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Class 5 Trucks

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by tyler_mott85, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. tyler_mott85

    tyler_mott85 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 582

    Looking for information on Class 5 Trucks. looking for a payload of 10,000+ but under 26,000 gvwr.

    Looked at the Isuzu NRR earlier and I believe the Dodge 5500's fit the bill. Just wondering what, if any of, you use. Would be putting a 12-14ft dumping bed on it and carrying up to 10cu yds of material while pulling an enclosed trailer.

    Any info you guys have is appreciated.

    Oh the day dreams are fun! :clapping:
  2. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,351

    I have the Dodge 4500 and have like a 7k payload on that, the 5500 I think is 11k before you add the bed. That's as big as the dodges go around 19000 gvw if you want 26000 your going to have to bump up to a f650 or the gmc/chevy 6500 but I don't even know if they make them any more. There is always international if you want the want 26000.
  3. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,214

    I have a 19,500 gvw F550 that can carry 10,400 pounds. It has an 11' contractors box. You do have to check because there are some 17,500 gvw 550's out there so you couldn't carry as much.

    I don't know what some of the low profile medium duty(25,999#) weight empty? If they are fairly light they could carry some nice loads and still be under CDL(in theory...).
  4. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,332

    Dont forget it needs to have a low enough GVW that when you hook the trailer to it you wont be over 26k. If your trailer has 5200lb axles that limits you to something thats rated under 15,600lbs.
  5. Duffster

    Duffster LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 1,193

    WTF does axle ratings have to do with the price of tea in china?
  6. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,332

    If a trailer has two 5200 lb axles it's gvw is 10,400. If it has 3500 lb axles it's gvw is 7k. State troopers count lug nuts on roadside inspections rather then look at the serial number plate.
  7. Duffster

    Duffster LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 1,193


    GVWR often does not = sum of the GAWR.

    Most trailers with 5200's don't have a GVWR of 10,400. MOst are 10k even. Allowing them to be towed with trucks up to 26k GVWR and still be under CDL.

    ps I think you mean GVWR not GVW. ;)
  8. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,332

    I WILL agree with that. Still pretty sure I'm right about the lugnut thing though...
  9. pitrack

    pitrack LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,049

    That's how it is in NE too. I remember this because I always figured a 5500 would be best but then if you pull a 10k trailer you are over the 26k limit. So really if you're pulling any trailer worth a crap maybe a 4500 would be better so you don't have to mess with CDL.
  10. Duffster

    Duffster LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 1,193

    Nope, you're still wrong. LOL

    Counting lugs still don't tell you sh!t. Axles can be derated too.

    If the trailer is only 10k then the limit before CDL is 36k.

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