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How will my truck handle with plywood in the bed?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by jrdbrn, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. Mar 29, 2012 at 12:14 PM
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    jrdbrn

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    I am going to Lowes tonight and will likely leave will 6 sheets of 3/4" plywood and misc items. I should be OK with that right? I will be driving about 35 miles with it. I don't know what a 4x8 sheet weighs, but it seems heavy LOL
     
  2. Mar 29, 2012 at 12:19 PM
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    toyotatacomaTRD

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    6 sheets. You're fine :) Bring some tie downs to strap them from the back..
     
  3. Mar 29, 2012 at 12:19 PM
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    you should be fine, although I understand why you are asking and it is just sad that we have to ask, "hey , can my brand new truck be used to haul stuff?"
     
  4. Mar 29, 2012 at 12:21 PM
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    I've carried about 150 6"x6" step stones and my truck sat extremely low. These trucks are known to have suspension issues.
     
  5. Mar 29, 2012 at 12:22 PM
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    Don't worry, you'll be pretty well planted on the bump stops :)

    It's under 500 lbs but a lot of the weight will be hanging out behind the axle because you have a short bed. Make sure you tie them in well, it's akward hauling sheet goods with a short bed but it can be done.
     
  6. Mar 29, 2012 at 12:31 PM
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    ya, thats what I mean, you have the TRD OR, so am guessing you have the 3 leaf without TSB, don't even try to haul what the manual says
     
  7. Mar 29, 2012 at 12:44 PM
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    It rode low but drove just fine. I do and did have the TSB for the springs. Also carried 1400# of stone in the bed a few times. Never hit the bumpstops.

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  9. Mar 29, 2012 at 1:08 PM
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    Poor tailgate :(
     
  10. Mar 29, 2012 at 1:09 PM
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    I think there are 6-8 sheets of plywood. 10 2x4x10' a bunch of 1 by material. 3 80# bags of cement mix and 2 bundles of railing spindles. Also a bunch of treated lumber on the far side.
     
  11. Mar 29, 2012 at 1:10 PM
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    I know it looks like its sagging but there was no actual weight On The gate. I had everything propped up with the railing spindles. They got the plywood above the wheel wells
     
  12. Mar 29, 2012 at 1:13 PM
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    i need one sheet of plywood, wonder how awkward that would be to get home in the long bed?
     
  13. Mar 29, 2012 at 1:22 PM
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    If u have a soft cover just unfasten the back remove the rail and slide it in. Done this many times and driven on highway. It should sit on wells in the bed
     
  14. Mar 29, 2012 at 1:23 PM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter I sell fishing and fishing accessories

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    no cover, i have a toolbox tho.
     
  15. Mar 29, 2012 at 1:25 PM
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    There are indents in the bedsides of the 2nd gens at approx the same height as the top of the wheel wells , a piece of 2x6 cut to fit side to side in these indents makes a flat area for sheet goods .
     
  16. Mar 29, 2012 at 1:28 PM
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    The way I carry plywood in my shortbed (with leer cap) is I have a 2x6 cut to width that sits in the little recesses in the bed on top of the wheel wells. I leave the tailgate up and load them in that way. Sitting them at an angle like that balances the plywood a little better. Think of a right triangle.

    I have loaded all sorts of heavy stuff in my short bed. Lumber, 35 bags of mulch (multiple times). I had about 600 lbs of flooring in there a few weeks ago with another 1,500 lbs on a trailer hitched up.
     
  17. Mar 29, 2012 at 1:28 PM
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    Haha you beat me to it.
     
  18. Mar 29, 2012 at 1:32 PM
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    :cookiemonster:
     
  19. Mar 29, 2012 at 1:34 PM
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    dexterdog

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    No problem with the 6' bed and the tailgate up. You could put a strap across just in case the sheet wants to flop up.
     
  20. Mar 29, 2012 at 1:37 PM
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    I also once carried two sheets of 12'X4' 1/2" drywall in my shortbed. I loaded some 2x4x8's flat with the tailgate down and ratchet strapped the front of them down closest to the cab (I added extra D-ring tie downs. If you haven't yet, you should). Then I laid the sheets of drywall on top of that. It was a little floppy on the drive home but I was only going about 1-2 miles down the road.
     
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