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RE: 1/2 ton truck towing question

The person company that installs springs, can put an addendum on door pillar to the effect that rear spring capacity increased by 1200 lbs, increased wieght of vehicle by 100lbs or whatever the springs added in capacity and wieght to the ruck. Marty They can put a sticker on the door pillar that says the truck can time travel...doesn't change the manufacturer's rating. Manufactured warranty rating is not a legal amount you have to stick to driving down the road. You registered GVW is. My C2500 I get 8000 lbs, NOT the door sticker if 8600. I'm 600 lbs over wieght per Every LEO/CVEO in Washington state, probably every other jurisdiction I dirive in and out of including Canada. If I buy the next higher rating in 2000 lb increments, I am legal to that amount, as would you. Ice been pulled over, wieghed, pulled into wieght scales OVER my door sticker, under paid for rating, and have yet to get an over wieght ticket. The only place a manufactured rating will mean anything is in a civil case trial. Even at that, if may not. I'm not worried about what my door sticker says, as last I checked, manufactured do not make up laws police ticket you on. This is no different than insurance not paying out, they, will, then cancel you. Warranty repairs on other hand, if beyond their terms, they don't have to pay out. Marty
blt2ski 10/25/20 12:06pm Towing
RE: 1/2 ton truck towing question

What OP has to worry about mostly, warranty! Go over those manufacture ratings, warranty could be denied if the rig is within warranty, Along with it can be shown, going over ratings caused a premature breakage of an item being turned in for warranty. The person company that installs springs, can put an addendum on door pillar to the effect that rear spring capacity increased by 1200 lbs, increased wieght of vehicle by 100lbs or whatever the springs added in capacity and wieght to the ruck. Marty
blt2ski 10/24/20 12:12pm Towing
RE: 1/2 ton truck towing question

“GM has a few 1500 setups that also would tow a trailer of this weight fine.“ I wouldn’t be comfortable at 10,000 pounds with any GM half ton. You haven't towed with a 1500HDbthen have you. An 8409 gvwr from the factory. C6P payload pkg, basic 8600gvwr 2500 of past year's. Granted not built anymore which is too bad. GM has a 1500 with an HD payload tow pkg, 6.2 V8, 10 sp auto, per a few folks I know towing 10-12k trailers over local Cascade mtns, no issues. The trailer the IP is looking at may not be a smart one to tow....only numbers we have are ratings. Legally speaking, he could run down the road at 100,000 lbs if he or any of us wants too! Not saying it would be smart in many cases, it would be legal to do assuming appropriate licensed, tax paid, meets lighting, braking, no overloads on axles tires etc per federal bridge laws. Auto makers do not make the laws, feds do in this case. Auto makers follow certain regs and specs, then what they want to warranty the vehicle at. No Leo enforces manufactured warranty wieght ratings. Only the point load on the road so vehicles do not damage the road bed. What OP wants to do is not illegal. Whether it will succeed in doing what he needs it to do is another story. Marty
blt2ski 10/24/20 10:16am Towing
RE: 1/2 ton truck towing question

It's not illegal to do what you are asking. Smart?!?!? As you notice, lots of conjecture on this. Reality, unless we know what version brand of truck you have, you may have the payload etc you need, possibly the HP power train. But reality,incorrect gearing per say. I would chime in, generally speaking an 8 lug 25 series truck is the better option for a 10k trailer. With this said, ford has a HD 150 setup to do this well, GM has a few 1500 setups that also would tow a trailer of this wieght fine. Move forward at your own discretion. Marty
blt2ski 10/23/20 11:16pm Towing
RE: Has anyone tried to modify their 1/2 ton?

I'm going to lock this as it is double posted in towing section. YES it is NOT illegal to up the gvwr of a vehicle. Aftermarket places do it on a daily basis. They can change the gvwr of said rig. A lot of things get done aftermarket to vehicles. Probably half of the motorhomes on the road have a different gver on them as they have aftermarket tag axles, or the body manufacture wants it to have a gvwr equal to the sum of the axles! With this all said. The OP may be able to add the add a leafs and be fine. Then again, as noted, something else may break, warranty is out the door..... Marty
blt2ski 10/23/20 10:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The price of new trucks is beyond comprehension!

