You may have heard of quarter-ton, half-ton, one-ton pickup truck classifications. These are old terms that need some clarification because there is a lot of misunderstanding about what they mean. Over the years trucks have become bigger and stronger, and with today's series of pickups like Ford 150, 250, 350 and GM's 1500, 2500, 3500, the manufacturer's build a different degree of strength into the frame, springs, suspension, engine, brakes, tires and wheels.
For example, today's "half-ton" pickup truck (the Ford F150, Chevy Silverado 1500 and Dodge Ram 1500) have payload capacities in the range of 1,500 to 2,000. That means these trucks could actually be called three-quarter to one-ton pickups!
The F250, Chevy and Dodge 2500s have payload capacities of between 2,500 and 4,000 pounds (1 1/4 tons and 2 tons respectively) and the 350s/3500s are rated at 3,500 to over 5,000 pounds (almost 2 to almost 3 tons).
DETERMINING YOUR PICKUP'S ACTUAL PAYLOAD
The only true way to determine the actual payload is to weigh your truck empty (with a full tank of gas) and subtract this weight and the weight of you and any passengers from the stated GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating). The GVWR is usually stated on a model tag stuck on the driver side door or panel. The weight that is left over is what you can safely carry in the truck. Just keep in mind that any excess weight over the GVWR is an overload, which can damage the truck or make operating the truck dangerous.
Park, Order, Pay and Get Loaded!
If you have a pickup truck or trailer, you can come into the office, order and pay for your product, and then we will load you right up. It only takes a few minutes. Please do not park in the loading area. Ample parking is available for pickup trucks in front of the sales office and trailers can park in a designated area along the side of our driveway.
Most customers like to pick up materials because it allows them to use their truck like a wheelbarrow, driving around their yard and spreading off their truck. If the terrain of your yard allows this, it may be the way to go. Otherwise, you may be able to schedule a delivery from us and resort to wheel barrowing it around from a pile we'll deposit on your driveway.
HOW MUCH CAN YOU CARRY?
You are probably wondering how many cubic yards you can carry in your pickup. To help you understand this we have developed the following chart. We realize it does not cover every kind of vehicle, so if you can't find your type of truck, come on in and we'll let you know what you can carry. Remember this is only a guide and if for some reason we do not think you can safely carry it, we reserve the right to not load you.
There are many types of vehicles that you may use to pick up and transport material. However, there is a limitation to what we can and will load. The vehicle must be loadable by our loader (has a 5' 8"wide bucket). The vehicle must be loadable from the top. We don't load closed top vans through back doors or pick up trucks with lids that open less than 90 degrees from the bed. If your vehicle is not in a condition suitable for carrying the material (rusted out beds, trailers with wire beds where material will fall through it, trucks without tail gates) we may not load you. Your safety and the safety of others on the roadway are extremely important.
Check the pressure and load rating of your tires. If you need air, we will provide it for you at our maintenance garage and please, let us know before you are loaded to avoid damage to your tires.
CHECK FOR GAPS
Make sure any gaps are closed so material doesn't fall out of your truck or trailer (check for gaps between bed and tailgate or gaps in floor and sides of trailers).