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Payload for 2500HD

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by Joel B., Jun 5, 2003.

  1. Joel B.

    Joel B. Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 233

    According the literature I have my 2500HD ext. cab short box has a payload of 3152 pounds which includes people, optional equipment and cargo. I need to haul about 1500 pounds of rock for a friend, should be no problem, right?

    My question is this: What does the term "3/4 ton" refer to? I always thought that was the payload capacity which would only be 1500 pounds but the payload capacity is much more than that.


    Joel B.
  2. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    You'll will be fine hauling 1500 lbs.Just make sure your tire pressures are up to the max.
  3. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,154

    Joel, the 3/4 ton term is a rough figure,but the 2500Hd's are closer to 1ton SRW than a 3/4 ton. If that truck was a crew cab 2500hd with duramax diesel,allison,leather,long box,4wd,youd find the payload to be a lot closer to 3/4 ton than yours is. They curb in at 7000+ lbs. Most base 3/4 ton trucks have payloads of almost 4000lbs. Chevy is the payload leader by far,with Ford being the worst,and Dodge not far from Ford. Chevy uses light,thin sheetmetal,lots of aluminum,and they keep the trucks about 3-500 lbs lighter than a similar Ford and Dodge. My Dodge Cummins 3500 has a true payload of only 2000lbs ,then add people,extras,and the true # is about 3/4 ton.
  4. sschario

    sschario Member
    Messages: 44

    My '94 K2500 is a 8600 GVW. It weighs 5500 empty. I picked up some sand the other day and was told that 1 yard was 3000 lbs, so I figured that should put me right near the limit. Well, the guy in the loader got a little happy and almost filled the bed. It was over 9700 with me in it. The truck was sitting just slightly lower than level and I had no idea there was that much in there.

    I don't know if they all work the same, but this yard did not mind overloading me in the least. I will definitely cut them off sooner next time.

  5. Michael F

    Michael F Senior Member
    Messages: 203

    The 2500HD is the same GVW as old 3500 srw, we have both trucks 1999 3500, 2002 2500HD, same GVW 9200lbs. Chevy no longer makes a srw 3500.
  6. wxmn6

    wxmn6 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,037

    Actually I heard that on 2004 models you can get SRW on 3500. But it is yet to be verified.
  7. Oregon_Rob

    Oregon_Rob Junior Member
    from Oregon
    Messages: 6

    Look at what pick up campers weigh. I had a 10' camper the the dry weight was 3000 and that was a light one. I do not hesatae to haul 3500-4000 lbs of rock in my 3/4 chevy. have done it many times.
  8. Alan

    Alan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,393

    I just found three weight slips from last winter. The truck is an 88 3500 SRW, gvw of 8600. Carrying plow and spreader plus a load it grossed 10880, 10960 and 10840 for three consecutive loads. Legal, no, but I never felt unsafe either. The break point seems to be about 11,000, beyond that it starts to feel squirrely.
  9. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,154

    I run my Dodge 2500 4x4 at 10500-11500 all winter long. If I didnt tell you,i dont think anyone would believe it was that heavy,it drives great,and drops all of 1-2" front and rear,hardly any sag.I would never run 11000 in the summer months at highway speeds,that is an accident waiting to happen. Tire failure is the biggest problem on 2500Hd and 3500 SRW trucks when overloading them,you want to keep the reat tires within there rated weight capacitys.You want to go slow when your tires are bulging,they get hot real quick,and when they blow it can be ugly,especially with a 4000lb top heavy camper on a SRW truck,