You've got plenty of good reasons to stay, however, but the mass exodus from the state that we have all been reading about says something about the overall desirability of it. I know you can buy homes there pretty cheap, right?? :W This coming from a realtor on the coast? I guess that it is all relative but I just saw an add down the beach from you a bit in Mexico Beach for a 0.1720 acre lot on the canal. $64,900! No structures! That is $377,325 per acre! I would sell 20 whole acres for that price where I live. That is why I don't live on a coast. All relative.....Family home sold for 2.2 mil a few years back. ITS a blinken tear down! Wife is listing a home in Hunts Pointe near us, again, 1.8 mil, could be remodeled, but reality, it too is a tear down! Both homes on a 1/4 to 1/3 acre....... not sure what that price is per acre, but a BUNCH! Marty
blt2ski 10/18/20 11:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM and Gearing

Now that I look it up. the 3.73 is gas only, 3.42 is a diesel option, At least pricing a building a gas version. Gas has the 6 sp auto, diesel the 10 sp. marty
blt2ski 10/14/20 06:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Which Shocks for 2017 F150 Ecoboost

Could be shocks, I would try first. Another, is if you have P metric tires, or the HT ones, Its also possible those are too soft for the heavier hitch weight of the new trailer. So a set of LT C or D tires would help this too. Not that i would swag this, but the rear springs may be worn. I doubt it personally. Going to a heavier version, ie instead of say 3000 lb springs, go with 3500 or 4000 lb rated springs. Fords are known for having lighter springs than one thinks they should GM had 3900 lbs for all 15 series versions. Ford has multiple from 3000 up to 4500 or there about. ANy of these fixes are cheap compared to a new 25 series truck. Marty
blt2ski 10/14/20 06:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Over loaded pickup

Air suspension is nice, because crank up psi, level to slight up on rear. Very little wieght if at all is then taken off the front. If anything, added to the front. Scooby, My IHC almost always has weight added to FA with a load. Typically 5900-6000 empty front. 5600-5900 rear depending on if diesel tank has 5 or 50 gals in it. Ad 14000 lb getting me to registered 26k. I'm at 7509-8000 on front, rear in the 17-18.5k realm. Generally 8k and 18k Fr vs Rear. About 2000 added to front, 12000 to rear. In par with body builder specs of 85-15% to 90-10% rear to front wieght distribution. Of course final weights depend on what I'm hauling, ie rock will usually load all forward of rear axle. So bussed to from axle. If light wieght like bar/sawdust etc, a bit more to rear, as bed is filled to 15 CYD capacity vs 4-5 yds of rock. At the end, one can not trust one set of numbers, formulas to guess front to rear distribution of wieght, as other factors come into play, ie actual weight ratings of springs, how literal stiff they are, rear overhang, CA length, cab configuration, how high the rear is frame wise, vs does the frame go tail down loaded vs level or up, Being as I do not know the multipliers to figure that out, other than thru experience, I can tell you it can vary and depend what a given weight load will do to a given chassis truck. Just like one person that lists the weight off of front axle is the percentage of rear overhang divide by WB. That formula is too high to a point, the correct at one point. Then actual is higher than formula states in higher hitch wieghts for a ball mount setup. There is no factor for rear suspension settling, or the spring rating. Good ball park, not a formula I would want to place my life on it being correct. Marty
blt2ski 10/14/20 05:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM and Gearing

Grit, You win nothing! For the rest of you, I guess grit too! Not sure why...... For 2021 the two GR options are 3.42 or 3.73 behind the 6.6 gasser. I don't recall looking this up las week if that motor has the 6 or 8 sp auto behind it. If the 6sp, I'd be ok with the 3.73. would have to do some number crunching on the 3.42. Need to look up gear ratios on 8sp to see if first is lower than the 4.10 1st gear in the 6sp. Is so, then a 3.42 could work on all ends, possibly get you some decent mpg's on freeway empty at 60-65 mph. I do a lot of 0-50, a bit at 60. Almost none at 70!. So 3.73 generally speaking is best for me. Would prefer 4.10s even with the 6sp. Marty
blt2ski 10/14/20 05:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The price of new trucks is beyond comprehension!

Bob Something to be said about payments and working. When what I call major repairs, time loss etc, add up to more than a payment. Better to go for the payment. Been there done that! Marty
blt2ski 10/14/20 07:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: RAWR Question?

