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How do you choose a specialized truck or trailer? How can the Gamache Group help? Representant Daniel Gamache helps demystify the process.

Dump Trucks

We have 2 types of dump trucks: 10-wheel and 12-wheel. The body of a 10-wheel truck is 15 feet long and a 12-wheel truck is 19 feet.


Axles: If you expect to tow a trailer, choose a differential with a capacity of about 46,000 lb. Otherwise, a standard differential of 40,000 lb will work fine.

Dump body: There are different types of hoppers. Some are lighter than others. The lightest allow you to increase your payload and maximize trips. But they are initially more expensive.

Price: The type of body, brand and mechanical components affect the cost.

Payload: “What’s key is the truck’s weight. This will tell you the maximum weight that can put in the vehicle’s hopper” says Daniel Gamache. You must respect the vehicle’s total loaded weight as regulated by by-laws and the Quebec Transportation Ministry. The maximum load for a 10-wheel truck is 55,667 lb, while for 12-wheel, it’s 32,090 lb. If your 10-wheel truck weighs 22,046 lb, the hopper can hold a maximum load of 33,620 lb. And if you have a 12-wheel truck that weighs 26,455 lb, you subtract that weight from the total loaded weight of 32,090 lb, so the dump can carry a load of up to 44,092 lb. It’s important that the 12-wheel have a lift axel. If not, you automatically lose 2205 lb gross vehicle weight. In short, it is better to go for a lighter dump truck to optimize operating costs.

Crane Truck

We have different types of crane trucks for various construction purposes, including crane trucks to transport building materials and use generally on construction sites, boom trucks and others.


Payload: As with the dump truck, you must consider gross vehicle weight, as the same standards apply.

Price: The price of a vehicle varies by make, mechanical components and crane type. HIAB, Fassi, Atlas and Terex are the most popular crane brands.

Specialized Trailers

Our stock includes different trailer models: flatbed, closed and dump. Their length varies from 28 feet to 53 feet, and some go up to 70 feet.


Material: Our trailers are made with either steel, aluminum or alloy (steel-aluminum). Our customers tend to choose aluminum trailers more often for their light weight. They allow for a greater load.

Price: Cost depends on the type of trailer, its length and construction. A steel trailer is cheapest. Aluminum is more expensive. The price of aluminum-steel trailers varies between that of steel and aluminum.

Regulations: Since January 1, 2015, you must be able to steer the 4th axle on 4 axels trailers and it must have a lift device to maximize load support. The distance between axles must be 72 inches or load capacity will be reduced.

Generally speaking, you must take several elements and regulations into consideration when buying a specialized truck or trailer. Our experts will be happy to help and guide you in your search.

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