I may have a problem. I have nearly twenty five full days of play time in SnowRunner. It's a title I had looked forward to ever since MudRunner and I bought it happily when it came out on EPIC originally for my PC. To be clear, I even pre-purchased the game and that's not something we here ever recommend, but I knew I'd love it. I played the game and made it to Amur in phase four when it came out before becoming somewhat disenchanted by what felt like a pretty huge and unbalanced difficulty increase so I put SnowRunner down for a while. Before that, however, way back when season two started I began finding myself getting curious about how much these materials I was hauling and towing around weighed, so I began making an itemized list with estimations based on my own construction and landscaping background and I came up with some numbers. I've been playing again recently and I'm now two phases behind, but I did run across the list I made and it sparked an interest in sharing it with all of you.
Now of course there's no practical use for this in the game, it's just something I decided to do. I can't say that what I came up with here is totally accurate because again, I've based these numbers mostly on eyeballing dimensions in-game, but I did look up info as I went along to at least make sure my math was good. So if you're like me and are at all curious just how heavy your heavy hauling is, stick with me and I'll drop some statistics. I can't promise it'll be very entertaining but I enjoy practical math and I found it interesting to research and total up, so hopefully you'll find it interesting to read about as well and give a little real world perspective to our favorite off-road trucking simulator.
Wood Planks - Each one of these beams looks to be an 8"x8"x8' piece of lumber. Now of course wood weight will vary depending on type of wood, whether the lumber is green or pressure treated or kiln dried etc. These usually come right out of the mill and go to stores and warehouses so let's call them green Douglas Fir boards. Each beam should weigh around 116 lbs, or 52.5 kg. Each bundle contains 63 beams weighing in at about 7,308 lbs or 3,314 kg. That would make a full two slot load come in at around 14,616 lbs or 6,628 kg.
Fuel Barrels - Diesel weighs around 7 lbs or 3.17 kg per gallon. That's 1.5 lbs or 0.68 kg per liter. Each drum appears to be a 55 gallon or 258.5 ltr container that comes in at a fluid weight of 385 lbs or 174.6 kg. There are four barrels on a pallet and four pallets in a bundle sitting at 6,160 lbs or 2,793 kg. Adding the weight of the barrels themselves brings each barrel up by around 40 lbs or 18 kg and this ads an extra 640 lbs or 2,980 kg to each bundle. Adding all this up brings each bundle to a surprising 6,800 lbs or 3,084 kg, making a full two slot load sit heavy on your flat bed with 13,600 lbs or 6,167 kg.
Oil Barrels - Oil barrels weigh similarly to fuel barrels but slightly heavier because crude oil is unrefined so it still contains impurities and is thus around 7.2 lbs per gallon instead of 7 lbs. So adjusting the above measurements and adding in the weight of the 55 gallon barrels that will bring our weight up to 6,976 lbs or 3,163 kg per bundle. Two slots will run around 13,952 lbs or 6,327 kg.
Cement Pallet - Each bag weighs in at around 66 lbs or 30 kg and there are 36 bags on a pallet with four pallets in a bundle. Each bundle will come in around 9,525 lbs or 4,320 kg bringing a full two slot load to 19,051 lbs or 8,640 kg. It kind of gives you a little more respect for those trucks on the highway towing a 53 foot trailer with only three bundles on the arch.
Concrete Blocks - This will be a bit lengthier because there are several factors to calculate. The game calls them blocks, but they really seem more like panels or small kind of tileable sections made to create a quick and dirty floor space. So each block appears to be a 4'x'4'x4" section which is an easy 0.2 cubic yards of concrete per block. One of our 66 lb bags of cement should equal around 0.017 cubic yards. Now, the bags say "cement", not pre-mix or concrete and that would imply that what we're hauling is actually just the grey portland cement minus the sand and gravel. To make things a little easier let's convert our 66 lb bags to 90 lb bags because that's the most common way you'll find portland sold and that would give us around 26 bags with the weight conversion. Now let's add in the sand and gravel. Making one cubic yard of concrete would take 5 bags of cement, 8 cubic feet of sand and 20 cubic feet of gravel. Sand weighs about 95.5 lbs per cubic foot and specifically, pea gravel weighs about the same at 96 lbs per cubic foot. So adding up 450 lbs of portland cement, 764 lbs of sand and 1,920 lbs of pea gravel gives us a dry weight of 3,134 lbs per cubic yard of concrete. Converting that to the weight of 0.2 cubic yards gives us a weight of around 628 lbs or 284 kg per block. But that's before reinforcement, which we'd definitely have so let's talk about rebar. 3/8th inch rebar weight per foot is 0.83 lbs and we'll need about 30 ft per block adding around 25 lbs of steel to each one. Our final total per block is around 653 lbs or 296 kg. We're not counting water here because the blocks are assumed to be cured and even though that's never really 100% dry it's just a lot of extra math to figure out rate of evaporation over 28 days of curing time, potential humidity and drying agents etc. etc. So finally, at 5 blocks per pallet and 4 pallets per bundle we get a pretty staggering 13,060 lbs or 5,922 kg per bundle, making our full two slot weight holding down you're poor Chevy Kodiak with 26,120 lbs or 11,844 kg.
