# How much mulch on an F150?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Lech615, Apr 24, 2003.

1. ### Lech615LawnSite Memberfrom Long Island, NYMessages: 105

I have an f150 full size bed with two foot extra sides on it. How much mulchg do you think I could fit in my truck?

Thanks

2. ### John DiMartinoLawnSite Silver Memberfrom Walden,NYMessages: 2,555

8ft bed should get you 5 yards in it easily if you fill it 2 ft over the sides.The weight of 5 yards will squat the f150 down nicely. I got 2 yards last week,it weighed 875 lbs,and it was fairly dry, 5yards will weigh at least 2000 lbs.

3. ### drobsonLawnSite Memberfrom Woburn, MAMessages: 237

I get a little over 2 yards in my 8' bed with no sides on it. I would imagine at least 2 more yards with 2' added height.

4. ### Green PasturesLawnSite Silver Memberfrom Hampton, VirginiaMessages: 2,457

Legally.........I'd say no more that 3 yards.

5. ### fblandscapeBannedfrom north eastMessages: 776

I'm gonna have to go with Scott on this one. 3, 3 1/2 TOPS. I am able to get 2 yards into the back of my truck without any sides, and the mulch pretty much level with the bed. If you do have sideboards though, you still have the back to contend with, unless you have boards for that too.

1 yard of mulch weighs like 660 lbs
F150 = 1/2 ton capacity
1/2 ton = 1000 lbs
1000 - 660 = 340
3 x 660 = 1980
1000 - 1980 = -980
3.5 x 660 = 2310
1000 - 2310 = -1310
5 x 660 = 3300
1000 - 3300 = -2300

6. ### Green PasturesLawnSite Silver Memberfrom Hampton, VirginiaMessages: 2,457

Let me put it a different way. If I was a cop and you had a F-150 rolling down the road with mulch in the bed piled up 2 FOOT over the sides, I'm pulling you over, and I'm giving you a ticket.

It's not safe. A F-150 is not made to carry that much weight. Sure it may be fine the first ten time's you do it. No problems, you'll get away with it. Everything will be cool.

How are you going to feel that 11th time when an 8 year old girl runs out in the street to get a ball and you slam on the brakes and the brakes fail?

How are you going to feel when the parents of that little girl complain enough to the cops that the cops weigh your truck and find that you're 1500 lbs overloaded, thus breaking the law, thus changing your "accident" to involuntary manslaughter or even 2nd or 3rd degree murder.

Think about it.

Also like to ammend my previous post. I had no idea mulch weighed 660 lbs per yard.

IF mulch weighs 660 lbs per yard then a F-150 can only hold about 1 1/2 yards. Legally.

7. ### turfcareLawnSite Senior Memberfrom Winchester, TNMessages: 276

I would have to agree with Green Pastures. To say the very least it would be dangerous! Not worth the risk, too many bad things could happen not to mention getting a ticket.

8. ### Rtom45LawnSite Senior Memberfrom Erie, PA.Messages: 456

Also keep in mind that the weight of mulch varies greatly depending on moisture content. That's why mulch is normally sold by the yard.

9. ### T. MatthewsLawnSite Memberfrom Dunstable,MassachusettsMessages: 206

Ford F-150. I 'm sorry.

10. ### cosLawnSite Addictfrom southeast paMessages: 1,253

Wow!

I get 2 yards of mulch in my F250 Heavy Duty and the back squats down nicely. 3 is the limit for me.

I can't imagine 5 yards on an f150.