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: HOw much weight can we put in our beds? (1500)

03-18-2006, 10:22 AM
I have an 03 1500 QC with Hemi (if that matters) and want to know how much weight we can put in our beds. My brother wants to go pick up some sane, but don't know what the limit is in pounds.

Also I have superchips so I will be taking that off before we do this. That is necessary right? Because superchips cuts towing capacity in half.

Big Ray
03-18-2006, 10:41 AM
You have to be concerned with what the tires will hold up under and what the suspension can handle. The capacity should be listed on the sticker inside the door if I am not mistaken.

03-18-2006, 10:54 AM
i had a yard of dirt in my bed at one time and had no problem

03-18-2006, 11:11 AM
I had 2000lbs of dirt. It was against the stops, but it handled it, and I've got a 4.7L.
As for actual payload. I think they are rated 1880lbs for a RC. I'm sure the QC isn't more than 50lbs away from that, so you should be able to handle 1800.

03-18-2006, 11:11 AM
Pretty sure it is 1800 pounds or so.

Leave Superchips on...better yet put in tow/haul Mode. I just recently towed in tow/haul Mode.

Never heard of having to remove SC to haul or tow....

03-18-2006, 11:17 AM
I just checked They don't have specs for a '03, but for '06, QC SLT 4X4, is 1420lbs. I know I've seen higher, so it probably depends on year, and package, but aside from SRT, that is the lowest payload I saw.

03-18-2006, 11:29 AM
I wish I could find it, but someone had a post a while back that listed all the payload capacities of Rams from 1500,2500,3500 for all years I believe. I wanna say mine was in the 1,600lb range. That was for a 4x2 QC with 3.92's and 20" wheels.


03-18-2006, 11:49 AM
If you really want to know what YOUR truck can carry, legally.
Find your gross vehicle weight on the plate inside the drivers door.
Have in the truck it's day to day normal items.
Go to a truck stop with a weigh bridge/scales and pay $7 to $10 bucks for a certified ticket.
Subtract scale reading from GVW and that is the load you can legally carry.
Just remember to allow for driver and passanger weights.
It will be different for every truck.

03-18-2006, 11:55 AM
It's over the limit but I pick up 1 ton pallets of wood stove pellets and it does not bother my 1500 one little bit.
All back roads and if I was doing any miles at highway speed I would be keeping to my tyres weight limits. 10 miles on back roads showed no noticeable increase in tyre temp.

03-18-2006, 12:18 PM
Thanks guys. I think my tires will be good as they are a heavier duty tire than stock. Sounds like 1800 pounds is a good medium range, but I will check the door sticker to see what that tells me.


03-18-2006, 01:12 PM
I'm pretty sure the payload is 1576 lbs max give or take a few pounds.

03-18-2006, 03:38 PM
Most of the 1500 Rams will handle a standard weight limit. My 02 Ram 1500 has the sticker stating that it will handle a GVW of 6600 lbs. My 99 was weighed for my info, it too was rated for 6600lbs. My scale ticket was from my 99 1500 4x4 SWB, me in the cab,26 gallon fuel tank full, no toolbox or other tools in the bed.

03-18-2006, 04:16 PM
I picke dup a load of sand the other day, and it handle it fine. You could tell it was back there, but no problems. It was defiantely harder on me unloading it than on the truck.

03-18-2006, 07:16 PM
Well, what you should carry and what you can carry is different. I've had 2000 pounds of sakrete in mine. Squatted down pretty good, but had 3-4" before hitting the stops. It road very smooth..LOL.

for a short trip at low speeds I wouldn't be too concerned about up to a ton. Doing a long haul on the highway I wouldn't exceed 1500 or so.

03-18-2006, 10:21 PM
I had 2320 in the bed of my 04 RC 1500, didnt bother it one bit and really didnt squat it that bad. Hauled like a dream.