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Old 01-16-2015, 05:01 PM   #1
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So what are the risks of exceeding the payload rating of your truck by two to three hundred pounds?
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Old 01-16-2015, 05:05 PM   #2
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Been overloaded for years. Can't tell no difference.
I am close to payload all the time. A couple of sticks of firewood and I'm over.
The truck doesn't seem to know or care.
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This oughtta bring about some tell tale responses.
Personally, I've never been a fan of pushing vehicles to their limits. I have always heard that manufacturers will have a ten percent rule that you can go over, but coming from a family with three lawyers, that's not going to hold up very well.
Overloading is done all the time, everyday. Each to his own. Not my cup o tea.

It does stress your engine, transmission, frame, tires etc more than what they are designed to handle. There's just no arguing against that.
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Why would you want to do that?
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Hans627,

Just what I would do..

Go to the scales weigh your rig loaded for camping.
Ck the front and rear TV axle weights and compare to the ratings on the driver door jamb sticker.

Do the same for the trailer.
Check the load ratings for your tires. TV & trailer.
Check the hitch receiver ratings.

If your numbers are good...go camping.

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So what are the risks of exceeding the payload rating of your truck by two to three hundred pounds?
No risk. That is why people use trucks - so we do not have to worry about a few hundred pounds here or there. I do not even know what the payload capacity is on my trucks.

I have been using 1/2 and 3/4 ton tucks my whole life for boats and construction. Never considered load calculations unless the rear end is squatting badly or the tires are bugled out.

Step back and take a look at the rig. Common sense goes a long way - and if that is not enough, E load range tires will do the trick.
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Me too. If the tires look OK, it's not squating on the springs, and it drives OK, it's OK to go.

We usually put 150,000 to 175,000 miles on our trucks before buying new. Usually, somebody in the plant snaps up the old ones. Many of those go another 100,000 miles for the new owners. Nobody has experienced any problems due to overloading with our used trucks. (Of course, they're all GM trucks.)
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They have to set some sort of reasonable figure based on serviceability, longevity, safety.

It isn't as though you will turn into a pumpkin if you go one pound over! The more you go over, the more you pays your money and takes your chances!

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You will just be riding on a fully compressed spring pack (rear springs) with little if any rear suspension travel,so a bumpy and very stiff ride.Your head lamp beams will also be high.Close to 80% of your braking is done with your front brakes and at maximum capacity the weight on the front is reduced reduced due to a maxed out rear load.Kind of like a teeter totter effect.So to sum it up it will ride like a dump truck, take longer to stop with headlights in the trees(exaggeration).


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And just how did we come to that conclusion? What did I miss?

100, 200, 300, 1000lbs over.

I just love blanket assumptions.

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I don't worry about payload but I do worry about axle and tire ratings, so I weighed my loaded truck and trailer to be sure we were under. We use a well adjusted weight distribution hitch to distribute that load among truck and trailer axles. A truck and trailer with properly adjusted w.d. hitch will drive better at maximum payload than a truck with all the payload in the bed and no trailer.
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It's driving better do to the wheelbarrow effect your WD hitch has created but the weight is still there and is a constant.
It is as if you have filled your truck bed to capacity then jacked up the rear end with a bumper jack and welded the trailer to the truck with articulating braces,then removing the jack.Putting additional stress on the trailers tongue,loading the trailers suspension along with the additional loading of the trucks front suspension.
You are still maxed out but now it is more controllable.This does not mean it's the best way to tow or the safest way to do it.



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Thus it is controllable and comfortable, and safe. What's not to like.
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So what are the risks of exceeding the payload rating of your truck by two to three hundred pounds?

Hi, this could depend on what vehicle you are talking about.

Are you talking about a Falcon Ranchero, a 2013 Ram 1500, or a Kenworth? What is the factory payload rating of the vehicle you are asking about?


Are you planning to be overloaded constantly, for a decade and many thousands of miles, or for a few week end trips. I personally don't like going over the ratings, but some people think it's OK.
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