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dump truck or dump trailer?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by JFGauvreau, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. JFGauvreau

    JFGauvreau LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,298

  2. Lawn Pawn

    Lawn Pawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from zone 3
    Messages: 568

    Built up a Ford 350 to a dump truck... worked OK..

    Then built up a Isuzu NPR to a dump truck... Loved it !!
    Just cost too much to keep ins. and license for the use I got out of it.

    Bought a new PJ 5x10 tandem dump trailer I pull with a 2011 Canyon Z package.
    For me it is a perfect fit for a downsized one man business.
    Just gatta get what fits your needs.

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  3. nickslawnltd

    nickslawnltd LawnSite Member
    Messages: 169

    We have a dually dumper and a dump trailer and both have there pros and cons. Most have been stated trailer seems to depreciate less, less upkeep, never down really and can be towed by another truck, greater load capacity, the truck is more nimble, but more upkeep maintenance, insurance and sucks when it's down for repair. Tough call, I started with the truck and added the trailer after. Love the truck for most jobs but again the trailer has its pluses
  4. Grumpydave

    Grumpydave LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    Have had both. The dump trailer will do almost everything the dump truck did and by towing it with a F-350 I don't get caught up in the need for a class b drivers licence some guys are dealing with.
  5. treemover

    treemover LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 423

    Well....you need a cdl to tow that trailer behind a 350 fyi
  6. ParkWelding

    ParkWelding LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    How do you know that? Did he give the trucks GVWR and the trailers GVWR? If they don't add up to more than 26,000# than no CDL.
  7. treemover

    treemover LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 423

    This been gone over time and again, just trying to give advice not starting anything. Been in biz 15 years run pickups tandems tri s and end dumps, been fined by dot and in many classes for this. Straight truck no trailer under26 k no cdl. Any combo (truck and trailer) over 10 k cdl and dot requirements. So 1/2 ton pulling most tandem trailers you need cdl and meet all requirements
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  8. wellbuilt

    wellbuilt LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 275

    The truck weight was about 8600lbs when new .
    A aluminum body would be the way to go .
    All loaded up with daily tools and equipment im at 10,350 +-
    I haul 3 ton max but the truck would hold much more weight
  9. ParkWelding

    ParkWelding LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    You are so full of sh*t.
  10. jbell36

    jbell36 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from KANSAS
    Messages: 1,416

    no cdl for 10,000 + pounds...i'm pretty sure it's 26,000 for CDL...over 10,000 lbs is DOT numbers only...

    really tough call, but i prefer the truck over the trailer...

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