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Old 05-27-2014, 12:36 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Happy Vibe View Post
The one thing you need to watch with the ram is payload. It is only around 1400 lbs but if you start putting extras on it you will have much less. My 2013 RAM 1500 quad cab big horn with ram boxes only has 1100 lbs (less than the minivan that I traded in for it).
Wow, that's hard to believe.

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Old 05-27-2014, 12:51 PM   #12
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Wow that is nuts. Why is it that they make trucks that they claim are so great for towing then don't focus on payload? Doesn't seem to make sense to me. Seems like saying you can jump off a cliff.....BUT! you'll die. :what:

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Old 05-27-2014, 12:59 PM   #13
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So 3/4 ton it is! Will having the 3/4 ton take away some of the sway issues or would it still be a good idea to invest in a good hitch? Budget isn't an issue but we're going to have a baby sometime within the next year so safety is priority.

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Having a 3/4 ton will not help with the sway issue very much. I have a equalizer 4pt hitch on my 1 ton and no issues with sway. I have heard very good things about pro pride and Hensley that eliminate sway but I don't have any experience with them. Research them all so you can make an informed decision.
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Old 05-27-2014, 01:03 PM   #14
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Accordingly, a 1/2 ton truck should carry 1/2 ton of payload......1000 lbs. along with the driver. Any payload over that is a plus.

My 2006 F150 shows a empty weight of 5236 lbs, and along with a 7200 lb. GVWR, I should be able to carry almost a ton of stuff........not !!

Realistically, with me in the driver's seat, a full tank of gas, some personal items in the cab, a couple of small items in the bed, Trac-Rac rails, and dealer installed running boards, my truck is right at 6000 lbs........only 1200 lbs. of available payload.

Add the missus and the fur baby, a generator and other gear in the bed, 2 bicycles, a canoe, and 700 lbs in tongue weight, and I am within 100 lbs. or so of my 7200 GVWR.


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