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mkwl
03-12-2007, 04:20 PM
Hey Guys, I just got my 2003 GMC Sierra 2500HD (see photos forum for pics), and I was wondering how many yards of somewhat moist topsoil you guys can put in the bed of the truck (long bed) without going over 4,000 lbs or so? Also, how much mulch can you guys get into a long bed with 3.5' sides (bed sides w/additional side stakes)?

Thanks,
Matt

Scag48
03-12-2007, 04:34 PM
4,000 pounds in the bed? Are you nuts? You could get maybe 2,000 pounds in there, if you're lucky, which is about 1 yard of topsoil. Any more than that and you'll start having suspension problems.

Duramax8832
03-12-2007, 07:17 PM
I pick up my wood stove pellets 1 ton pallett.. Thats about it, without some sort of Timbrens or air bags.

packer101
03-12-2007, 07:22 PM
I work at a garden center that sells topsoil, stone, and mulch. when I load people i can get up to mabey 1.5 possably 2 yards of soil, depending of if it rained and such, and 2-3 yards of mulch mounded. that truck will be good, i personally love the people who want a yard or more of soil or stone in a s10 or ford ranger and watch them pull ot of the lot practically draging on the ground. Nice truck by the way.

TXNSLighting
03-12-2007, 07:27 PM
Ive put 2 pallots of mulch in mine a few times. thats 10+ yards. did it fine. and ill do it more and more. o and its a 3/4 ton.

TXNSLighting
03-12-2007, 07:28 PM
4,000 pounds in the bed? Are you nuts? You could get maybe 2,000 pounds in there, if you're lucky, which is about 1 yard of topsoil. Any more than that and you'll start having suspension problems.

you cant put more than 2,000 pounds in your bed?? wow....

packer101
03-12-2007, 07:29 PM
Ive put 2 pallots of mulch in mine a few times. thats 10+ yards. did it fine. and ill do it more and more. o and its a 3/4 ton.

just wondering, but what did you put it, i dont see how you fit 10 yards in an 8 foot bed?

grassmanak
03-12-2007, 07:55 PM
i would say 2 at max, but then you may be over on weight with top soil and scag48 a 3/4 will hold more than 2K i carry that in my 1500 once in a while and hardly squats.

stuffdeer
03-12-2007, 09:14 PM
I work at a garden center that sells topsoil, stone, and mulch. when I load people i can get up to mabey 1.5 possably 2 yards of soil, depending of if it rained and such, and 2-3 yards of mulch mounded. that truck will be good, i personally love the people who want a yard or more of soil or stone in a s10 or ford ranger and watch them pull ot of the lot practically draging on the ground. Nice truck by the way.


I'd put a yard in the back of my S-10. But only because I do have Air shocks that add 2,000 pounds of helper weight.

packer101
03-12-2007, 09:16 PM
i was mainly refering to homeowners, not all, but most people mouths drop when they see the truck drop as far as some have.

CutRight
03-12-2007, 09:40 PM
on average fairly dry-barely wet topsoil weights 1.5 tons per yard. 3/4 in stone weighs about 1.3 tons per yard

but by volume alone, you wont fit that much in a pick up bed. about a yard of mulch, which doesnt weigh as much as topsoil or stone

i can just about fit 3 yds of mulch in my 1 ton mason dump. thats bulk mulch

the guy talkin about 10+ yards was maybe talking about bagged mulch

mattfromNY
03-12-2007, 09:44 PM
I've run 2 pallets of 80# rock salt in my '04 2500HD, thats 60 bags, 4800#. It made 'er squat, but it hauled it OK. I wouldn't recommend it, but it'll take the weight.

mkwl
03-12-2007, 11:06 PM
4,000 pounds in the bed? Are you nuts? You could get maybe 2,000 pounds in there, if you're lucky, which is about 1 yard of topsoil. Any more than that and you'll start having suspension problems.

Payload is listed as 4,058- is this not the amount of weight I can put in the bed? Sorry- I'm a truck newbie!

mkwl
03-12-2007, 11:10 PM
I work at a garden center that sells topsoil, stone, and mulch. when I load people i can get up to mabey 1.5 possably 2 yards of soil, depending of if it rained and such, and 2-3 yards of mulch mounded. that truck will be good, i personally love the people who want a yard or more of soil or stone in a s10 or ford ranger and watch them pull ot of the lot practically draging on the ground. Nice truck by the way.

Okay, so I'll shoot for around 1.5 yards or so of topsoil and 3 yards of mulch (with additional sides). Thanks for the compliments on my truck- I'm loving it already!:)

mow king
03-12-2007, 11:24 PM
Okay, so I'll shoot for around 1.5 yards or so of topsoil and 3 yards of mulch (with additional sides). Thanks for the compliments on my truck- I'm loving it already!:)

I can get 3 yards in my truck without any sides..you'll just have to have it heaped. With sides you should be able to get more in there.

Sydenstricker Landscaping
03-12-2007, 11:25 PM
I have put 2 1/2 yards of mulch in the back of my 3/4 ton before and had no issues. Squatted a little, but not bad at all. Maybe look into getting a dump insert?? Then a good set of airbags or timbrens in the back will help with the squatting issue

Snyderserv5060
03-12-2007, 11:49 PM
General weight of mulch...estimate? What do you guys think?

Im going to say 800-1000lbs a yard not wet, shredded pallet mulch. I know it all varies if its wet and the type but figured id get some ideas.

Be careful tho at my local supplier the cops sit outside the place on occasion waiting for people who have overloaded their trucks and give them citations on the spot...Just a word of warning but that may not be the case around you

CutNLawns
03-13-2007, 01:32 AM
My 2500HD is a short bed and generally carry 2-3 yards of mulch in mine. I do have to back fill all the corners as it is loaded but it fits just fine. I have put 4 yards MOUNDED in it before but it was for a short run across town but no problems. With a long bed you should be fine with 3 yards if needed.

