2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Over GVWR
September 12, 2013
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.
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.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 5,975 miles