Join Date: Apr 1999
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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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My Sierra Blanca in the sig pic was a great pickup for 11.5 years. I sold it a coupla years ago. I drove a hand-me-down 2003 F-150 SuperCrew 4.6L 2V for a while, but it was unacceptable for towing more than a rowboat. Replacement is a 2012 F-150 EcoBoost SuperCrew Lariat that tows my 5,000-pound TT like a dream.