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hauling topsoil.

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by chaduco19, Oct 27, 2005.

  1. chaduco19

    chaduco19 LawnSite Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 25

    how many yards of topsoil can you fit on a 5x10 single axle trailer. dont have plywood sides but i dont know if the axle would hold if it was filled four feet or so high. Ive had three on there but want to be able to safely haul as much as possible
  2. Brianslawn

    Brianslawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,004

    1.... it weighs too much.
  3. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    You have to calculate it this way every yard of topsoil weighs 1 ton so your trailer will carry 1 yard of material. If you loaded that trailer full of wet topsoil you would prolly bend the axle or frame.
  4. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,116

    Let's see...

    5x10x4=200 cubic feet.. divide that by 27 and you end up with just over 7 yards you could put in it. BUT, you would weigh 14,000 lbs plus the weight of your trailer. All this on a 3500 lb axle... NO WAY legally you can one haul 1 yard and be within the weight limits

    This may work with some types of mulch that weigh about 400 lbs per yard

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