pulling a dump trailer with a half ton?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by johnnybow, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. johnnybow

    johnnybow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 157

    I have a half ton that is rated for 7k and im looking at getting a dump that has a gvwr of 7k. How hard is it going to be on the truck? I know it can do it but is it going to junk it in a couple years? thanks

    DFWTRACTOR LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Not a good idea. It will wear it out quick.
  3. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    How heavy is the trailer? How much weight will you be carrying on a daily basis?

    Thing is if the trailer weighs 1,000 lb and your equipment weighs 1,000 lb then no problem.

    If used just to haul material or debris, how often and how heavy will the loads be?

    Years ago a cheap ass plumber would only buy 1/2 pickup's. By 50,000 miles the rear would be shot and he'd lose a day or two with his truck in the shop.

    Now in the shop our lifts would pickup suburbans and 3/4 and 1 ton pu's with no problem. His truck's the lifts would strain and the truck would flex as the truck wheels left the shop floor.

    The truck had ton's as in lots and lots of heavy duty plumbling tools and plumbing stock in the 8' bed with a cap.

    Now being that his truck was loaded that heavy 24/7 he needed at least a 3/4 if not a 1 ton. But he refused to spend the money.
  4. johnnybow

    johnnybow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 157

    The trailer itself is 1900lbs. It can haul 2 ton legally. I was just planning on using it for debris on cleanup jobs. I wasnt planning on using it every day. thanks
  5. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    That's pretty light for a dump trailer... My folks have one and it's about 2 tons empty! My half ton won't touch it but my step dad pulls it with his half ton GMC with overload springs on the rear. BRAKES are essential obviously. They have loaded it with 5 tons of sand or rock on MANY occasions. It's hard as hell on the truck and illegal as well. If you get one that's only 1900 pounds and you are just hauling brush it would probably be ok though.

    Though my advice for any trailer purchace is plan ahead. Don't go with small now just because you feel it will be ok for now, because very quickly you will wish you had gone bigger.
  6. deere615

    deere615 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,676

    I had a single axle dump that weighed 1200lbs and could hold 2ton but I had it over that many many times. Usually 3-3.5 ton. The truck did it but it didnt like it at all struggle on hills and as time went on it struggled more and more. I brought a 3/4ton truck and man what a would of a difference. Just my 2cents.......
  7. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Messages: 5,281

    So I have a 1998 dodge 1500 5.2 v8 with about 220 hp. I pull my 7x18ft 2200lbs landscape trailer with 2 1800lbs mower every day last summer and I don't have a trailer break controller in my truck. Is my truck under powered on hills, a little bit, is it hard to stop, it can be. My truck has not suffered. The only things I say to do is make sure you got trailer breaks and let the trailer take most of the weight.
  8. KeystoneLawn&Landscaping

    KeystoneLawn&Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 774

    My 99 half ton handled my enclosed trailer just fine. Unloaded 2k....7k gross. Average total weight about 4k. I have had the trailer more than maxed a couple times. You won't win any races up a hill, but all will be fine.
  9. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Messages: 5,281

    but it is fun because it sounds like you are :)
  10. beano

    beano LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 425

    I have a 6x10 with 4ft sides thats rated for 10K. Trailer empty is about 2900lbs. Ive towed it with 7yds of mulch behind my dads 99 Silverado 1500 with the 4.8 ltr. Like others have said, it wont win any races but it will be fine if your just using it in the spring and on occasion. I wouldnt max it out with sand or stone but rarely do i ever haul anything other than mulch and yard waste. Dont know what year your truck is but some of the new 1/2 tons are rated like the 3/4 tons were a few years ago!

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