Has been a lot of discussion as of late on payload capacities which is great. As a TV owner, I am trying hard to be an informed TV owner and know the limits of our F250. But it's just not easy. We just got our "new" 09 truck recently and want to know the limits up front.
I thought I had the payload capacity figured out at 1,600 lbs after taking it to a scale and it coming in at 8,000 lbs. That's just with the driver in it. We have a weight penalty as the truck is a supercab, has a long box, a V10 and is a 4WD so I was resigned to the fact it might be less than I'd like considering it's a 3/4 ton. It has the capacity to pull up to 12,500 lbs but of course, it's also the payload that has to be considered. The GVWR is 9,600 as per the door jamb sticker.
I just noticed that the stick on the door jamb that has tire loading info. on it says the combined weight of cargo and occupants should never exceed 2,701 lbs. From what I found on the internet, the listed base curb weight is 7,503 lbs. Since I weighed the truck at 8,000 lbs and I weighed about 200 lbs at the time (now much less!) that means the truck weighs about 300 lbs more than the listed base curb weight. The only things of any significance added to the truck are a bed liner and mudflaps. The same website says the payload capacity is 2,750 lbs which is not far from what the door jamb stick says.
So my question is, if I calculate the max. available payload to be 1,600 lbs (9,600 - 8,000), how on earth can this be SO much less than the max. payload of 2,701 lbs shown on the sticker?? That's a HUGE difference. Would I be safe in court (hypothetically) if I loaded the truck to 2,701 lbs and I were in an accident? Is this just the way it is or what?
I can see some RV buyers going to a dealer and buying the biggest rig they can to match the 2,701 lb payload and 12,500 towing capacity but possibly being way overloaded by using the GVWR minus actual weight.
Currently feeling a lot less informed than I thought I was compared to yesterday.