Truck stupid question but I need a smart answer

When one speaks a “Number” of tons of, say, a pickup truck, does that tonnage refer to:

  • foot-pounds of torque
  • weight that can be carried
  • weight that can be towed
  • how much the truck itself weighs
  • how much the truck and it’s load weighs
  • how much the truck and it’s trailer weighs

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4 responses to “Truck stupid question but I need a smart answer

  1. Richard Bonomo

    It is the load capacity. (I only see your blog rarely nowadays, and respond even more rarely, so it is luck(?) that I happened to see this this AM…)

  2. Mark March

    If you are asking what is the difference between a half-ton, or three quarter or one ton truck? the answer is the load capacity. Most small trucks that are not a F150 or 1500 are rated at one quarter ton capacity. Towing capacity and bumper capacity are rated separately depending on the model, frame, suspension, engine torque etc.

    Hope this helps.

    PS They are all capable of exceeding those ratings by far, not necessarily recommended, but they can handle it. For example my other almost real 1/2 truck has transported more than a ton on several occasions in the bed.

  3. Michael Brandon

    Hi Father George

    Interesting, even if not profound.

    foot-pounds of torque – foot pounds not tons, so no
    weight that can be carried – theoretically yes, but not really.
    weight that can be towed – that would be tongue weight
    how much the truck itself weighs – nope
    how much the truck and it’s load weighs – nope
    how much the truck and it’s trailer weighs – nope

    That said. If I drive a Honda Accord, should it be agreeable?

    God Bless You

    Michael

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