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I sold my last dump trailer and after a year of knowing how big of a mistake that was, I'm picking up a new one tomorrow. I've spent over 20k this year on dumpsters and now there are a few places who take shingles for free as long as it's only shingles, felt and nails so I can't pass it up.

Best part is the wife agrees with me on this purchase.
 

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I'm looking at a 7 ton 7x14 load trail. Same model I used to have, just slightly newer. I may get the 12 foot length and build the sides up higher as I'll be able to get it in spaces a bit easier.
 

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Such a good topic. I needed a trailer for my last roof job- house was over a wood covered bridge and every trip to the landfill the reminder was painful that I hate dump runs. I hate driving a new truck and trailer over rotten food, broken glass and nails.

Finished the job and put it on Craigslist, lost $600 in the transaction.

Being anywhere else besides driving to and from the dump makes better sense to my valuable time.

Snowed some here last night. Another reminder frozen debris in a trailer doesn't slide well. Not well at all.

Have fun with your new trailer Bam.
 

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Roofcheck said:
Such a good topic. I needed a trailer for my last roof job- house was over a wood covered bridge and every trip to the landfill the reminder was painful that I hate dump runs. I hate driving a new truck and trailer over rotten food, broken glass and nails. Finished the job and put it on Craigslist, lost $600 in the transaction. Being anywhere else besides driving to and from the dump makes better sense to my valuable time. Snowed some here last night. Another reminder frozen debris in a trailer doesn't slide well. Not well at all. Have fun with your new trailer Bam.
I can agree with that. However I had to look at it straight from a monetary perspective. There is a place here that takes clean shingle loads absolutely free. I'm at over 20k spent for dumpsters this year. That place that takes the loads is 10 minutes from my house.
 

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How many jobs do you do a week requiring a trailer? 5 trips

What's your average travel time job to dump to job? 1.5 hours

How much do you pay yourself? Or an employee ours works out to about $55

5 x 1.5 x $55 x 30 (weeks) $12,375

Now add in cost of trailer, fuel, insurance, maintenance. You are nowhere closer to profit as you were the other route.

Jake- you are a good salesman no? So lets say you maintain 50-60% close rate and you instead spend those 7.5 hours closing 4 more jobs that you pay yourself $500 each sale ( you do pay yourself for sales right?) that's $2,000 more per week x 30 work weeks = $60,000 or a new Denali.

But how about the extra cash you'd make on those extra jobs?
 

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Roofcheck said:
How many jobs do you do a week requiring a trailer? 5 trips

What's your average travel time job to dump to job? 1.5 hours

How much do you pay yourself? Or an employee ours works out to about $55

5 x 1.5 x $55 x 30 (weeks) $12,375

Now add in cost of trailer, fuel, insurance, maintenance. You are nowhere closer to profit as you were the other route.

Jake- you are a good salesman no? So lets say you maintain 50-60% close rate and you instead spend those 7.5 hours closing 4 more jobs that you pay yourself $500 each sale ( you do pay yourself for sales right?) that's $2,000 more per week x 30 work weeks = $60,000 or a new Denali.

But how about the extra cash you'd make on those extra jobs?
I know in my area its cheaper to get a can then take a dump trailer to the landfill. Yet I know many builders that will spend the time on the road to haul there own loads. I did the numbers and even if it was free to dump it would still cost more.

The land fill is 65 min. One way if there is no traffic. So about 2 1/2 to 3 hours on a good day or 5-6 hours on a bad one
 

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How many jobs do you do a week requiring a trailer? 5 trips

We normally do three jobs a week. This specific trailer can safely dump 5 ton, roughly 45 square, about our average size roof tear off

What's your average travel time job to dump to job? 1.5 hours

That may be close however I would only haul the trailer when it is full. The dump area is 10 minutes from the place of where it is being kept (my house). I would guess that the dump location is easily within a half hour of majority of my projects.

How much do you pay yourself? Or an employee ours works out to about $55

5 x 1.5 x $55 x 30 (weeks) $12,375

You pay your employee well to drive the trailer, however I will be driving this specific trailer the majority of the time. If I take 3 (days) x 1 hour (more realistic for an average time) x $25 (what I pay myself when on the clock working) x 30 I come out to $2250.00. That is just what I figure

Now add in cost of trailer, fuel, insurance, maintenance. You are nowhere closer to profit as you were the other route.

Trailer was around 6k, financed at a monthly payment of $140 with low interest. Roughly $30 a trip in fuel. 3 Year full maintenance coverage from manufacturer including any popped tires.

Jake- you are a good salesman no? So lets say you maintain 50-60% close rate and you instead spend those 7.5 hours closing 4 more jobs that you pay yourself $500 each sale ( you do pay yourself for sales right?) that's $2,000 more per week x 30 work weeks = $60,000 or a new Denali.

But how about the extra cash you'd make on those extra jobs?
Now that theory works well if I had 4 more jobs to close that week. Even if I did, I would still have time for it.

I recently had to pay $520 for a dumpster that is full with less than two tons of shingles. It would've cost me less than a $100.

I have three 20ish square one layer walker tear offs this week that would've run me $1075 for dumpsters. I will now be able to dump that free of charge minus time (three hours total as all jobs are within minutes to dump site) and fuel ($80 or so with all jobs being less than 10 miles away from dump site).

I look at that as a total gain of nearly $900.00.
 
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