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Melelio
Jul. 2, 2012, 02:09 PM
Can someone explain this? My truck's payload is 2959lbs.

Thanks!

sk_pacer
Jul. 2, 2012, 02:18 PM
This goes way back in time, and the terminology is truly obsolete. The terms came about shortly after automotive power became the norm for commercial and military use (I may have gotten it slightly mixed up since I only skimmed the article to see if it was useful)

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2012/03/the-weight-game-understanding-pickup-classes-and-where-they-came-from.html

Bounceback
Jul. 2, 2012, 02:24 PM
Honestly, It is just the difference in the springs and axles.... 1/2 ton, 3/4 ton and the 1 tons..

shadesofbay3
Jul. 2, 2012, 03:00 PM
I am looking for my first trailer and just ordered the book posted on this thread. Do have a question though. What is the safest year to go back to if looking for a used trailer? Obviously I am going to look it over and get it inspected, but I was told to not look any further back than the year 2000 for a used trailer...

scheherazadetbmare
Jul. 2, 2012, 03:24 PM
Because men designed and built it.;)

hosspuller
Jul. 2, 2012, 05:49 PM
Honestly, It is just the difference in the springs and axles.... 1/2 ton, 3/4 ton and the 1 tons..

No ... engine, transmission, brakes, frame, wheels, tires, differential, emission reqirements are changed depending on class of truck.

vxf111
Jul. 13, 2012, 02:06 PM
I am looking for my first trailer and just ordered the book posted on this thread. Do have a question though. What is the safest year to go back to if looking for a used trailer? Obviously I am going to look it over and get it inspected, but I was told to not look any further back than the year 2000 for a used trailer...

Depends what truck you're looking at. A 2001 Ford diesel 250 is actually a BETTER and more reliable truck than, say, a 2007 Ford diesel 250. It seems to me, from shopping, that there was a jump forward in "rideability" and modern feel around 2003/2004/2005. Trucks that age and newer feel a lot nicer than older ones, even when the older ones are in good condition. But if you're talking diesel, an older truck can still be a really, really reliable and good truck depending on how it was maintained. It just *feels* a little rougher and older.

As some sense of what I looked at, I was only willing to buy diesel, 250 or 350, prefered not to have dually. I looked at Fords from 1999-2003 (couldn't afford the post-lemon era ones which would be 2010 and newer) and all other models from 1999 to around 2006/2007/2008. To tow a Hawk 2H gooseneck with dressing room. The older ones would have been fine but you really could tell the difference when you sat in a 2003/2004/2005. I ended up with a 2004.5 Chevy Silverado and I *adore* it.