Dump Trailers: The Basics

Dump Trailers

 Dump trailers can be attached to the back of a vehicle such as a truck or SUV. They are commonly used to transport debris such as leaves and branches of trees, trash, or even supplies to the dump-site. It serves as flatbed trailer, a dumpster, or a dump truck all in one, with one notable difference. If one were to forget something and have to drive back to another site for it, the driver can simply detach the dump trailer from the back of the vehicle and be on their way.

How to Choose Dump Trailers

Dump trailers are a convenient, affordable option for people and their business or personal needs. The option of purchasing one relieves the buyer of investing in a full-size dump truck, but where does one begin on their quest to find the perfect trailer for their needs? Before looking at the different ones that are available, the buyer should first determine their workload, to figure out just what kind of dump trailer would benefit them most. They should ask themselves the following questions:

  • What size trailer do I need? Dump trailers vary in size from small to large. A small trailer is suitable for grounds maintenance such as maintaining yards or golf courses. They are typically 4×6 feet or 5×8 feet and can transport about 1,800 pounds. A large dump trailer is about 8×20 feet and can carry considerably more weight than the small trailer. When thinking of a good use for a large trailer, farming and construction come to mind, as often heavier materials are used in this type of work.
  • What style of trailer do I need?Two popular styles are straight axle and drop axle. A straight axle will keep a trailer bed anywhere from 30 to 33 inches above the ground. The height of a straight axle is key to providing that ability to clear material or debris that the vehicle deals with at the job site. The drop axle trailer is essential for carrying larger equipment, often found on the construction site or similar job site. Consider a drop axle if the trailer needs to be lower, roughly 20 to 27 inches off the ground. Some buyers may go with the drop axle, since the option of using a ramp can provide the extra clearance of a straight axle. Once the buyer has determined the size and style they need.

Dump Trailers

 Now it is time to compare prices to ensure the best deal available. There is so much more to learn! Reading this information is a step in the right direction. For more information check out this article. Well that's it.  Now you should have a basic idea of what dump trailers are and how to choose one.  If you found this article to be helpful or interesting, please share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. As always, if you have any questions about dump trailers, please feel free to ask us in the comments below or through the form on our "Contact Us" page.

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