Load Handler Questions

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Darryl G, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    I've read the existing threads on the Load Handler and have a few questions/concerns for those of you who have used them. It's actually for a friend of mine for use in her Toyota Tacoma. She does a lot of mulch hauling and I've told her it would make her life a lot easier. She would have to get the standard 2000lb duty one, they don't make the heavy duty one in her size.

    1) Some people mention the load locking up on the front of the wheel well. How much of a problem is this and how do you overcome it?

    2) She has a drop in plastic bedliner and the same screwed to her tailgate. Will the Load Handler work well with that kind of liner, or would she still need the optional mat?

    3) Some people have mentioned it damaging the tailgate. What is the nature of this damage? Is it abrasion of the gate itself or damage from where it mounts to the top of the gate..dents, paint damage or what?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. cat320

    cat320 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 823

    I had one and it did all of what you mentioned so i returned it. some guys sware by them i found it to be more worj than they are worth. get a dump insert you would be better off. not sure if they make them that small .
  3. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    I think an insert for a truck that small would be kind of silly...the load capacity is low enough as it is and I don't think she could justify the cost in any case.

    She has 4 acres and a veggie garden and lots and lots of beds...says she does about 15 loads of mulch a year for the beds plus compost for the garden.

    Anybody else wanna weigh in?
  4. cat320

    cat320 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 823

    the one had was back in '97 maybe they have improved them for 15 loads i would just shovel because i assume not at one time and like you said the bed is small enough. i found that if it was not loaded right in the middle it was very hard to pull it out and i had a linner inside. then any stuff that was not on the bed got left behinde in the wheel well area. then to top it off it scratched by tailgate as in the add it said it wouldn't. So long as your not over loading it IE: having stuff fill the whole bed you will be fine.Or what is even better they sell very small dump trailers.

    2009 5,200 GVWR Dump Trailer Pickup
    2009 5x8 Single Axle Dump Trailer 5,200 Lbs GVWR Electric Brakes Side Height 22" Tail Gate Height 23" (Two way Gate)

    Price $3,299
    Mileage 0
    Year 2009
    Model 5,200 GVWR Dump Trailer
    Body Style Pickup
    Transmission Automatic
    Engine Electric Dump
    Exterior Color Black
    Interior Color Black
    Location Braintree, MA

    Other Special Features:
    - New 2009 5x8 Single Axle Dump Trailer
    - Electric Brakes
    - Tail Gate and Spread Gate
    - Oven Cured Black Paint
    - 225/15/75R Wheels
    - Remote Power Dump Control
    - 6,000 Lbs. Axle
    - 5,200 Lbs. GVWR
    - 1,424 Lbs. Unloaded Weight
    - 3,576 Lbs. Load Capacity
    - 22" Solid Steel Sides
    - 23" Solid Steel Two Way Gate
    - Saftey Bar
    - Locking Utility Box with Hydaulic Pump and Battery
    - 2" 5/8 Reciever
    - 7 Pin Connector

    Photo 1


    Additional Info:
    2009 5x8 Single Axle Dump Trailer
    5,200 Lbs GVWR
    Electric Brakes
    Side Height 22"
    Tail Gate Height 23"
    (Two way Gate - Tail Gate or Spread Gate)
    Axle Capacity 6K Lbs.
    Unloaded Weight 1,424 Lbs.
    Load Capacity 3,776 Lbs.

    Contact Info:
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  5. blakerugg

    blakerugg LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 450

    cat 320 beat me to it, i think a small light duty dump trailer might be perfect, and im sure theres many that're cheaper then 3300
  6. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    That thing is cute!

    I have a 7 x 12 Bri-Mar 10K dump trailer. I love it!

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    i was thinking about getting a load handler for this fall, but after reading this i am kind of skeptical
  8. tnmtn

    tnmtn LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE Tn.
    Messages: 1,022

    i still have a load handler that i used when i first got my 1 ton. it is the 3000 lb. model. for mulch it is fine and i would recomend one for your friends need. i loaded as much as 2 tons of crusher run and it was harder to roll up but it did it. you do get a small amount of material caught behind the wheel wells. i would rather 6 shovel fulls than a full yard of shoveling. mine didn't scratch the tailgate on my truck. i definitly got my moneys worth for it.
    good luck,
  9. rcslawncare

    rcslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,684

    If possible, Id go with a small dump trailer, that thing would come in handy for sure!!
  10. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    Yah, this is a homeowner though with a little Tacoma. I think she should just buy the load handler...should be fine for her and she doesn't care if she beats up her tailgate...it's a work truck not her primary vehicle

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