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Old 10-23-2012, 10:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What is the most weight you would haul with a 2500?

I'm putting together a 1st gen cummins monster truck on Rockwell axles and combine tires. I'm thinking fully loaded down I'd be hauling 15,000lbs. Is a 2500 heavy enough. It's a extended cab short bed 4x4
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You should not exceed your combined gross vehicle weight.
Look up curb weight, gross vehicle weight, axel weights, trailer weights, and combined gross vehicle weight (your trailer also has these weight ratings as well).
If you exceed those weights when towing, insurance will NOT cover youbecause you are towing above your trucks "capability". They didn't start considering items like brakes, axels, etc etc until later years which is why newer models have higher weight ratings.
My 97 with the 5 speed can tow 14000lbs. It's less for an automatic.

Edit: my truck is a 2500. The 3500 has the same combined gross vehicle weight, but since it's curb weight is more, it can legally haul less.

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Pulled a fully loaded semi out of a ditch. Wasn't far but at least 100ft or so I think he was between 60-80k
When I pulled the semi there was a state trooper there who said I could because the tow truck was 1 1/2 hours out and it needed to be moved. So I was find moving it for the guy.

It's not that the truck can't pull the weight but if you get into an accident no matter if its your fault or not you will be
blamed because you were over loaded.

I was told a story how a guy blew a stop sign and hit a guys truck who was towing and the guy told the cop I think he is over loaded he was by 2k and he was blamed even tho it was a t bone accident clearly the other guys fault but he was over loaded so the guy said the truck couldn't stop was too heavy
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Edit: my truck is a 2500. The 3500 has the same combined gross vehicle weight, but since it's curb weight is more, it can legally haul less.


Your 5 speed 2500 has a GVWR of 8800lbs RAWR 6,xxxlbs FAWR 4,500lbs.

A 3500 GVWR is 10,000lbs RAWR 7,500 FAWR 4500
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If you exceed those weights when towing, insurance will NOT cover youbecause you are towing above your trucks "capability".
That is a total myth. Insurance companies can't deny a claim unless the exception is written into the policy. Does yours state "overloaded GVWR or GCWR" or something of that nature in the exceptions. Mine certainly doesn't. Insurance even pays if you are doing something illegal, like DUI. Exceeding the GVWR or GCWR is not illegal, ask any hotshotter. There is a possiblility the company won't renew you after an accident, but that is the case every time.

If you don't believe me ask your insurance agent.
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I'm putting together a 1st gen cummins monster truck on Rockwell axles and combine tires. I'm thinking fully loaded down I'd be hauling 15,000lbs. Is a 2500 heavy enough. It's a extended cab short bed 4x4
The thing that prevents me from saying yes is in your sig. Unless you have upgraded that automatic, I would say no. If it is upgraded and the engine is still the stock 180 hp, pulling 15,000 will be a struggle. I'm assuming you have a gooseneck flatbed, not a tag trailer.
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Your 5 speed 2500 has a GVWR of 8800lbs RAWR 6,xxxlbs FAWR 4,500lbs.

A 3500 GVWR is 10,000lbs RAWR 7,500 FAWR 4500
My auto 2500 has a GVWR of 8800lbs RAWR 6,084lbs FAWR 4,500lbs.
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I would imagine if you're building a monster truck with combine tires that GVWR, RAWR, etc doesn't mean anything.
The truck won't be used on road.
What I don't understand is if you're wanting to know how much weight you can put in the bed or how much you can tow.
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No hes not talking about the monster truck hauling hes talking about pulling the monster truck with another truck
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No hes not talking about the monster truck hauling hes talking about pulling the monster truck with another truck
OK, gotcha.
With an agricultural exemption I've towed 25k pounds with my 2500 a few times, with the 3500 all the time. 15k would be easy.
When you get that heavy the problem isn't going, it's stopping.
Exhaust brake is a good thing to have.
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I just talked to my insurance company and the state and they said I'm good to what ever the tags are on my truck and I have 18,000lb tags I can step up to 24,000 or 36,000 ill step up to the 24's just so I'm good to go.
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U can't just change what ur truck is weighted for. It's not just a sticker u change idk where u got that from and also the insurance company just told u exactly what we were saying don't go past what it says on ur door.
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