Over GVWR - 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 LT Crew Long-Term Road Test

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 LT Crew Long-Term Road Test

2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Over GVWR

September 12, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

That's my brother-in-law Alex shoveling small rocks into the bed of our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. Notice how he graciously put down a drop cloth to protect the Chevy's paint.

Alex just redid his San Jose, CA backyard and asked to use our Silverado to haul "some leftover rocks and stuff to the dump." I said yes, of course, and generously offered my might for the loading and unloading.

And it started small, as you can see in the photo. Just some gravel and a wheelbarrow full of small rocks. But things escalated quickly. By the time we were done packing the Chevy's 5.5-ft. bed it was completely full of bricks, pavers, rocks and assorted trash. Over 1,500 lbs. worth.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

According to the vehicle scale at Alex's local trash dump, the Silverado weighed 5,620 lbs. with Alex and I in it, an empty bed and a near full tank of gas. With the bed packed with Alex's old backyard that weight jumped to 7,300 lbs., which is 300 lbs. beyond the Chevy's Gross Vehicle Weight Rating.

That means the Chevy weighed more than Chevy says it ever should and its sagging rear suspension told that tale.

But the ride to the dump was a short one and the drive ability of the truck was essentially unaffected under normal driving conditions. Of course, all of that weight would affect the truck's ability to make a panic stop or an emergency maneuver, so we drove very cautiously and gave other motorists a wide berth. Thankfully, the trip was without drama.

Great truck.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 5,975 miles


  • reminder reminder Posts:

    There goes the warranty! Put a scoop or two of stone in a pickup & you'll understand how 10-wheelers gross upwards of 70,000 lbs.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    So the next LT truck is going to have a bed liner right? Guys? Anyone?... Hello??? Crap, the next truck isn't going to have a bed liner either.

  • dscain dscain Posts:

    Has anyone on the LT staff thought about a spray-in bedliner? It's not too late, and it would give you a chance to test how they last under your (ab)normal use.

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    A do it yourself bedliner job isn't that much or just find a Line-X dealer to do the work. Of course there is always the drop in plastic bed liner. As for the weight I would be more worried about the tires not being inflated enough to handle the weight. That said it was a short trip so no harm done but it is something to keep in mind in the future.

  • When the F 150 was redesigned for 1997 the early models were known to pop rear springs when they were overloaded. A GM engineer, of the record of course, said that GM designs their trucks to be overloaded. He said that they know that nobody weighs the trucks when loading just throw things in the bed until it's full. Trucks are routinely overloaded. Their weight limits pertain to the capabilities of the brakes, suspension and steering for handling. The truck will not be damaged from a few hundred pounds overloaded.

  • s197gt s197gt Posts:

    whatever the engineers decided the GVWR could be, i'm sure the lawyers decreased the official total by at least 10%.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Well, if he wanted to take it a bit easier on the truck, he could have had his 200-lb. BIL stay behind and did the unloading at the dump by himself - there's no one thing in the bed that one guy could not handle. But then if he wanted to take it easier on the truck, it would have had a bedliner in it.

  • bedliner smedliner, it is a truck and trucks are tools just like shovels. It is also a truck they won't have for that long so if the bed gets scraped up it isn't a big deal. I had the spray in one done in my truck but that was 200,000 miles ago so it was nice not having to worry about long term rust. If I was getting rid of it in a year I wouldn't have bothered.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    I guess I just feel differently about it - I try to leave whatever tool I use in a condition that I would want it to have been left to me. I see enough of the "that's his problem" attitude in my life already. Aside from that, if I were getting rid of the truck in a year, I probably would not want to skip a $450 spray-on bedliner and then eat $2 grand in lost resale value because the bed's all scraped up. I have plenty of uses for the $1,550.

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