I also have a 2006 Silverado Z71 4x4 and it is a regular cab, short bed,
I have carried a pallet of sod on two different occasions with no ill
effects. It was loaded (very carefully) by a guy who knew what he was doing
with a fork lift. I hauled it about 5 miles each time. The truck didn't
bottom out and steered OK. I need to stop and ask the sod people how much a
full pallet of Bermuda grass weights.
For your info, but probably not much help.
Isn't the 4X4 a 3/4 ton.. Or so it used to be. I have a 1500 Silverado,
and carried a pallet of sod with no problem either.
My brother in law is a roofer, and I am surprised he has not been ticketed
with what he loads into his 1/2 ton.. Well over 2500 pounds on many
The only problem with a load of dirt would be what kind, and how wet..
Should not be a problem.
Well further investigation suggests the average number of rolls of sod in a
skid is 75 rolls. So at 30 lbs. per roll we're looking at about 2,200
pounds. If they were wet maybe they were 40 pounds each, or 3,000 pounds per
So I would say I can drop a yard of soil in at 3,300 pounds in there.
Thanks for the info,
I ended up getting about 1.7 yards of soil in the truck, 77" x 64" x 16".
Dropped the truck about 8 inches, it was loaded as far as I dared. The truck
never bottomed out, I drove about 15 miles to home at normal speeds. The
only real difference was the additional effort on the brake pedal required.
The engine couldn't tell the difference nor did the ride bounce around.
All in all probably to much to put in a 1/2 ton truck, and surly wouldn't
recommend a steady diet of that unless you had at least a 3/4 ton truck.
It bottomed out alright. The only way it could have gone lower would
have been if axle broke or tires blew because it was without doubt
riding on axle stops and this is way it did not bounce much. Your
lucky it did not break but you may have bent something. Also beleive
me the engine could tell difference because there are no free rides.
As much as you'd like to believe that something is broken on my truck now
your wrong. As I said the rear dropped down about 8", meaning my view of the
bumper. So as you "might" be able to imagine the front end was also up
considerably. At the rear wheel wells there was still a good 4" of daylight,
meaning it only sank about 3" to 4" at the axle. The axle snubber is farther
away than that.
Please don't feel compelled to voice your opinion on my behalf. I could care
less what you may retort, being that you weren't here and didn't see shit.
Lets put it this way, it will seriously overload frame, axle, springs
and tires. There is no beef in that truck at all as modern 1/2 tons
are not even the equal of old ones (per 88 that were built on 3/4 ton
frames) Sure some people do it but you are playing with fire. If you
like your truck and plan to keep it a while I would limit it to 1500
lbs or "maybe" 2000 for a short distance in pinch. Granted I have
seen 7K carrried in a old 79 3/4 Jeep P/U when it was new (I still own
it today) but then it has a massive frame, springs with several 1/2
inch thick leafs in rear and a 7000lbs capacity rear axle riding on
10 ply tires with a rated capacity of 3300 lbs per tire. (worst riding
P/U I have ever owned and it did not start to ride good until you got
a couple of tons in it) There is very little reserve in modern trucks
especailly 1/2 tons.
Just to say how tough a Chevy/GMC is... I went to get a yard of top soil in
my 1989 K1500 I asked for a yard and he came over with the 2 yard bucket
heaping. He tried to slowly dump half of it in and it was wet... after
shaking the bucket to get half out the whole bucket full dropped in... I
have pictures of the truck in my driveway, the rubber stops were smashed
around the rear and I had to drive it about 2 miles to my house to unload
half of it with the skidsteer, before going to the jobsite...
Truck sat normal after being unloaded and still runs and drives as good as
before... it has almost 300,000 miles on it too.
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