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3 Things To Consider Before You Buy a New Dump Truck Body

You've used your dump truck to move countless loads of materials to and from job sites, possibly for years, and the body is just about worn out. You know that your truck makes you money, so there's no question as to whether you should replace it, it's a matter of when. Before you run off to buy a new dump truck body, take some time to consider what you really need in terms of capacity. You'll also want to think about the types of materials you haul, and what type body works best. And last, but by no means least, you'll need to pay close attention to the materials the body is made of, as it will affect the amount of payload the truck can carry.


The first thing to consider with a dump truck body is how many yards of a given material it can carry. Compare this figure to the average yards you typically deliver to a job site. If you're consistently moving three yard loads, then you'll obviously want to look at something in that range. However, if you're currently only moving one to two yards at a time, you may not need a larger body right now. That said, with a higher capacity dump truck, you could move more materials and, thus, earn more money. To get an idea of the size, and capacity of different bodies, check out Godwin Manufacturing.


Most construction projects require a variety of materials such as sand, gravel, stones, dirt and even boulders for landscaping. If you're able to deliver a wider variety of to your customers, you'll naturally become a preferred provider. In other words, look at your customer's needs and choose the size body that will accommodate them the best. Also, consider a dump body with fold-down sides, like the ones offered by Parkhurst Manufacturing, to help facilitate loading, moving, and unloading large boulders and other materials at crowded job sites.


Dump truck bodies take a beating every minute they're in service and they have to be strong enough to withstand all the abuse. Some bodies are constructed from strong steel, others are made of heavy-duty aluminum. While steel is more durable, which means it will last longer, and stand up better to daily use, it's also extremely heavy. That means lower payloads to avoid being over-weight. Aluminum, on the other hand, is lightweight, which means more weight can be carried. The downside is, they have to be replaced more often since the aluminum is less durable.

No matter what you use your dump truck for, it has to handle the job flawlessly every time. If your dump truck body has seen better days, but the truck and chassis are in good shape, replacing the body will keep it on the road. However, keep in mind the amount and type of materials you'll move and choose the body material wisely. If you need assistance, or if you have any questions, call National Truck & Equipment Sales at 844-683-6446. Our knowledgeable, friendly staff will be more than happy to help you.