You’ve just bought a new RAM 1500, and like many pickup truck owners, you may be planning on hauling some serious equipment with your new purchase. But before you try to pack more than your truck can handle, take the time to learn the right way to load up your valuables. Take a look at the following tips for properly packing a truck bed.

Know the Weight Limit

Pay attention to your truck’s maximum payload capacity, or gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) in some models. This will tell you how much weight your truck can safely haul without compromising the handling or brakes. You’ll also want to arrange your cargo so that the weight is balanced rather than placing the heaviest items on one side of the bed. Try to be aware of each item’s weight so you’ll have an idea of whether you’re close to reaching the maximum payload when loading your vehicle.

Fasten Loose Items

If you’re hauling a load of loose materials like lumber, make sure you’ve secured these items with safety netting or ratchet straps. Failing to do so could result in your materials falling out while you’re on the road, possibly harming other motorists. For heavier loads and longer materials, lower the tailgate and secure materials with your ratchet straps to prevent damage to the materials and your vehicle. Smaller loads still need to be secured, but likely won’t damage the tailgate if you leave it up.

At Woody Folsom Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM, our staff serves the Baxley, GA area and can help you choose from our selection of RAM trucks to find one that has the hauling capabilities you need to get the job done.