How Much Weight Should I Put in My Truck?

by Jesse Sears

Understanding Gross Vehicle Weight Rating

Every truck on the market is given a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, or GVWR. This information is published by automakers and is separated into classes. Half-ton trucks can usually carry between 2,500 and 6,000 pounds. Three-quarter ton trucks, usually marketed as "heavy duty" or "super duty," carry up to 9,000 pounds. One-ton trucks usually carry about 16,000 pounds

Actual Safe Hauling

Published GVWR numbers are the absolute maximum weight a truck can carry. Trucks carrying a lot of weight may handle poorly, especially if the heavy items are very large. Drivers should make sure they are comfortable and ready to drive a large load before pushing a truck to its limits.

Bottom Line

GVWR numbers aside, you should not put more weight in your truck than you are comfortable hauling. The ratings are upper limits and should not be exceeded under any circumstances.

About the Author

Jesse Sears is a Los Angeles-based journalist and photographer. He has worked as a professional freelance writer since 2008. Sears has been published in numerous traditional and online media ventures including "The Daily Sundial," "The Pasadena Courier," RSportsCars.com and others. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from California State University, Northridge.