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The perfect hopper bottom

Oct 09, 2014 at 11:16 AM CST
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Been running end dumps for a long time and have a good opportunity to haul frac sand in a hopper bottom. Obviously because it's sand we don't need a large hopper and the truck is paid both ways but it would be nice to have a trailer I could reload with commodities on the way back. What is the best bang for your buck in this scenario? 42'L x 102"W x 78"H? Or 40'L x 96"W x 72"H? Or something else? Trying to keep the empty weight of the trailer down while allowing enough capacity for bulk commodities. Will order all the extras to make it lightweight.
Replied on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 08:56 AM CST
depending what commodity you want to haul back...if just grain 96w would be fine but if you want to haul ddg or midds I would suggest the 102 wide makes you more versatile. The weight diffrence is minimal. I hauled frac sand in my 102w it looked empty. would still do it if it were not 21 to 30 days to pay
Replied on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 11:07 AM CST
102 Wide, 78 Inch sides... With vibrators.... Air Ride is nice if your looking but don't pass up a spring ride if the deal is sweet.

Replied on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 05:14 PM CST
I am buying a spread axle high side with deep hoppers and a aluminum hitch. Spread axle allows me to not have to worry about axle weight. Just throw it in and go. I also just got a aluminum fifth wheel. Wow what a difference in weight.
Replied on Sat, Oct 11, 2014 at 09:19 AM CST
Quote: "depending what commodity you want to haul back...if just grain 96w would be fine but if you want to haul ddg or midds I would suggest the 102 wide makes you more versatile. The weight diffrence is minimal. I hauled frac sand in my 102w it looked empty. would still do it if it were not 21 to 30 days to pay"

One broker in ND is doing frac sand no issue talking the talk. Rates are one way and at least 4 weeks to get paid. Really good with excuses. I hauled for them once and waited for over six weeks for pay. Many phone calls to a answering machine. She didn't say anything about the 10 hr wait time. Wasted 2 days
Replied on Sat, Oct 11, 2014 at 03:07 PM CST
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Greg, I think alot of us can APPRECIATE you sharing that tid bit of information about the FRAC SAND haul and the broker that you found to be less than HONORABLE. However, PLEASE share with us who this broker is... It does us no good if you ALLOW us to go through the same thing that you encountered. This would allow us to get in depth information about this broker before we get involved should we decide to enlist them for work.. in short.. TELL US WHO THIS BROKER IS.. Just my opinion..

Replied on Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM CST
Quote: "One broker in ND is doing frac sand no issue talking the talk. Rates are one way and at least 4 weeks to get paid. Really good with excuses. I hauled for them once and waited for over six weeks for pay. Many phone calls to a answering machine. She didn't say anything about the 10 hr wait time. Wasted 2 days "

Was there detention time paid?
Replied on Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 02:06 PM CST
What is the perfect size trailer and why?
Replied on Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 02:14 PM CST
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We run 96 by 78 with deep hoppers and have no trouble getting full loads of DDGs and they pull easier than a 102 wide
Replied on Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 11:50 PM CST
Quote: "We run 96 by 78 with deep hoppers and have no trouble getting full loads of DDGs and they pull easier than a 102 wide"

What length trailer?
Replied on Sat, Oct 18, 2014 at 04:11 PM CST
Quote: "What length trailer?"

I run the same spec....on a 43 ft wagon....96 wide, 78 tall...hulls, DDGs, etc....no problems on any ingredient commodities.
Replied on Sat, Oct 18, 2014 at 09:20 PM CST
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Quote: "What is the perfect size trailer and why?"

It depends on what you want to do with it that would make it a perfect trailer. We run either 42 or 43 foot wagons, all are 78 and some are 102 and some are 96. We run a lot of grain and meal. That size is more magon than we need for grain and meal but the one thing I like is that with grain you don't have to put more than one pile on each end, the same is true of fertilzer. The meal also has plenty of room in the wagon. DDG will pretty much fill one up and Midds will fill the wagon and usually have on 24 to 25 and a half just depending on the weight of the mids. If running sand and nothing but grain and sand I'd look at a 66 or 72. With either of them you would have room for Meal or fertlizer just be pretty much be a full trailer. I would not have ag traps on a trailer and would only but air ride.
Replied on Sun, Oct 19, 2014 at 08:23 PM CST
There is no "perfect" size. My trailer is a 72"x96"x50' triple axle timpte. I went this route because I am mainly hauling grain, fertilizer, rock, and soybean meal. I dont need the tall or wide sizes for those particular commodities. I ordered the triple axle because I live ib Nebraska and seldom vemture much outside the state anymore and running a tandem or spread locally just seems like leaving money on the table. I can gaul ddg and hominy just fine in my trailer. If you plan on hauling the low-density commodities like midds or soy hulls you should go with 102"x78". Either way I would not have a spring ride nor ag hoppers. Quite frankly, I haul in and out of the same places as the farmers around here do and I don't see the benefit of af hoppers. Sure you'll gain clearance (not that necessary) butyou lose volume.
Replied on Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 04:25 PM CST

Did you figure out who this broker is? I am trying to find someone that has hopper access?

Replied on Sat, Oct 24, 2020 at 09:13 AM CST
Quote: "Greg, I think alot of us can APPRECIATE you sharing that tid bit of information about the FRAC SAND haul and the broker that you found to be less than HONORABLE. However, PLEASE share with us who this broker is... It does us no good if you ALLOW us to go through the same thing that you encountered. This would allow us to get in depth information about this broker before we get involved should we decide to enlist them for work.. in short.. TELL US WHO THIS BROKER IS.. Just my opinion.. "

Yes I agree on letting us know who the broker is

Replied on Wed, Oct 28, 2020 at 10:21 AM CST
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Y'all might want to look at dates. This post is 6 years old.
Replied on Wed, Oct 28, 2020 at 07:04 PM CST

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