My Dad is loaning me his 1989 Dodge Ram, the sports model so it is not a
huge truck, to haul concrete and posts, etc. for a new vinyl gate and
fence. I just finished gating in one end of my back yard, but now am
ready to do the other end.
I need 15 bags of pre-mixed concrete. Each bag weighs 60 pounds.
Can this little truck handle 900 pounds?
I sure don't want to risk damaging this truck. You may get a chuckle
out of it, but Dad keeps it spit shined, and it only has 21,000 miles on
it. The only thing I really miss in it is that there are no air bags.
I will be hauling the concrete 24 miles from my home.
Thanks for your help.
One day when you are bored, fill it with gas and two people, one driver, one
passenger, and take it to the local truck stop and have it weighed. Lots of
them will do it free. Get that weight stub. Now, look at your door plate
for GCVWR, or gross combined vehicle weight rating, which is the total
weight for the truck and everything you can put in it before it breaks.
That, for future reference is the MAXIMUM amount the truck can carry. It is
always good to do just 75% of that.
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Most likely it will be OK. Ask Dad if it's a 1/2 ton truck. If so
legally you can carry a total of 1000#, but in real life you can go a
little over that. Keep in mind you add all of the load including driver
and passengers and all that stuff behind the seat.
I beg to differ. It has everything to do with carrying capacity, as
long as you understand the weight of the driver and passengers are to be
considered part of the payload (as the previous poster wrote).
The bottom line is what the owner's manual says it can carry. in 1989,
there were D100, D150 (both half ton), D250 (3/4 ton) and D350 (one ton)
Newer Rams can carry more than their designation would suggest but
that's an '89 model.
You can beg all you want, the fact is that a so called "1/2 ton" truck
can carry a whole lot more than 1000 lbs and all you have to do is look
at the payload ratings for the truck to see that. The nomenclature of
1/2, 3/4 etc etc is a throwback to very early years of trucks. It has
nothing to do with payload capacities today.
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Since I don't think anyone's mentioned it yet, put the load as far
forward in the bed as possible and it will handle a little better
However...if you're concerned about having that much weight near the
center of the frame (I don't know whether you should or not) then
either spread it out and drive slowly or make two trips and load it
They put the fifth wheel over the axle because putting it forward of
the axle is difficult.. Weight between the axles is a stabilizing
influence, while outside the axles, either for or aft, has a very
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