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Trailer idea...

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by jblawns123, Mar 7, 2006.

  1. jblawns123

    jblawns123 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 340

    Hear me out....

    A 16' tandem open trailer.....
    6' Dump insert turned sideways on the front of the 16 foot trailer, cut a section of the side rail on the trailer where the dump insert would dump...

    Leaves about a 12' trailer left that would fit walker and a walk behind along with push mower etc...

    Back Walker up trailer and dump into dump insert, should hold maybe 10 dumps without moving any grass to fit more....

    Could build sides right on the dump insert for leaf cleanups, mount leaf vac on tongue.....

    Get the picture.... All new for about $3500

    Less than dump trailer, would be lighter more versitile, still have back of pickup empty for other stuff.

    What do you think?
  2. Signature Landscaping1

    Signature Landscaping1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,496

    sounds good to me
  3. mulcahy mowing

    mulcahy mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    from ma
    Messages: 721

    sounds good i would do it if i had a bigger trailer.
  4. OutdoorExtras

    OutdoorExtras LawnSite Member
    Messages: 76

    I see several problems the first being weight distribution. If the dump portion was loaded (no mowers) it would place too much weight on the tongue, if it was empty the weight of the mowers would make the trailer un towable. Second: Loading the dump portion would be impossible with all but the smallest buckets (unless you drove up the trailer). Third: The dumped debris would fall under the path of the trailer/vehicle.
  5. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    Sounds like a good idea, but as forementioned, that would place a hell of a lot of weight on the tongue.

    What are you getting new for $3500....the debris box and loader?

  6. dkeisala

    dkeisala LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 911

    Our PUD (electric/water company) uses smaller trailers with small hydraulic dump boxes up front. A local LCO has a custom trailer, probably around 18', that has a dump box on front and all equipment loads from curbside ramps instead of rear ramps.

    For loading/unloading ease, I still think EZDumper inserts give you the most bang for your buck.
  7. jblawns123

    jblawns123 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 340


    Walker talker... $1600 for a dual axle trailer and $1900 for the insert without headboard.

    The unit would only weigh 600 pounds empty, would not be a problem empty, no different that a mower on the front. Full, with no mowers, I could see a problem, but not too bad I wouldn't think....

    Full with mowers should be no problem, dont forget it is only a 6 foot long unit.

    But for picking up material (which would not be often) I can see a problem, as you said, loading....

  8. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,656

    With out me putting much thought into it, it sounds like a good idea. But I think some of the problems others have mentioned are valid. My biggest concern would be tongue weight, but I think you would have to have a lot of debris in the dumb box to have it be a problem, unless it was on for an extended period of time. I don't think going over the tongue weight for a brief period of time would be a huge deal.
  9. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    I think it sounds like an awesome idea! Obviously could be a little tricky to dump though, since you would need to drive up parrallel with the dump area instead of backing up to it.

    I know I can get about 3,000 pounds of grass in my truck, but that's a 6'10" x 9' bed with 2 foot sides, heaped and packed down and wet. The ideal place for the dumper would be over the axles, but that wouldn't leave you much room in the rear, plus you would have to have it sitting up above the wheelwells.

    I hope you can get something figured out, sounds like a neat idea.

    NEUSWEDE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,150

    Why do all that when you can go to a welder and have a gate at the front of the trailer made with wire mesh that you can back up the trailer and up the gate and dump in the bed. Several lawnsite folks have this set-up I know of atleast 5 in the area that have this. I am gonna build one as soon as I get my 16ft.
    Just an idea.

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