Might need bigger axels per say, as that 5.3 in your 1500 produces more HP/torque than a BB 454 did when that K20 was produced. Hence also why the 8 lug 25/35 series trucks have 11-12" FF axles vs a 10.5FF or 9.5" SF that is on my two 2500 GM pickups with a 292 I6 in the 81, and a vortec 350 in the 2000. Marty
blt2ski 10/13/20 02:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Over loaded pickup

Scooby, Can't agree with heavier springs ride higher, "BUT same amount of wieght off front axle" pickups are tailbhigh to start with. As you load, the frame goes to level, to tail down. The more tail down you go, more wieght is taken off the front axle. Add 2000 lbs to the back. A 4000 lb spring will square more, taking more wieght off the FA. A 6000 less, 8500 less yet, a 16500 like my MDT, less yet. It's real apparent when I put my equipment trailers 1500 lbs of hitch wieght on different grawr but same WB etc. From 300-400 lbs off a crew cab 172" wb with 6400 lb springs, change out to 8500 lb springs, 200-300, this is a 96 sw . My 05 dw crew cab, 8500 lb springs, also 200-300 lbs. IHC, all of 60-100 lbs. Spring capacity does effect how much come off the front loading, depending upon where said CG is etc. Marty
blt2ski 10/13/20 11:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: Over loaded pickup

^Except what scooby is neglecting is that you’re not going to shove that load any further forward. Like saying if my aunt had balls she’d be my uncle. But she can’t grow any so no matter how hard you wish, it ain’t gonna happen. No you won't push the load forward. BUT by putting those long boards on the top, pushing them forward, that wieght behind the RA will go forward of the RA, so potentially putting more wieght on the FA for better handling. I would not say in this instance it will be great. But it should put a few of the lost lbs from the rear overhang back. Unfortunately, with the Transit at work, like ALL Ford vans, they added 4' to the rear of a smaller body. 2000 lbs completely behind the RA like these boards, screws up the FA balance. A stronger stiffer rear suspension would help. One of the reasons I put as short a rear overhang on my dump flatbed. So I did not unduly unload the FA with a load too far in the rear of the bed. Marty
blt2ski 10/12/20 10:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Over loaded pickup

Obviously some of you have not seen what a long load overhanging a rear axel will do to the front axle! Every day in the fall, put a 2100 lbs pallet of antifreeze in th eback of my work transit van. Front axle darn near comes off the road, as ALL 2100 lbs is behind the rear axle. THe sprinter vans we had, had the same 14' body, but a 2-3' long Wheel base, put that 2100 lbs on the rear of that van, it barely barely sunk down. Same with my pickups. Put a 2000-3000 lb pallet of anything behind the rear axle, part on tail gate, truck squatted, be it a DW with an 8500 GRAWR, or a SW 25 series with a 6100 GRAWR. Push move the pallet so it is centered or slightly forward of the axel, the truck looked and operated fantastic! From my experience, Scooby is telling the truth as to how to make that load not weigh rear down as much. But as noted, it does appear to be a less than a 6000 GRAW 8 lug truck, so it will be overloaded no matter how you slice the cake. BUT as Scooby notes, proper loading a rig via balancing the load to both front and rear will make a legal load work, vs not work! Marty
blt2ski 10/12/20 09:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The price of new trucks is beyond comprehension!

I bought my first new vehicle in 2002, I was 33, and we found out we had a second child on the way, so I needed a crew cab. Bought a 2002 1500HD LT, which was top of the line back then for $31,000, sticker was $38k. I'm still driving it, and it has 245K miles on it, and has left me on the side of the road one time. It's been a great truck. Luckily I've still been making the same $400 car payment into a savings account for the last 14 years. I'm gonna try to get another year of 2 out of it, and buy another. That will hopefully get me to retirement. I won't be going top of the line, probably will be in the middle of the line with an LT, Bighorn, or XLT gasser and be in the $45-47k range out the door. I hope you realize that is a 2500 in 1500 badging! You have an equal of a C6P gvwr option, that is the old 8600 gvwr 2500 like my 2000 or 1981 before it. Altho that gvwr is not available any more. You still want a 2500 if you want an equal truck to your 1500HD! You will NOT find a GM anywhere close to that setup any more. Nor will you find a FOrd or Dodge. Nissan last I saw had something approaching it, but still have close! Marty
blt2ski 10/12/20 09:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The price of new trucks is beyond comprehension!

