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Old 07-27-2013, 04:42 PM
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I was cruising the Dodge Ram pictures and came across one by odie6033. His 3500 truck is obviously equipped for the task in the photo.

However, I remember some years back I took my old Ram 1500 5.9L to the rock quarry for a load of stone. The wife distracted me and the guy on the loader dumped the giant scoop in (all of it). I pulled up to the scales and paid out. The stone weight came to 3,186 lbs. The truck empty weighs about 5,100 lbs.

I drove the 10 miles back home at 30 mph (steering was a pain). I came up the drive in 4 wheel low, unloaded the stone as quickly as possible and checked the rear axle........I still have the quarry ticket from that event, as a "dummy reminder".

The old Ram is still with me today. Thought I'd share this blunder!

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Old 07-27-2013, 05:39 PM
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i doubt the new 1500 would survive that, with our new frames and axles.
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Old 07-28-2013, 11:04 AM
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Overload? Muahahahahahaha

I have an overload story for you. Back when I lived in TX, I was briefly "allowed" by the state to title and register a Japanese Domestic Market KEI class minitruck for on road driving. If anyone is familiar with these trucks, you'll know that they are almost always 4x4 out of sheer necessity, and are powered by 660cc three cylinder engines planted behind the front seats and are accessed via a panel in the bed.

During this period, I was also remodeling my master bathroom, and had selected marble and travertine stone tiles for the shower walls, floor, and bathroom floor. After doing the math to determine the quantites of each, I proceeded to drive said minitruck to work (50 mile one way commute) to stop at the Costco to buy these materials. I never once gave thought to the weight of the load as we were stacking box after box after box of stone tile in the bed of this tiny little truck.

As we were adding the last of the load to the bed, a customer came up and told me that my tires were flat. I looked down, and sure enough, the tires were compressed down to the rim. I had to air them WAY up to even be able to move. I aired the tires up to something along the lines of 60 psi each (rated at about half that), and eased the little truck onto the road. The truck had all of the accleration of an 80,000 pound fully loaded semi truck.

Once I got to work, I grabbed the weight off of the marble and travertine tile boxes. I ran the numbers and came out to over 2600 pounds of tile in a vehicle rated to carry about 800 - including the passengers.

I did call my neighbor who was nice enough to drive all the way into town and take half the load out of my truck so that we had some chance of getting home without breaking the truck. Still with nearly 1400 pounds in the back, I had to tip-toe carefully home.
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I used to have a 1999 Kia Sportage, I had a 3" lift on it and big tires and all, but it still wasn't a work truck, it had 2L engine. Well my GMC 2500 broke down and I had to pick up a "few" bags of cement...

As I began to load it, 5 bags made it sit level, 10 bags made it sag 2", 15 bags and it was sitting and inch above the bump stops. Talk about top heavy. So I managed to haul 1350lbs in a 2 door micro-ute...

I got home, thank goodness my sportage was a rwd and had the extra trans cooler...
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i doubt the new 1500 would survive that, with our new frames and axles.
Yes it will. I hauled 3600lbs of tire chains for a HEMTT Wrecker fleet in my '11. Took it like a champ.
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1st mistake... Forgot to screw oil filter on properly
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