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    Truck Payload

    I lost 300 lbs. of payload in the first hour of ownership.
    The payload sticker says payload is 3845 lbs.
    I drove directly from the dealer to the scales and the result was 3542 lbs.
    So, I think the stated payload doesn't include full tank and a driver.
    I don't weigh 303 lbs.
    It looks like the payload stated includes some fuel, no driver.
    The other thing I discovered looking at the numbers - this truck added more than 1,000 lbs in options.
    The options are worth it and the truck still suits my needs so no problems for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rrlowen View Post
    I lost 300 lbs. of payload in the first hour of ownership.
    The payload sticker says payload is 3845 lbs.
    I drove directly from the dealer to the scales and the result was 3542 lbs.
    So, I think the stated payload doesn't include full tank and a driver.
    I don't weigh 303 lbs.
    It looks like the payload stated includes some fuel, no driver.
    The other thing I discovered looking at the numbers - this truck added more than 1,000 lbs in options.
    The options are worth it and the truck still suits my needs so no problems for me.
    That sounds about right........maybe 10 gallons of fuel and no driver. It seems I read somewhere that the old standard that assumed a full tank of fuel and a 150 lb driver has been replaced. I could be wrong, so don't hold me to it, but like I said....maybe 10 gallons and no driver for the payload calculation.
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    Did you add a bed liner or tonneau cover or something like that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ynot4me2 View Post
    Did you add a bed liner or tonneau cover or something like that?

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    I have also wondered what basis they are using now. I weighed my truck ('19 RAM 3500), with the only thing added was nerf bars, about 60 lbs total (probably less). It has the factory spray in bed liner, full fuel tank, and it came in 320 lb less payload than sticker, and I sure don't weight that much.

    Playing with numbers, if I take 150 lbs off my weight, add the nerf bar weight, and the weight of a full fuel tank, it works out about right. So, maybe RAM is using the mythical 150 lb person, and no fuel.

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    The only thing I added was running boards. All other components are factory installed.
    So, I am 180 lbs., running boards probably 60 lbs., that leaves about 50 lbs. for some fuel.
    It does make sense. My conclusion is that there is no substitute for real data from actually weighing the truck/trailer.

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    Ya, the most capable at towing any truck can be is the stripped down base model with no options to add weight. Just the driveline with no creature comforts gets you the highest payload and tow ratings. But how many of us do that?
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    Aside from recording the difference between the GVWR and actual weight of a truck (that equals payload), at a very specific moment in time, a payload sticker is basically useless. My truck no longer weighs what it did when it came off the assembly line and I'm running different tires in a different size. None of the information on that sticker is actually applicable to my truck any longer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffD68 View Post
    Aside from recording the difference between the GVWR and actual weight of a truck (that equals payload), at a very specific moment in time, a payload sticker is basically useless. My truck no longer weighs what it did when it came off the assembly line and I'm running different tires in a different size. None of the information on that sticker is actually applicable to my truck any longer.
    Jeff, you are correct. The relevant numbers are the truck's ratings: GVWR, GCWR, RGAWR, FGAWR (axle ratings) and the tire load rating.
    Everything else is subject to change and the information on actuals can only be acquired by weighing the vehicle.

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