Originally Posted by MikeKle
I think payload is determined by the trucks weight, if it is a half ton, it can carry up to 1000 lbs in the bed, one ton trucks can carry 2000 lbs, and so on. Ive never had a half ton that can carry one ton of anything in the bed..well, without the back wheels rubbing the fenders anyway!
The term "half ton" dates back to the days of Al Capone and the Great Recession. When a half-ton did in fact mean 1000lb payload, etc. Times have significantly changed, but the name still holds strong in terms of basic capability, even though a half ton can easily be spec'd to carry close to 2000lb payload these days. You can overload a 'half-ton' easily enough these days with trailer tongue weight, tool boxes, in cab equipment, and even passengers.
As an example, a Honda CR-V which was considered a "light truck" up until the SUV term was established a decade ago could only carry 800lbs. Factor in five 250lb passengers and you'll be overweight by 200lbs before fuel and cargo. It's just like the EPA ratings, it took 30 years to adjust them to modern standards and that was with a lot of public hype so they would do it. Perhaps we should get on about changing the "half-ton" moniker to something more fitting for todays standards. Call a "one ton" a "two and a half ton" because most 1tons can haul up to 5K when properly spec'd with dual wheels.
It just opens up a huge can o'worms that I dont' think anyone really wants to deal with and it would also put off potential buyers into thinking "do I really need a 1ton truck?" when really it's a 1500 series crew cab. Blame federal safety regs for increasing weight and such, which generally increases overall capability.