Metro Lawn
03-13-2007, 02:07 AM
Most dry mulch is around 400 - 600 per yard I can fit 8 yards in my 1 ton and you can't even feel it in there.

Snyderserv5060
03-13-2007, 08:29 AM
Good deal, glad to see I was over estimating. I have a trailer so I wont be loading it in the bed...as far as in the bed ive gotten it as full as I can go until it wont really stay in, which is the point where I stop so I dont get pulled over (2-3 maybe a touch more yards).

TXNSLighting
03-13-2007, 10:58 AM
just wondering, but what did you put it, i dont see how you fit 10 yards in an 8 foot bed?

its bagged mulch on a pallot. 75-80 bags per pallot. the last i checked. (maybe im wrong) but somewhere around 15-20 bags is a yard.... it squatted the truck down about 8 inches or so.

hosejockey2002
03-13-2007, 11:20 AM
Payload is listed as 4,058- is this not the amount of weight I can put in the bed? Sorry- I'm a truck newbie!

That figure is the maximum load including driver, passengers, cargo, options and accessories for a base 2WD truck. Yours is a 4x4 with some options so that figure will be less. You can probably put around 3,000 pounds in your bed without exceeding any of your load ratings. I have a 2500HD 2WD work truck with a dump insert, and with me in the truck and a full tank of gas I can haul 2600 pounds and stay within my mfgr. ratings. I have Timbrens installed and have hauled as much as 4300 pounds in the bed, but I try to avoid that because it overloads the rear tires by quite a bit.

LB1234
03-13-2007, 01:15 PM
8-10 yds in a pickup bed...I just don't see it.

I have difficulting getting 10-11 in my 14' dump trailer with ~3' sides.


8'x5' is 40sqft. To get 8 cuyds in there you need 5.5' sides (assuming load is raked out level)...including 5' sides on the tailgate. How do you design a swinging gate to hold all that weight back. Thats an awfully top heavy load...especially if its topsoil...not to mention the weight bearing capacity...and don't see anyone passing the capacity on a scale. Thats over 10k#'s.

I've placed 4k in my bed with a pallet of ledgerock and it did just fine...but that was wrapped in wire mesh and I strapped it down in an x-pattern to prevent shifting in turns at higher speeds.

ManorD24
03-13-2007, 06:02 PM
In mine which has a dump insert I only go for a yard of soil / stone, but the guys usually heap the bucket so its probably closer to 1.5 yd. As far as mulch with sides, i go for 3 or 4 all the time but by the time you add in the extra its usually an extra yard and the rear only sags alittle.

mattfromNY
03-13-2007, 06:36 PM
I want to see a picture of a pickup truck with 10 true yards of mulch!!! I have run wheel-loaders with 3 yard buckets, there is no way in HE!! I could get three full buckets plus into a pickup truck. I'm not talking weight, I'm talking volume!!

packer101
03-13-2007, 08:47 PM
its physically impossable to volume wize fit 10 yards into a standard pickup, even with sides. and as he stated it was bagged mulch on pallets, even than a standard bag of mulch is 3 CF so about 9 bags to a yard i think it is, so 10 yards that way is still a large volume for a pick up even on a pallet they are normally tall and top heavy tough to move around with a fork lift let alone in the bed of a truck, i still cant see it.

Petr51488
03-13-2007, 09:57 PM
I want to see a picture of a pickup truck with 10 true yards of mulch!!! I have run wheel-loaders with 3 yard buckets, there is no way in HE!! I could get three full buckets plus into a pickup truck. I'm not talking weight, I'm talking volume!!

It's really not that hard. Its two full pallets of mulch. Pallets do have about 70 bags as stated before. I dont know if its 10 yards or not, but i would think so. 2 pallets about 6 feet high. Why not?

packer101
03-13-2007, 10:00 PM
we may be discussing different size pallets, the ones i deal with are about 10 feet tall and very easily tipped... but in terms of 10 yards of bulk mulch it wont work out, i suspose bagged could happen deoending on how it came.

packer101
03-13-2007, 10:00 PM
we may be discussing different size pallets, the ones i deal with are about 10 feet tall and very easily tipped... but in terms of 10 yards of bulk mulch it wont work out, i suspose bagged could happen deoending on how it came.

SimonCX
03-13-2007, 11:03 PM
If I can remember right I though it was about 2.5 yards of mulch on a pallet, 5 yards of mulch on a pallet is one hell of a high pallet.

Snyderserv5060
03-13-2007, 11:17 PM
clearly its not 10 yards...hell I can just get 8 on my 7x16ft trailer loaded to the top of the sides. A few yards in the bed sure but anything +3 im doubting is possible with out monster sides built up.

Gravel Rat
03-13-2007, 11:36 PM
I'am surprised non of you guys have bought the attachment that slips into your receiver hitch it has a wheel on it. The thing acts like a booster axle similar to what you see on the back of a cement truck. It is suppose to legally increase your payload a extra 4000lbs.





































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mulchmaster
03-14-2007, 11:08 AM
I have a 2000 f 350 without duel rear wheels that I use for snow removal. A couple weeks ago I had it loaded with a 9' 2" boss v plow, a v box spreader loaded with 4400 lbs of salt, and 500 lbs of bag calcium. The plow weighs 950 lbs, the spreader weighs about 1100 lbs, 4400 lbs of salt and 500 lbs of calcium. I would not reccomend this, but it can be done. I normally would not do this, but we had a good storm going and I had to get enough salt to last through the night.