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Postby bspears10459 » Tue Jul 11, 2006 1:25 am

How many tons of asphalt will a 5 yd. dump truck hold?

Postby alfadog » Tue Jul 11, 2006 1:31 am

Asphalt is pretty heavy and weighs almost 2 tons per yard so 10 tons BUT (big but) you need to check if the truck can handle 10 tons otherwise don't fill it.

Postby Dirtman » Wed Jul 12, 2006 8:36 am

John's right, the AC (asphalt) will weigh approximately 10 tons. His suggestion of checking that the truck can handle the gross weight is very pertinent and bears repeating.

A five (5) cubic yard dump is rather small. You could overload it quickly with 20,000 pounds tare plus the weight of the truck.

Three things minimum to check:

1 - The actual gross weight rating of the truck. This will probably be on the VIN tag, usually riveted to the door or door frame. If the tag is gone, call the manufacturer.

2 - The weight rating of the axles. Again, this should be on the VIN tag.

3 - The registered weights on the vehicle registration (in the event the registered weight exceeds the gross weight rating of the vehicle, don’t exceed the gross weight rating of the vehicle unless you have a letter from the manufacturer stating the gross weights have changed).

Check state laws for maximum axle weights for your truck configuration.

If the total weight (AC and weight of empty truck) exceeds any of the gross or registered truck weights or maximum axle weights, you will need to make two or more trips. You will bear all liability and responsibility in the unforseen event an accident happens if weights are exceeded.

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