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Enclosed trailer/ dump trailer build!

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by FerrisDiesel, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. Duffster

    Duffster LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,197

    5k's won't be enough.
  2. FerrisDiesel

    FerrisDiesel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    Ok.......what size should I get? two 5000 lb axles leaves me about a 2000 lb window of wiggle room.
  3. Duffster

    Duffster LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,197

    Not by the time you build frame and Gn you won't.

    6's would be good. 7's would be better.

    What kind of horse are you hooking it to?
  4. FerrisDiesel

    FerrisDiesel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    2009 Chevy Silverado, 2500 hd cc 4x4 with a 6.0 litre and 3.73 gears........
  5. billythekid

    billythekid LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 439

    tongue weight always matters...
  6. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,284

    Just out of complete curiosity if you sold both the insert and your trailer and put that money into a properly made trailer would that be a better idea? I'm not saying you cannot do this and looks like it may be more expensive to purchase one already made. I'm just hoping you know what you are doing and that every weld, every piece of steel, every everything will be up to spec and safe? Again I have no clue what you know, do, etc... besides lawn/landscape/snowplowing.


    What do you plan on putting in the dump? Real heavy stuff would seem to give you are really heavy weight on the gooseneck end. If loading heavy I'd want that end (dump) near the axles.

    Is the rest of the frame under the enclosed part up to snuff to have a heavily loaded front, if that's the case?

    I'd be at 7K axles too as Duff said.

    Good luck with what you do with it.

    I wish I would have found trailers like this before I purchased my dump trailer because I would love to have a 6ft deck in front of the dump to haul a small piece of eqiupment like mower, mini skid, etc... with having the ability to keep the dump open rather than having the equipment in it.
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2012
  7. FerrisDiesel

    FerrisDiesel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    Thanks for the input!
    Yes, I have some wedling background, and so do my uncle and grandfather, they are going to help me tackle this project. My grandfather has overbuilt several trailers in his time lol

    I only plan on putting grass, mulch, and leaves in the dump box. I originally wanted to put the dump box on the rear but that brought up some issues:

    1. I would have to move the rear drop gate on my enclosed to the side, which would be alot more work and would kinda suck as far as loading and unloading at some of my accounts.

    2. Although putting the dump insert on sideways is gonna kinda suck too, it is the lesser of two evils. At least this way I can put a mesh gate on it so I can back my Walker up it and dump my grass! no more green barrell!!!

    The frame on the enclosed trailer is Very solid! I peeked under there last night and could not believe how much cross bracing there was!
  8. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,284

    Sounds good. Hope it turns out well.

    How do you register something like this? How do you change your VIN label to a different GVWR class? Or are you just going to change it and not do anything with the VIN label on the enclosed now? Really just curious.
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  9. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,673

    While cutting grass today I had a thought- Put the dump on the back and the enclosed on the front of the trailer. Since you're building it anyway, put a drop gate on the back and then a some kind of gate on the front that you could drive though to get to the enclosed.
    Just brain storming for you.
  10. FerrisDiesel

    FerrisDiesel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    I'm pretty sure that since I am building the frame, I can register it as a homemade trailer.....which means I make up my new vin, and register it as homemade. I don't know if that'sjust a Rhode Island thing or not.

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