Should I Use a Dump Trailer or Roll-Off Dumpster?

Waste disposal costs can be substantial for home projects, making it crucial to compare options for a cost-efficient solution. Two popular choices are dump trailers and roll-off dumpsters. Here are the key differences between the two of them.

Dump Trailers

Dump trailers are specialized waste containers equipped with wheels, high sides, and a lid. They come in various sizes and frames, each offering unique features and advantages. The channel frame is the budget-friendly option but with a weaker frame and limited dump capacity. The I-beam frame offers a stronger frame than the channel, but has smaller dump capacity compared to the tubular frame. The tubular frame is the strongest, but also the most expensive.

When selecting a dump trailer, the towing capabilities of your vehicle should be considered. Some trailers are lightweight and can be towed by a four-wheeler, while others demand a gross vehicle weight of 20,000 pounds and dual axles. Make sure you’re completely up to speed on your vehicle’s specifications prior to renting or buying a dump trailer.

Roll-Off Dumpsters

A roll-off dumpster is a type of waste container with an open top that is delivered by a specialized truck. These dumpsters are usually rented and are very well-suited for residential projects. They come with the added convenience of the dumpster rental company handling the waste disposal for you.

Roll-off dumpsters offer larger capacity than dump trailers, but with restrictions. Certain materials, such as tires, paints, motor oils, asbestos, batteries, and fuels, are prohibited due to potential harm to the environment or people if not disposed of properly.

At redbox+ Dumpsters of Twin Cities South Metro, we can help you set up a roll-off dumpster rental that can typically be delivered to your property the next day. Our team can assist you in determining the appropriate size of dumpster for your project, which can save you time and money. We offer a range of services for projects such as roofing, room cleanouts, and landscaping renovations.

Does One Hold More than the Other?

Dumpster trailers and roll-off dumpsters will typically available in a range of sizes and styles. Dumpster trailers range from 8 to 20 feet in length on average, with 12 to 14 feet being the most common sizes. Large dump trucks can typically carry about 14 tons (28,000 pounds), while smaller ones can handle 6.5 (13,000 pounds) to 7.5 tons (15,000 pounds).

Common sizes for roll-off dumpsters include:


  • 10-yard roll-off dumpster: This size can hold up to 10 cubic yards of material, which is equivalent to about three pick-up trucks of debris or 50 to 70 33-gallon trash bags.
  • 20-yard roll-off dumpster: This size can hold up to 20 cubic yards of waste, which is equivalent to six pick-up truck beds of debris or 110 to 130 33-gallon trash bags.
  • 30-yard roll-off dumpster: This size can hold 30 cubic yards of material, which is approximately the same as nine pick-up truck beds of debris or 170 to 190 33-gallon trash bags.
  • 40-yard roll-off dumpster: This size can hold 40 cubic yards of material, which is about the same as filling up the bed of 12 pick-up trucks or 230 to 250 33-gallon trash bags.


Does One Cost More?

Like most DIY solutions, a dump trailer will typically cost less. That doesn’t mean it’s the best option though. You have to consider the several additional costs. If you are renting a dumpster trailer, you will need a vehicle capable of towing it, which may incur an additional cost. You may also need to purchase a trailer hitch to attach the dumpster trailer to your vehicle. Additionally, you will have to pay for gas to transport the dumpster trailer to and from the dump, the project site, and the rental location.


Roll-off dumpsters can also come with additional fees like an overage fee. This incurs when you exceed the capacity of the dumpster in terms of volume or weight. You may also need to pay for additional trips to the dump if you require the rental company to make multiple dumps during your rental period. Both types of dumpsters will typically require dump fees at the landfill, regardless of who is transporting the waste.

Other Important Differences to Consider

There are many other factors to consider when choosing between a dump trailer and a roll-off dumpster. Convenience is at the top of that list. Usually projects that require waste removal are big projects. Do you really want the additional work of hauling a junk trailer to the dump? A roll-off dumpster company will take on that job for you so you can focus on actually completing your project. You will be at the mercy of their schedule, but at redbox+ Dumpsters of Twin Cities South Metro, our goal is to handle service requests within 24 hours. 

Roll-off dumpsters also can require more room because of their size. This is actually a positive thing because it means that you can fit more waste in the dumpster, but you do need to remember to have more space available to park the dumpster. 

Rent a Roll-Off Dumpster Today with redbox+ Dumpsters of Twin Cities South Metro

Find convenience and ease with redbox+ Dumpsters of Twin Cities South Metro when searching for dumpsters for rent in your area. We can typically deliver a roll-off dumpster within 24 hours of you making the reservation. The whole team at redbox+ Dumpsters is a waste management partner you can count on for the entirety of your project. Call us when you need the bin emptied, and we’ll get the dumpster serviced for you quickly. We can return or replace your roll-off dumpster within the same day to help you avoid any slowdowns with your project. Call us to schedule the pick-up time when you finish the job. Contact us today to get a roll-off dumpster in the greater Lakeville, Eagan, Burnsville, and Savage areas.

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