Forum Members Share Tips on 2019 F-450 Real-world Payload Capacity
F-450 is rated to haul less than the F-350 on paper, but owners suggest otherwise.
The 2019 Ford F-450 is technically the strongest truck in Class 3, but to keep this nearly-commercial-grade truck in that class, the Motor Company had to play with the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. In doing so, the automaker was able to keep the F-450 in Class 3 with the F-350, but this leads to an odd situation on paper.
The F-350 is rated to haul a heavier payload than the bigger, stronger F-450. Forum member ChangNoi recently discovered this difference in payload capacities while shopping for a truck to carry his slide-in camper, leading him to seek the advice of owners of the larger Super Duty pickups.
When the OP first introduced the forum to his question, he talked a bit about himself and explained his concern with possibly buying a new Ford F-450:
I currently own a 2018 Raptor and I love it. Only thing is, it is not very good for slide in campers. So, I am looking to buy an F-450 dual rear wheel, crew cab, but want to get an accurate idea on what these vehicles can handle.
I’ve looked at the Ford chart for slide-in campers and I have been a little surprised at the fact that the F-350 can carry more weight. This all aside, I wanted to ask if there is anyone here that has the limited version of the 450 or the Platinum version of the 450 and if they would take a phot of the payload sticker on the door so I can see some samples of how compare to each other.
Two members were quick to respond, and their input would be echoed throughout the three-page thread.
“Ricohman” was the first to chime in:
The F450 is rated like that on paper to keep it in this class.
But really, it will laugh at a 5000lb slide in. This is exactly the reason I bought mine.
And “2009kr” elaborated on the same information:
It will be within 50# of 4750#. It’s an artificially low class 3 limit. It weighs 500# more than the F350 DRW due to stronger tires, wheels, wider front, thicker sway bars and bigger brakes. This results in 500# less payload on paper but a higher real world capability.
The OP had initially asked for owners of newer F-450 pickups to share an image of the payload sticker in the door jamb, and while several members provided good information to answer the question, a few owners also shared the payload sticker.
First, “nuctrooper” shared a picture of a paperwork from a truck scale, showing a 2017 Ford F-450 with a gross weight of 16,500 pounds.
To which the OP replied, thanking everyone for their input:
Folks, Thank you so much! I had suspected that the #14000 was bogus and was just to stay in the class. Thank you @Richoman for confirming.
“Hiddentoken” also shared a picture, showing the door jamb decal for his 2019 F-450 FX4 Platinum with a 4,726-pound payload capacity. He would also share his window sticker, further helping the OP move towards buying a new Super Duty.
Another decal picture from “jimbonnet” and his 2019 F-450 Lariat Ultimate reveals a figure of 4,831 pounds, all-but-removing the concern of the OP of being able to carry a 5,000-pound camper.
During the discussion about the payload capacity of the 2019 Ford F-450 relative to how much it can actually carry in the real world, it became clear that the truck can easily haul more than the rating, but the OP wondered whether that would lead to any legal issues.
Having shared his input on the weight rating, “nuctrooper” offered some insight into the legalities of hauling too much weight.
Well, I’m certainly not qualified to give official legal advice, but will share my opinion. I believe in a “reasonable approach”. There is a lot of discussion on the forum about legal responsibility if overweight. But — I haven’t seen actual proof/direct stories about anyone being held additionally liable because they were reasonably overweight. A Tacoma hauling a 5th wheel is not reasonable. It will be obviously questoined, will draw additional scrutiny, and has real safety concerns. A modern 350/450 dually hauling a TC? Nobody will think twice, and there is no significant additional safety concern. If you saw my rig, you would never think “2,200lb overweight — criminal!”
This is of course for private truck / RV use, not commercial duty where scale weights can get you in trouble.
And, because it works for me, doesn’t make it right. The 450 is a beast, though, and won’t let you down.
Followed by “RubyRed350Platinum”, who had similar views.
I agree 100%. There is a lot of talk but no one can produce a single case where someone even got a ticket for being overweight. Yes it is possible that someone could go through the immense amount of trouble to verify you were “overweight” but in real life this is not going to happen.
And once again, if anyone can produce a non-commercial overweight ticket, or lawsuit that was brought to court, I would love to see it and research it.
In other words, if you are looking to haul a little more than the stated payload capacity, the 2019 Ford F-450 isnt likely to have a hard time within reason. As for the legal issues, it is a common conception that there could be stiff fines for hauling too much weight, but there doesn’t seem to be any evidence of a non-commercial driver being fined for overloading a truck.