Hi everybody, I'm considering buying a utility trailer to haul stuff
in. I'd like to be able to go to the landscaping supply place and get a
yard of top soil, or mulch, or whatever. What I don't know is how much
these things typically weigh, so I can see how much of a trailer I need
FYI, I just sold my pickup truck in favor of a Jeep, so I'm looking for
an alternative to the bed of the truck.
My estimator book says sand (dry) weighs 2900
pounds per cubic yard. Anyone doing landscaping
should have a trailer that carries at least 4000
pounds (2 tons). A yard of sand doesn't do much;
I put 8 yards in a 25 x 50 foot garden area (soil
was mostly dense clay). If stone or brick are
contemplated, it would be a good idea to consider
more than 2 tons.
Thanks for the responses. It sounds like I should look for something
that can carry up to about 3000 lbs. If I need to get more than a yard
or two of whatever, I have no problem paying the $20 to have it
delivered. All that I need is the ability to pickup some mulch or
topsoil once a year or so, and something to haul firewood and stuff
when we go camping.
Does anyone know much about trailers? If I want something to haul up to
3000 lbs., can I get away with a single axle? Also, my new Jeep Liberty
is rated to tow up to 5000lbs. Adding in the weight of the trailer,
does this sound resonable?
What you are looking for is a double axle trailer with a braking
system. Kind of like what a car dealer uses to haul a single car. Your
Jeep may be rated for 5000 pounds , but you would be taking chances if
you pulled more than 4000 including the weight of the trailer. Pulling
it is not the problem. Stopping is the problem.
I had a good friend that foolishly tried to pull a horse trailer loaded
with wood with a half ton truck. As he was going down a not so big hill
the trailer tried to push his truck and wound up jack-knifing. He said
he aged 10 years in less than 30 seconds. He survived, and to follow up
his bad judgement, had to unload the trailer and have all of us help
him haul his load.
Look at what landscapers use to haul a trailer with a yard of sand,
rock or dirt. A 3/4 ton truck (weighs 6,000) or better.
Best deal, get a light trailer and when you need a yard of dirt have it
Bill in New Mexico
Did the trailer have brakes?? SWMBO and I used to have horses, and we
routinely pulled a two-horse trailer (2700# empty, around 4500-4800# with the
horses, tack, and a couple bales of hay) with a half-ton truck. Up hills, down
hills, wherever we needed to -- and never had a problem like that. Of course,
our trailer had electric brakes, too, and the unit was calibrated to apply the
trailer brakes *before* the brake pedal got down far enough to put any
pressure on the truck's hydraulics. It also had a control which permitted the
driver to apply the trailer's brakes alone, independent of the truck's brakes.
Our biggest problem was going *up* hills. Even a 360ci V8 has to work a bit to
pull that much weight up a steep hill.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
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