Originally Posted by Outdoorsman2012
Okay so I just bought my truck thinking these weren't coming out for at least 3 more years but i see a lot of question on price and fuel economy what about how its going to affect payload. My dealer book says my truck should hold 1400lbs my vehicle says its rated for only 1165lbs. I have a 2012 outdoorsman qc 4x4. Nothing special on features I was looking for all the go and none of the show. but if this engire weighs 200lbs more that means 900lbs of payload. My 2002 saturn l200 is rated for 926lbs. I didn't get a half ton to put a ton in but I feel this is where the worry should be. Anyone else think of this or question this, or even know the answer?
Heck I think about it all the time because poor payload capacity will be the one thing that prevents me from buying a new 1500. Seems to me that Ram doesn't really care that their light duty trucks aren't payload competitive with their competition. It's a different story with their heavy-duty models where they have greatly increased their ratings but I'm afraid the 1500, especially the higher trim levels, just aren't really suitable for real work. For city poseur duty, they are excellent.
The truck I'm looking at (Laramie crew cab, 4x4 w. Rambox) has a payload rating of only 1150#. Add some factory options like sunroof, air suspension, running boards, box liner etc. and then get sticker stock when you look at the actual payload capacity listed on the placard on the door. Add the diesel engine and long-box option to it and ... ?!!