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Old 09-04-2018, 02:23 PM
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What is a half ton pickup

I know that the F150 is considered a 1/2 ton pickup and the F250 is considered a 3/4 ton. But what exactly does that mean? I have a F150 with the extra payload package. I should be able to put 3300 lbs in the box according the the sticker.Thatís over 1/2 ton. So thatís my question. I want to carry 33 bundles of roofing shingles to my cottage, but donít want to kill my truck. Itís about 200 miles. Will I be good?
 
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Old 09-04-2018, 02:39 PM
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Rent a trailer. Why load your truck that heavy, then have to get up in the bed to unload it all. I could see loading lumber or something like that in the truck bed. But shingles are heavy and packed in relatively small bundles.

1/2, 3/4, 1 ton etc are old terms that still stick around. Like 8 or 10 ply tires, that donít really have that many plies anymore.

It should be class 1, 2, 3 etc. A half of a ton is 1000 pounds. I doubt anyone would be satisfied with that payload anymore.
 
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Old 09-04-2018, 03:30 PM
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Renting a trailer costs more money. I don’t mind loading and unloading shingles. I did buy a truck to carry building supplies when I needed. I could always take half at a time if it’s to heavy.
 
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Old 09-04-2018, 03:59 PM
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Originally Posted by sailorman3 View Post
I know that the F150 is considered a 1/2 ton pickup and the F250 is considered a 3/4 ton. But what exactly does that mean? I have a F150 with the extra payload package. I should be able to put 3300 lbs in the box according the the sticker.That’s over 1/2 ton. So that’s my question. I want to carry 33 bundles of roofing shingles to my cottage, but don’t want to kill my truck. It’s about 200 miles. Will I be good?
Make 2 trips, rent a trailer or another truck or load your truck down.

I`m sure your vehicle will make it but I woudn`t do it.
 
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Old 09-04-2018, 04:37 PM
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Basic shingles? architectural? Cheap shingles weigh around 55-60 a bundle. Architectural can go a LOT more. 80+.

Iíd do it with the cheaper shingles. Heavier shingles, Iíd probably start loading and quit if/when the truck looked unhappy.
 
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Old 09-04-2018, 05:03 PM
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If your sticker says 3300# and you plan to take 33 bundles of shingles, then you need to know what a bundle of your specific shingles weigh.
Obviously, 100# per bundle is your theoretical limit. However, since it's a cottage 200 miles away, you are probably taking food, luggage, and some tools. You need to include all cargo (which includes that luggage, cooler, and tools...maybe a ladder) and passengers (just you, or are you taking a couple of 200# buddies to help out?) in your weight. You probably already thought about what I said....I just wanted to throw it out there in case you didn't.
 
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Old 09-04-2018, 05:28 PM
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1K pounds in the bed...Today it's just a rating in my book
 
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You guys really advise him getting a trailer and making multiple trips? If he has the heavy payload package and 3300 lbs available then load it up! Even heavy 80lb shingles would be under 2500 lbs.
 
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I'd probably air the tires up and go for it. But, I do think that renting a trailer is a smart idea.
 
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Old 09-05-2018, 08:51 AM
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Load it up and go. Put as much as possible in the front of the bed and try not to put any in the very rear of the bed. Put some extra air in the rear tires and forget about cruising in the fast lane at 80 like you usually do. Stay in the right lane at 65-70 with the big rigs and you'll do fine. Good luck....
 
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We hauled about 2,000 lbs of hardwood flooring last year. Only went about 50 miles, but the truck handled it fine with not a lot of squat. I would have been very comfortable going another 150 miles.
 
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Old 09-06-2018, 09:03 AM
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If he has the heavy payload package and 3300 lbs available then load it up! Even heavy 80lb shingles would be under 2500 lbs.
This. Exactly what the HDPP is for. Load 'er up and go
 
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Old 09-07-2018, 07:03 AM
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I can't believe I'm reading suggestions to rent a trailer when he has a Heavy Payload Package. Load it up, man! Also - this is THE PERFECT load for the truck! The shingle bundles stacked in there probably won't go above the bed rails, so the weight is going to be low...not top-heavy or teetering to one side or the other.

Half-ton; 3/4 Ton and 1-Ton trucks were all nominal references from back in the day...just like a 2x4 really isn't...

Go by your payload sticker and use the truck as it was meant to be used. People do it everyday, all day long. You won't be the first...
 
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Old 09-07-2018, 02:02 PM
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Aired the tires up to 45 lbs. one trip no problem. Power wise hardly knew it was there.
 
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Old 09-07-2018, 03:05 PM
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I suspect the hardest part of all this was unloading the shingles when you got to the cabin!
It's good to hear about trucks doing truck stuff...rather than hauling air.
 
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