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Old 03-09-2010, 02:34 PM   #1
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hey guys,
Just thinking a little ahead here; me and my buddies were thinkin about filling the bed of my truck (short bed, 5.4, 2WD) up with water this summer....effectively creating a 'redneck pool.' That's an enormous weight in the bed

I calculated that if we fill the bed up with 16 in. of water, that would give us 43 cu ft = 336.6 gal = 2810 lbs

So the water plus ~600 lbs of people in the bed puts the total payload at ~3500 lbs, which the door jamb sticker says id the GAWR for the rear.

Having as much weight just in the bed as the whole axle is rated for should be OK right? I mean, it is a ford . Keep in mind that we wouldn't be going very far, and probably wouldn't even go past 10 MPH. You think this would tear up the axle too bad??

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I was thinking about doing the same thing. I think you should be fine I have seen people do it a number of times in half ton trucks. I dont know why you plan on driving with all that water in the bed, but I would probably advise against it.
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well what goods a bed full of water if youre not gonna take it anywhere

somebody told me it would be a good idea to block the suspension? how do i go about doing that? sorry for the noob question haha
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well what goods a bed full of water if youre not gonna take it anywhere
to sit in and cool off? If you drive around it is just going to slosh around everywhere.
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Be sure to use some method the keep the bed walls from spreading apart. Water sloshes and if it gets going while you are moving expect some twisting motion. If ou have a rerar sliding window keep it closed or your cab might get wet.

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The people in the bed will displace some of the water weight.
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The GAWR includes the weight of the truck. So throw another 2k lbs on the rear axle for that.
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my brothers freind did that in the back of his old crappy chev truck and it held together.......................................... .........BARELY
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Thanks for giving me a great idea for the end of senior year next year!
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