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Old 01-18-2015, 10:17 AM   #29
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There have been no accidents with light duty trucks on this forum?
It's not about breaking parts it's about control braking and general safety.Just because you can doesn't mean you should.

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Old 01-18-2015, 10:20 AM   #30
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Originally Posted by rgwatkin View Post
Theoretically the risk of overload is bent or broken axles. When is the last time anyone has heard of this happening on a truck. I would bet all the truck manufactures are closer to +25-50% of posted specs. They have to be with dynamic loads. The trick is no matter what your loads are don't hit holes/things at high speeds...just a good rule of thumb!
Dynamic loads are taken into account when the static numbers are set....and your +25 - 50% is high.


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Old 01-18-2015, 10:37 AM   #31
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I would bet all the truck manufactures are closer to +25-50% of posted specs. They have to be with dynamic loads. The trick is no matter what your loads are don't hit holes/things at high speeds...just a good rule of thumb!
I can attest to Dodge/Ram, the axles are all rated at 3900lbs each. All Dodge Ram's are rated at 6500lbs GVWR, but the axles combined come in at 7800lbs, so that's 1000lbs of safety built in.

If you are running the stock 275/60R20 tire with the Goodyear Wrangler SR-A that Ram install's on it's truck, it has a max load of 2601lbs per tire, for 10404lbs; derated that's 9467lbs rating for the truck when aired to 44PSI per manufactures recommendations.

Folks who talk about damaging the suspension are not car or truck people and are usually talking sideways out their behinds.

Since the OP had a Ram truck and was concerned about 300# pounds, I am putting out there despite the payload police that you are not endanger of dying, or having a run away vehicle that will put everyone on the road at risk. Your axles are not going to break or bend and your tires won't explode. The truck will not be a death trap.

Now, that isn't a license to put a golf cart in the bed plus hook up the Airstream and go drive the Ike Gauntlet.
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Exceeding Rated Payload

We could make a short journey around any metro area in the country and find contractors and others who either regularly or constantly have an overloaded half-ton. City streets and the far lying reaches from the highways. With or without trailers.

A vacationer traveling a few thousand miles annually who has otherwise done a good job with the hitch lash up has little reason to be concerned. Watch out for tire loads by using weight scale.

As to liability, that's a joke. The law looks to axle/wheel/tire loads. Commercial users of 1T pickups regularly exceed a 20k GCWR by more than 10k. Legally. And do it over a 300k mile lifetime.

Will a heavy load handle, brake and steer differently? Yes.

Is three hundred pounds over "heavy"? No.
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