Pickup Truck Capacity

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Post Sun. Aug. 24, 2008 11:25 am

Certainly possible to blow a tire especially if you have bad tires but its usually something else that breaks like the lugs holding the rim on, springs, spring hangers etc. Those part are simply not made for the weight. They may be fine driving around in yard at low speeds but hitting a pothole, bump or even the normal inconsistencies in road surfaces is going to put a lot of pressure on them. The springs bottom out and all that pressure no longer has the cushion of the springs. It's like getting a chisel and slamming the lug or bolt with a 4000lb. pound hammer.
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Post Mon. Sep. 08, 2008 7:51 pm

k9 Bara wrote:The first and only time so far I picked up coal with my truck. LOL, 1 pallet didn't sound all that heavy. :shock: well, the slip said 2400lbs... OUCH! Poor truck took an ass whipping for 44 miles. I have a trailer lined up for next load.

Ck out that mountain of Blaschak, both bulk and bagged.

Side note, my cell is a better camera than a cell phone.
K9, all your truck needs is a set of Timbrens in the back.

http://timbren.com/

It will probably cost ~$150 and it's a bolt on. I plan on getting a pair for the front of my '03 Silverado 1500 for plowing.

But if you have a trailer lined up for free!! That's even better!!

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Post Mon. Sep. 08, 2008 11:42 pm

"But if you have a trailer lined up for free!! That's even better!!"

Beatle78,

Yeah, A buddy let me borrow a trailer for the afternoon. Worked great. Grabbed 3 more pallets. That totals 4 pallets, (9600 lbs). Ill get a pix tomorrow to put it the coal bin picture thread.

Ill do the trailer thing from now on unless I get bulk next year. :) :)
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Post Tue. Sep. 09, 2008 8:27 am

k9 Bara wrote:Beatle78,

Yeah, A buddy let me borrow a trailer for the afternoon. Worked great. Grabbed 3 more pallets. That totals 4 pallets, (9600 lbs). Ill get a pix tomorrow to put it the coal bin picture thread.

Ill do the trailer thing from now on unless I get bulk next year. :) :)
You hauled 9600 lbs with a 1/2 ton Ford? WOW :o

What is the maximum towing capacity for that truck? I hope there is a tranny cooler in that bad boy!

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Post Tue. Sep. 09, 2008 6:03 pm

I only pulled 3 pallets at one time, 7200 lbs. Those three with the one I already have I hope give me enough for the winter. I say that, but it's only low to mid 60's today. :) I cant wait to burn for actual heat.
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Post Wed. Sep. 10, 2008 9:14 pm

k9 Bara wrote:I only pulled 3 pallets at one time, 7200 lbs. Those three with the one I already have I hope give me enough for the winter. I say that, but it's only low to mid 60's today. :) I cant wait to burn for actual heat.
ohhhh.... hehe, how did it pull with the 7200 lbs?

My '03 Silverado 1500 is rated to pull 7500 lbs. I'm hoping to go pickup 3 tons of coal bulk and put it in a rental trailer :D

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Post Wed. Sep. 10, 2008 9:42 pm

i can fit 3 ton in my dump trailer.

my duramax doesn't even know it's there, I need a bigger trailer.
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Post Wed. Sep. 10, 2008 11:42 pm

My buddy has a F350 with mid 80's F150 driveline, it has the 4.9 6 cyl with 4 speed and can pull anything slow and steady. It's unbelievable that a 100hp engine can haul 10,000 lbs.
Burning coal is definitely worth the extra work involved.
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Post Wed. Sep. 10, 2008 11:45 pm

I regularly pull my 10,000 GVW trailer with my 2002 Silverado 2WD pickup. I usually have 3.5 tons coal in the trailer and about 1/2 ton in the pickup bed that I have bagged at the breaker. Pulls well and I can maintain speed on all but the steepest hills.
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Post Thu. Sep. 11, 2008 8:39 am

Yanche wrote:I regularly pull my 10,000 GVW trailer with my 2002 Silverado 2WD pickup. I usually have 3.5 tons coal in the trailer and about 1/2 ton in the pickup bed that I have bagged at the breaker. Pulls well and I can maintain speed on all but the steepest hills.
Yanche,

That's good to know.

Is that Silverado a 1500 or a 2500 series?
What engine does it have?
What speed do you tow at on the highway?

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Post Thu. Sep. 11, 2008 10:47 am

Vortec 5300 V8 SFI gas engine, 4-speed auto. Extended cab with short bed. Factory trailer option including transmission oil cooler. Load compensating hitch for dual axle dump trailer. Empty I let it go into overdrive, no problem maintaining interstate speeds. Loaded I lock out overdrive and limit speeds to at or slightly below interstate speed limits. On hills I get a run at it. I'm usually a little below the speed limit at the crest. On back roads coming out of the breaker I'm down below the speed limit on the long hills. Not much of a problem because the traffic is so low. Be sure to get a trailer with good brakes and a good brake controller. The almost 5 tons can really push you along. Until I got the hang of adjusting the brake controller it was a bit scary coming south on I81 out of NEPA. Long downgrades. I've considered getting a bigger truck after seeing the Dodge RAM diesels of several forum members. They are so much heavier that the unloaded fuel economy would be much lower than mine. I get 20+ highway with gently driving. Most of the time I'm driving empty as it's my daily driver. Wife's vehicle serves as the family car.
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Post Thu. Sep. 11, 2008 1:05 pm

Yanche,

That's great! I have the same truck except 4x4 and it's an '03. I have 3.73 gears. Just got it this summer :D

I get ~18mpg highway @ 75mph. It's my daily driver as well.

Is that break controller a plug in device? Got a link so I can check it out?

Thanks!
Jeremy

EDIT: I answered my own question: http://www.etrailer.com/faq_cbc.aspx

Looks like I can just plug it in to the brake controller box under the dash! SWEET!

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Post Wed. Sep. 17, 2008 2:24 pm

it get even better. I remember seeing a "box" that was mounted under the dash that I never knew what it did in my old 89 pickup.

Turns out it's a proportional break controller.
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Post Wed. Sep. 17, 2008 8:13 pm

I must be the only nut in this pile of coal :D I bought a 90 chevy 3500 dump 4x4 with a 6.2 l diesel and a plow. got a good deal on it , only paid $3000 for it 3 yrs ago. had to add a coal shute but it can handle 4 ton no problem. I usually make 3 trips at 3 ton each to fill my coal bin.
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Post Sat. Sep. 27, 2008 8:48 pm

My '88 s-10 p/u long bed 2wd with its first ton of rice. Well .975 ton not bad need better tires though. Looking to upgrade to 15" rims w/ 8 ply tires or I may trade her in for a 92-95 ish dakota ex cab w/ v8 for $600 :confused:
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