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Things To Consider When Buying A Dump Trailer

With their ability to effortlessly load, haul, and unload different types of heavy materials, dump trailers are workhorses in the agriculture, construction, and landscaping industries. A reliable dump trailer is invaluable for tackling storm cleanup, site preparation, and waste removal. But, with many options available, choosing the right trailer for your needs requires careful consideration. Here are five crucial factors to consider before buying a dump trailer:

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Matching the trailer’s size and capacity to your hauling needs is especially important. You will want to consider the heaviest loads you expect to transport. For example, Bigfoot’s dump trailer has a generous load capacity of 9,500 pounds with a 15K GVWR. Also, ensure your tow vehicle can handle the weight of the fully loaded trailer without exceeding its towing limits. Consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual or contact a Bigfoot Trailer sales representative to ensure safe operation.

Material and Construction

Many first-time buyers underestimate the importance of a dump trailer’s material and construction, instead focusing on price. However, regardless of cost, the trailer’s material significantly impacts its durability and weight. Steel is the best choice, offering a solid and affordable option. There are also stamped sheet metal, aluminum, and galvanized steel trailers that may have a lower cost but often need replacement more than a heavy-duty steel dump trailer. Bigfoot protects the steel frame on the trailers it manufactures with a durable, water- and rust-resistant EVERCOAT® Paint System, like the coating airliners get. Carefully evaluate your budget and prioritize durability based on the types of materials you’ll be hauling and your operating environment.

Lifting Mechanism

The dumping mechanism is the heart of a dump trailer. There are essentially two types: hydraulic lift and mechanical:

  • Hydraulic Lifts: These provide smooth, powerful lifting, ideal for heavy loads. Single-ram systems are cost-effective but offer less lifting capacity, while double-ram systems provide more power for heavier loads.
  • Mechanical: Less expensive than hydraulic systems, they are suitable for lighter loads and are known for their simplicity and ease of maintenance. However, they require more manual effort to operate.

Budget and Warranty 

Determine your budget and factor in the initial purchase price and potential maintenance costs. Then, compare warranty coverage offered by different manufacturers. A more extended warranty signifies the manufacturer’s confidence in their product and provides peace of mind in case of unforeseen issues. Bigfoot Trailers offers a variety of financing options, including rent-to-own, simplifying trailer purchases.

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Finally, it pays to consider the origin of manufacture. The U.S.A. has long been known for manufacturing premium quality trailers, but lesser quality imports from China and Mexico may also be available for a lower cost. Remember, cheaper isn’t always better, especially when carrying thousands of pounds of debris. Bigfoot manufactures heavy-duty dump trailers in its state-of-the-art factory in Tallahassee, Florida.

Where to Buy Dump Trailers Near Me

Bigfoot Trailers delivers! As a factory-direct manufacturer, we service the entire Eastern United States with locations in Boston, MA; Mulberry, FL; Raleigh, NC; Philadelphia, PA; and by appointment with retailers in Fort Myers and Marianna, FL. Call toll-free (866) 764-8878 or contact us online for a free quote.