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Hauling snow w/dump trailer...Gooseneck vs Bumper pull

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by lawntec, Sep 27, 2014.

  1. lawntec

    lawntec Senior Member
    Messages: 134

    I am looking to add a 16' dump trailer for hauling snow.

    I am debating between a Ram 3500 SRW or Dually.

    Now, should i forget about a bumper pull and get a goose neck? Or will bumper pull be just fine?

    Also, what do you recommend.... 3 x 7000 axles or 2 dully axles??

    Thank you
  2. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,943

    Pulling a trailer threw the snow sounds like a PITA, gooseneck will be able to haul more weight, but are more $ then a bumper pull.
  3. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    I think you'll be just fine with bumper pull.
  4. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 6,078

    The easiest way to awnser this... will you EVER have or plan on having a salter in the back of your truck???
  5. lawntec

    lawntec Senior Member
    Messages: 134

    So your saying, there is no major difference between gooseneck and bumper pull...besides being able to haul more?
  6. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,808

    Hes saying just don't plan on putting a salter in the truck if you want to use the in bed hitch in winter. Pulling the salter out of the box to haul the trailer may get boring after a wile.
  7. nixray

    nixray Senior Member
    Messages: 165

    One of the biggest advantages of Gooseneck is moveaabilty. Do you have tight corners to park/store?

    One of the biggest disadvantage is per say your truck goes down, you NEED another truck equipped with the hitch. Where as Nongooseneck you can hook up rapidly
  8. alldayrj

    alldayrj PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,108

    Any amount of hauling with a dump trailer is miserable, tey dump los, slow becuase theyre electric, battery dies, and you have to tow it
  9. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 6,078

    And a gooseneck can only be pulled by a pickup, what about if you get a single axle dump truck, then the gooseneck is useless, again... I've had one, for a year, then went back to bumper pull and will never make that mistake again
  10. dieselboy01

    dieselboy01 Senior Member
    Messages: 795

    If you plan on dumping the trailer more the 3 times per night buy a few extra batteries. I have a 14' bumper pull and after 3 dumps the battery is dead. And in the cold they do dump slow. You might even get 2 two dumps per battery if its cold enough.
  11. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,478

    WTF???? Have another drink.
  12. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,478

    And how much snow are you going to move with a 16' trailer? Seems like a complete waste of time and money to me.
  13. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,391

    Don't you run a separate pwr from the towing trk to the trailer? Like the break away battery pwr? Had a tilt trailer and it would work all day hooked up to a trk
  14. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,192

    Also look into buying a single axle dump truck.. an old single axle truck (f750 size) can be had for not much more than a new dump trailer.
  15. dieselboy01

    dieselboy01 Senior Member
    Messages: 795

    The trailer uses the 12v power wire to trickle charge the battery but the dealer told me it takes about two hours of driving to recharge after one dump.
  16. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,403

    That's why you run cables straight off the battery
  17. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 6,078

  18. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,391

    I doubt that highly. Keep the trk running while your dumping. And whatever your alt is charging your main battery at, it's the same for the trailer
  19. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    Run cables from the trucks batteries to the rear of the truck and connect it to the trailer, end of problems.
    We used to do that when we used gas spreaders.
  20. CjBonavenia

    CjBonavenia Member
    Messages: 35

    @dieselss idk where this dealer is that toled you that but I have a new 14 foot cam superline galvanized dump trailer and I can dump all day and not die the battery even disconnected from the truck it will dump at least ten times loaded without killing the batterie. It has its own charger so when it is connected to the truck there is no prob and I have made a lot of loads one after another prob 10 min turnaround time while hooked to the truck and never even hesitated once this trailer is allso 14000 gvw with two , two stage pistons