Dump Trailer Question

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Pressedun, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. Pressedun

    Pressedun LawnSite Fanatic
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    I won't have room probably for at least 2 years if not more. As for the Bobcat, I didn't use one at all last year, my landscape installs aren't large enough to use one. If I ever needed to use one, a buddy of mine has a Tandem Trailer that I could borrow. Thanks for all the input man!
  2. wellbuilt

    wellbuilt LawnSite Senior Member
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    For small equipment a small trailer would be better .
    I jammed my skid and Ex in a dump trailer and it worked ok ,
    but it is so easy to load on a good equipment/landscape trailer .
    Plus the dumps are 3500+ pounds and suck up alot of fuel just driving empty. John
  3. Pressedun

    Pressedun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Went to a reputable Bri-Mar dealer and got the low down on everything I needed to know.

    Basically the landscape gate is a $300 option. If I were to go this route, I would buy the regular gate as well as it fits on the trailer just like it does normally. Yeah it would be a pain in the butt to switch gates every time I wanted to use it for a different purpose but it makes the trailer incredibly versatile. I like the idea and the only thing that's making me think twice is the price, to be expected from a dump trailer however.
  4. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    you can always go used an buy the gate after the fact as well....
  5. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I see two trucks in your sig. Why don't you look at turning one into a flat bed with a landscape tailgate with a removable dovetail. So you could put your walkbehind on the back of the truck.
  6. Pressedun

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    I guess the only problem there is that they weld two extensions to the back trailer posts so you can latch the landscape gate higher up. It wouldn't be as simple as buying the gate after the fact, have to take it to the dealer and get it welded on - probably cost more than the $300 extra out the gate.
  7. Pressedun

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    I thought about turning my Dodge into a flatbed but it's a shortbox and wouldn't function that well. The Chevy is only 2WD which part of the reason I'd like a flatbed is to eventually put a V-Box sander on it and use it for whatever (which is the reason I bought the Dodge, wasn't planning on plowing but I had the opportunity to subcontract for guy). Looks like a trailer is going to be the way to go.
  8. Nick's Lawn Care

    Nick's Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    I own a dump trailer with a landscape gate and i hate the gate. It would be nice if you mainly haul equipment with it but if you dump most of the time forget it and just use some light weight 3000lb ramps for $250. The gate is a pain, you have to take it off almost all the time, even with dumping a lot of mulch or stone. I bought a dump trailer with one and i am going to get rid of it and make a shorter one. Also the gate is real heavy at the dump so you almost need two people to take it off.

    This trailer will be for sale in a few months, im looking to upgrade.

    Last edited: Feb 4, 2011
  9. Pressedun

    Pressedun LawnSite Fanatic
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    I was hoping to find someone that was or had used one like you, I appreciate the comment and its something I'll keep in mind. I need to look at my situation more closely. How much do you think you'd ask for it? Looks like the 5x10?
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  10. wellbuilt

    wellbuilt LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ive bought 3 dump trailers 1 10,000 $1800 2 12,000 $ 2200 / $2400
    The 12000 s i just bought off the side of the road.
    The 10, 000 Was a craigslist buy and needed tires and some work on the lites and paint .
    One 12000 looked new and the other one was in good shape .
    All three had a asking price of 4500+-
    I would look at ringo trailers there dumps are nice and they are in pa.
    They build them there . John

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