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Dump beds

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Drew Gemma, Mar 14, 2007.

  1. Drew Gemma

    Drew Gemma LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,508

    I have a 2002 f350 Drw and we are in the process of getting all the details worked out. We are wanting to put a flat bed dump on it. Metal post painted wood sides tarp but what kind of gate do we need. We are only using this for a mowing truck hauling clippings, leaves and mulch at the most. So any pictures or advice on things you wish you had done or not done.
    thanks Guys

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,526

    is it like a stake body type? if so i would put two doors on the back and hinge them so they open "barn door" style just make sure you put a latch on the side of the truck to hold them open when dumping or they will get ruined.
  3. Total.Lawn.Care

    Total.Lawn.Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 840

    I agree. Most everytime you dump (with how you plan on using it) is going to be to empty it. It will empty faster with doors wide open. It is simple and no complicated hinges.
  4. Drew Gemma

    Drew Gemma LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,508

    okay thanks just want to do it right sounds like the way to go
  5. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    You can make a single swing door like you would find on a rolloff bin. You swing the door open and latch it to the side of the stake sides. If you build the door out of aluminum it won't be so heavy.
  6. Travel'n Trees

    Travel'n Trees LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 631

    Becareful hauling call FORD motor company first. I wish I would have.
  7. Drew Gemma

    Drew Gemma LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,508

    why call ford
  8. Total.Lawn.Care

    Total.Lawn.Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 840

    Drew, ignore Travel'n Trees. He has a terrible dealer that does not want to warranty his truck, claiming that he voided the warranty by hauling certain loads. I think he is full of BS. There is no way that Ford would sell a commercal truck with a dump bed, and then tell you that you cannot haul anything in it.

    I do not think that TnT is giving us the entire story, and I sure do not want to hear it now......
  9. Uranus

    Uranus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,624

    Barn door style seems to work well, and are easier to open when loaded with a load of mulch.

    If you are putting stake pockets on it put, you could put four on the back. Get some pt 2x4 and make 2 half height gates. Just have to lift them up or you can toss debris over them. Had a truck like that with stake pocket all the way around. Worked pretty well. just another option

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