built as stout as they come. Seven yards of most material is probably not going to work in a trailer that small. The lift won't be able to handle it as well. Most soil & mulch type material will be a minimum 1000 lbs per yard. If your talking about yard trimmings then it should work just fine. I can haul 24 yards of trimmings in my trailer.
  4. ParkWelding

    ParkWelding LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    I bought Load Trail over PJ, Cam and BriMar. Liked the style of construction, ramp storage and the price. Can't beat the powdercoat finish too. I think PJ is powdercoated, but I don't think BriMar is.
  5. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,009

    Here is the link to the PJ website http://www.pjtrailers.com/detail.cfm?ID=D2. It's nice that you can rotate the trailer 360 and upside down online to look at it. PJ and Bigtex are the two largest makers trailers in the U.S. and like most large trailer companies they are based in the east Texas trailer triangle. There are probably more trailer companies based in east Texas then the rest of the U.S. combined.

    Because of all the contractors, ranchers, and oil industry work here trailers places are like Chevy dealerships and they are every where. There are probably twenty places that sell trailers in a 50 mile radius of my house in the Austin area.
  6. ParkWelding

    ParkWelding LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    You're lucky to have a lot of choices for trailer dealers. Up here in NY there is only a few large dealers and most of them suck. You really have to know what you're buying to get a decent deal. The dealer I'm loyal to now does their own trucking and does a huge volume for the region they're in. The prices always are competitive with the best I can find online.
  7. zak406

    zak406 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,516

    Not onyl that but they cost a ton litterally. Does any other company have fold down sides like pj does?
  8. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,009

    I'm originally from Maine and I know how few trailer places their are up north. Can't find a decent lobster here to save my azz but you can throw a rock and hit a dozen trailer joints. Buda only has about 5000 people but we have a Bigtex outlet ten minutes from my house. Ten minutes to the south we have a place called Elliots Trailer Sales that can build trailers to order and resells Top Hat and other brands.
  9. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,377

    I have 2 bri-mar dump trailers and have had zero issues with them. Ones a low profile, and the other is a heavy duty low profile. The non heavy duty one has done everything i've asked it to. Check to see if they have the same size cylinder on yours as they do on the 6x12 lp. If they do, you should have no problems. Like the other poster said, if its 7 yards of topsoil, i would be careful, but if its grass, mulch or other yard debris, no problem
  10. Lawn Pawn

    Lawn Pawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from zone 3
    Messages: 568

    I have the PJ 5x10 dump, bought new last Fall. All I can say is for the money it is a heck of a fine trailer! Is it the best.... I think not.. but for the price point you cannot go wrong.

    Lifts even slightly overloaded great... pulls empty and loaded great... welds and finish are good for the price.... wiring is acceptable.... you will not be disappointed.

    It was on the lot for $3850.00 pre tax and license. Local dealer is bottom line for pricing and treats you good.


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