Buying a Dump Trailer

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by 1Buckeye, Jan 3, 2010.

  1. 1Buckeye

    1Buckeye LawnSite Member
    from OH
    Messages: 9

    I'm looking a buying a new dump trailer and need some advice. I want to use this trailer for everything. I want to haul my mower, mulch, leaves, ect. I noticed that Bri Mar has an optional landscape gate for loading mowers, and also hinges at the top to dump material. I looking at either a 6x10 or 7x12 in the 10k to 12k range. I've also looked at the Sure Trac trailers and they look well built. If you have any pictures of your dump trailer or have any suggestions that would be great.
  2. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 2,548

    I priced the 14' Sure Trac dump trailers at a local place called Detro trailers here in Indiana and they have the best prices that I've been able to find by far. It may be worth your drive here. I can give you more info if you would like.

    Unless storage is an issue, I don't think you want to use a dump trailer just to haul mowers around. The fuel you save without the extra weight of the dump will pay for that other trailer.
  3. 1Buckeye

    1Buckeye LawnSite Member
    from OH
    Messages: 9

    I've heard of Detro trailers. What kind of price did they giver you for the 14'. I know the dump trailers are heavy, but I plan on doing quite a bit of mulch work in the spring. I might add another trailer later if it gets to be too much. I need something that is dual purpose. Plus I have the older 7.3L Powerstroke and it is pretty easy on fuel.
  4. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 2,548

    I wrote the prices down, let me find the paper and I'll let you know in a bit.
  5. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,377

    x2 on the fuel thing mentioned. I assume you'll use the trailer for all things like you said, but if its mainly to haul equipment, its not worth it. I have 2 bri-mars and their great trailers. I would say stick with the low profile (non heavy duty). The heavy duty models are very heavy duty compared to the low profile non heavy duty lol Their alot heavier and just have larger components.
  6. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,284

    I think one of the responses to this question is go bigger than you think you need. I wish I would have listened to that advice. I have a 6x10 7kGVWR. I bought it to stay within DOT regulations for the truck I had. Well now I have a bigger truck that can tow more but now have this trailer. Don't get me wrong it has served me great! I just want a bigger and higher GVWR. Two mowers do not fit in my 10ft trailer. GO BIGGER.
  7. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 2,548

    Okay, follow along closely:laugh: they sell the 14' 14K Suretrac Dump for $5150, it comes with dual hydraulic cylinders.

    They go up to $5350 for a scissor lift or $5575 for a single hydraulic lift from the tongue. The single from the front looks like it would give you the best leverage for lifting, but I think they would all do the job without trouble.

    The more expensive models also come with stake pockets all the way around instead of a gusset to mount a single 2"x12" like the $5150 model. It wouldn't be a problem to simply add another board to the 2"x12" if you feel that you need to though.

    The more expensive models also come with a place to mount the ramps under the rear end instead of hanging them on the side, drop axles (this would be very important to you if you plan to load equipment on the trailer), and different spring couplers.

    If was to get one tomorrow, I would buy the $5350 model simply for the drop axles.
  8. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 2,548

    Here are a couple of pictures that I took while at Detro.

    14K 14' Dump Trailer 002.jpg

    14K 14' Dump Trailer 003.jpg

    14K 14' Dump Trailer 005.jpg

    14K 14' Dump Trailer 006.jpg
  9. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 2,548

    A few more...

    14K 14' Dump Trailer 007.jpg

    14K 14' Dump Trailer 010.jpg
  10. wellbuilt

    wellbuilt LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 275

    I have 2 trailers like your first picture.
    I like the taller box with the double cylinders.
    The tail gate looks light duty to me (just saying)
    The problem is the 12000lb trailers are to heavy to pull every day, It costs me 40 bucks to drive around the block .
    I bought a 6x10 dump to pull for smaller jobs plus the 12' trailers is much harder back into drive ways .
    The equipment ramps are way to heavy to load at the end of the day , i use a set that i bought on EBay for 400 bucks and slip them under the machines after i chain them .
    I could load a 8000lb Min EX into a 12' box but the boom would ride chained on to the trailer tong .
    I would get some funny looks from the DOT boys . but i was not stopped for that .
    To balance my trailer with my skid steer i needed to back in and hook the bucket over the tail gate or i would have to much tong weight.
    It hard to chain equipment inside the closed box .
    The worst news is if you get a low profile trailer you cant dump mulch into a wheel barrow you will have to hump it off the ground . I love multitasking but You will need a trailer for your mowers . If you must mulch out of a low trailer you can hang a sheet of 3/4 ply wood over the tail gate and into the bed to dump up high . I'm liking a 14' 14000lb trailer with drop down sides for your needs . John

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