Dodge ram 1500 bed insert?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Belgium, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. Belgium

    Belgium LawnSite Member
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    I'm looking to buy a '13 dodge ram 1500 quad cab this year. I'd like to put an aluminium dump insert in the bed, so i can tow a chipper and blow the chips straight in the dump bed. Anyone know if there are dump inserts available for 1500 quad cabs? Btw, i really like the truckcraft design.
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  2. Deererunner

    Deererunner LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
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    By the time you put the insert in, it leaves you very little weight capacity left. If your buying new, I would look into upgradding to a 3/4 or a better yet a 1 ton.
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  3. Belgium

    Belgium LawnSite Member
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    Problem over here is that you need a truck driver's license (quite costly over here) when you go to a 2500 and up.
     
  4. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    An insert will install into the 1500 the same as a 2500. Because of your licensing requirements I can understand why you have stay with a 1500. I don't know if you are stuck on Ram or not, but Ford has an F150 HD with a GVWR of 8200 and a payload larger than some 2500 trucks. Are your licensing requirements based on GVWR? If they are you can beef the truck's springs and tires up, but the semi floating rear axle will be a weak spot.
     
  5. tnmtn

    tnmtn LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE Tn.
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    have you considered using a loadhandler? Don't what your loading but I have had good luck with the heavier duty model. I have used it to unload as much as 2 tons of gravel. Thought it might be an option.

    http://www.loadhandler.com/
     
  6. tnmtn

    tnmtn LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE Tn.
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    loadhanldler should work well for chips.
     
  7. Belgium

    Belgium LawnSite Member
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    The loadhandler is quite an ingeneous tool but it wouldn't increase the volume of chips i can haul away. Wood chips aren't that heavy and it would sure be nice to be able to chip the whole day without going to the dump. I'm lookin more toward maybe the f150 hd.
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  8. Belgium

    Belgium LawnSite Member
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    Only problem is that a vehicle can't weigh more than 7000lbs otherwise you need the truck drivers license i mentioned before.
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  9. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    My 2500HD with a 1000 pound steel dump insert installed weighs only 6400 pounds. It is however a regular cab gas engine. Is the 7K limit empty or loaded?
     
  10. Porkins

    Porkins LawnSite Senior Member
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