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Old 02-07-2016, 04:20 PM   #11
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no way to add payload. New, heavier truck is the only way to add it.

As far as your wife. Here is how I managed a big truck. Luckily for me, my wife has been in car dealers for 30 years. She wanted a 5th wheel bad, but I told her we wouldn't have one till I had the right truck. Wasn't going to over work our 3/4 ton gas truck. In 2013, she bought me a 1 ton Chevy diesel. I kept my word and got the 5th wheel. Last month, it got replaced by a 2016 Ford F350 dually. Can't wait to tow with it.
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Old 02-07-2016, 05:02 PM   #12
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Well that sucks
Any recommendations ?

Can I up the payload capacity somehow or am I looking at a new truck if I want to tow a trailer ?

Any tips on how to talk the wife into agreeing to a 1 ton deisel ?

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Thanks Guys

I appreciate all the help
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From a woman's prospective....don't take her for a ride...let her test drive it. I love to drive hubby's 2015 F250 King Ranch. Hard to go from driving it back to the Camry though.
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Payload is 1240
Max trailer weight is 9900
Is that published payload or Cat scale actual payload. My 1500 has 1,490 payload when weighed with me and a full tank of fuel.
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Is that published payload or Cat scale actual payload. My 1500 has 1,490 payload when weighed with me and a full tank of fuel.
I got the payload and max towing capacity from a web site that listed all the different iterations of RAM trucks with all of the capacities

They varied from truck set-up to truck set-up
Mine is a 13 crew cab short bed with 6 speed trans and 3.92 gears
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I got the payload and max towing capacity from a web site that listed all the different iterations of RAM trucks with all of the capacities

They varied from truck set-up to truck set-up
Mine is a 13 crew cab short bed with 6 speed trans and 3.92 gears
Don't use those numbers. Use the weights on the tire and loading sticker on your drivers side door frame.

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Old 02-14-2016, 05:22 PM   #18
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You need to get the Max cargo capacity from the yellow tire sticker on the drivers door jamb. Then subtract the loaded tongue weight, +100 lbs for hitch and the weight of the passengers and gear( in truck) . Your limiting factor will probably be cargo capacity not towing capacity.
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Don't use those numbers. Use the weights on the tire and loading sticker on your drivers side door frame.

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The only way to get a true payload or useful load or whatever you want to call it is to put the truck on a scale with a full tank of fuel. Subtract that number from the published maximum vehicle weight and you'll have the real world number for what you can carry.

I'm sure it will be a lot different than the "max cargo" number on the door sticker. i.e., Ram publishes a payload figure of 1,780 pounds for my truck, a number to be ignored. It publishes a max vehicle weight of 6,900 pounds which is a real number. I took the truck to the scales, full fuel, me and the stuff I always carry (DeeZee toolbox with stuff in the bed) and the WD hitch shank and ball. The ACTUAL weight is 5,500 pounds, so I have a true load capacity of 1,400 pounds. Well within limits for what I tow and haul around.
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Thanks Guys
I'll follow your advice
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