View Full Version : How Many Yards Of Topsoil In Pickup?

04-28-2004, 12:46 PM
Hi,Id like to know how many yards of top soil I can put safely in my pickup bed,I have a Ford F-350,8'.w/diesel?

04-28-2004, 01:35 PM
A yard weighs roughly between 2200 and 2500 lbs, so your should be able to handle 1 1/2 yards easily, and maybe 2 yards if you are careful. I had 4000 lbs in the back of my 3/4 ton, but I wouldnt go far with this much. Just make sure your tires are up to it, and easy on the speed, your brakes wont like it.


04-28-2004, 09:58 PM
If its a dually, up to 2.5 if its dry - otherwise no more than 1.5

D Felix
05-01-2004, 10:08 AM
Dually or single makes no difference. Both are rated at the same GVWR. The only difference between the two (dually/single) is the width, and possibly a little wider turning radius with the dually....

I would say 1.5-2 maximum, unless you are used to pushing the limit and feel comfortable there. You will be pushing it with 1.5-2 though. If it's extremely wet soil, you probably shouldn't try for more than a yard at a time....


05-02-2004, 11:31 AM
I believe you are incorrect, D, my F350 C/C has a GVW of 11,500, while I believe the singles are only 9600.

D Felix
05-02-2004, 11:40 AM
I'll look at work tomorrow, and get back to you...

The axle should be the same. Single/dual should have no bearing on wieght rating, otherwise they wouldn't be sold as 350's.

The only reason I can see for a lower rating on a single is the two extra tires on a dual can carry a little more of a load. But we're talking a 1/2 ton or so...

I'll check.


05-02-2004, 11:49 AM
I believe SCL is right, I have a chevy 2500HD, and that is in place of the single wheel one ton. 9200 GVW, and a dually can carry more weight, over 11K GVW

05-02-2004, 12:01 PM
There's a lot of variations with trucks, even within the same model series, depending on options. You have to check your own truck's GVW.

05-02-2004, 10:31 PM
What type of body does it have?

scott's turf
05-03-2004, 02:47 PM
If you couldn't carry more weight with dual wheels why would anyone get them?

05-03-2004, 02:55 PM
i put 2 yds of wet topsoil in my dodge 8 ft bed last week. no problem

05-03-2004, 04:05 PM
D Felix,

I believe you are incorrect. My Chevy 2500HD, single rear wheel, has a GVWR of 9200#. I was contemplating going with a dually because the GVWR bumps up to around 11,500#. If my numbers are correct, I believe they are, that's a whole nother ton. Problem is the thing is just so darn wide and IMO would be a pain in the butt to get in and out from the sides. I often use my wheel and sidebars to get in and out the box.

As for the original poster, you asked how many yards can fit into your F350's 8' bed, the answer is:

(1) Refer to your owner's manual or go to Ford's website. It should have a dimensions and capacity section for your truck. It usually provides you with the cubic capacity of your bed. My GMC with a short bed was just over 2 yards. Keep in mind this is level, so even more if it's heaping, good luck keeping it all in though. Tarping it can be a pain. Or, you can just break out the trusty tape measure, they never lie.

(2) Next, find the GVWR of your vehicle from the website/owner's manual. Subtract your weight and everything else you added to the truck after you received it. To be highly accurate go to a weight station (most legit places that sell stone have them). Now, subtract that from your GVWR. That is your capacity. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

(3) Now, find out how much a yard of topsoil weights. If 3 yards is under your capacity than you technically can safely and legally transport the material.

BTW, what does everyone use as a estimate for a cubic yard of screened, dry topsoil. I've always thought a 1/2 ton was a good estimate. Am I far off?

05-04-2004, 12:00 AM
2 yards in my gmc z71 that wa with wood sides on the bed built up evenwith the top of the cab. i could have probaly put another in there no problem. oh ya its a short bed if that matters

05-04-2004, 12:17 AM
I have some dodge ram 150's with custom reinforced springs. I have put 2 yards of wet loam in them. they sag but can take it. I would hope that you would be able to fit at least 2 yards in a F350. good luck.

05-04-2004, 08:02 AM
just watch the tires, tell the guy to stop when u think it's too heavy

05-04-2004, 04:12 PM
my 6 3/4' f250 can take 12,500 GVW...

D Felix
05-04-2004, 08:59 PM
Ok, I looked at work yesterday... Here's how the sticker reads (going from memory) on our '00 F350...

Front axle GWR = 5200 lbs
Rear axle GWR = 6800 lbs
GVWR = 9900 lbs

I imagine the 1100 pound difference is because it is a single wheeled truck, not dual. So, I guess we were both right, do the math and it should add up to 11,000 pounds GVWR....


05-05-2004, 09:15 AM
a little different then whats been talked about so far in this convo, but how much slightly moist topsoil can go in a 89 chevy s-10 4x4??? im guessing a half yard? and 1 yard of mulch?? am i about right?

05-05-2004, 11:28 AM
5200 front and 6800 rear should theoretically add up to 12,000 GVWR. For some goofball reason, the GVWR on light trucks is less than what the axles add up to. This is not the case on larger trucks. My motorhome is built on an E450 van chassis. The front axle is rated at 4600 pounds, the rear 9450, and the GVWR is 14,050. I think the GAWR on an F350 dually is 7500 or 8000, although I think its the same axle that my E450 uses. It's all so confusing......

05-05-2004, 11:35 PM
There are three things that limit you.

1. GVW
2. Volume that the bed can hold.
3. The strength of the body design.

I used to put 4 yards in pickup trucks about 20 years ago. Old lowballer style pickups. The ones that have the rope across where the tailgate was to hold the two sides from flapping in the breeze. It is called metal fatigue.

Ever notice that dumping 1-tons have short sided heavy steel, well reinforced bodies on them?

If you want your pickup to last, don't load it with topsoil even if it has a hemi and 10 wheels.