Sell large dump trailer for 650/6500 size dump truck??

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by KrayzKajun, Oct 26, 2013.

  1. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    I know this is a never ending debate in the landscape forum. But I figure y'all over in this area would be of more help.

    I've got a large 18'x8' dual tandem gooseneck dump trailer.
    She holds approx 23yds. Has a GVW of 25k pnds. I like the trailer comes in handy, but she is big and heavy. Weighs a Lil over 8k pnds empty. 90% of the time the trailer is too big for everyday use. It sucks hauling my Skidsteer in it when needed.

    I've been tossing around the idea of selling my dump trailer and purchasing a dump truck in the F650/C6500 size and pintle trailer.
    I could use the truck to haul my tractor and Skidsteer. Would be able to haul sand and sandbags for my other company. Also I've got a lot of connections with other landscapers, so I could possibly line up steady work hauling short loads of topsoil, sand, mulch.

    Opinions fellas??!!
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  2. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
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    I think it would be more useful and if you had something to go do you could leave the guys with truck instead of having your pickup tied up pulling a trailer.
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  3. AEL

    AEL LawnSite Bronze Member
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    A 650, 6500 size truck with a switch and go , or small roll off is the way to go . The options of what you can do are endless.
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  4. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    We had 750s with 25,999 gvw
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  5. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
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    I've been having the same debate with myself. The dump trailer is nice for hauling brush and logs and stumps. Yours is even longer than mine and I can see a lot of advantages when you are working on clearing one of those hurricane ravaged lots but you are right, a trailer is harder to move around and it is long and heavy behind a truck.

    If you could swing both, having the dump trailer for the debris and the truck for materials would make sense.
  6. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    I would love to swing both, but even after last years hurricane. I really didn't use the trailer much.

    A dump in the 5/7 yd size would be great for hauling sandbags and pulling my tractor/Skidsteer. I'm moving my focus towards drainage/erosion & storm water work.
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  7. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
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    A F650 with a 5 to 7 yard box would be useless. A flatbed dump is much more versatile.
  8. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    This is one of the trucks I'm looking at.
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  9. Krafty

    Krafty LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from St. Louis MO
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    IMHO I have never understood why guys bought those monster dump trailers. I am sure it is nice to have every once in a great while, but if you are loading that thing to the birm day in and day out get a real dump truck. I have always thought that putting 23 yards of any type of material in one of them behind a 1 ton truck is scary in my opinion.

    My vote is for a single axle dump or a roll off style truck.
  10. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    I agree with you Krafty. I got an awesome deal on the trailer and will prolly sell for double what I paid.

    Everybody says well what off you another bad hurricane, makes no sense to just have it sitting around.
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