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    Default What's up with the "Ton" ratings

    Last night my dad and I were talking about how much weight my burb can tow (which we still haven't figured out), and I thought of a question what in the word does half-ton mean? The fricking 'burb weighs 6800 dry, which is is 3.5 tons by itself. So, any explanation that could help me understand what the ton ratings mean would make me so happy.
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    Default Ton rating

    refers to how much "extra" weight a vehicle can haul over its actual weight. 1/2 ton - Thousand pounds. 5 - 200lb men for example.

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    Yeah, it's always been fairly sprurrious. I think we've all had times when we've overloaded our vehicles. I picked up like 2 yards of soil once (something like that) and it dropped me pretty low.

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    but what does that say about towing? certainly 1/2 ton vehicles can pull more than 100 pounds. If that were the case, most vehicles couldn't even pull the smallest of box trailers, and I'm talking 6x8 or even 5x7. I want to say that the trailer I have is something like a 5x7 and it weighs over 1K partially loaded....
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    i think the ton ratings are only for cargo being placed onto the frame its self, like putting stuff into the bed of your truck or into the back of a suburban. then how much that given truck can haul is a little different.
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    That's my understanding, too. The "tonnage" refers to payload and not towing capacity.

    My question related to the same issue: What do the numbers 1500/150, 2500/250 etc. have to do with the "tonnage?" In other words, why is 1500 used to designate 1/2 ton (and so on)?
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    Just looked at the trailer hitch on our 94 ½ ton burb.

    It says max

    Max dead

    4,000

    400 tongue

    trailer with weight distributing hitch

    10,000

    1,000 tongue

    Now this is for the trailers you tow.

    As far as being a ½ ton or ¾ ton cargo in the truck that for a fully loaded truck including passengers and cargo inside the truck itself.

    Now my wife has definitely over loaded the 86 burb. By about double the limit with no ill effects. On her or the truck, now when she pulled into the driveway with the tires rubbing the inner wheel wells it did bother me, but not her or the burb.


    But when towing you have to add the tongue weight of the trailer to your interior weight,

    So if you have say a trailer with a 400 tongue weight you are supposed to subtract that from your cargo limit.

    In other words a ½ ton truck looses 400 lbs of cargo ability. But then I don’t think we even have a trailer with a 400 lb tongue weight. They are usually around 250, and we have had some big trailers.

    Now as far as driving with the trailer goes,

    SLOW DOWN WHEN TOWING!
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