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Old 06-20-2012, 11:27 PM   #1
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Trailer Weight And Hot Asphalt


I'm going to be hauling 9 tons of gravel over the next few days, using a friends dump trailer. The temps here in Delaware are expected to hit
100*. The dump trailer is rated at 7000 lbs and I've been hauling 6000 per load with no problem. Tires are in good shape.
Any problem with the heat/weight combination? It will be highway driving...50 miles or so.
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:35 PM   #2
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Sounds like you'll be ok...

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Make sure that the 7,000 lb rating is capacity and not GVWR.

Most trailers are labeled with their GVWR not the actual carrying capacity.

A typical dump trailer that is rated at 7,000 GVWR actually has a capacity of 4,800 since the trailer weighs about 2,200 lbs. A trailer rated at 10,000 GVWR will weigh about 2,800 to 3,000 giving you a capacity of 7,000 or so.
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You can't find something closer were you can get gravel and pick it up or get delivered, instead of hauling for 50 miles?
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You can't find something closer were you can get gravel and pick it up or get delivered, instead of hauling for 50 miles?
No...I'me using both gray stone and red in a bunch of different locations around the house. Getting all I need dumped at one time would be easier but there is nowhere to put it.
I'm going to the gravel pit for the stone. Anyplace closer, especially for the red is double the price.
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Make sure that the 7,000 lb rating is capacity and not GVWR.

Most trailers are labeled with their GVWR not the actual carrying capacity.

A typical dump trailer that is rated at 7,000 GVWR actually has a capacity of 4,800 since the trailer weighs about 2,200 lbs. A trailer rated at 10,000 GVWR will weigh about 2,800 to 3,000 giving you a capacity of 7,000 or so.
This is a Bri Mar. The label with all the info is too faded to read. I got the registration from my friend and called the company. Sure 'nuf...only rated to carry 5000 lbs.
He said it was designed to carry more and lots do, but in the heat with the distance I'm travelling, better to be safe than sorry.
He also said that if I was involved in an accident and it was determined I was carrying more than allowed, big trouble...apparently more than an accident with allowable weight.
Thanks for all the imput!!
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You should be fine, just check the tires before and after each trip. Best time to check is with the bed up so you can see the inside of the tire. Check for cracks, blisters, bulges or broken belts.
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We're running trailers loaded with 5T of debris all summer long in +100*, here in Texas. I echo what WoodChuck said: check the tire pressure daily on the tow rig and trailers.

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