dump truck or dump trailer?

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

  1. Duffster

    Duffster LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,197

  2. Duffster

    Duffster LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,197

    This is so wrong it's stupid.
  3. Duffster

    Duffster LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,197

    Can you read?

    Using your reading and comprehension skills you also need a CDL for any trailer under 10k. :rolleyes:
  4. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,504

    depending on what you need it for would determine which is best for you, my friends who own a landscaping and tree service argue a dump trailer is better, due to being able to hold more weight then an f350 or f450 dump truck, and they are lower to the ground so they are easier to load by hand with wood, but you can't put a plow on a dump trailer and you can't throw a sander in a dump trailer, well maybe you can but it would look ******ed. i would say a dump truck for leaf removal if you have a leaf vac, or chipping into, and for junk removal if its light. for heavy stuff dump truck if you have a truck that can pull it safely. and i would go no smaller then 14x7 with a 14,000 gvw.
  5. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,008

    Back to the topic I have a 20' PJ dump trailer with dual 10K axles. I pull it with a 09' Ram 3500 with the 4.10 I swapped in to replace the factory 3.73's. Yes I have a class A CDL. My advice is if your going to go with either a 16', 18', or 20' dump with dual 10K's or 12K's for axles is to pay the extra big bucks for electric over hydraulic brakes. The electric brakes are really dangerous if you plan on pulling close to capacity. I spent $3800 for my upgrade.

    My trailer empty is 9K and is rated for 25K but I've been over by 2-3K many times. My GCW has probably been up to 36K.

    If your going to pull the trailer all the time moving up to a 4500 or 5500 would be a good idea.
  6. Carolina Greens Turfcare

    Carolina Greens Turfcare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    I think the trailers come in pretty handy. If you have a smaller company and have guys staying at job sites that need to put debris in a dump bed it is to drop it and leave it and have someone using the truck for something else that day, where as a dump truck, the truck is sitting there not moving, but maybe could be making money somehow if it was

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