FYI - 1/2 ton means nothing! I had a 1/2 ton with a cargo weight rating of
800 lbs. The same truck with different factory options could carry more than
1/2 ton. Depends on how the truck was ordered and built!
The weight rating can be found on a label on the driver's door or in the
glove compartment typically. This is the weight rating for THAT specific
The weight rating is not just how much weight the truck can hold, rather it
is how much weight it can hold and still be driven SAFELY. This means
braking when going downhill (and not having the brakes fail), turning
corners and not rolling over, being able to suddenly brake and turn to avoid
a kid running out in the street, etc.
Also if you load a vehicle with too much weight, the wheel bearings can get
wrecked. Axles, bearings, wheels, and tires have weight ratings as well.
Look at a real 3/4 ton rear axle, then your 1/2 ton rear axle.
Whole different animal. As for tires, you betchya! I was once
stopped and cited in a company gravel truck because the FRONT TIRES!
were not the proper ply/weight rating.
The front tires on a gravel truck carry a large portion of the
The gross vehicle weight for a D100, which is the lightest Dodge
pickup except for the Mitsubishi supplied D50, ranges from 4001 to
5000 lbs depending on equipment.
If it is a short box 6 cyl the curb weight is 2745 - and GVW is
4001,so the minimum payload capacity would be (4001-2745=)1256 lbs.
If it is an 8 foot box V8, curb weight is 3909 and GVW is 5000 lbs,
so payload is (5000-3909=) 1091 lbs..
This is on BASE MODEL D100 trucks - extra GVW options were also
D150 would handle higher GVW (but is likely also a bit heavier empty)
20 yrs old? 21K miles!
Sounds like a gem. Considering that, what might be considered wasteful
may be wise. Two trips might be a warm fuzzy. Since you are driving 24
miles just for concrete which can be got most anywhere, I can assume
there's not a nearby HD/Lowes where you can get a truck for $20/75min?
The only way to be sure is not to use it.
If you take it be aware with some vehicles they will start to sway at
higher speeds when loaded.
Also, that usually harmless pothole/bump/whatever can do some nasty
things when loaded.
My story: An old 1/2T pickup I loaded up with bags of concrete. It was
more than 15. Went well. Next inspection I had a cracked leaf spring.
Another thought is take dad on a road trip. Spend some time with him. At
least if anything goes wrong you won't feel so bad like it's neglect on
Wow, thanks everyone for all the great posts. I even got some good
My problem has been solved, thanks to Dear Dad.
This morning he had the air in the tires checked, filled the truck up
with gas, and brought home 15 sixty-pound bags of concrete. Then he
said, "Here you go, it is a gift". He got it in town, one mile from
home, whereas I was going to go to Ziggy's where I have to go tomorrow
night to pick up the rest of the vinyl gate/fence material. My plan was
to fill the truck up with gas on my way home. I will still use the
truck for the rest of the material, but I owe my parents a very nice
dinner in the near future.
My parents are the best, and everyone here is too.
I was pl
FWIW, I had an old Chevy 3/4 ton pickup and I used to carry about 2000
to 3000 pounds in it fairly regularly. I put 4600# in it once, but the
steering got kind of squirrely (brakes were still fine; it had huge
brakes.) The actual limit is usually the tires. With a 3/4 ton truck,
if you do overload it and break an axle they are easy to replace and you
don't even have to unload the truck. With a 1/2 ton truck, if you break
an axle you are in deep doo-doo.
Your little truck probably should handle 1000 pounds just fine if you
air the tires up to the maximum pressure that's stamped on the
sidewalls, but I can't really say because I can't see your tires from
Put heavy loads towards the front of the cab so the front tires share
some of the weight. That also keeps them from shifting if you have to
slam on the brakes.
Buy your dad a nice steak dinner. :-)
Pop hauled 2 tons of firewood on his F150 several times without
incident - but once, with the tires at the "recommended" pressure, and
on a bit of a side-hill in slightly soft ground, he rolled all 4 tires
off the rim at once. - and called ME to get him out of his fix. Jacked
it up with a HandiMan jack, removed the wheels and re-inflated them to
50PSI, put them back on, and away he went.
He had a Toyota "heavy Half" that almost always had over a ton and a
half on it for 6 years - and my old man has a heavy foot too. One
wheel bearing failure in those 6 years. It had a "barn" on the back
made of 1/2 inch plywood, and was always loaded to the gills with
rolls of copper wire and other electrical supplies, and several heavy
duty ladders on the roof.
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