Payload question for 83 ram?

So I have this question my trucks rear leaf springs are rated for 1500lbs and I want to get some rock for my driveway I know it's not smart to over load it but a landscaping place is only 10 min away on non highway roads how much can I go over I know it will hold 3/4 ton but what about 1 ton I'm not going far it's a 1983 dodge ram 318ci 727trans and it has a 3.55 diff and trans cooler

7 Answers

Relevance
  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    The weight in your case is not about your 318 engine or your auto trans or your 3.55:1 axle or your trans cooler. 

    It's about your suspension and your tires and your brakes.  Read the notice on the sidewall of your tires about air pressure and load.

    Your Ram is a half ton truck. 

    The payload capacity is 1500 pounds.

    Payload is suspension related.

    It's not about 1500 pound springs.

    You have misunderstood that.

    • Commenter avatarLog in to reply to the answers
  • 1 month ago

    the biggest issue is if your tires will carry the load, not your truck

    • Commenter avatarLog in to reply to the answers
  • Ron
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Haul a half yard at a time. You won't want to shovel more than that in a sitting anyhow

    • Commenter avatarLog in to reply to the answers
  • Anton
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    Best answer is from parochial school graduate

    Only 33% overload?  HA!!  Probably will not yet be on the bottom stoppers.

    AND you are not going to push the speed.  You will have NO PROBLEM!

    • Commenter avatarLog in to reply to the answers
  • What do you think of the answers? You can sign in to give your opinion on the answer.
  • 1 month ago

    I experience is that you can haul a lot as long as you go in a straight line .  Corners are REALLY scary when you are overloaded.  Stopping takes extra distance too.  But the truck will be OK

    Good idea to get the load as far forward as possible.  Too much weight at the rear (on the tailgate) and you do a permanent wheelie.

    • Commenter avatarLog in to reply to the answers
  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Make two or three trips.  Hire a bigger truck if the rock is huge.  Your truck is old.  Do not roll the dice on it.

    • Commenter avatarLog in to reply to the answers
  • I put 3800 # of bagged fertilizer on my 1983 chevy S-10 and hauled it a mile and then into a worked field . No problem but it was sitting on the rubber stops with no spring. Hope that helps. It is your truck you can do what you want.

    • Commenter avatarLog in to reply to the answers
Still have questions? Get answers by asking now.