Belt vs live bottom difference?

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  1. hannafarms

    hannafarms Light Load Member

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    1st question on bulk loads website what is the difference or meaning between a live bottom trailer and a belt trailer? From what I gather it looks like a live bottom is more of a conveyor and belt has flaps?

    2nd question which would be more versatile or are the basically the same?

    3rd question would a belt or live bottom be as versatile as an end dump? I know they are safer than end dump and can unload places end dumps can’t. But could they haul the same thing? I know end dump is lighter.
     
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  3. Old mark

    Old mark Light Load Member

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    Live bottom generally means walking floor. Belt floor can be smooth belt or flaps. Aggregate sucks in a walker,it chews up the slats. I've hauled all kinds of crap in belt trailers. Wet loads in winter can mean digging out the entire load. The belt can freeze to the floor.
     
  4. hannafarms

    hannafarms Light Load Member

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    10-4 thanks for the info. I know what a walking floor is in a van mostly for garbage, but on bulk loads they have walking floor, live bottom and belt trailer listed in types of loads. To me a belt and live floor means same thing walking floor definitely van walking floor. Thanks tho just curios I’ve pulled end dumps and trying to decide which is more versatile. Sounds like other than the safety aspect stuff still freezes either way
     
  5. Long FLD

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    I’ve always heard people refer to belt trailers when they have the flaps and a live bottom when it’s more of a solid belt like a conveyor.
     
  6. Old mark

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    Well,shoot. Now I'm confused. Was looking around on truckpaper, Keith is calling their walkers live floor. Red river calls their smooth belt a live bottom. I dunno.
     
  7. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

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    To me, a belt trailer is any trailer with a belt. A walking floor has the slats and you can also load palletized freight. And a live floor has full width chains similar to a silage trailer. Just to add to the confusion. Lol
     
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  8. Old mark

    Old mark Light Load Member

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    Makes sense, I guess maybe. Think I will stick with my hoppers less cornfusion.
     
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  9. hannafarms

    hannafarms Light Load Member

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    Lol good call guys... it’s like a cougar no wait a mountain lion or puma actually all the same big cat lol
     
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