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How much have you hauled?

So I bought this little truck as a commuter to and from college (an hour each way) and figured I would only use the bed every once in a while. Turns out I decided to drop out and start up a business in a metal shop. So now I'me moving around 2000 pounds a month, but that's just going to go higher.

So I've put 800 pounds at a time so far onto a 200 pound rack I built. It seems to handle 1000 pounds in the bed alright. (I don't think I'll put more than 800-900 pounds on the rack because the frame starts to bend and bounce in the middle)

Trouble is, for some upcoming project I need to move several 1350 pound steel plates. I don't have a trailer and I have to back up a long distance to the shop, so that isn't as convenient. I can remove the rack too to reduce weight if I need to, but I would rather not because it has a winch for unloading. The empty weight of the truck is 3450 pounds, plus me and the rack makes 3850 safely. The GVWR of my SR5 is 5700 pounds, which means I should be able to carry 1850 pounds before I overload the axles.

Is this possible/reasonable to attempt? What's the most you guys have carried?
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I'd rent a trailer.

A 1350 piece of plate steel is not like 1350 lbs of anything else. There's only two pieces of thin sheet metal between that over 1/2 ton piece of steel and your spine, hot knife through butter, if you catch my drift.

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Although the vehicle is rated fer 5700 lbs, you really don't want to take it to the max. Keep in mind that the brakes might not be able to stop you as quickly as you think you should be able to. Yer safest bet is really a trailer or even a different truck to perform the task.

Renting a box truck might be an option that will be safe and still be profitable fer you.

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I'd rent a trailer.

A 1350 piece of plate steel is not like 1350 lbs of anything else. There's only two pieces of thin sheet metal between that over 1/2 ton piece of steel and your spine, hot knife through butter, if you catch my drift.
The plate would be laying flat on the bed, directly over the rear axle. I can't think of any load that would be more distributed. Is the GVWR basically assuming a full load of passengers, decent stuff in the bed, and a trailer?
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The plate would be laying flat on the bed, directly over the rear axle. I can't think of any load that would be more distributed. Is the GVWR basically assuming a full load of passengers, decent stuff in the bed, and a trailer?
Exactly what I thought you were thinking​ of doing... It's not the load distribution that's the problem.

Physics is not your friend with what you are about to do.

Plate steel lying flat in a pickup bed has a very small cross section to mass ratio. If you are involved in any kind of accident that piece of plate steel is going to become like a giant (albiet dull) knife and is going to cut, smash or rip through anything that gets in its way. When it comes through the back of the cab the next thing it hits is you and the seat you are sitting in.

Please rent a trailer.
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GVWR is everything...more fuel, passengers, rack, etc. the less you can safely haul.

I'd rent a box truck or flatbed for this task. The T100 isn't a commercial vehicle. You can move that weight safely, but you'll be near max and it really isn't as safe as something larger.


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From the look of the work you do and currently have lined up I'd say you've found a profession you are good at and appear to enjoy. So If need be rent a trailer or more suitable vehicle for this upcoming job and start looking for a trailer you can pull with th T100. It's safer,handles more,gets the load closer to the ground and the added braking is a serious plus. You can always adapt your rack to have swing out gantry with a chain-fall or winch to help move material on and off the trailer. In no time backing the trailer up the drive to your shop will be second nature.
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Your numbers are correct. I'd feel very comfortable adding one plate in the bed if it were blocked in. Fab up some cribbing to negate the movement of the plate - strap it down and go for it. I would not attempt more than one at a time personally.
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Your numbers are correct. I'd feel very comfortable adding one plate in the bed if it were blocked in. Fab up some cribbing to negate the movement of the plate - strap it down and go for it. I would not attempt more than one at a time personally.
I'd go for it too! My previous post was an observation that he stated this was gonna be more than a one time deal and possibly with various load weight and configurations.
I've hauled to crated WWII Radial Engines in the bed of my truck that tipped the scale at just over 1,200 lbs. combined and moved them from SoCal to NorCal without any issues. Had I gotten into an accident then all bets were off. But that goes for a truck with nothing in the bed too.
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That's a good point. I'll fab up so end plates so it's less of a knife. I know it's still dangerous in an accident, but I'm not going anywhere fast. Total I've driven with ~1400 pounds already, with the rack, metal I was hauling, welder, and all of the tools in the cab, and stopping distance and power are way better than I was expecting.

I ultimately need three plates, but there is no way I'd haul that in less than three trips.
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