Dump Truck or Dump Trailer

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by TrueScape, Sep 30, 2013.


Trailer or Dump Truck

Poll closed Oct 5, 2013.
  1. Trailer

  2. Dump Truck

  1. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,793

    If you're loading by hand, pull the sides off. I fold mine down all the time to load by hand.
  2. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,274

    this is a good thread. I use a 6X10 dump trailer with 4' raised sides but sometimes I want it to be longer.. since my max tow capacity is 7k im kind of limited also.
  3. BckYrdLmbrJk

    BckYrdLmbrJk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 240

    This is a great thread, I was having the same dilemma for the past couple months.

    Personally, I'd go with a dump trailer. I'm currently in the market. If you do go for the trailer I'd look for something bigger than a 10 footer. I'm looking for a 7x12 for myself.

    Less maintenance, you can use it as a dumpster, haul a skidsteer in it, you could raise the sides of up to 4ft if you wanted which on a 7x12 would be enough to fit 12 yards or so. I have a similar truck setup to you right now, 2500 chevy and no dump. Having one more truck to maintain and insure could turn into a pain in the arse.

    To be fair, the pros of having a dump truck that I considered, besides what was already mentioned about having to tow the trailer, is if you plow snow, or need a back up truck for any reason, you'd have one. But to answer your question, I do see a dump truck as a greater expense.
  4. BckYrdLmbrJk

    BckYrdLmbrJk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 240

    Also, Not to hijack the thread, but does anyone know if/how well a small-medium sized skidsteer would fit in a 6x12 dump trailer? Considering width and weight capacity.
  5. GQLL

    GQLL LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 846

    We put a t190 in a 7x12 brimar a couple of times before we bought a deckover. It's dose work but to get it balanced out is a pain
  6. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,274

    I carried a mini excavator (4,500) in my bri mar dump with the landscape gate it did fine. its a 10k trailer. my truck almost lifted of the ground when it was coming up the ramp, but it worked fine.

    To the main point, I have 1/2ton and dump trailer. the issue im having and can see getting worse is having all my equipment in my trailer - like mower, walk behind blower, or a dingo or something, then having leaves or other debris to clean up. when the trailer starts getting more full its kind of difficult. Or when I have mulch and I need to take my equipment with me. Then I wish I had a bigger truck bed to put the materials / debris in and carry my equipment on my trailer. This is mostly its for fall cleanups / bigger projects. Just mowing is fine obviously it works out well.
  7. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,645

    That dodge seems a little pricey for 244k miles on it.
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  8. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,504

    I was in the same place as you are, I went with a dump trailer, and I went with 7x14 lphd from brimar with 14k gvw. and I added sides to it, so I can hold 12 yards of mulch easy. I do a decent amount of brush clearing and tree removal so mine is loaded with wood all the time, so a dump trailer made more sense for me. even mowing in the fall with the bagger system I dump the bags into the trailer and put the mower in when im done, and I can fit the clippings and leaves from about 18 yards in the trailer and still fit the mower in, a dump truck has its place and I wouldn't mine picking up a dump truck for leaf removal but its not necessary especially being solo, and not having an employees yet, and as far a mulch goes, I had 7 yards in it 4 months back and had it tilted up a good amount and just worked out of the wheel barrow like I would a dump truck, and cleaned up what didn't make the wheel barrow and left when I was done, I also was able disconnect which literally takes 2 mins and I left for lunch. easy to hook up to and easy to and quick to disconnect. once you start hooking up to a trailer 3-5 times a week you get pretty good especially after 10 years of practice.
  9. ANA Proscapes

    ANA Proscapes LawnSite Member
    from NH
    Messages: 68

    I've always had dump trucks but I recently bought a dump trailer. It's a 12' cam low pro with 4' metal side and a tarp system. The barn doors have extensions too. It will hold 17 yds. I'm finding that I can leave a person with a lazer on a site all day and pick them up at the end of the day and still get other jobs done while my other guys are out mowing with the dump truck. I tow it with my 2500 HD. After having the trailer for a while I would say get both. They both have there places. But for me it's nice being able to drop it off at a site and pick it up at the end of the day.
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  10. tom18287

    tom18287 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    i know i'm a bit late, heres my two cents. We bought a 7x10 dump trailer 4 years ago with 5' mesh sides, tarp system, ramps. it's a good all around solution. we thought it would supplement a dump truck, but they really aren't the same thing. so we bought a new dump truck last year, and having the two is awesome. we mostly use our dump trailer as a dumpster, and lately we fill both dump truck and trailer and go to the dump, get two loads in one. we also go to the supply yard and i can get stone in one and stone dust in the other. having a dump trailer and dump truck tandem is the best thing we could have done. we have used it to tow the bobcat too, as you can see in the attachment below. it's a bit of a hassle to tie the machine down though. when we got the trailer it was 2 years old with the sides and the cool arm tarp system for $3400, the guy must have paid 2 grand just for the sides and tarp....sorry for my rant, i really can't say which is better, but i can say once you have both you won't go back. :laugh:


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