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Old 01-03-2012, 12:38 AM
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I have a 2010 big horn 1500 4x4 5.7 with 392 gears, quad cab 6.5' bed. I am looking to pick up a pallet of heating wood pellets. i think the weight is around 2,000 lbs. I will only be driving about 5 miles through town. Is this amount of weight going to hurt anything or will i be ok.
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Well.....don't know how to answer this.....

At 2000 Lbs, you are definitely exceeding the manufactures payload rating as well as the rear axle rating, so -
It would be against the law
If something went wrong, there could be insurance issues
If something breaks, there could be warranty issues
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Me on the other hand, have done more for longer; but I understand the risks and know my Ram.
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For a short trip & driving carefully, a 2,000 pound load won't hurt a thing
If you did it often, you ought to think about borrowing a trailer
your only 400 pounds over the recommended haul weight
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I live in an area where it appears that 50% of all vehicles on the road are pickups. There is a large amount of livestock, agricultural, and oil field activity. The trucks I'm referring to get used for their intended purpose. Many friends and neighbors constantly tow or haul loads that exceed the recommended level for short distances. Many of these trucks get used until they just about turn to rust, and they look it...LOL! Being a gearhead, I've always kind of paid attention to how they hold up. Oddly, it seems most pickups hold up to this kind of abuse for these short distances. I see hardly any of them doing any long distance hauling/towing in this manner. It seems there's a level of "cushion" built into most trucks to handle without absolute failure. I'm with GTY on this when it comes to personal use and just use one of my trailers and don't overload...but I hate to abuse machinery too much.

On another note, in my area the Dodge diesel seems to be the clear winner for 3/4 and 1 ton trucks, and the Chevy seems to be the popular 1/2 ton pickup. There are more ancient and new pickups of those two brands than you can shake a stick at.

As brad rightly points out, it can be a safety issue and especially concerning the braking. Some nimrods get into their truck when heavily loaded and drive it like the family car. Potential damage or not to the mechanical components in the truck, it won't stop that well, so give yourself a big fudge factor for stopping distance, even if you're just going around the block.
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thanks for the replys. after thinking about it for a couple of days i think since im so close im going to split it into 2 loads. I know the truck could probable handle it but its my only vehicle and my luck is that something would happen. so thanks again
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That's why I bought a 1 ton, I can pretty much haul what ever I want. Also, why I bought a 5 ton trailer...
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with the coil springs in the rear the truck will just bottom out and blow the shocks. i tried to haul a pallet of pavers and when the forklift dropped it down the truck just kept sinking. i had to split the load so will you, if you had leaf springs they would eventually stop bending.
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A more important consideration - is your tires. Generally you would need 10 ply rated tires for that kind of a load, if your tires are rated lower - you can still manage - but you need to be aware that you will experience more 'sway' and the possibility of tire failure. So pick a route where getting off the road would not be a problem.
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RCGREG is right about the tires. Tried hauling a 2,000 pound slide in camper on my last 3/4 ton. Truck was all over the road with D load range tires. Took up grading to E's and heavier shocks and airbags to make it work right. I've hauled a ton on a half ton .... won't do it again.
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Originally Posted by brad12kx View Post
Well.....don't know how to answer this.....

At 2000 Lbs, you are definitely exceeding the manufactures payload rating as well as the rear axle rating, so -
It would be against the law
If something went wrong, there could be insurance issues
If something breaks, there could be warranty issues
.......
Me on the other hand, have done more for longer; but I understand the risks and know my Ram.
Brad said it right. I had 1800lbs in the bed of my ram from Syracuse NY to Seattle WA. Not a problem...but I knew what I was doing, and my tires were rated for it.

If you arent comfortable doing it, then split it. I didnt really have a choice, I was paid by weight.

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That's why I bought a 1 ton, I can pretty much haul what ever I want. Also, why I bought a 5 ton trailer...
Yeah, but not everyone has 60k+ to drop on a Loaded 1 ton!

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with the coil springs in the rear the truck will just bottom out and blow the shocks. i tried to haul a pallet of pavers and when the forklift dropped it down the truck just kept sinking. i had to split the load so will you, if you had leaf springs they would eventually stop bending.
A few miles wont blow his shocks, I hauled 200 lbs less for 3200 miles without a single issue. I just had to get some 10 ply's tires for the rear end. I bought them, put them on, got here, sold them and got almost what I paid.
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