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Old 12-08-2005, 12:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How much weight in the truck bed?

Where can I find the maximun weight that I can haul in the truck bed?
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Re: How much weight in the truck bed?

You need to get weighed, then subtract that from the GVWR. I'd guess it's only about 1500 lbs or something like that in your truck.
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Re: How much weight in the truck bed?

It should be more than that. Check your Owner's Manual. I believe there is a section in there on towing and how to figure what you can haul in the bed. You should be able to take the GVWR, subtract your passengers, add-ons, and gear weight, and come up with what is left over to put in your bed. I am guessing it is somewhere around 2000 to 2300 pounds, depending on what other weight you have added to the truck.
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Re: How much weight in the truck bed?

My F350 is a long bed SuperCab. It has a GVWR of 9900 pounds.
wieghed it the otherday when leaving work and with me in the
truck is was 6700 pounds loaded with a full tank of fuel.
that leaves me about 3200 pounds that i can carry in the bed.
BUT i added some firestone air bags and that should allow a few extra hundred pounds. ( some may disagree including the weigh station).
The bags make a huge difference in ride and the amount the spring packs have to carry. ( i drop down 4 inches with a 1025 lance camper and only 1 inch with 80 pounds in the ride right air bags).
camper wieghs 2500 pounds that leaves me with about 700 pounds for the 2 kids and the wife. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/depressed.gif[/img] lets hope the misses stops gaining wieght eh fellas.



" a man comes home late one to many times, the wife meets him at the door P.O.'ed, since you can never be here on time or for me, she yells, you better have something that can go from 0-200 in just a few seconds waiting for me in the driveway when i get up in the morning.

Next morning the wife goes outside to find that the hubby had placed the bathroom scales in the driveway" [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/phoney.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif[/img]
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Re: How much weight in the truck bed?

His is only 8800 lbs, I think, and that's probably an empty weight. I think there's a lot of variation between vehicles anymore though., It still needs to be weighed.
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Re: How much weight in the truck bed?

GVWR minus ACTUAL WEIGHT OR REAR AXLE WEIGHT RATING OR GCVWR which ever comes first. Cant be over the total GVWR or RAWR or GCVWR.
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Re: How much weight in the truck bed?

I say load it till a tire blows back it off a few hundred pounds and replace tire. And enjoy your trip. All kidding aside the above advice seems to be spot on for a LEGAL weight carrying capacity.
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Re: How much weight in the truck bed?

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Where can I find the maximun weight that I can haul in the truck bed? = 2004 F-250 6.0L V8 Powerstroke 4x2 Lariat

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Yep. Load the truck with your normal stuff - toolbox, tools, coolers, jacks, bedliner, trailer hitch, whatever. Then load up your normal passenger(s) and go to a truckstop that has a certified automated truck (CAT) scale. Fill up with diesel, and weigh the truck. Subtract the weight of the wet and loaded truck from 8,800 pounds and that will be your net remaining payload capacity.

My wet and loaded 4x2 CrewCab PSD weighs almost 8,000 pounds when packed up and ready for the road - before I tie onto the 5er. So my net available unused payload is about 800 pounds. I'll bet, if you're honest with yourself, yours will weigh about the same as mine.

As a result, I'm usually overloaded when on the road with my 5er. Usually around 9,200 to 9,400 GVW on the two truck axles. On one trip to NY it was 9,620. But my hot-rod towing machine had no problems at all on several of those 5,000-mile trips.

If I had my druthers, I'd druther have an F-350 SRW with 9,900 GVWR. But I don't. So I make do with my overloaded F-250. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]

If you want the unrealistic Ford publicity numbers for your truck, pick up a copy of the 2004 Ford RV and Trailer Towing guide. Assuming your pickup is a longbed CrewCab PSD 4x2, that thing says 1,260 pounds net payload. Their tools and coolers must be a lot lighter than mine. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/warmsmile.gif[/img]
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Re: How much weight in the truck bed?

I have had a pallet of stepping stones (3600#) on more than one occasion and 2 pallets of feed (4000#) in the back on other occasions. My truck is a 99 Extended cab LWB SRW F250. I aired the tires up to 80 psi and drove carefully. The truck did fine. I know I was overweight, but who realistically buys a 3/4 ton truck and loads it with only 1200# of cargo [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shrug.gif[/img]

My grandfather farms and grows tomatoes. In 1979 he bought a Ford 3/4 ton truck with the 400 and a C-6 transmission and a camper package. He always bought Michelin 10 ply tires and and ran them at 80 psi. When he sold it in 1995 I can't tell you how many thousand trips it made to the farmers market in Birmingham with around 200 boxes of tomatoes in the back. A box weighs 25 pounds. That is 5000#.

He built a top for the truck that was 7 feet tall and had a front (not good for wind resistance). We would stack the tomatoes all the way to the top and then tie them with ropes. I only remember one time that he lost any when a rope broke going around a hairpin curve close to our house. He would send me to the co-op to get fertilize and it was always 2 tons and then spray, a couple sacks of feed, etc...

When he bought a new truck in 1989 we talked him into going with an F350 with a flat bed. We could get 300 boxes on it [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]. Oh well I think Ford should used farmers to test their trucks, not some guy in a white shirt driving around Detroit.

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Re: How much weight in the truck bed?

with a 400 and a C6, wind resistance doesn't matter. I have a p/u with that setup, it's a boat anchor.
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Re: How much weight in the truck bed?

maybe I just have a weird truck, but mine weights 5,200lbs with fuel and my camper shell on it.
with my tools and all of 135lbs of me it weights 6,200- 6,600lbs.

anyway, I generally consider 3,000lbs my max payload, and that is only on account of brakes and tires being the weak link.
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Re: How much weight in the truck bed?

82FordTruck,

The truck wouldn't run over 70 mph. With the top on it (empty), it would try to run hot on the interstate if you tried to maintain 70 mph, because you had to hold it on the floor. The truck ran and pulled good at 55 to 60 mph.

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Re: How much weight in the truck bed?

The most important thing is not to exceed the tires' rated capacity (by too much)

If you're planning on running heavy often, you should upgrade to 10ply tires if you don't already have them (most 250's come with 8ply's)

If you absolutely must overload the tires, (flame suit on) for short distances inflate them to 20% OVER the maximun cold PSI on the sidewall and DO NOT EXCEED 45MPH.

As far as the MSGVWR, it's butt covering for Ford.
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Yours only overheated going 70? Mine'd do 80, then I'd back it down to 65 to cool down, run it back up, ect. After a trip on the interstate, the whole back of the truck would be covered in oil leaking from the engine.

I did tow about 10k lbs behind that engine. It got so hot it blew the input seal on the tranny, but it stopped leaking when it cooled back down. I lost about six quarts of tranny fluid that day, drove about 30 miles.

That was exactly when I bought my diesel. I still have that slug sitting in the backyard. What a money pit!
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I have an early 99 F350 CC longbed 4x4 powerstroke with an 11 1/2' camper and weigh in about 12,000 lbs ready for fun camping. Upgraded my tires to 3500 lb rating and did 15,000 miles this summer camping across country with no problems. Oh yeah, that is with 170,000 miles when I started my trip. In the last 3 1/2 years the camper has only been off the truck a total of 3 weeks. Boy do I love my truck. I think that gives me a payload of somewhere around 4500 lbs. When I put my trailer behind it I'm about 56' long and with a 1500 lb tounge weight my rear axel weight is about 9100lbs.
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