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Old 12-19-2011, 09:18 AM
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hey everybody just need some opinions trying to figure out some ways to upgrade the load capacity on my f150 next summer goig to have to haul alot of gravel and really dont want to do a half a ton at a time any ideas let me no thanks my email is fordpower1996@yahoo.com
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i run airbags under my truck, but even with them you still need to be careful not to overload it
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Rent a dump trailer.
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well im looking to upgrade my truck i really dont want to rent a dump trailer but thanks
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Buy a dump truck

X2 on air bags. But then again, you can find an F250 in the junk yard and get the rear springs from it, considering what width yours are of course
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How much are you planning on hauling, how far, and how often?

If you're going to fill the bed up and drive 60 mph at freeway speeds, on busy roads, or up and down hills, then a 1/2 ton truck isn't going to cut it no matter what you do to it.

People think that the only difference between an F-150 and an F-250 is the springs and the axles and they forget about the frame and brakes. You need to be able to safely stop that load and F-150 brakes might not be up to the task. If you consistently overload your truck you can fatigue the steel in the frame which will lead to failure.

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I agree there andym!
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How much are you planning on hauling, how far, and how often?

If you're going to fill the bed up and drive 60 mph at freeway speeds, on busy roads, or up and down hills, then a 1/2 ton truck isn't going to cut it no matter what you do to it.

People think that the only difference between an F-150 and an F-250 is the springs and the axles and they forget about the frame and brakes. You need to be able to safely stop that load and F-150 brakes might not be up to the task. If you consistently overload your truck you can fatigue the steel in the frame which will lead to failure.

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Hey Andy
Quick question, do you know what the difference is on the brakes if any from a 250 to a 350. I ahve a 96 250 and have been thing about buying a 350 DRW mines a SRW 410 gr

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Are you thinking about swapping axles or buying the f350 over your 250?
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Well here's the deal. You can safely tow 3 tons of gravel in a tandem dump trailer with your truck because these trailers have their own brakes, but there's no way you'll ever carry even half that much in the truck no matter what upgrades you do to it. Besides.. who wants to unload all that gravel by hand when you can just stand there with a remote and let the hydraulics dump it. We have a landscape company and I have moved more than enough gravel, mulch, crushed rock, and sod without a dump trailer to know what I'm talking about here, the dump trailer is the best invention since sliced bread.

P.S. You'll need a brake controller for a trailer like this so there's your upgrade.
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^^^^ Something to think about OP.

Besides, Paul's usually right anyways.
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