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Hauling Weight

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Haulit

02-06-2013 05:34:43




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Can I safely haul 2000 pounds in the back of my GMC Searra 1500? Tires are new. I didn't know what forum to use for this question!




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mdtractormechanic

02-07-2013 12:49:33




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 Re: Hauling Weight in reply to Haulit, 02-06-2013 05:34:43  
Haulit....When you want an answer to a question that meets a specific need you have to include ALL the info and not just generalities. Otherwise you will get all kinds of responses. Most of which will not fit your situation.
You stated a weight and truck size but not the load range of the tires. Is the load sitting low or high? Will it fill up the bed or not? What is the distance and terrain? All these questions, in my opinion, are relevant and need to be addressed to insure a reasonably safe haul.
This post was edited by mdtractormechanic at 12:52:03 02/07/13.

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mkirsch

02-07-2013 06:07:42




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 Re: Hauling Weight in reply to Haulit, 02-06-2013 05:34:43  
Lots of people put campers weighing well over 2000lbs in their 1/2 ton trucks and claim that they have no problems.

Of course, they also install helper springs, airbags, and replace their tires with heavy-duty load range E truck tires.

We talking about getting a pallet of wood pellets home from the farm supply, or hauling a camper around all summer?



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Oliverguy

02-06-2013 17:05:32




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 Re: Hauling Weight in reply to Haulit, 02-06-2013 05:34:43  
Sure, put as much towards the front will help.



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Gambles

02-06-2013 16:06:09




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 Re: Hauling Weight in reply to Haulit, 02-06-2013 05:34:43  
We are still in the middle of winter. Could you please haul my wife around in the cab so she could stay warm?



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dhermesc

02-06-2013 15:21:02




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 Re: Hauling Weight in reply to Haulit, 02-06-2013 05:34:43  
Depends.

The base pickup in 2013 with a V6 is rated at 1940 pounds payload. The V8 is only rated at 1500 pounds. With better tires and heavier springs it can be more.



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Brian G. NY

02-06-2013 13:46:36




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 Re: Hauling Weight in reply to Haulit, 02-06-2013 05:34:43  
It is a truck. Put 5 PSI more air in the tires and you won't have a problem.
I once hauled several loads of 4,000 to 4,500 lbs of crushed stone in my '75 Ford F-100 shortbed for 15 miles between the stone plant and my house.
The weight was right on the axles; no springs at all. Had 45 PSI in the tires and drove verry slowly.
I don't recommend that by any means and for sure I would have gotten a ticket if I had gotten caught.
Well......that was when I was much younger! LOL

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SD Pete

02-06-2013 13:27:37




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 Re: Hauling Weight in reply to Haulit, 02-06-2013 05:34:43  
I would load it and go. But i live in the boonies



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Dick L

02-06-2013 12:26:34




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 Re: Hauling Weight in reply to Haulit, 02-06-2013 05:34:43  
I would never have ask. I would have just loaded it and see what I had. If you put 1500 in the back would you worry about two large people in the cab? I would bet not.



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Dell (WA)

02-06-2013 10:45:16




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 Re: Hauling Weight in reply to Haulit, 02-06-2013 05:34:43  
Haulit........didja know right inside yer front door is a "spec" decal. READ-IT!!! ........sheeze, respectfully, Dell



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Sean Feeney

02-06-2013 15:13:06




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 Re: Hauling Weight in reply to Dell (WA), 02-06-2013 10:45:16  
I picked up a pallet of sod once, that trip back was very interesting to say at the least.



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SuperHank

02-06-2013 12:44:19




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 Re: Hauling Weight in reply to Dell (WA), 02-06-2013 10:45:16  
Since he asked the question my guess is he did not read it or know it was there. How about a little civility for those posting on here who are not experienced in some of these areas.



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Dave Sherburne NY

02-06-2013 09:00:38




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 Re: Hauling Weight in reply to Haulit, 02-06-2013 05:34:43  
It looks like it just a little too much but close and you better not put it all on the tailgate



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David G

02-06-2013 08:35:14




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 Re: Hauling Weight in reply to Haulit, 02-06-2013 05:34:43  
I would safely say no, unless you have a compelling reason.



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mdtractormechanic

02-06-2013 08:32:19




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 Re: Hauling Weight in reply to Haulit, 02-06-2013 05:34:43  
What exactly do you want to haul?



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Formerly PaMike

02-06-2013 08:28:28




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 Re: Hauling Weight in reply to Haulit, 02-06-2013 05:34:43  
I have a 3/4 ton and if I put a pallet of 1500lb of feed right over the wheel wells its ok, any further back and its a little light on the front end...wouldnt want to try it with a 1500 truck.



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MSD

02-06-2013 08:19:52




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 Re: Hauling Weight in reply to Haulit, 02-06-2013 05:34:43  
Saw a Dodge 1500 a while back with a heaping load of firewood in his. The front wheels where about off the ground and he was just crawling along. I got a load of sand for the kids sandbox a long time ago. I had a 78 Ford 150. I told the guy to fill the box not knowing what wet sand actually weighed. I had well of 2000 lbs in it but only went 5 miles.



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Chris(WA)

02-06-2013 08:19:42




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 Re: Hauling Weight in reply to Haulit, 02-06-2013 05:34:43  
The biggest limiting factors are tire rating (overloaded tires even new WILL blow out), Braking safety(it is the brakes first, not the springs that are 1500 pound)and the distance ( a couple miles on flat ground? Sure. A few hunderd thru hill country? No.)
Have we all done it? I suspect so. Have we all endangered ourselves and others? You bet...



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Puddles

02-06-2013 08:07:42




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 Re: Hauling Weight in reply to Haulit, 02-06-2013 05:34:43  
I did that once. I had pretty much a brand new 1974 Chevy 1/2-ton 4x4. I was working in a saw mill. Bought several slings of 2x4x 8' from them, for $.03 a piece. The slings weighed right at 2000-pounds. Had to drive about 45-miles home. Talk about a slow drive, and power steering! :lol:



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Michael Soldan

02-06-2013 08:04:49




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 Re: Hauling Weight in reply to Haulit, 02-06-2013 05:34:43  
The auto shop I worked in had to put new bearings in two GM vans owned by a Company Called Ice Culture. They do Ice sculptures for fancy events all over north America. They were taking huge ice sculptures to Toronto using these vans..way overloaded..and we got to replace the rear bearings..there's a lesson in here somewhere.



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farmer boy

02-06-2013 07:50:27




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 Re: Hauling Weight in reply to Haulit, 02-06-2013 05:34:43  
Legally, not likely. What's the truck's gvwr and cab/bed confiruration.



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Bill in IL

02-06-2013 07:15:34




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 Re: Hauling Weight in reply to Haulit, 02-06-2013 05:34:43  
Your steering will be awful light. Try to get the weight as far forward as possible. It can be done just don't plan on going far and fast. Can't say its real good for the truck either.



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Butch(OH)

02-06-2013 07:01:02




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 Re: Hauling Weight in reply to Haulit, 02-06-2013 05:34:43  
Most 1/2 ton pick ups are around 1500 lb payload. 2000 lb across town? probably be OK. Across the country? not with me driving it.



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D7fever

02-06-2013 05:54:28




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 Re: Hauling Weight in reply to Haulit, 02-06-2013 05:34:43  
owners manual will tell you, also the weight ratings printed on your tires. The other factors are how far and how fast.



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