Dump insert in a 1500?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by drlawncare, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. drlawncare

    drlawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    I have a 07 chevy silverado 6 and a half bed can i put a dump insert in and still pull a 14 foot enclosed or should i put extra leaf springs?Comments please
  2. kirkmbrown2001

    kirkmbrown2001 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    I was looking at it for my dodge ram 1500 6 ft bed and the weight of a steel insert empty would pretty much max it out. Then if you were to add a load, then forget about it!


      1. What are you going to be hauling in it? (mulch, topsoil, rock)
      2. How often will you be using it?
      3. Do you see yourself pulling your trailer with a load in the insert?

    My advice:
    If you decide to get an insert, go with aluminum! Soo much lighter, better fuel economy since it is less weight. Cons: More $$$

    If in doubt about your leaf springs, upgrade them! They are expensive to replace/repair... Karma always has it happen when you don't have the money to pay for it. Plus, if it breaks, you aren't going anywhere, your outta commission!

    Hope this helps!
  3. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3,065

    I know a guy who has a 90 something F150 and has a ss bed insert and pulls a 20ft enclosed trailer. He had air bags installed instead of more springs. Thats the way to go I think. I had 2 extra leafs (on each side) and a 4 pack of helper springs installed on our 06 F250 and the cost was about 40% more than if I would have just installed air bags. I just saw a air bag package with compressor and gauges for 400ish. Just remember a 1/2 ton can only do so much.
  4. drlawncare

    drlawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    Grass and mulch and yes all the time
  5. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,445

    Loadhandler tarp might be better to bridge the gap until you get a bigger truck.

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