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Old 07-16-2012, 02:06 PM   #1
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Truck Payload Resource

I need to upgrade my TV to get increased payload capacity. My current TV (a Tacoma Double Cab 4x4, originally purchased for towing a large Coleman pop-up) is rated OK for towing my Roo 23SS but its inadequate for payload. My family of 5 weighs around 720 lbs. plus the tongue weight of about 560 lbs. We also have a couple hundred lbs. of extra cargo that we have to put in a 2nd vehicle to avoid being over my Tacoma's GVWR. The Tacoma's payload is officially 1305 lbs. but with a few accessories and the fact that I weigh more than the standard 150 lb driver, I actually have significantly less payload capacity.

For all 5 of us and our cargo, I'd like to have around 1600-1700 lbs. real payload capacity.

Where can a I find a good source for truck payload numbers online? I've seen the Edmunds website (www.edmunds.com). Are there any others?

My budget will allow for something like a 2007 or 2008 half ton and I'm thinking about a Ford F-150 5.4L Super Cab or a Toyota Tundra 5.7L Double Cab.

Any other suggestions would be appreciated.
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This site should do you pretty good. It gives the tow ratings and other information for all the trucks back to 1999.

Trailer Towing Guides | Trailer Life Magazine

Good luck, and come back here with any specific questions!
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Old 07-16-2012, 07:38 PM   #3
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Need someone to explain how just switching engines adds 2000 lbs to the load carrying capacity, NOT talking about the pulling ability. The springs/rear end brgs, etc are the same.

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5.3L V-8 7,500 14,000
6.0L V-8 7,600 16,000
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It only effected the GCWR, the towing capacity only gained 100 lbs and that might just be from different gear ratio. The 2k gained in GCWR is probably the extra power as well as different ratio. Either way, you would never get to the GCWR on the 6.0 with only 7.6k max tow...there has to be something they are leaving out. Your truck would have to weigh in at a hefty 8,400lbs to get to 16k with that max tow. I doubt that it has a GVWR that high.
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For all 5 of us and our cargo, I'd like to have around 1600-1700 lbs. real payload capacity.

My budget will allow for something like a 2007 or 2008 half ton and I'm thinking about a Ford F-150 5.4L Super Cab or a Toyota Tundra 5.7L Double Cab.

Any other suggestions would be appreciated.
It is good that you realize that you need more payload than the Tacoma can offer. But for that type of payload, you probably need a 3/4 ton truck, or at the very least a Ecoboost the maximum payload option.
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It only effected the GCWR, the towing capacity only gained 100 lbs and that might just be from different gear ratio. The 2k gained in GCWR is probably the extra power as well as different ratio. Either way, you would never get to the GCWR on the 6.0 with only 7.6k max tow...there has to be something they are leaving out. Your truck would have to weigh in at a hefty 8,400lbs to get to 16k with that max tow. I doubt that it has a GVWR that high.
Came right from here: Trailer Towing Guides | Trailer Life Magazine
for a 05 Silverado Extended cab.
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Came right from here: Trailer Towing Guides | Trailer Life Magazine
for a 05 Silverado Extended cab.
I know, I found what you had posted on their pages, but I think they messed up on the numbers. Max tow with a 16k GVWR would probably be more in the 10.5k ballpark assuming the truck is in the 5200-5500lb range.
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I know, I found what you had posted on their pages, but I think they messed up on the numbers. Max tow with a 16k GVWR would probably be more in the 10.5k ballpark assuming the truck is in the 5200-5500lb range.
Those are the exact same no.s as in the owners manual. I am still trying to understand how adding .7 l to the eng and changing the rear end ratio can change the LOAD CARRYING capacity, NOT TOWING CAPACITY by 2,000 lbs when the springs/brgs do not change.
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Does the manual have 8400lbs listed as the GVWR for the 6.0?
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Does the manual have 8400lbs listed as the GVWR for the 6.0?
All it lists is the 5.3 is good for Max Trailer wt of 8,600 and
the 6.0 is good for MTW of 10,200. GCWR of 14,000 for the 5.3 and 16,000 for the 6.0. Makes no sense as far as the load carrying capacity as I have said before, the springs & brgs do not change, just the size of the eng and the gear ratio.

If the truck is sitting with a GCWR of 14,000 lbs, all I have to do is switch engines and change the rear end gear and can add 2,000 more wt with no other changes made. Makes no sense at all.
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