What You Need to Know About Dump Trailers

January 24, 2020

Finding the perfect dump trailer isn’t just about finding a piece of equipment that will spill tons of materials on the ground wherever you need it. What you need to know about dump trailers goes beyond a few wheels, some axels, and a bed. It’s important to understand your state’s weight limit, your vehicles tow limit, and what kind of materials will or won’t damage a dump trailer, depending on your specific industry. So here’s what you need to know about dump trailers:


Dump trailers can cost anywhere between $8,000 and $10,000 brand-new. You could find a used one for a little bit cheaper, but let’s say you want a brand-new one to ensure that the job will be done right. Well, you want to make sure that if you’re going to spend that money on a dump trailer that you’re picking the best one for your industry and needs.


One important thing you need to know about dump trailers is how they affect driving. Adding length and weight to a vehicle will make it difficult to maneuver. The operator of the dump trailer must be trained and experienced in driving with this type of equipment attached to the back of the vehicle. This is especially true when the dump trailer is loaded, as the extra weight will affect acceleration and braking.


You’ll need extra equipment to go along with your dump trailer. Sure, you can get away with the bare minimum, but to ensure longevity and safe use, a dump trailer needs a list of accessories and equipment, including:

  • LED lights
  • Radial tires
  • Ramps
  • Plate fenders
  • Integrated battery charger


This is arguably one of the most important things you need to know about dump trailers. The frame of the dump trailer will not only be factored into the cost of the dump trailer, but it will also be an indicator of how much weight it can handle. Tubular frames are the strongest kind, yet the most expensive. On the other hand, a channel frame is less expensive but not as strong. These are important to consider when shopping for a dump trailer.


Many industry professionals will opt for a galvanized finish. This is when a dump trailer bed is dipped into a bath that makes it chemical resistant, making it more resistant to things like rust and debris. This is an extremely expensive process, but greatly increases the life of the dump trailer.

Contact Robertson Truck Group for Dump Trailers

Whether you need to upgrade your construction equipment or want to add a new or used dump trailer to your fleet of trucks, our full suite of services and full auto and mechanical shop in Ohio means we can provide you with exactly what you’re looking for. Look through our inventory for top-rated and high-quality dump trailers and give us a call or a visit when you’re ready to add a new or used truck to your fleet of dump trailers.

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