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Old 10-10-2011, 06:56 AM   #1
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2011 Tacoma TRD Offroad: Hauling Dirt

I need to make a couple of trips to and from a place called Living Earth to get loads of topsoil. Is it OK to have them fill the bed to the brim, or should I do half loads? Will only be driving 10-15 miles on it. I am asking in terms of weight of the load for the suspension.
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You can go to the top of the bed, just make sure you cover it with a top so it doesn't blow all over the road.
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I'm guestimating here because I can't find exact figures on the density of your particular topsoil or the volume of a short bed on a tacoma but I'd be leery of filling the bed to the top.

Assuming a 5'x5' bed at 2' deep, that's 50 C.F. According to THIS website, topsoil runs around 83#/CF. Doing the math, that comes to approximately 4150#. A bit much for a Taco.
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yeah... half loads!!!
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I'm guestimating here because I can't find exact figures on the density of your particular topsoil or the volume of a short bed on a tacoma but I'd be leery of filling the bed to the top.

Assuming a 5'x5' bed at 2' deep, that's 50 C.F. According to THIS website, topsoil runs around 83#/CF. Doing the math, that comes to approximately 4150#. A bit much for a Taco.
NO WAY a cubic foot of top soil weighs 83 lbs.

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

Home depot has 1 cubic foot of top soil weighing 33lbs

33lbs x 50cf = 1650lbs

still a little much for the taco which is rated at 1300lbs in the bed or something like that. Although I wouldn't go with a FULL load, I'd say that it is doable. I would stick with like 3/4 loads or just light loads.
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what's better than owning a trailer?

answer: having a friend that owns a trailer.

i just recently towed 2 yards of topsoil to my home. i used this trailer. really helped to minimize my trips. can you rent/borrow a trailer?
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what's better than owning a trailer?

answer: having a friend that owns a trailer.

i just recently towed 2 yards of topsoil to my home. i used this trailer. really helped to minimize my trips. can you rent/borrow a trailer?
You can rent trailers from U-Haul and many DIY landscaping stores too.

For the record I once hauled 1.1 tons of gravel in my '85 I had.
The guy with the giant loader (you know the ones that fill a dump truck in 2 or 3 scoops) jiggled the bucket to get 'just a little more' to slide off into my bed. Well a crap load slid off.

I only had 5 miles to go and it actually handled it pretty darn well.
I would never do it again though.
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NO WAY a cubic foot of top soil weighs 83 lbs.

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

Home depot has 1 cubic foot of top soil weighing 33lbs

33lbs x 50cf = 1650lbs

still a little much for the taco which is rated at 1300lbs in the bed or something like that. Although I wouldn't go with a FULL load, I'd say that it is doable. I would stick with like 3/4 loads or just light loads.
Could be the difference between bank and loose densities. I just did a google search and that's what I came up with.
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Have the fella loading it dump slow, and cut him off when your truck squats. Dont rest the bumpstops on the leaf springs. Who cares what weighs what.

Tell a guy with an endloader to give you exactly 1350lbs of topsoil and see how much he laughs at you.
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Well since the Tacoma's bed isn't 5 feet wide, and you loose quite a bit of volume with the wheel wells, and I don't think the bed is two feet deep...you should be perfectly fine with a full load of top soil, as long as it isn't saturated with water.
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The guy loading it will know when to stop. I wouldn't put 1600 lb in it. Like one poster said, just watch it.
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I've put two cubic yards of dirt in the bed of my Tacoma and even when going over speed bumps and a curb to get to the site I never hit the bump stops. I have an '09 Access Cab with the TSB springs so that might have made a difference but I never felt like the truck was overloaded, just had to give it more gas!
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The place you are getting it from should know how much it weighs. Just tell them you can't haul more than 1,200lbs (leaving a little room for error).

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You'll most likely buy the topsoil in 1/2 yard increments. A 1/2 yard in my short box fills it 3/4 full and is about all the weight I'm comfortable with including my add-a-leaf.
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FULL LOAD

I put a yard (little less than to the brim) of quarry process. Rock. In a 97 access cab. Full load of dirt is nothing in comparison. C'Mon, thought we all believed these were reliable push it to the edge TRUCKS.
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Full load. here is a pic of my truck filled with about 150 square feet of 4 " thick grass and dirt. Drove 50 miles w no problem.
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