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Dump Trailers

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by tugglelandscaping86, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. tugglelandscaping86

    tugglelandscaping86 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 72

    I was writing this post to ask when is a good time to purchase a dump trailer? Before you ever need it or when you need it for a job? What if you don't use it for another 6-12 months. Is it worth the investment and what types are good for a 1/2 ton truck. Eventually purchasing a 3/4 ton one day. Thanks guys

    Messages: 1,343

    Once you own it you will use it frequently!
    Just like any other piece of equipment that you purchase it will become an important part of your stable.
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  3. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,006

    If you going to be in bussiness you need to be ready.
  4. John Deere 05

    John Deere 05 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 216

    I bought 7 x 12 with a gvwr of 12000 LBS and pull it with a 1/2 ton truck, just don't over fill it. It works great having one that large when doing a brush clean up because there is minimal weight with brush just takes a lot of space. Also use it for several other things as well, leaves, scrap metal, estate clean outs etc.
  5. BckYrdLmbrJk

    BckYrdLmbrJk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 240

    I just got a 7x12 sure trac with a 12klb gvw. I wasn't pulling it for two long with my gas 3/4 ton. I wouldn't imagine trying to pull it loaded with anything with a half ton. That would be pretty rough on the tranny and the rest of the truck. Just went to diesel to be able to pull it fully loaded or with a skidsteer.

    If you're unsure about what size to get, what type of work and loads would you be doing with it?
  6. dieselfuel

    dieselfuel LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    I bought a 7x14 last year as that's big enough to put a skid in and the bucket down. It's a 14k trailer.

    Pulled it with my f150 for awhile just fine, as long as I kept the weights under Ford's recommendations (around 10k lbs for my truck setup)

    Got a few jobs where I needed a lot of aggregate and some tree work with heavy stumps. Ended up buying a diesel F350.

    Now I'm thinking of selling my 150 (and it only has 23000 miles on it!)
  7. BckYrdLmbrJk

    BckYrdLmbrJk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 240

    If its a newer truck you might be okay for a little while. This was a 6.0 with 4:10's in the rear end and the trailer still did a number on that truck. You might be alright if you drive like grandma, but you'll have to be real careful about the weight, it definitely won't be very practical til you get a bigger truck for it.

    I'm sure a 1/2 ton would be find with a lighter duty 5x8, but there won't be as much versitility down the road and the price difference between that and a 7x12 or 14 won't be worth how much more valuable a bigger trailer will be to you in the future. A heavy duty dump trailer made of proper guage steel (stick with brands like Bri Mar, PJ, and Sure Trac) is heavy as hell unloaded. Your 1500 will be working just to pull it around empty. I'm not trying to discourage you, I just want you to be aware of the mistakes I made (with an older 3/4 ton). I'd hate to see another guy destroying their truck having the impression that it will handle what I think will be overkill.
  8. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,651

    Rent it. Much cheaper until your renting it a lot
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  9. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,284

    I can't decide if I want to pick up a 14 or 16.

    My issues is they have the same gvwr but obviously the 16 weighs more

    but then again I think that 2 feet could be really helpful with tree work

    Decisions, decisions
  10. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,006

    Not around here almost 1k a week :waving:

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