Why Construction Truck Owners Must Pay Attention To Cargo Weight

Whether you own a truck for personal use, or for a construction business, it is important that you pay attention to the weight of the cargo you place in your truck bed. This is an often overlooked issue that truck owners should pay closer attention to. By the end of this article, you should understand why it's important for you to ask questions like "how heavy is that load of firewood?" And "how much does a truck tool box weigh?"


More Weight Translate To More Fuel Burning

Most people who want to save up will blindly add cargo to their truck, thinking that by doing that they will reduce the number of trips they will need to take. However, the extra weight will cause the motor to overcompensate and it will likely burn out. 


By paying attention to the weight of your cargo, you can make sure that you don't exceed the manufacturer's recommendations on the matter.


What Exactly Happens When You Overload Your Truck?

I had a friend once, who drove all his carpentry equipment (yes, all of it) in the back of his truck. That amounted to almost a ton of cargo. Add to that the weight of the driver and his passengers, and the motor simply could not handle it. Within a week, his truck started to overheat regularly. Then, the gearbox was damaged. And finally, when he took an uphill drive to a village nearby, the car simply stopped halfway. It wouldn't start again, and no attempts to jump start it were helping. Naturally, he called for an evacuator, and took it to a garage. That's where he discovered that the engine was completely burned out, and he would either need to replace it or try to fix it. His transmission was also damaged beyond repair, and so he was left with a shell of a car to fix or sell as scrap metal. Needless to say, it was an expensive ordeal. 


How Do I Know My Trucks Cargo Limit

The limit on weight you can safely put in your truck is known as it's ok payload capacity, and can be found in your user manual. It's calculated by the company that made your car, along with the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (the curb weight or total weight of the empty car and the maximum weight it can carry). Note that the payload capacity of your car includes the weight of anything within the car - including the passengers. For example, if your payload capacity is 4000 lbs. The average person weighs 135-140lbs, so 4 passengers could shave off around 600 pounds from the weight you can put in your car safely. So, don’t try to get too close to that upper limit, and try to stay within the safe range to avoid damaging your car’s engine and transmission. Many vehicle owners do not pay attention to these details because they generally don’t carry very heavy items in their car, but truck owners tend to push towards the weight limits of their cargo. Be careful, and you won’t risk damaging your truck.

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