The specific dimensions of trucks vary by make and model, but a typical 5-ton truck is about 35 feet long and more than 12 feet high and 8 feet wide. The length of its trailer section is approximately 24 feet long, 8 feet high and 8 feet wide.
Although 5-ton trucks have civilian purposes, such as carrying household goods and hauling freight, the U.S. military also uses them for transporting cargo and personnel. Whereas 2-1/2-ton trucks were common during World War II, 5-ton trucks became more popular during the 1970s. This was due to their greater power and larger carrying capacity.