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Monday, June 27, 2016

Which Truck for you?

So you are looking to haul two bikes?  Maybe tow a trailer also??

Be certain to take a look at some numbers about your vehicle.

What are you looking to haul?   Let's say it's an AmeriDeck SuperDeck III (#850) plus two Harley Davidson's (2016 Road Kine = #814)  That's #2,478 before you add luggage and a mother-in-law... or trailer.

Here's an article from AutoTrader that talks about Pickup Payloads <<<

Take a look at the F250 or Chevy 2500 HD and then compare the load carrying and towing
capabilities to the same brands in half-ton trucks.   Half ton is #1,000.  If you are serious about carrying significant cargo, or towing living quarters and bikes, then you need to evaluate things carefully.

Here are some definitions:

GVRW = fully loaded vehicle with fuel, passengers and cargo.  This is the capacity of the truck.

Curb Weight (CW) = The empty seight of the truck.  In the case of my 2005 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Diesel truck, #6693.

GVRW - CW - #9,200 - #6,693 = #3,507 - Well over the requirement for deck and two bikes.

Weighing Terms

Take your loaded truck and trailer to a scale and use these numbers to find out if you are towing more than your truck can handle. To determine the safe towing capacity for your loaded truck, take the GCWR and subtract the curb weight and the weight of everything in your truck, including passengers and cargo. To determine safe payload capacity, take the GVWR and subtract the curb weight of the truck. Because curb weight only considers base options of a truck model, stay below these capacity estimates to be on the safe side
  • Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR): The maximum weight of a truck, including the truck itself, cargo, passengers, fuel, trailer and trailer cargo.
  • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR): The maximum weight of vehicle, including passengers, cargo and tongue weight.
The above info is from HowStuffWorks.com

Note:  Article about excessive weight based on 5th wheel trailers:  https://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/towing-capacity/information/tongue-weight.htm

We are adding this info after receiving a call from a customer hauling two full dress Harleys and experiencing front-end vibrations at speeds over 70 MPH.  (June 18, 2018)

The next-to-last-thing we want to do is scare you off from buying an AmeriDeck for hauling your motorcycles... but the LAST thing we want to do is to see you in an undersized truck and endangering yourself and your vehicle.

Call us any time to discuss details!   

Jeff  717-620-9676