DumperDogg Install

Dumper Dogg in ActionNot all hauling and dumping operations call for a purpose-built dump truck. A lighter truck for tighter spaces and smaller loads can make a lot of sense, especially for landscapers who find their crews spending too much time off loading debris and bedding materials.

Converting a pickup to a light duty dump truck can be a great solution. Doing it with an insert dump bed is much more simple than you might think, particularly when you start with a DumperDogg unit by Buyers Products.

Available in carbon steel, stainless steel and poly, each DumperDogg unit comes fully assembled with the hoist and hydraulic pump already in place. “Stainless steel is the ideal solution for landscapers who also do snow and ice control because the snow and ice melting agents are very corrosive”, says Dan Doerr, Director of New Product Development for Buyers.

But the poly unit is also resistant to corrosion, with the exception of the tailgate, which it shares with the carbon steel model.

Installation of a DumperDogg insert is very straight forward and involves simple steps such as removing the tailgate, sliding the unit into the bed, anchoring it down, routing the wires from the pickup bed to the engine bay and connecting the wires to the battery.

I was out in Ohio recently to track the installation and operation of an eight foot DumperDogg polymer dump insert unit. Installation was quick and easy. When the guys finished the install, we headed straight to a landscape material supply yard, took on two yards of mulch, tarped it with the optional tarp kit and made a delivery to a residential project. The dump operated flawlessly right out of the box.

Here’s how the guys at Buyers Products got it installed:

The DumperDogg dump bed insert comes with a complete kit for mounting and wiring.
The DumperDogg dump bed insert comes with a complete kit for mounting and wiring.
Among the options available for the Poly DumperDogg are poly sidewall extensions.  The crew had already installed the extensions on this unit before I arrived.
Among the options available for the Poly DumperDogg are poly sidewall extensions. The crew had already installed the extensions on this unit before I arrived.
Another optional upgrade for each of the DumperDogg Units is a tarp kit which allows the operator to roll up the tarp simply by turning a crank or to easily extend the tarp, which pre-fits the load.
Another optional upgrade for each of the DumperDogg Units is a tarp kit which allows the operator to roll up the tarp simply by turning a crank or to easily extend the tarp, which pre-fits the load.
The crew started the layout for the mounting holes by measuring from the end of the pickup bed along the frame rail to a crossmember toward the front of the pickup bed.
The crew started the layout for the mounting holes by measuring from the end of the pickup bed along the frame rail to a crossmember toward the front of the pickup bed.
Mark the layout by hooking the measuring tape to the end of the pickup bed and marking the distance to the crossmember.
Mark the layout by hooking the measuring tape to the end of the pickup bed and marking the distance to the crossmember.
The center bolt can be located by measuring the same distance from each side of the pickup bed.
The center bolt can be located by measuring the same distance from each side of the pickup bed.
It’s a good idea to pre-drill each hole at the layout with a small drill bit being careful to just go through the sheet metal of the floor of the pickup bed.  Then you can shine a light down through the hole while another crew member looks up to the hole location to ensure that are no fuel lines or electrical wires or other obstructions in the path of the anchoring bolt.
It’s a good idea to pre-drill each hole at the layout with a small drill bit being careful to just go through the sheet metal of the floor of the pickup bed. Then you can shine a light down through the hole while another crew member looks up to the hole location to ensure that are no fuel lines or electrical wires or other obstructions in the path of the anchoring bolt.
With the layout holes drilled it’s time to place the Dumper bed insert in the back of the pickup truck using an overhead hoist or a forklift.
With the layout holes drilled it’s time to place the Dumper bed insert in the back of the pickup truck using an overhead hoist or a forklift.
The crew used a scrap of wood to block up the dump bed insert for clearance to remove the forklift forks.  Once out, the forklift can be used on the higher crossmember toward the rear of the bed to lift it up enough to remove the wood block.
The crew used a scrap of wood to block up the dump bed insert for clearance to remove the forklift forks. Once out, the forklift can be used on the higher crossmember toward the rear of the bed to lift it up enough to remove the wood block.
Next the crew used a bar from underneath to help line up the hole in the DumperDogg frame with the opening in the pickup bed.
Next the crew used a bar from underneath to help line up the hole in the DumperDogg frame with the opening in the pickup bed.
One piece of mounting hardware that was not included in the kit but is a good idea is a metal bar drilled out to help reinforce the bottom of the pickup bed where there’s no crossmember.
One piece of mounting hardware that was not included in the kit but is a good idea is a metal bar drilled out to help reinforce the bottom of the pickup bed where there’s no crossmember.
The control unit for the DumperDogg comes fully wired.  For those who would like to mount the control unit inside the pickup cab they’ll need to disconnect the wiring at the control unit box or make a really big hole in the pickup cab!
The control unit for the DumperDogg comes fully wired. For those who would like to mount the control unit inside the pickup cab they’ll need to disconnect the wiring at the control unit box or make a really big hole in the pickup cab!

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