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Old 08-11-2015, 12:21 PM   #1
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Yellow door sticker - right or wrong?

I am considering a new 2015 RAM 2500 Laramie Longhorn Crew 6'4" box truck.

The Ram brochure says the Payload Capacity is 2360 pounds maximum for this model. Of course this number is a maximum and the manufacturer must deduct the weight of options/accessories beyond the base from that. The final number is specified with the documentation for the specific vehicle.

The VIN specific printout for customer turnover shows a capacity of 2270 pounds for this specific truck. The sales folks are supposed to cover this with the buyer during turnover.

The "Tire Inflation and Loading" placard (yellow sticker) on the inside of the driver door of this truck shows 1990 pounds.

So, why the difference between documentation with the VIN and the "yellow sticker"? Is there someone here that knows the background and why this occurs? This is a common issue and I have yet to find a sales person that knows anything about it.
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Old 08-11-2015, 12:36 PM   #2
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Can't answer question, but know for a fact sales folks won't know. I was payload sticker hunting a few weeks ago and sales folks didn't even know there was a sticker in driver door jamb. When trying to find out why Tundra payload was so low compared to Toyota brochure, two sales person and a manager were baffled, they called Toyota and called me back, and still didn't have the answer. I finally found that door stickers are always lower than Max possible payloads advertised, based on trim, options, and such. But no idea about VIN documents.

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Old 08-11-2015, 12:36 PM   #3
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I just purchased a 2015 RAM 2500 Big Horn Crew 6'4". My label show 2089lbs of payload. The Tradesman we were considering was about 200lbs more. The 20" tires of my Ram are each 5lbs heavier than the 275/70x18 tires on the Tradesman. Maybe the rims are heavier, extra sound deadening, center console, adjustable drivers pedals, electric driver's set adjustment, etc.

Like my credit card. $20 here, $30 there and by the end of the month I have to pay $400. It all adds up.

An equally equipped Silverado Duramax LT had a little more payload than my Big Horn I think about 2300 lbs

F250 6.7L Lariats have under 2000lbs

"Bling" is heavy.

Maybe consider the Ram 3500 if payload is crucial.

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Old 08-11-2015, 01:13 PM   #4
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Every truck is ordered with different options.Each option takes a piece of the payload capacity.The print out listing is before options added
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Old 08-11-2015, 02:38 PM   #5
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Every truck is ordered with different options.Each option takes a piece of the payload capacity.The print out listing is before options added
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Factory spec 2360# max
VIN specific turnover doc. 2270#
Tire and Loading sticker 1990 #

Understand options and weight deducts. I would assume that's the 2360 - 2270 since the VIN Data Sheet is what's presented and reviewed with the customer as fact as required by the manufacturer.

I'll assume the manufacturer is being honest, although recent events with fines and court action might make one question my assumption.

So back to my original question! (post #1)
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Old 08-11-2015, 02:54 PM   #6
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Maybe the tire and loading sticker deducts for passengers.

150 lbs x 2 = 300

2270 - 300 = 1970
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My 2014 Laramie CTD 4x4 crew short bed lists 2274 on the VIN report. I recall the door sticker said something like 2050. I never figured out why there was a difference either. If it bugs you, call Customer Care and ask.

It's just a guess, but the VIN report might be for a Base Laramie and the door number might account for additional options (side steps, bed liner, 20" wheels, etc) above the base trim level.

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Old 08-11-2015, 03:03 PM   #8
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If you got 4x4, heavier motor, etc that will detract from payload. I read the asterisk by the VIN data sheet payload, makes me wonder at what stage in that particular vehicles assembly the VIN data sheet was generated.

Out of curiousity, is this a vehicle you ordered? I'm not familiar with the VIN sheet, but will be ordering my vehicle when time comes. Curious if they prent this VIN data sheet to you when vehicle arrives, or at an earlier point in the process.


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Old 08-11-2015, 03:11 PM   #9
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If you go to Tire Rack and look at the your tires specs, you may find you have a P rated tire with a lower weight rating. I found the tires on my Ram were P and not Light Truck. I had to buy new tires for my Safari. I have heard negative things about the stock tires
So, I got E rated light truck tires.
BTW the 1500 ecodiesel tows great. 2007 Safari 25 FB . Got 18 mpg for first 800 mile tow. Boise ID to Las Vegas. Last 260 miles killed it with many 6 degree grades into the west side of Phoenix. Still had a overall of 16.1 mph. Much cheaper truck than the 2500/3500 I started to look at. I'm pretty happy. More money for traveling.
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Old 08-11-2015, 04:46 PM   #10
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I bought my truck used, so I didn't get the sheet you are talking about. I did download a build sheet, but it doesn't speak to the payload, neither does the window sticker I ordered. The only thing weight related is the GVWR which is 10,000#. Subtracting the curb weight from that should yield the weight available for passengers and cargo on the door sticker. Unfortunately my truck is in the shop right now so I can't check that.

What is the wording of the VIN report regarding the capacity? Is it a payload package? If so, then it may not consider all the options. I'm guessing that the sticker is printed on the line after weighing the truck and subtracting the curb weight from GVWR. Perhaps the software printing the report doesn't have access to that data and is based on just the major characteristics of the truck.

I did say I'm guessing.

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i am considering a new 2015 ram 2500 laramie longhorn crew 6'4" box truck.

The ram brochure says the payload capacity is 2360 pounds maximum for this model. Of course this number is a maximum and the manufacturer must deduct the weight of options/accessories beyond the base from that. The final number is specified with the documentation for the specific vehicle.

The vin specific printout for customer turnover shows a capacity of 2270 pounds for this specific truck. The sales folks are supposed to cover this with the buyer during turnover.

The "tire inflation and loading" placard (yellow sticker) on the inside of the driver door of this truck shows 1990 pounds.

so, why the difference between documentation with the vin and the "yellow sticker"? is there someone here that knows the background and why this occurs? This is a common issue and i have yet to find a sales person that knows anything about it.
DUDE, asterisk! The answer is clear.
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Regardless, your truck will haul 700# more in the bed and pull a trailer 6,000# heavier than what my truck will-
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Thumbs up Vehicle Specs......

I recently learned about the "yellow" stickers that are now required by the powers that be. No such thing before I retired. It was a bit easier pre 2009, we just used the axle & tire ratings and actual weights.

Here is a handy site to spec out your vehicle.



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The world won't end if one goes over "rating". Just keep things under tire/wheel/axle limits. Those are what matter. Properly setting the WD hitch is more important, as is setting the brake controller, and TV tire pressure according to scale loads.
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