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How Much Corn Will My Trailer Hold OT

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DoubleR

09-13-2017 18:12:47




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I brought a dump trail that has a 12 ft long box that is 6 Ft wide and 42inch sides on it. I was trying to figure out how much 56lb per bushel shelled corn it would hold. I currently use a gravity box I mounted on a flat bed trailer that holds about a 120 bu or about 6500 lbs. This looks like it should hold more. Thanks in advance for your responses.




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VADAVE

09-14-2017 09:07:15




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 Re: How Much Corn Will My Trailer Hold OT in reply to DoubleR, 09-13-2017 18:12:47  
I have a 14 foot PJ with side extensions up to about 4 feet, width is 6.5 feet It is rated at 16,000 LB. I filled it one year just finishing up. There were 200 bushels on the trailer and it was definitely overloaded.

For figuring purposes there are 0.84 bushels in a cubic foot. I suggest you use 60 lb per bushel to account for errors.



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tomNE

09-13-2017 21:10:43




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 Re: How Much Corn Will My Trailer Hold OT in reply to DoubleR, 09-13-2017 18:12:47  
when i load those trailers with dirt. i shoot for 8000-8300lb and it seems to work fine.



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Dave H (MI)

09-13-2017 20:11:13




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 Re: How Much Corn Will My Trailer Hold OT in reply to DoubleR, 09-13-2017 18:12:47  
First year i picked corn i hauled out one of my old boxes and started to empty the combine. Flattened all four tires. My little compressor wouldnt pump them up with all that weight so my daughters jacked it up and filled the tires. In the middle of all this the fella who sold me the combine stopped by to see how things were going. He was very controlled while here but i bet he was laughing hysterically before he drove too far...

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DoubleR

09-14-2017 05:34:27




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 Re: How Much Corn Will My Trailer Hold OT in reply to Dave H (MI), 09-13-2017 20:11:13  
The trailers I use on a regular bases I check the tires ever month or so and make sure they are aired up to the proper amount printed on the side of the tires. When a wagon has been sitting unused I always run it by the shop and air the tires up. It sure has helped in eliminating tire problems and unexpected flats.
When I was hauling the gravel the yard is six miles away from home. I haul corn 35 miles so I am allot more careful on the weight of the load and not overloading the trailer any when traveling any distance.

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DoubleR

09-13-2017 19:26:11




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 Re: How Much Corn Will My Trailer Hold OT in reply to DoubleR, 09-13-2017 18:12:47  
I guess I better not fill it, I wasn't going to the first time anyway just to be safe. I've been hauling 4 yard loads of gravel with it with no problem. I brought it from my landscaping son and I have used it to haul 10,000 lb. loads of lime before when I would borrow it. I also know he sure didn't baby it either. It has 5,000 lb. axles and 12,000 lb. tires. I figure I would try to keep it at about 8,000 lb. loads. After all its abuse its still in good shape after I did a little wiring and installed some newer tires.
Thank You for your responses.

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JD Seller

09-13-2017 20:27:17




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 Re: How Much Corn Will My Trailer Hold OT in reply to DoubleR, 09-13-2017 19:26:11  
8000# would be about 140 bushels. So about 3/4 full.



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jeffcat

09-13-2017 18:25:43




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 Re: How Much Corn Will My Trailer Hold OT in reply to DoubleR, 09-13-2017 18:12:47  
I would say watch your tires and springs for how much they sqwish. I would stop at 2/3 full but that is just me.



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deere mark

09-13-2017 18:22:47




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 Re: How Much Corn Will My Trailer Hold OT in reply to DoubleR, 09-13-2017 18:12:47  
I get 252 cubic feet which would be 202.5 bushels which would weigh 11,340 pounds.



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JD Seller

09-13-2017 18:20:24




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 Re: How Much Corn Will My Trailer Hold OT in reply to DoubleR, 09-13-2017 18:12:47  
The math is this 12x6x3.5=252cubic feet. There is 1.25 cubic feet in a bushel. 250/1.25=201.6 bushel 201.6 level full. You will get a little more with the top heaped. So I would say 225 bushels. 225x56=12,600 lbs. Now the serious question. What is the rated capacity of your trailer??? IF it has two 7000# axles you would start at 14,000 minus the weight of the trailer. So your going to be over the rated limit of the trailer.

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Scott 730

09-13-2017 18:14:57




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 Re: How Much Corn Will My Trailer Hold OT in reply to DoubleR, 09-13-2017 18:12:47  
I come up with 201 bushels level full.



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