• What Not to Do: Overloading Your Truck


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    Ford F-150 – Overloaded

    You can install a gooseneck hitch in the bed of your light-duty pickup truck, like the Ford F-150 you see here. However, you still need to carefully watch the weight you are carrying.

    This is an example of what NOT to do. This F-150 SuperCab 4×4 is hitched up to a 40-foot gooseneck trailer with a large HD pickup truck on top. This loaded trailer is likely pushing close to 14,000 pounds. This is well beyond the maximum towing capacity and the GCWR for this rig.

    Overloading a truck in this way can damage the suspension components, but there are a host of other safety concerns here. As the rear-end of the truck is overloaded, this unloads the front tires and will decrease the steering ability. Also, the brakes on the tow vehicle are not rated for this weight, so stopping will also be a problem.

    We hope this driver does not take this rig off of private property.

    While, you could be tempted to do something like this for bragging rights or other reasons. Please keep in mind that overloading your truck is a safety concern and you can get a ticket. You can consult your truck’s owner’s manual or contact your dealer or manufacturer to get the max towing, payload, and GCWR specifications.

    TFLtruck’s Ike Gauntlet video series shows how to correctly and safely load your truck, as well as challenge it with a high altitude towing test.


    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov is an Automotive Enthusiast, Producer, Reviewer, Videographer, Writer, Software Engineer, Husband, Father, and Friend.

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    6 thoughts on “What Not to Do: Overloading Your Truck

    1. Thanks for emphasizing overloading so much in many of your videos and articles. It’s nice to see, and really nice to see payload capacities mentioned when hooking up a trailer, not just GCWR. It seems that’s oft forgotten.

    2. Goosenecks require 20% payload or more and that is often the bottleneck.
      Todays 1/2 tons have a wide range a lot and only a few could pull a good size goose neck, but 14,000 lbs is outside of any half tons capabilities today.

    3. This is good information – hopefully it will make a few people think twice before they load up a 1/2 ton with a big load. Just because they have the power does not mean that the truck is rated to tow the load. In this case, your 14,000# estimate is low – the trailer weight is close to 8000# empty and the truck is probably another 8000#. That Ford is not even the “heavy duty” 1/2 ton version! Thanks for making this point.

    4. This is too much weight for that f150 no doubt, but at least it is properly loaded. I don’t endorse overloading trucks but I am sure the F150 can handle this safely for a short trip.

    5. Running over your GCVWR here in California will open yourself up to a limitless lawsuit if you are in an at-fault accident causing bodily injury. Your insurance company will deny coverage and the other parties involved can sue, sue, sue.

      1. Why is this 2013 video attached to the 2015 post? Just as importantly, Roman, you’re STILL wrong about 39-37… it’s still only 2, so your good guess of the 3″ drop would’ve been awesome, except it was wrong. 😉

        Life’s embarrassing moments, but oh well. I’m only surprised none of you, seemingly ever, caught it. Have fun and NEVER overload your vehicles!

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