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Old 01-18-2018, 05:58 PM
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Question what is the Max weight i can put in a 74 F252 explorer

I work with a couple of companies that give me loads to hall. like Truxx and Mule2go and others. My F252 is a standard 390ci single wheel peal. Rear has 6 liefs. How may 100 LB bags of sand can I carry safely without damaging something? Assuming a full tank of gas and a 250LB driver.
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Old 01-18-2018, 06:56 PM
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I am assuming F252 is meant to be F250, which would make it a 3/4 ton or roughly 1500 lb cargo capacity. The capacity already takes into consideration the weight of fuel and driver, so 15 bags by simple math. Can you get away with more than that? Absolutely. I have had well north of a ton in a 1/2 ton before. HOWEVER, that was for a very short distance, driving slow, braking early, taking it super easy over bumps, and the steering was all sorts of squirrelly. I'm sure others here have similar or worse stories. But I was also taking some serious risks of snapping an axle, bending the frame, or damaging suspension components. If you're worried about working safely, it's better sticking pretty close to the factory rating. Maybe around 2000 lb at the max on rare occasions.
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If you want to get exact, weigh the truck ready to haul but with no load, then subtract that from the GVWR on the warranty plate. This will give you the payload you can legally haul. Also check to make sure your tires are the correct load rating for the GVWR and are at the correct pressure for the load. Placement of the load in the bed can also make a difference as the further back you put the load the more weight will be on the rear axle instead of being shared by both front and rear.
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Thanks so much for the quick response!
Just what I was looking for.
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I am assuming F252 is meant to be F250, which would make it a 3/4 ton or roughly 1500 lb cargo capacity. The capacity already takes into consideration the weight of fuel and driver, so 15 bags by simple math. Can you get away with more than that? Absolutely. I have had well north of a ton in a 1/2 ton before. HOWEVER, that was for a very short distance, driving slow, braking early, taking it super easy over bumps, and the steering was all sorts of squirrelly. I'm sure others here have similar or worse stories. But I was also taking some serious risks of snapping an axle, bending the frame, or damaging suspension components. If you're worried about working safely, it's better sticking pretty close to the factory rating. Maybe around 2000 lb at the max on rare occasions.
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I put F252 because the plate on it VIN plate says f252??
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Cargo capacity

I believe payload is approximately 2500#
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GVWR for a dent f250 ranges from 6200 to ~ 8000 lbs. That is a huge range. My f250 weighs about 4200 lbs with a gvwr of 6200 lbs. Payload is 2,000 lbs. If I had one of the stronger ones It would be over 3,500 lbs.

Here is my tag on my door jamb.




Notice the 6200 GVWR in the lower left? Weigh yours empty and subtract that from the GVWR. That gives you your payload.

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I work with a couple of companies that give me loads to hall. like Truxx and Mule2go and others. My F252 is a standard 390ci single wheel peal. Rear has 6 liefs. How may 100 LB bags of sand can I carry safely without damaging something? Assuming a full tank of gas and a 250LB driver.
I would say at least 20, but you can't put them all in one spot. Fill the floor of the bed so that some of the weight is on the front axle.

I'll add that I've had every once of 2000 lbs in the box (honestly, more) and had no problems. I have properly functioning brakes.
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I put F252 because the plate on it VIN plate says f252??
Gotcha, wasn't thinking VIN plate, was thinking typo. That would translate to a GVWR of 7500 for a 73-75. For a 2WD, palmrose2's estimate of 4200 empty weight sounds about right, which would leave you with a potential 3300 payload. As has been mentioned, go across a scale and get an empty weight or your particular truck for a more exact payload number, but this gets you in the ballpark.
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So many things can make a difference, that only the scales can help you with.

For instance, my '76 SCLB 460 with:
bed topper
receiver and hitch and a chain
no spare
bench seat, not jump seats and however much gas was in the tanks (I have three tanks..)
No A/c

comes out to:
2920 front
2320 rear
5240 total

With a 7100 GVWR, that leaves me with a payload (including passengers, fuel, etc) of 1860lb, as weighed.
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I work with a couple of companies that give me loads to hall. like Truxx and Mule2go and others. My F252 is a standard 390ci single wheel pe
1974 F250 2WD with a MODEL code of F252 (stamped on the Warranty Plate) has a maximum Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 7,500 lbs.
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As numberdummy says, my 1974 F250 model F252 has a GVWR of 7500 pounds. Subtract my scale weight of 5400 and that leaves 2100 pounds.

That said, I don’t math good and once carried 2 yards of damp sand at around 4000 pounds. We went real slow on that trip.

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My "light-duty" F350 has a GVWR of 8550 lbs (to avoid a catalytic converter) weighs in at a hefty 6500 lbs with 49 gallons of gas, some tools and a camper shell/topper. Giving me almost exactly 1-ton of capacity.
So my 2000 lbs, while still literally meeting expectations/specifications, rated for less than a heavy-duty F250 would be.

But those 2000 lbs only lowered the rear of my truck about a 1/2" from stock height. So spring-wise at least, I had a whole lot of extra capacity.

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My "light-duty" F350 has a GVWR of 8550 lbs (to avoid a catalytic converter) weighs in at a hefty 6500 lbs with 49 gallons of gas, some tools and a camper shell/topper. Giving me almost exactly 1-ton of capacity.
So my 2000 lbs, while still literally meeting expectations/specifications, rated for less than a heavy-duty F250 would be.

But those 2000 lbs only lowered the rear of my truck about a 1/2" from stock height. So spring-wise at least, I had a whole lot of extra capacity.

Paul
I've owned multiple single rear wheel "1 ton" trucks. Heavy frame and big brakes are nice. Nothing bad about having more than you need.
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Agree with that totally. I knew I'd rarely need the capacity of a 1-ton truck, but appreciated the heavier duty components for a long and healthy life.
Takes a bit more muscle when doing general maintenance, but that's a very light trad-off for the peace of mind when loading up and heading to what passes for an outback around here.

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