Frequently Asked Questions about Dump Trailers
Dump trailers are a popular mode of transportation among contractors managing small-sized projects. They feature a hydraulic lift system that tilts the container to dump the content with minimal contact. Dump trailers are more versatile than dump trucks because of easy loading, hauling, and dumping. They also lessen the risk of puncture wounds and splinters from debris.
This guide discusses some frequently asked questions about dump trailers.
What are the different types of dump trailers?
- Side dump
These trailers utilize the hydraulic rams that tilt the cargo to the right or left side of the trailer. Side dump ensures rapid and safe uploading since the air ride suspension doesn’t need to be deflated before dumping. These trailers are ideal for building roads, stockpile dumps, excavation, semi-liquids, and fine materials.
- End Dump
These models lift the dump box and dump the materials from behind. They are constructed from aluminum and have taller sides to carry larger loads and coarse materials for aggregate stockpiling, landscaping, and building. It can carry a wide variety of materials like demolition debris to concrete.
- Belly dump
Also known as a bottom-dump trailer, it has a clamshell dump gate at the bottom which releases materials in a long line. Bottom dumps are recommended for three types of applications: stockpiling, material transport, and asphalt paving.
Belly dump trailers have a quick turnaround time as the loader or dozer easily handles the material. They are a popular choice for laying a window of asphalt in front of a paver laydown machine.
What are the major types of lifting mechanisms?
Telescoping cylinder: With a switch, a telescopic cylinder promotes easy raising and lowering of trailer beds. It is mounted outside the trailer’s bed, which gives it the best front-of-body dumping leverage.
Dual-piston lift: A dual cylinder setup uses both cylinders to push the dump body backward.
Scissor lift: The scissor system initiates the raising/lowering motion and provides maximum leverage as the trailer pushes up to the dumping angle. These lifts are stable for both even and uneven loads.
What to look for when buying a dump trailer?
There are various features that differentiate one dump trailer from the other. Here are some factors that you must consider before purchasing one:
The size of dump trailers ranges from 8-ft. to 30-ft. in length. The best size will depend upon the type of work you will use your trailer for. The most common size is 14-ft.
Before purchasing, consider the Gross Vehicle Weight that combines the trailer’s weight and the maximum weight the trailer can carry. Now, consider the capacity of your towing vehicle and what you want to haul.
Small dump trailers, rated for less than 1,800 pounds, are suitable for less intensive chores like clean up. Heavy-duty dump trailers, having a GVW of up to 20,000 pounds, are ideal for construction projects, industrial work, and farming. The average GVWR for dump trailers is around 12,400 pounds.
Side wall options
Most trailers come with a standard 24-in. wall height. You can also order, build, or choose trailers with removable extensions. For wall extensions, you can choose from solid metal or expanded metal lath.
About Silver Moon Trailers
No matter your need, Silver Moon Trailers is your one-stop destination for all your trailer requirements. We have trailers for all kinds of businesses, budgets, and cargo. And if you don’t find a trailer that meets your demands, we can construct a custom trailer to match your specifications.