There are many styles of dump trailers ranging from large tandem axle trailers pulled by semi trucks to small single axle trailers with load capacities as little as 800 lbs designed to be pulled by passenger cars.
The most useful type of dump trailer for the average homeowner and small acreage farmer would be a single axle trailer with a load capacity of 6-8,000 lbs. This is able to be Cvv dumps pulled by a 1/2 ton or 3/4 pickup and will provide sufficient capacity to handle most projects around the home.
Single axle dump trailers come in many configurations. The most useful can be converted from a flat bed dump to a standard dump trailer capable of hauling loose material simply by the addition of removable side panels. The dump feature can be a hydraulically operated cylinder that raises the bed to a typical incline of 45 degrees. This gives a sufficient angle to unload whatever material is being hauled.
There are numerous manufactures producing these products. Some of the most popular sizes are made by Bri-Mar, PJ, Load-Trail, and Anderson Trailers. These manufacturers all have models ranging from 4 by 8 feet to 7 by 16 feet. There are also companies that sell the components needed to build these trailers yourself if you are able to weld and fabricate metal. One of the easiest places to obtain parts is Redneck Trailer supplies.
Dump trailers are most often used by homeowners to haul material used in landscaping or around the house. Gravel for the driveway, mulch or dirt for the flowerbeds, and lumber for building that new back deck are all materials that a dump trailer makes it easy to haul. The best advantage of this type of trailer is obviously the dump feature which eliminates the need for any hand unloading of materials.
Another useful feature of these trailers would be in hauling lawnmowers, tillers, ATVs, and other small equipment. The dump feature allows unloading of equipment without the use of cumbersome ramps and increases the safety in unloading since the equipment is unloaded directly onto the ground eliminating the tricky and dangerous transition from trailer to ramp. Many dump trailers take this very use into account with a self unloading feature that consists of a pivot point on the axle. You simply unlatch the bed from the trailer frame at the front and drive the piece of equipment toward the rear of the trailer.