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Pallete of sod too heavy for the bed?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by kjf216, May 2, 2010.

  1. May 2, 2010 at 4:50 PM
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    For those who don't know I'm a landscaper. The most I have had in the bed of my truck is about 1700lb of mulch. My question is would a 500square foot pallete of sod be to much for the Tacoma. best estimates I have found puts a pallete at about 2000-2500lb. I have the stock non tsb suspension with spring helper which is stiffer the the rear tsb. What are ur taughts also I would have to go about 45-50 miles loaded
     
  2. May 2, 2010 at 5:02 PM
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    Payload capacity is around 1500 pounds total, plus or minus a bit depending on model. That's total weight of every passenger, interior cargo, and bed.
     
  3. May 2, 2010 at 5:04 PM
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    I put 1/2 pallet of freshly cut wet sod in my Tacoma and it was on the bump stops the whole time. Only had to go about 10 miles but that was enough
     
  4. May 2, 2010 at 5:05 PM
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    Too much.
     
  5. May 2, 2010 at 5:06 PM
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    Heck yea it way too much. 1/2 is about it. It takes a 3/4 truck to handle a full pallet.
     
  6. May 2, 2010 at 5:09 PM
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    Legally- Way too much. Mechanically- Possible, but it's not what it is built for.

    if you are landscaping- Get a cheap trailer on craigslist or something- WAY safer.
     
  7. May 2, 2010 at 5:41 PM
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    Im leaning toward a trailer i normally dont mess with sod but its a friend of the family and its damn good money. but they want the whole lawn done and its a shit load of sod.about 7-8 palletes so i dont want that much trucked in at once since u only have 24-48 hr to get it out. and the place im getting it from charges 250 to deliver so if i have to split that in to 2 or 3 loads it would suck.
     
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    Yeah man...Look for an old trailer on criagslist- or check out the cheapest trailer you can rent from UHaul....
     
  9. May 2, 2010 at 5:45 PM
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    Get some airbags for your truck. Easy to install and will increase the payload capacity for you
     
  10. May 2, 2010 at 5:59 PM
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    Keep in mind that payload capacity is not just dependant on suspension. you can increase the suspension capacity with airbags, but then you will have to worry abotu something like your axel seals or bearings being the limiting factor...also, you can become very topheavy with too much in the bed.


    i did some sod work about a month ago. i had to make 3 trips to the sod place, each time i got as much as i could. the max (safe amount) was 35 rolls (2' x 5' rolls) or freshly cut (wet) sod. eash roll weighed about 45 lbs (1575 lbs total load).
    the truck handeled it well, but anymore would have been unsafe, and bad for the truck.

    here are some pictures of it...

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  11. May 2, 2010 at 6:07 PM
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    Mine is on the bumpstops at around 1200lbs (no tsb).

    I would say 1500lbs probably won't hurt the truck, but 2000 lbs is asking for trouble.

    Go rent a uhaul trailer for the day, and abuse that instead of your truck. Gonna be expensive to fix a bent rear axle, frame, etc.
     
  12. May 2, 2010 at 7:19 PM
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    Agreed on the U-Haul trailer. 6x12 trailer costs $30 for the day, rated for 2670 pounds. Save your springs, and anything else that would break with double the rated load in the bed.
     
  13. May 2, 2010 at 9:16 PM
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    ^^ agreed, that much weight would be serious abuse, clutch/transmission, brakes, suspension. I once had a ford f-100, it was about the lightest duty truck I ever saw, only rated at about 1,000 lbs, I abused it a few times with way too much weight, it didn't let me down but I definitely wouldn't recommend it.
     
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    Do not do it. Get a trailer, or go rent a truck from home depot for the day and do it.
     
  15. May 2, 2010 at 9:40 PM
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    Yea trust me- when the fork lift starts lowing that pallet on your truck, you will be like "OMG stop". It makes the truck look like it's going to do a wheelie. We split the pallet and did it that way. Bummer I know.
     
  16. May 2, 2010 at 9:54 PM
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    haha wow. i think after reading this. we had 1200 pounds of sod and two 250 pound guys inside the truck. we were pushin it in my little 2.7l reg cab base
     
  17. May 2, 2010 at 9:58 PM
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    Go to home depot and rent one of their F250s or F350s for the day and take 2 pallets at a time. I have had well over 5000 on a F350.
     
  18. May 2, 2010 at 9:59 PM
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    I loaded my bed to the rail with dirt a few days ago. The rear sagged like a mother f'er but it was still not on the pump stop. I did get the TSB upgrade.
     
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    would not advise you to load your truck with that much lbs. agree with what most every1 else says
     
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