How Many Yards of Dirt Will Fit in a Pickup Truck?

A pickup truck is an incredibly useful tool to have. Not only can they be used to transport large items, but they can also be used to haul dirt. But how much dirt can a standard pickup truck hold?

The amount of dirt that a pickup truck can hold depends on the size of the truck bed and the type and consistency of the soil. For example, if you have a bed that is eight feet long and four feet wide, it will hold about one cubic yard of soil if the soil is dry and loose. This amount will vary depending on the type of soil you are hauling, as well as its moisture content.

If you are hauling wet or clay-like soils, then your capacity will be reduced as these types of soils are more difficult to move. Wet or clay-like soils also take up more space than dry or loose soils due to their higher moisture content. The same eight-foot by four-foot bed would likely only hold about half a cubic yard of wet soil due to its increased density.

The type of bed in your pickup truck will also affect how much dirt it can carry. If your truck has a flatbed, then it may be able to carry more than one cubic yard depending on its size and shape. On the other hand, if your truck has an enclosed bed then it may not be able to carry as much due to the limited space inside.

There are other factors that may affect how much dirt a pickup truck can carry as well, such as its weight capacity and how much additional weight it can handle when loaded with dirt in addition to any other items that may be stored in the bed. It’s important to take all these factors into consideration before loading up your pickup truck with dirt so that you don’t overload it and put yourself at risk for an accident or damage to your vehicle.


In conclusion, how much dirt a pickup truck can hold depends on many factors such as its size and shape, type of soil being hauled, moisture content of the soil, weight capacity and more. Generally speaking, most standard pickups should have enough room for up to one cubic yard of dry or loose soil in their beds; however this amount could be reduced if moist or clay-like soils are being hauled instead.

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Karen Watkins