The addition of a bed liner can be very helpful in preventing damage to your dump truck and extending its life. But you may wonder if its addition can limit your ability to carry heavy loads. Read below to find out if your bed liner can impact load capacity.
The amount a dump truck can carry is significant, even though weight capacity does vary based on model, type, and vehicle size. However, larger trucks can usually carry between 10 to 14 cubic yards of fine material. For example, if you transported 14 cubic yards of soil in your truck, you would be carrying approximately 28,000 pounds since one cubic yard of dirt weighs roughly 2,000 pounds.
In addition, if you were to carry 14 cubic yards of gravel, you would be carrying roughly 42,000 pounds since one cubic yard of gravel weighs in at approximately 3,000 pounds. If you need a definite answer on the load capacity for your specific vehicle, look at your truck manufacturer’s manual. The information in this manual will allow you to better estimate how much you can transport.
As for whether your bed liner can impact load capacity, it can, but it won’t do so by a significant amount since the liner itself is not very heavy. For example, 1/4-inch thick poly liners for dump trucks may only add up to 1.25 pounds per square foot to line a truck bed.
In addition, a 1/2-inch poly liner may add up to 2.5 pounds per square foot. In the end, the liner should not drastically impact your vehicle’s ability to haul loads.
Not only does a liner protect your truck bed without adding much weight, but it also helps you dump material for your clients. For example, a liner helps prevent material from getting stuck on your truck bed and allows it to flow more easily. That allows your customers to get their full order and helps you get back on the road quickly to deliver more materials.
If you want to add a bed liner to your dump truck, contact Linings Inc. We offer liners that will keep your equipment protected and keep your truck on the road. We are ready to help you!