I inherited a dump trailer and it is in need of some work. Well quite a bit and figured I would look for advice around here.
As far as use, the trailer sees very little. If I use it for anything it is normally running to get mulch or dirt from a buddy who has his business less than a mile from my house. So, that means it sees 2-4 miles on it a year..
Worst case, I just call my buddy and have him drop a load of what I need with a dump truck. Some years that is easier so it doesn't see use. Where it is really nice is when cleaning stuff out we will haul it out to him but that is less common as I compost more now.
Here are the issues.
The hydraulic pump is pretty weak. There are many times I am helping it up to get it to dump much of anything with the FEL on my tractor. So, that should be replaced.
The Hydraulic Rams leak but could be rebuilt as they have been in the past.
All electrical should be redone.
Yesterday I went down there to get 4 yards of top soil as I am getting ready to plant grass. Well on the way home, or maybe when my buddy dropped 4 yards of top soil in it, a spring broke. I didn't notice it was broken and we blew out a tire on the way home.
The axles are not set up right on it. If pulling an empty trailer at any speed, it will start to sway. If fixing the springs, the right answer is to put new axles under it and set them up right sliding them back about 5". This will also mean that we can ditch the wheels we have now that are an odd size and difficult to find tires for. That will mean new brakes and might as well fix/replace the hydraulic pump.
The right answer is probably to scrap it because for how much work it needs and the amount of use it sees it doesn't make much sense. More so when you consider he doesn't charge me for dirt/mulch because I maintain all their computer systems and never charge them. That is "free", delivered or if I pick it up. Basically I will never save in delivery charges what I will spend on fixing it even if you just consider materials. For what little I use it, even if I needed a trailer,
I could go with a nice set of Dexter EZ lube but again, is that total overkill with the amount of use? What would the most economical solution be with this use case? The furthest I can see going is every now and then going to get some landscape rock which would be about a 10 mile each way trip. Maybe once every 5 years. Even if I had to have a trailer for that, I could rent one for less than $100 for 1/2 day.
I guess the main reason I am thinking about actually fixing it is that it is a reason to use my welder, it would be a fun project. However, I don't have a ton of time to mess with it. I have no time now to deal with it, maybe next summer at the soonest. The garage build is first priority for all extra funds and time. Since I have no needed use near term it can wait.
A quick guess at materials, I am looking at $1000-1500 at least.