How Much Can a Dump Semi-Trailer Carry?

“How much gravel can I load in this dump trailer? How much sand? How many pebbles?” This is a frequently asked question. Although it seems simply, it is actually a complicated problem. Generally, a large dump trailer can carry up to 14 tons, or about 28,000 pounds; a small dump trailer can transport 6.5 tons to 7.5 tons.

Before choosing a dump trailer, please consider these questions:

  1. Most of the time, what will I haul?
  2. Is the dump I load dry or wet?

1. Most of the time, what will I haul?

Before buying a dump trailer, you’d better confirm what you will haul with it for the most of the time to ensure that its structure meets your needs. After we know the type of goods you will haul, we can recommend the type of dump trailer for you. Some dump trailers with additional functions will save you working time and money.

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2. Are the dump loads dry or wet?

This is actually a very important point, especially if you are transporting sand. When you are transporting dry goods, you are always accustomed to the maximum load on the trailer, and then when you are carrying wet goods, if you still load the same volume of goods, you are likely to be overweight! This is a very dangerous thing.

In addition to the dryness and dampness of the cargo, different types of cargo also differ in weight. Therefore, when transporting goods that you have never transported, please be careful about the weight, it is better to be safe than sorry.

3. How to load materials in cubic yard?

Before answering this question, let us first understand what a cubic yard is. The cubic yard is used to measure the load-carrying capacity of dump trailers as well as pounds and tons. It is usually regarded as a block of 3 feet in length, width and height, that means, one cubic yard is equivalent to 27 cubic feet. The weight of a cubic yard is different for different materials. For example, compact materials such as soil weigh about 2,200 pounds, and gravel is about 3000 pounds.

After understanding the definition, we can calculate the cubic field of the material by ourselves. There are many online cubic yard calculators on the Internet. If you are inconvenient to use, you can use the following formula to calculate:

  • First, measure the length, width and height of the whole batch of goods
  • Then convert it to the corresponding inch
  • Multiply the length, width, and height in inches to get cubic inches
  • Divide cubic inches by 46,656 (inches in a cubic yard) to get the required cubic yards

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1 thought on “How Much Can a Dump Semi-Trailer Carry?”

  1. Oh, really? Nice! Thanks for saying that a huge dump trailer can often transport up to 14,000 kg worth of load. There is a lot of sand in my uncle’s backyard that he’d love to get rid of before winter starts. I’ll tell him to use this article as guidance to get the right vehicle sooner or later.

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