How Much Weight Can Trucks Carry?

Seward Motor Freight was founded in the 1940s as less than a truck load (LTL) operations hauling freight from its hometown of Seward to Omaha, Nebraska and back. Willard and Wanda Miers operated Seward Motor Freight for 20 years before selling to Wayne and Joan Tanderup in 1969.

Today, the company operates class 8 tractors with 53’ dry box vans trailers providing service to all 48 contiguous states. The three main categories of trucks are light-duty, medium-duty, and heavy-duty, which are further divided into classes. Classes are calculated according to the gross vehicle weight rating – the total allowed weight of the vehicle.

Light-duty trucks occupy classes 1 through 3. These are the lightest and smallest trucks on the road. Class-1 trucks can weigh up to 6,000 pounds, while class-2 models can weigh between 6,001 and 10,000 pounds. Class 3 vehicles have a 14,000-pound limit.

Class 4 is the smallest in the medium-duty category, with a limit of 16,000 pounds. Class-5 models can weigh up to 19,500 pounds when fully loaded, while class-6 models can weigh up to 26,000 pounds.

Heavy-duty trucks start with class 7, which have a 33,000-pound limit. Class 8 starts at 33,001 pounds. Class 9 can weigh up to 80,000 pounds but may need special permits.

Nebraska Trucking Foundation Scholarships Support Aspiring Drivers

A family-owned truckload carrier company based in Nebraska, Seward Motor Freight hauls general commodity freight for companies across several states. In recognition of the company’s unrelenting commitment to safety, Seward Motor Freight has consistently received Safety Program awards from the Nebraska Trucking Association.

As part of its effort to create a strong, capable work force, the Nebraska Trucking Association offers a number of scholarships for individuals aspiring to careers in the fields of commercial drivers licenses (CDL) and diesel technology. Scholarship applications are judged on experience and goals, which should be outlined in clear, 100- to 200-word essays submitted with the applications.

Applying students must be enrolled at Northeast Community College, Southeast Community College, Metropolitan Community College, or Central Community College. Applications are reviewed by the Nebraska Trucking Foundation Board of Directors, who notify scholarship recipients within 30 days of receipt. For more information or to apply for a scholarship online, visit