What Is the Weight of a Pick Up Truck?

by Roz Calvert

The weight of a pickup truck is measured in more than one way. There is the weight of the truck itself, the weight of its cargo and the weight that it can pull. When buying a pickup truck, you'll need to know the differences in these weights.


Curb weigh pertains to the truck and its fuel and other fluids and all essential operating equipment. Cargo weight is the curb weight plus cargo in the bed and equipment such as seats or a towing tongue. Tongue weight is the weight pressure of a trailer when it is attached and presses down on a trailer hitch.


The gross weight average of a small pickup truck is between 5,000 and 7,000 pounds. Heavy duty pickups weigh as much as 7,500 to 12,000 pounds. The manufacturer is the most reliable source for the specs on the actual curb or gross weight of a truck.


If you want to haul or tow a recreational vehicle, another vehicle or a significant load, make sure to check the gross weight rating of a vehicle. That is the weight of the truck with all of its seats, interior equipment and anything but the chassis and motor. Towing too much weight can harm the truck's operating systems and violate transportation laws.

About the Author

Roz Calvert was a contributing writer for the award-winning ezine Urban Desires where her travel writing and fiction appeared. Writing professionally since 1980, she has penned promotional collateral for Music Magnet Media and various musicians. The "Now Jazz Consortium" published her jazz educational fiction. She published a juvenile book about Zora Neale Hurston and attended West Virginia University and the New School.

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