Originally Posted by piercedtiger
The thing I can't get a clear answer on is if the cargo capacity (~1300lbs according to Toyota) includes passengers, etc in the cab, or if it's just the bed. I'm assuming it's everything, but you know what they say about ass-uming. So if you have 2 adults in there, keep that in mind.
The owners manual says "Vehicle load limits includes total load capacity, seating capacity, towing capacity, and cargo capacity" and "Total load capacity means combined weight of occupants, cargo, and luggage." In the 2007 owners manual they even give an example of figuring the passengers weight and subtracting it from the total allowed.
It has been the same way for every truck I have owned.
Another thing to remember is that anything added to your truck reduces the amount of cargo you can carry. This would include a trailer hitch, bed mat, tonneau cover
or cap, and any racks you install for carrying stuff.
Most Tacoma owners will never need to worry about the cargo limit, but it is also easy to exceed it if you don't think ahead. For example; concrete blocks weigh 40 pounds each. My access cab has 1.340 pounds of payload. If I have 340 pounds of passengers and misc stuff already in the truck that means I can load 25 blocks in the bed. The bed will hold more than that and if you don't realize it you can overload the truck.
My experience is that most small truck owners don't overload their trucks with one big item, but load way too many smaller items into the bed not realizing how much it adds up to.
Originally Posted by Janster
What's a scoop of mulch weigh?
Most places that load stuff like gravel or wood mulch can tell you how much it weighs per cubic yard and know the volume of the buckets on their equipment. You can then figure out what your load will be.
Watch out for the operators that dump their buckets while high above your bed. Even if the weight is within limits the shock of dropping the load in can damage your truck.