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    Sr5 with the 3.5l 6. Nothing fancy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    The composite bed is pretty brilliant.
    Does it have the built in tie down rail system around the bed rails? Have you secured anything in the bed with them if it does? Friend had an older Taco with composite bed/tie down rail system and wasn't impressed with the tie down rail and how much it flexed/twisted when securing dirtbike in the bed. Curious if they have improved that at all

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    It has the rail system, but I don't have any fixtures for it. I probably won't bother. Looks too flimsy to me. But being able to drill and mount fittings to the bed without introducing rust seems like the best thing since sliced bread. I have already ordered this https://www.discountramps.com/motorc...MC-BEDRACK-V2/ to bolt in and make hauling dirtbikes a snap.

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    Will you plan on using some type of backing plate behind the composite bed to secure the rail you are buying to? Thinking bolting the rail directly to composite might concentrate stresses on the bolt heads/washers and over time flex/crack/pull through bed material.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tls25rs View Post
    Will you plan on using some type of backing plate behind the composite bed to secure the rail you are buying to? Thinking bolting the rail directly to composite might concentrate stresses on the bolt heads/washers and over time flex/crack/pull through bed material.
    I will use a backing plate or huge washers. I don't think the design will put much stress on the mount points and the will be near the corners which are stonger by nature

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    It has the rail system, but I don't have any fixtures for it. I probably won't bother. Looks too flimsy to me. But being able to drill and mount fittings to the bed without introducing rust seems like the best thing since sliced bread. I have already ordered this https://www.discountramps.com/motorc...MC-BEDRACK-V2/ to bolt in and make hauling dirtbikes a snap.
    i may still have a new set of those rail mounts in the garage, will look for you. i never used them but assume they could be handy for other uses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by typeone View Post
    i may still have a new set of those rail mounts in the garage, will look for you. i never used them but assume they could be handy for other uses.
    Thanks. The one attachment I was considering is the bed extender.

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    Saw a C&D article on rated towing capacities. Lot of mid-size rated for 10K or more, 1/2 tons for 13,000, and 3/4’s over 30,000 lbs! Wow.

    When we bought our Econoline E250 it had one of the highest ratings around: 7,700 lbs.
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    feeling that way with my Silverado, it's closing in on 250k, motor is still strong, but I'm running on a 60day sticker, cause it didn't pass emission.

    I want to keep a truck around, but I might become a soccer grampa, one of mt clients offered me a Dodge cargo Caravan, about 100k, never seen winter, I would still keep the truck, but no longer a daily driver
    What happened to the Grand Cherokee?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    I will use a backing plate or huge washers. I don't think the design will put much stress on the mount points and the will be near the corners which are stonger by nature
    On boats now we often use G10 as a backing plate. Or 1/4” aluminum if you need to shape it much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    Saw a C&D article on rated towing capacities. Lot of mid-size rated for 10K or more, 1/2 tons for 13,000, and 3/4’s over 30,000 lbs! Wow.

    When we bought our Econoline E250 it had one of the highest ratings around: 7,700 lbs.
    I believe my 2016 1500 w/ towing package is like 13,000 or some shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    Saw a C&D article on rated towing capacities. Lot of mid-size rated for 10K or more, 1/2 tons for 13,000,
    I remember towing with a Jeep CJ when I was a teenager. Newer drivers are spoiled with these trucks. Planning things in advance? What's that? Hill? Just dip into the throttle more and git 'er done.

    It really is mind blowing how capable the newish trucks are.

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    8k lbs for me if I use a weight distributing hitch

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    Re: Let's talk trucks

    But where is the soul...

    Drove to the dump the other day with the ol girl and carb got vapor locked while waiting in line...on a big hill ..no e brake...and the brakes blow when the engine isn't running. Belt driven radiator fan probably didn't help either. Was hot under there.

    Fun times. Everyone made room so I could back down the hill using the clutch to maintain a slow speed.

    Finally got it running after 45 minutes or so. Guy running the dump said guess it's time for a new truck.

    Eff that noise. Property taxes are jacked, insurance is jacked, and it doesn't come in a stick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xrocket21 View Post
    8k lbs for me if I use a weight distributing hitch
    That's one of the big caveats of the new tow ratings, most are with a WDH or in fifth wheel configuration. Also the general truck configuration affects it. Crew cabs typically tow less than regular, etc etc.

    I towed a 25000# fifth wheel with a '09 Silverado crew 3500 dually for a distance. I couldn't imagine putting 30k# behind a single wheel truck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falko View Post
    That's one of the big caveats of the new tow ratings, most are with a WDH or in fifth wheel configuration. Also the general truck configuration affects it. Crew cabs typically tow less than regular, etc etc.

    I towed a 25000# fifth wheel with a '09 Silverado crew 3500 dually for a distance. I couldn't imagine putting 30k# behind a single wheel truck.
    Truth. Boast about the tow rating on a reg cab 2wd and then buy a crew cab 4x4. Load 'er up, marketing brochure said I'm good.

    I'd bet the average joe has no concept what so ever on differences between GVWR and GCWR. Never mind that payload is reduced by tongue weight or even how to calculate any of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
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    What happened to the Grand Cherokee?
    sitting in the yard, needs rocker panels to pass inspection, not worth my money, the $3500 estimate + $500 got me the silverado, inspected, ready to drive, I'd sell it for $500, just haven't got around to listing it for sale

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    Quote Originally Posted by csmutty View Post
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    Testing out the towing today. A couple thousand pounds

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    Oh yeah. Tows better than expected. The power mode makes the shifts pretty aggressive. No problem pulling the big hills in nh.

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    If I were going to tow regularly with this truck I would add sumo springs or bags to the back to level the ride and eliminate porpoising. It wasn't too bad, but could easily be eliminated. Tow rating says 6700, so I'd say it can handle 3500ish like a champ which is about what most 6x12s full of motos weigh in at.

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    While it is a different truck, when I put a sway bar on the Tundra it made the rear more stable for towing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falko View Post
    While it is a different truck, when I put a sway bar on the Tundra it made the rear more stable for towing.
    I bet. I mostly tow with the van so I'll leave it stock for now

    I just installed this setup in the bed for dirtbikes. Will make life easier. I think I'll use the tiedown spots for more than bikes too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    I bet. I mostly tow with the van so I'll leave it stock for now

    I just installed this setup in the bed for dirtbikes. Will make life easier. I think I'll use the tiedown spots for more than bikes too.

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    Those are super handy. I had one in a previous truck and it came in clutch a few times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    I bet. I mostly tow with the van so I'll leave it stock for now

    I just installed this setup in the bed for dirtbikes. Will make life easier. I think I'll use the tiedown spots for more than bikes too.

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    Is it a specific brand? Can you get it with center wheel locator as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmycapp View Post
    Is it a specific brand? Can you get it with center wheel locator as well?
    Yes. This is the one I had in a K1500. Two sport bikes fit ok. 3 dirty bikes should be good to go.

    https://ccrsport.com/ccr-sport-bed-b...-full-size-60/

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