Concrete Slabs - Okay so according to the crafting stations in the Yukon, it takes one bundle of cement to create one bundle of concrete blocks. See above. This is our base weight that we'll go by. It then takes two bundles of cement to create one bundle of concrete slabs. One unit of concrete slabs takes up two slots on your truck or trailer. The difference between the blocks and slabs will come with the weight of heavier and more rebar. For these thicker slabs we'd probably use 5/8th inch rebar instead of 3/8th and that heavier steel comes in at 1.04 lbs per foot and we'd need a lot more per slab - around 16 times more or 480 feet for each one, in fact. Three slabs make up one bundle and with the added weight of the steel coming in at 1,497.6 lbs more plus the weigh of two non-reinforced concrete block bundles because the measurements will equal out based on the game rules. This means our two slot bundle of concrete slabs comes in at 28,115 lbs or around 12,753 kg.
Bricks - Bricks are surprisingly dense. Each red clay brick would come in at a real world weight of around 5 lbs each or 2.26 kg. Each pallet contains around 520 bricks and there are six pallets per bundle. That gives us 3,120 bricks per bundle weighing in at 15,600 lbs or 7,074 kg per bundle. That gives us a two slot load of bricks coming in at 31,200 lbs or 14,149 kg. No wonder the scouts can barely handle them on a trailer. Actually, by most accounts they probably shouldn't be able to.
Packaged Sand - The sand bags are labeled as containing one cubic meter of material so that would be around 3,571 lb or 1,620 kg per bag. Four bags make a bundle making each weigh in at around 14,286 lb or 6,480 kg. A full two slot load would come in at a pretty eye watering 28,572 lb or 12,960 kg.
Metal Beams - These appear to be 6"x8"x16' in dimension and let's call them 1/4 inch thickness. Each bundle contains 48 beams. 1/4 inch box steel comes in at 22.4 lbs per foot or about 10 kg, making each beam weigh about 358 lbs or 162 kg. Bundles will scale at 17,184 lbs or 7,793 kg. Each bundle takes two slots on your truck or trailer.
Small Pipes - Giving it the ol' eyeball, these appear to me to be about 8 inch diameter steel pipe sections and they look to be about 16 feet long. Certainly I'm not 100% sure on this but I'm calling them 1/8th inch steel pipe and that should be around 8 lbs or about 3.6 kg per foot. This should make each pipe weigh in at 128 lbs or 58 kg. Bundles contain 21 pipes so that equals out to 2,460 lbs or 1,219 kg. Two Slots per bundle.
Medium Pipes - Measuring the mediums is slightly more complicated because they're double walled and insulated with high density foam, so we'll have to calculate for that. The innermost pipe looks like it's around 15 inches in diameter with an outer wall pipe that looks to be about 18 inches and it looks like there's about 3 inches of foam for insulation between the two. The inner pipe looks like it's about 1/4 inch thickness and the outer looks like an 18 gauge pipe. This gives us an inner pipe weight of 236 lbs and and outer pipe weight of 42 lbs with the foam coming in at 132 lbs in between. Each medium pipe weighs about 410 lbs or 186 kg and there are six pipes in a two slot bundle totaling 2,460 lbs or 1,115 kg.
Metal (Steel) Rolls - This is another more difficult measurement because we don't know how long the coils are, nor do we know the gauge of the presumed steel. According to a very detailed site that I'll link here these coils can weigh anywhere from 7 to 15 tons commonly and up to 30 tons depending on the application and metrics used. So a full two slot load of metal rolls could be anywhere from 14,000 to 30,000 lbs or 6,349 to 13,06 kg. And up to a pretty huge 60,000 lbs or 27,210 kg.
Cargo Container - These "cube" containers are 20 foot standard containers and when they're empty they weigh around 5,071 lbs or 2,300 kg. They have a maximum gross weight capacity of 55,126 lbs or 25,004 kg. However the containers in the game are not 20 feet long. I believe the truck beds are more like 16 feet and one container can fit in the bed. As far as I can find, a 15 foot container would weigh around 3,880 lbs or 1,760 kg empty. Info is surprisingly tough to find for the gross weight of a 15 foot container, this is why I have included the 20 foot container.
Oversized Cargo Container - The oversized container is a 40 foot standard container and empty they're around 8,159 lbs or 3700 kg. Fully loaded they have a maximum gross weight of 59,039 lbs or 26,779 kg. Weights across all sizes vary some but this is a good ball park.
Sadly we don't know what's packed into the spare parts crate so we can't measure that. Consumables are listed as anything from power tools to clothing so the variables are too many to measure here as well. I also didn't measure any special equipment trailers or the large pipe section because materials are pretty inconsistent. Finally, I didn't do anything for the logging aspect of Snowrunner because of course logs vary a lot in size and weight due to wood type, cut length, dryness and natural circumference.
Bear in mind here though -- For some real world perspective, the Derry Longhorn 4520 (a real world Oshkosh M1070) is about 29 feet long, 8.5 feet wide and 13 feet tall. The tractor weighs about 45.5 thousand lbs unloaded. As a tank hauler it's capable of a pretty staggering 250,000 lbs towing weight. Couple that with the biggest trailer in the game, a super heavy flatbed that would come in around 20,000 lbs empty and then load it with eight slots of concrete blocks. That's 104,480 lbs of materials with 20,000 lbs of trailer and you could still pile on almost 25 tons more before reaching the Oshkosh's towing limits. Pretty amazing stuff even though the game doesn't represent the Oshkosh very well. My understanding though is that phase six brings a new, more powerful engine. I'm curious to find it for myself at some point.