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Ok.. I've been getting free pallets from work lately and just want to mske sure I'm not overloading my truck.. each pallet weighs about 150lbs.. and I get 10 at a time... they are slid into the back (rear seat removed). Each one is 9ft 6in long and 24in wide, so they hang out the rear off the tailgate about 2ft... when loaded, the rear end squats dramatically and tires look like they are going flat. Lol..

Does this seem ok to do??

Here it is loaded..



 

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when loaded, the rear end squats dramatically and tires look like they are going flat.
Sounds like you answered your own question. If they're 9' long then over half of the weight is behind the rear wheels. Aside from the strain on the rear suspension and tires, I'd think that would adversely affect the steering too. No way would I haul that much, distributed like that, in a Bronco. I'd make a few extra trips.
 

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OK, you have a load of approx. 1500 lbs (3/4 ton), going onto what is basically a 1/2 ton, (1000 lbs) truck. I would say you are overloaded by 500 pounds.
 

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Sounds like you answered your own question. If they're 9' long then over half of the weight is behind the rear wheels. Aside from the strain on the rear suspension and tires, I'd think that would adversely affect the steering too. No way would I haul that much, distributed like that, in a Bronco. I'd make a few extra trips.
Well the steering actually seems better when I haul them.. lol.. it's way more responsive compared to empty.. I've done 3 trips like this and haven't noticed any negative affects.. what is the actual # for capacity??
 

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Looking at the suspension and tires in the pic, they look ok. But get a couple of red flags on those pallots cause you don't wanna get rearended like that.
 

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I wouldn't worry as much about the weight overload as I would having the top 1 or 2 pallets take my head off in an accident or panic stop.

"On this episode of Wheels That Fail........."
 

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Looking at the suspension and tires in the pic, they look ok. But get a couple of red flags on those pallots cause you don't wanna get rearended like that.
That's what I thought.. i kno these things are underrated anyway.. and I don't have to worry bout flags unless they hang off the tailgate 3ft or more.. i don't really need to worry bout rearended anyway.. My drive home is at 130 am and I live in the boonies.. lol.. thanks fir the concern though :thumbup

I wouldn't worry as much about the weight overload as I would having the top 1 or 2 pallets take my head off in an accident or panic stop.

"On this episode of Wheels That Fail........."
Lol.. i was a little worried about that too.. if I did have to slam on brakes I hope my straps are strong enough to keep them in place... there is 1 strap that runs thru the top pallet and connects to the back seat mounts..
 

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1/2 tons and 3/4 tons aren't exactly rated as 1000 and 1500 lbs capacity anymore. If so, then my dually one ton can only carry 2000 lbs - not so. Typically it refers to the frame and axle design rather than bed carrying capacity these days.

The Bronco is generally capable of 6300 GVWR. Subtract the weight of a naked standard Bronco, about 4600, then you have 1700 capacity, subtract for passengers, fuel and other cargo. Problem is that most of the weight is on the back, which gives light steering. Just be careful hauling, and especially making any crazy steering moves.

https://www.driverside.com/specs/ford-bronco-1996-2119-4358-0
http://www.edmunds.com/ford/bronco/1996/features-specs/
 

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1/2 tons and 3/4 tons aren't exactly rated as 1000 and 1500 lbs capacity anymore. If so, then my dually one ton can only carry 2000 lbs - not so. Typically it refers to the frame and axle design rather than bed carrying capacity these days.

The Bronco is generally capable of 6300 GVWR. Subtract the weight of a naked standard Bronco, about 4600, then you have 1700 capacity, subtract for passengers, fuel and other cargo. Problem is that most of the weight is on the back, which gives light steering. Just be careful hauling, and especially making any crazy steering moves.

https://www.driverside.com/specs/ford-bronco-1996-2119-4358-0
http://www.edmunds.com/ford/bronco/1996/features-specs/
Thanks, when looking on the driverside site, it was saying maximum hitch weight was 2000.. would that mean basically that's the most you can put in the bed?..

Oh and you said the steering might seem light.. well I actually feel like it responds better when loaded for some reason... lol

You need to air the tires up to their MAX PSI before you do that again.
http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/72354
http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/72417
http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/72415
http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/491879

There's a worksheet in the owner's manual for calculating cargo hauling capacity. If you don't have a manual, download the closest year from Ford:
http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/553355
Thanks steve... I did air up to 35 psi.. i just read on my tires the max is 40 (when setting the bead).. is that what I need to air up to?? Btw, my tires are Yokohama geolander ht/s 265/75/15
 

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what ever the tire pressure max rating is....will be close to where the max load rating is on the sidewall of tire.
 

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OK, you have a load of approx. 1500 lbs (3/4 ton), going onto what is basically a 1/2 ton, (1000 lbs) truck. I would say you are overloaded by 500 pounds.
 

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Where do you get 10ft long pallets?

I use pallets to build patio furniture whenever I move to a new place and leave it behind when I move, those long ones would be real useful!
 

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Where do you get 10ft long pallets?

I use pallets to build patio furniture whenever I move to a new place and leave it behind when I move, those long ones would be real useful!
Haha.. that's what I'm going to use some for lol... I'll also be making my carport bigger..

I get em from work... steel material comes in on em.. my work just trashes em so I said I'll take em...
 

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Did anyone figure out the payload numbers?
 

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not saying this is right,bit I have had 36 x 66# bags of cement in my 78
loaded up mostly between the axles,and man did that thing squat!
also a few times I have had over 2000# of scrap metal in it
 
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