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Old 12-22-2005, 01:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Payload Capacities of F250 / F350's (CONFUSED)

Hello guys, i am a bit confused about the payload capacities on the Ford F250's and F350's i know the F150 is rated at half ton that means only half ton (1000 lbs) can go in the bed. F250 is a three quarter which is 1500lbs in bed and F350 is a one ton that's 2000lbs in bed. NOW... on some websites i have seen the following payload capacities:

F150 = 1500 - 2000 lbs
F250 = 3000 - 4700 lbs
F350 = 4500 - 6000 lbs

Which ones are more accurate?
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Re: Payload Capacities of F250 / F350's (CONFUSED)

The F150 is not rated at a half ton, and the F250 is not a 3/4 ton, and the F350 is not a one ton. Those are just common names, they are not payload ratings. Ford does not ever refer to the trucks be those names.

The numbers you list are in the ballpark. To find the actual payload you need to find the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. It's on the blue sticker on the driver's door jamb. Subtract the empty weight of the truck and the difference is how much you can put inside the truck, including what's in the cab and bed.
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That did not make sense. Why do they call them a half ton, three quarter ton and a one ton pickups???
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Re: Payload Capacities of F250 / F350's (CONFUSED)

old school names
I can carry 5700 in the bed as per the guide
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Re: Payload Capacities of F250 / F350's (CONFUSED)

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That did not make sense. Why do they call them a half ton, three quarter ton and a one ton pickups???

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If by "they" you mean Ford, then "they" don't. If by "they" you mean just about everyone you talk to, then like said above, that's old school talk. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/biggrin.gif[/img]
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Re: Payload Capacities of F250 / F350's (CONFUSED)

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Why do they call them a half ton, three quarter ton and a one ton pickups???
Yep. Old school. Really old. In fact, it goes back to the Ford Model T days - about 80 years ago.

Back then the trucks really were rated as half-ton, three-quarter-ton, and one ton. And two ton and deuce-and-a-half. Because of the limits of available tires and wheels back then, for one reason.

And the names stuck. The Model A's and Bs were a little tougher. The new Fords during WW-II and into the 1950s were tougher still. Then the new Fords each few years just got more and more payload.

I still remember when Ford came out with the F-150. It had a heck of a lot more payload than an F-100, which was called a half ton even though it had more payload than 1,000 pounds. Dad called the F-150s 5/8ths ton for a while, but that didn't stick. So everyone continued to call them half tons. But it was just a name, no longer an indicator of payload.

But in those days almost all pickups had regular cabs and gasser engines.

But then Ford came out with the SuperDuty PSD, and my three-quarter-ton pickup has a net payload of almost exactly 1,500 pounds. 8,800 GVWR minus 7,300 pounds for my pickup with just me and a toolbox in it leaves a net payload of 1,500 pounds.

Of course, I used up a lot of payload for options, such as a heavy CrewCab body and a heavy diesel engine. At least I didn't spend 400 pounds on 4x4 drivetrain. If I had a regular cab gasser F-250, I'd have a heck of a lot more net payload than 1,500 pounds.
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Re: Payload Capacities of F250 / F350's (CONFUSED)

Payload capacity depends on curb weight empty.
Gross Vehicle Weight
F250 = 8800 GVWR
F350 = 9900 GVWR
F350 dually =11700 GVWR
so now go weight your truck fully loaded with a full tank of fuel and all your passengers and subtract it from the correct #and see what is left. That is the legal capacity of the truck. Can it haul more? Sure. But the letter of the law says NO
One of our plow trucks is a F250 crew cab short bed. We regularly load 75 50# bags of salt in the bed.With a 8" plow and the tailgate salter. It does sag. but has done this for years.
Even our crew dually gets overloaded with 125 50# bags and a 9' plow and tailgate salter.
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Re: Payload Capacities of F250 / F350's (CONFUSED)

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Payload capacity depends on curb weight empty.
Gross Vehicle Weight
F250 = 8800 GVWR
F350 = 9900 GVWR
F350 dually =11700 GVWR
so now go weight your truck fully loaded with a full tank of fuel and all your passengers and subtract it from the correct #and see what is left. That is the legal capacity of the truck. Can it haul more? Sure. But the letter of the law says NO
One of our plow trucks is a F250 crew cab short bed. We regularly load 75 50# bags of salt in the bed.With a 8" plow and the tailgate salter. It does sag. but has done this for years.
Even our crew dually gets overloaded with 125 50# bags and a 9' plow and tailgate salter.

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That data's not exactly right. My F250 with camper package = 9600 GVWR. 2000lbs capacity for the bed. It depends on how the truck is configured
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NEVNRF's numbers are for '04 and older. '05 and later SuperDutys have higher ratings and do vary on a given model based on configured options.
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I believe the maximum weight you can legally haul is the combined total of the GAWR.
I have an 04 f350 dually and GVWR say's 11,000 but the total weight rating of front and rear axles is about 13,500. Rear axle GAWR is 8250 and front is 5200.

Somebody tell me if I'm wrong!
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You dug up a thread over 4 years old?

It's good to see the newbees taking advantage of the older threads on TheDieselStop.

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You're wrong. At least in most states and provinces.

The Canuks are tough. I think I read they enforce GVWR as the max.

The states vary all over the board, but very few of them use GAWR as the max legal weight. Some use GVWR, but most use the weight you paid for to register the truck. And most will give you a ticket for less than the registered weight if your tires are overloaded.
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