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cptqueeg

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Posted: 04/12/20 01:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi,

What options should I order to maximize payload on a gas Chev 3500 SRW 4x4? I plan on bed delete in favor of an aluminum flatbed to mount a truck camper(Hallmark Nevada 8.5') and in the spring and summer tow a 3500lb boat(weight includes trailer, fuel, and tackle.) Yes a DWR is the obvious answer, but I'd prefer not to.

Thanks,

Paul

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Posted: 04/12/20 01:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You did say "...should I order to maximize payload..."

Then order ZERO bling options

Just a manual (if not available, then an automatic), AC, Tow package, plain Jane interior.

Maybe a radio. No power door locks, no power windows, etc


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Posted: 04/12/20 01:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes I know the options add weight and reduce payload. It'll be the LT, nothing extravagant w 18" E rated tires. "what options" is referring to camper pakages, etc. that will increase the payload.

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Basic truck with no options. As for what you need for the camper, an outlet and tie downs?? I think since you're removing the bed those things would be easier to deal with later. You might consider airbags or Timbrens if the camper puts you up near the limits of the truck but that would also be dealt with later.

As far as maximizing payload, the tires and axle are the limiting factors and there aren't any "packages" that can change that. An options "diet" is really all you can do. There should be a chart somewhere that will give you a pretty close idea as to what to expect.

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Reg cab vs crew or ext cab.
As noted, ONLY way to increase payload, is thru lack of options. There are not extra heavy spring options as in the past.
Otherway, go for a 45 series truck. They come or should come with out a door sticker. So THEN if you find the correct after market body builder, they you can increase payload GVWR by doing after market mods. This is harder to find this ability with DOT class 1-3 truck chassis's. If a class 3 chassis cab does not have a cab sticker, then it too can be modified after market. Even "IF" it does have sadi door sticker, an approved aftermarket body manufacture can change the GVW door sticker. Not that in reality, depending upon where you license the truck, the local DOT cares about said doo sticker.
My navistar for example, is licensed at 26000 lbs gvw. Door sticker which is in owners manual in my office, quotes GVW at 18200. Best case gvw is around 31-32K lbs if I max out FBL limits.
So enjoy the door sticker vs real legal weight police amounts you can go down the road at. A dually 35, could go down the road at 31-32K gvw. I'm not going to recommend it. you could legally do so.
If you truly are worried about payload and your camper, buy a 45 series truck.

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cptqueeg wrote:

Hi,

What options should I order to maximize payload on a gas Chev 3500 SRW 4x4? I plan on bed delete in favor of an aluminum flatbed to mount a truck camper(Hallmark Nevada 8.5') and in the spring and summer tow a 3500lb boat(weight includes trailer, fuel, and tackle.) Yes a DWR is the obvious answer, but I'd prefer not to.

Thanks,

Paul


Get a dually and don't worry about payload!


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Posted: 04/12/20 02:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The 3500 would easily handle this camper - it's a pop-up. I wasn't "worried" about overweight just looking to optimize the payload when I order the truck. I'd like not to be right on the edge though.

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Ford has an on line site showing specs on its trucks. Payload on an F350 SRW can vary by over 1,000 lbs depending on cab type, bed length, engine, drive train, even tires. I would guess GM would have similar charts.

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cptqueeg wrote:

Hi,

What options should I order to maximize payload on a gas Chev 3500 SRW 4x4? I plan on bed delete in favor of an aluminum flatbed to mount a truck camper(Hallmark Nevada 8.5') and in the spring and summer tow a 3500lb boat(weight includes trailer, fuel, and tackle.) Yes a DWR is the obvious answer, but I'd prefer not to.

Thanks,

Paul


Buy the truck YOU want and BAG it along with 19.5's, carry on.

* This post was edited 04/12/20 04:45pm by Cummins12V98 *


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Keep in mind a new truck with bare bones interior as some have specified has zero resale or trade value. I know when we buy a new truck we plan to keep the vehicle until it turns to dust. Things do change over time. I ran into this exact situation some years ago and learned a hard valuable lesson. Things like power windows and door lock ands a decent stereo don't really change payload much at all.


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