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Old 01-13-2011, 05:49 AM
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Just a little bit over weight

GVWR of truck: 6950 lbs
Total Load Capacity: 1380lbs

2200lbs of Rock in the bed:

Empty weight: 5900lbs
Loaded: 8100lbs

This pic looks worse than it really is, the street is on a downhill slant towards the back of the truck.



2450lbs of Salt in 49 50# bags with a pallet:

This leveled the truck out nicely. The forklift operator was incompetent and wouldn't push it any farther up for me. This was a bit unstable and I'm going to try not to do it again if I can.



Neither of these loads touched the bumpstops. It was surprisingly easy to accelerate with the 4.6L and 3.55 gears. Though I could definitely tell it was in there.

At the time of both of these pics I had a set of Prated 255/70/17s on the truck. They have now been replaced with LT285/70/17 Duratracs which will definitely help with stability with these loads.

Before anybody asks why I didn't just use the F250 for either of these loads, here's the answer.

At the time of them both the truck was not road worthy. Also, it is probably less capable of holding all that weight than my F150 after all these years. I'm fairly certain that at one point in time it had a V-Box salter in it (long before I owned it) so those rear leafs on it are worn out. I just had the fronts replaced this year because they could no longer support the weight of the plow while it was sitting on the ground.

I'm going to be getting a set of airbags for the rear eventually and am well aware of how unsafe it is. So don't even bother telling me about it. I bought my truck to use it as a truck.
 

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Old 01-13-2011, 08:46 AM
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Cool pics. It's always nice to stop thru this section and see pics of people actually using their trucks as a truck should be used. Seems like these days people are more concerned with making their trucks into drag strip cars, or pondering which moisturizing product to use on their leather seats.

Good stuff man, good stuff.
 
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Old 01-13-2011, 08:51 AM
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did you take the tailgate off for the pallet loading?
 
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Old 01-13-2011, 08:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Patman03SprCrw View Post
did you take the tailgate off for the pallet loading?
Dohl! That's a great common sense idea! I'll have to make sure I do that next time I get a pallet loaded. The guy that loaded a pallet of firewood for me a few weeks ago couldn't get the pallet that close to the cab either. But I figured over the wheels was probably better anyway.
 
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awesome! looks like im not the only one useing my truck for a truck.
 
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Old 01-14-2011, 07:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Patman03SprCrw View Post
did you take the tailgate off for the pallet loading?
Nope. Good idea, I'll have to remember to do that next time.

I had him go up to the point that he was touching my tailgate. He couldn't figure out how to use the forks to push it further though. He thought that the only way to move it was by picking it up.

I was a bit concerned when he first set it in there. I thought the front of the truck was going to lift up off the ground. The front end started coming up and the back dropped at least 8". Then he push it forward and the front went back down.

That load of rock messed up my tailagte though. The tarp got pulled into the bed from the weight and was no longer protecting the bed. So I prettymuch had about 1/4th of an 8ft front loader bucket of rocks get dumped down my tailgate.
 

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Old 01-17-2011, 07:25 PM
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I've loaded pallets in my truck before and it makes it way easier with the tailgate off. It's nice that it only takes like 30 seconds to get it on and off. Nice pictures too!!
 
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Looking good. I put pallets in the back of my truck all the time as well and you should try doing that with fifth wheel rails in the bed. Next time you have your truck loaded tell the guy to grab another pallet and push the one in your bed up with the pallet on his forks.
 
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Old 01-31-2011, 04:56 PM
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I managed to finally use up the last pallet of salt last week. Forcast is for 20" over the next 2 days. Had to go get yet another one today. There was already a couple inches of snow on the ground which made the trip all the more interesting.

Dsq3973:
I had him push it up to the front with the extra pallet, thanks for the tip.

I will say that the goodyears were definately more stable with all that weight that my bridgestones were.

 

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Nice, looks like the truck handled it no problem. Bet you wish you had a fork lift at home to unload it.

Do you have tow mirrors installed? Looks like it from the side view in this recent picture.
 
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:55 AM
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Nice, looks like the truck handled it no problem. Bet you wish you had a fork lift at home to unload it.

Do you have tow mirrors installed? Looks like it from the side view in this recent picture.
Yea, I'm thinking that a forklift may be a worth while investment if I have to purchase many more of these things. It takes me about 30 minutes to unload the pallet by hand.

Those are indeed the tow mirrors. I got the powered ones for Christmas but returned them to Tasca for the manual ones instead because I didn't want to mess around with the wiring sine my truck has none from the factory. At some point I want to add the turn signals to these.
 
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Well I was at it again. This time I used the F250 since my truck was at the dealer getting a plugged Catalytic Converter replaced under warranty. Also had a leveling kit and rear lift blocks installed.

Was helping my dad move lumber a couple weeks ago to frame out his basement. I guess that's what I get for being the only son and owning 2 trucks. Don't know how much this weighed but the truck didn't have too much trouble holding it all. Was sitting a bit nose high but that 351 didn't even notice it back there.

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I'm sure there will be more eventually.
 

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Originally Posted by dsq3973 View Post
... etc ... Next time you have your truck loaded tell the guy to grab another pallet and push the one in your bed up with the pallet on his forks.
Been doing that .... since 1992 when I bought my pellet stove and hauling with my '77 F-150 one ton at a time .... they always have a spare laying around.

Hard to beat a drop in bed liner bottom for easy sliding.
 
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Thank you.

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