Hopper bottom trailers are standard in both the agricultural and construction industries. You can haul thousands of pounds of grain, gravel, sand, and other aggregates from one point to another and easily dump the load in spaces too small for end-dump trailers. Below are seven points to consider when choosing the right hopper bottom trailer.
Do You Need a Single, Dual, or Triple-Axle Trailer?
The amount of hauling you do of grain, aggregate, sand, or other loose materials will help guide you towards the number of axles you need on your trailer. You don’t want to end up with tickets for traveling on public roadways with too much weight per axle.
Driveway Size, Maneuverability and Trailer Length
The longer the trailer is, the more difficult it is to maneuver around corners. It’s especially true when you add axles. You may need to do a little work with your driveways and widen them to accommodate your new hopper bottom trailer. Make sure you won’t have any troubles accessing the areas it needs to go.
Trailer Construction and Weight
Every extra placed into the design and construction will increase the weight of your trailer. Aluminum hopper trailers are the lightest of any, but adding reinforcement can drive up the load. Double walls can add even more weight. Take these specifics into consideration when it comes to keeping your total weight within local highway and bridge weight limitations.
Air Ride or Springs?
The ride you get when pulling a hopper bottom trailer with springs is entirely different than air models. You can easily find a hopper bottom trailer for sale in either style, but intended use and preference should be the driving factors in the final choice. Spring support hopper bottom trailers have a stiffer feel and are bit rougher riding over bumps. Air ride is the preferred model for those having to take materials over long distances.
How Easy Can the Hatch Be Opened?
We provide a selection of hopper bottom trailers that have hatches with uncomplicated methods of opening and closing. You can pull directly over the designated dump area and open the hatch with little effort. It also closes securely and won’t allow any leaks of material as you travel down the road.
Is There An Option for Air-Assisted Pneumatics for Unloading?
Emptying the hopper of a hopper bottom trailer is remarkably more comfortable when you have the added abilities of an air-assist pneumatic dumping system. Gravity does help in the emptying process, but adding an air-assist pneumatic system feature to any hopper trailer you buy will make your life easier.
Will the Tarp Mechanism Meet EPA Standards?
Covering any loose material being hauled in a trailer must be done with care. The EPA maintains standards that have to be met whether you’re using a manual or automatic closure system. Our selection of hopper bottom trailers is set to meet and exceed all EPA and DOT requirements for load containment.
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Making the right choice in hopper bottom trailers is one way to make your job easier. Our flexible options ensure you can haul the maximum amount of materials safely and comfortably.