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Old 09-22-2010, 02:36 PM
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Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Ram
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Default Timbrens in the mail

Ordered a set for the rear. Hopefully will get them installed over the weekend. I think I'm going to POR-15 the area before installation just to be safe.

I've currently got the bed about 3/4 full of loosely thrown firewood and it is sitting perfectly level. The truck seems to handle much better with the weight in it. acceleration and braking feel like I'm totally empty!

I'd like to be able to fill the bed with firewood and then tow my teensy 1,000lb trailer. When loaded like that i want to at least carry the weight right. I don't think I'll be doing anything too crazy or unsafe, but I'll probably (technically) be a little over the GVWR.

The more I read around, the more I'm wondering how on earth this thing is rated to have a payload of 1600+lbs (per MSN Auto). I bet that by the time I get me and some fuel in the truck i have more like 800lbs given the weights I'm reading about for the truck itself. Throw my entire family and a few random things into the truck and the payload really drops. BUT, it seems to handle that payload really well, so I'm not worried. I might be able to get a weight on the empty truck sometime this fall at Dad's new grain bin setup on the farm. He's got some fancy new scale system for the big trucks.

I bought a 13 year old truck because i didn't want to be afraid to push it every once in a while. Most of the time it will be babied, but let's hope it takes the occasional abuse!
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