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hopper bottom or dump

Jul 30, 2019 at 12:49 PM CST
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I have not done bulk for 29 years been hauling produce started out with 39 ft dump for the first 10 years of trucking and have always owned truck and trailer now looking to get back in it what you guys think is the better way hopper or dump
Replied on Sat, Aug 03, 2019 at 07:24 AM CST
You're an old-timer like me.,I definitely go with a bucket ,but it sucks too!! Good luck
Replied on Sun, Aug 04, 2019 at 12:38 AM CST
I have both and it is definitely easier to find work for the hopper in my area but when I do get work for the dump it usually pays better so.....
Replied on Mon, Aug 05, 2019 at 09:06 AM CST

I've had both and it seems to be a lot more hopper loads than dump. But there seems to be way more hoppers also. Usually you can get another ton on hoppers so that figures in too. I'd say hoppers do better but still depends where you run.

Replied on Tue, Aug 06, 2019 at 08:09 AM CST

I like my hoppers, I started out with dumps, but now all hoppers, I run three hoppers, get more weight, no mess with a wet line, any tractor can pull a hopper, and I don't lack for work.

Replied on Tue, Aug 06, 2019 at 11:04 AM CST
A dump cost $20,000 more to buy, is heavier, requires a pto, insurance cost more, will lay over, and primarily is more regional. Hopper loads tend to be longer in distance(or has longer loads available) hopper has more wait time to load and unload. More opportunities with a reefer, your able to be more productive. Just my observation. Best of luck to ya