Slide in water tanks?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by stuvecorp, Jul 19, 2008.

  1. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have been starting to bid some bigger seeding jobs and want to get more efficient. One way would be to have more water carrying capability for the hydromulching. I have been looking for tanks that could slide in to dump boxes but haven't really found anything yet. I figured the Kodiak single axle could handle a 2500 gallon tank but then with my 'need' for a big truck, how big could you slide in to a quad with a 18.5' dump box? Has anyone seen that or done that?
  2. ksss

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    There are a couple guys that have slide in water tanks in their dump trucks. The biggest drawback is that you lose a truck. Depending on how much you want to add, I would get some of the poly tanks and put them on a 5th wheel flatbed. Mount a pump on the trailer and you could take water from rivers, canals or lakes or still fill from fire hyd.
  3. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    Water hauled in a dump truck can be unstable you need a baffled tank for sure. I used to drive a rolloff truck with a 3000 imperial gallon tank and it was one frigging scary ride with a unbaffled tank.

    I second what KSSS says use the 500 gallon poly tanks they are flat on the bottom so they are easy to strap down.

    Your other option is buy a used Milk tank and mount it on a trailer or a truck.

    When you figure water is 8lbs per gallon a 2500 gallon tank your looking at 20,000lbs of liquid weight that would be very scary in a single axle dump :dizzy:
  4. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
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    you might need a tank endorsement on your license...for some reason 300 gallons stands out to me as the max you can carry without the endorsement
  5. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
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    The big thing is to not have alot tied up, if a tank could be slid in for the afternoon, spray and the next day go back to hauling dirt. For some reason I thought water was 6 pounds per gallon, thats how I figured - might have to back down the numbers then. Dirt Digger, I will check that out, too.

    My friend just got a repairable '05 2500 duramax that could pull a gooseneck with some poly tanks but wouldn't be able to pull much, would it?
  6. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
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    I checked the CDL book and if you are operating an 26,100 gvw truck that has a 1,000 gallon tank or more you need a 'N' endorsement in Wisconsin. good to know.
  7. ksss

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    I am pretty sure that water is 8 pounds per gallon. Depending on how your set up the slide in my work. My luck such as it is, I would need the dump truck to haul material and the excavator would be somewhere else and I not have the ability or the time to pull the tank. If a 1000 gallons would be enough putting on a trailer would seemingly be the best. The tanks are relatively cheap, you might be able to pickup a used one at a farm auction. If you have enough trailer you could put two 1000 gal. tanks on one trailer. If not the slide in tanks I see for sale from time time. Cant recall a number off hand.
  8. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yah, that is how stuff seems to go for me too.
  9. ken gustafson

    ken gustafson Inactive
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    water weight is 8.33 pounds per gallon...Ken
  10. tnmtn

    tnmtn LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE Tn.
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    as i understand 1000 gals is the break point for cdl tanker endorsement. i agree with the trailer idea if you will have room to move where it will be working. also wouldn't go heavier than 1000 gals on aa single axle.
    good luck,

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