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Dump Trailer Leaf Setup

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by metro36, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,417

    Thanks Guys. The reason I built it this year is because my town decided not to pick up leaf piles at the curb. They will only be collecting paper bags. It would take well over 50 bags to do most of my accounts and some would probably take over 100. So it will save me a lot of time and hopefully I will get some curbside pickup jobs too.

    The leaves are just starting to fall here. :)payup
  2. N.H.BOY

    N.H.BOY LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,603

    Yea ours are starting to fall up here as well. A few weeks Im guessingpayup
  3. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,008

    Tell me that you secured the box to the dump.
  4. Mower20R

    Mower20R LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    Just a question, I have a '06 chev 1/2 ton truck-5.3 liter, would I be able to pull a trailer like yours?? Or would I need a heavier truck, I couldn't quite make out what kind of truck you have hooked to your trailer.
  5. Eurosport

    Eurosport LawnSite Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 152

    Looks good the only thing I would be worried about is the amount of blow out you are going to get through the back door. I would have extended it out to cover the sides instead of finishing it at the inner edge of the side walls. When you put your tarp leave some excess to hang on the inside of the rear door to cover the gap left by the hinges.

    Not trying to be critical just giving advise since I've had a set-up like yours for 4 years now and have worked out most of the kinks. Enjoy it:drinkup:
  6. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,417

    Not yet but planning on it. I was planing to drill through the stake pockets. I dont think its going anywhere but I want to be safe.
    I pull it with a 2011 GMC 3/4 Ton 6.0 liter. I think you would be fine if you used a 7000lb trailer. I dont know if I want that much weight behind a half ton. I wouldn't have tried to pull it with my old F150. Wet leaves can get very heavy. Just make sure you invest in a good brake conntroller.
    I appreciate the advice. I am thinking about adding some strips of plywood to the sides of the trailer to close up the gaps. They really aren't that big, 1/4"-3/8", but if figured it might cause some blow out.
  7. CHRIS92789

    CHRIS92789 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    I do not think your 1/2 ton will do very well with a dump trailer. Just from personal experience!
  8. JerseyGreen

    JerseyGreen LawnSite Member
    Messages: 120

    can you post some pictures of your mount for the leaf loader, did you make it or buy it?
  9. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    Do you think that having the loader mounted so high will be at all inconvenient/troublesome compared to loaders mounted lower? Do you think it will have enough capacity?

    Keep us posted as to how well it does. I, myself, am very interested as to how well it works for you.

    Nice job on the leaf box, BTW.
  10. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,417

    Thanks. Its all painted but now. Two coats of black made it look nice. I just have to mount the white alum signs on it, bolt the box to the trailer and install the hose.

    I dont really see any problems. Its a little high but I can stand on the box to fuel it and I can reach all of the controls from the ground. It will have to suck leaves up higher than most but I think it will be alright. Thats why I bought an 18hp instead of the 13. I will keep you posted. The leaves are starting to fall so I will be playing with it a bit these next few weeks before I really put it to work.

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