Bob, I have gone out of quarry or three over 10000 even 11,000 once with my 20 Reg cab. Not sure what the heaviest we had the 81 up to. As noted by someone else, while my door sticker per say, 8600 less the 4800 empty wt says 3800, In reality, being as how it is set up etc, it has a HEAVY rack, sits there around 5300 lbs, an 8000 lbs registration, so in reality, a whopping 2600 lbs of payload. For $15 or so, I can get a 10K plate, and have 4600 lbs of legal payload. At the end of the day, at least here in Wa St, as long as I am not over the Federal Bridge laws for tire width, ie 500 lbs per inch width of tire, to 20K per axel. I'm legal. So around 20K lbs total in a typical SW pickup truck of any nature. Assuming 4 10" width tires, 10K per axel. How many of us are over or near that amount?!?!?!? Did not think so! marty
blt2ski 10/12/20 09:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The price of new trucks is beyond comprehension!

$8,109.70 in 1978 is equivalent to $32,329.10 today with inflation which is not too far off from what you can buy a similarly equipped single cab pickup truck today. When I mean similarly equipped, I mean the exact same features, not trim packages. Most trucks were single cab back in those days. According to GM website, you can get a regular cab 1500 4wd with a 355hp/385lb-ft 5.3L V8 for $32,590 and I bet it has all the same features as the high end trims back in those days. I bet that it also tows more and gets better fuel economy than those trucks did too. So the problem is not that the same trucks apples to apples are more expensive, it is that people want more in their trucks like crew cabs, fancy tech, and power engine options that can tow way more than what trucks can tow back then. Heck, you would have to get a class 6 or 7 truck back then to tow what class 2b and 3 trucks tow today. A 2500 with a 6l auto trans is closer to 35000 for an equal truck. Yes that 1500 will to more, but still carry half of a reg cab class 2b truck. The reg cab 1500 I mentioned above is rated at 2100 lbs payload. But NOT 3800 lbs of payload like the truck bob bought initially. Or my 81, or my 2000 reg cab pickups. Yes it has twice the HP, gears in trans etc. It does not have the payload equal. THAT can be as much of a deciding factor in purchasing truck as the power part! Its no fun having an over powered rig, no payload! Been there done that. Slightly under powered, correct payload is better. COrrectly geared in rear, trans etc is also better in an under powered vs over powered, and wont go anywhere due to incorrect gearing. IE my 89 R3500 with a TH400, 454, and 4.10 rear gears. It would literally stall out on the locl steeper grades here in the Seattle area. Marty
blt2ski 10/12/20 07:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: The price of new trucks is beyond comprehension!

$8,109.70 in 1978 is equivalent to $32,329.10 today with inflation which is not too far off from what you can buy a similarly equipped single cab pickup truck today. When I mean similarly equipped, I mean the exact same features, not trim packages. Most trucks were single cab back in those days. According to GM website, you can get a regular cab 1500 4wd with a 355hp/385lb-ft 5.3L V8 for $32,590 and I bet it has all the same features as the high end trims back in those days. I bet that it also tows more and gets better fuel economy than those trucks did too. So the problem is not that the same trucks apples to apples are more expensive, it is that people want more in their trucks like crew cabs, fancy tech, and power engine options that can tow way more than what trucks can tow back then. Heck, you would have to get a class 6 or 7 truck back then to tow what class 2b and 3 trucks tow today. A 2500 with a 6l auto trans is closer to 35000 for an equal truck. Yes that 1500 will to more, but still carry half of a reg cab class 2b truck.
blt2ski 10/11/20 01:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The price of new trucks is beyond comprehension!

A year out of HS, new GMC Sierra Grande 8700 off the lot. 2000 base was $16000 plus licence and taxes. Today, similar base 2500 35,000. So doubling ever 20 years or so. If only salary had done the same. In mean time, &86 s10, 5995 add special, 88 ext cab 4x 16500, 96 CC diesel sw 26000, 05 CC DW dmax 28500....... Looking at 1500 dual can GMs with 100k, dealers want 20-25,000..... For 14-18 models. Sold for that cost new with warranty..... Might have to make 2000 with 148000 miles last a bit more. 1000 and my labor for new seat cushion and cover is looking good. Marty
blt2ski 10/11/20 01:35pm Tow Vehicles
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