When talking trucks, does anybody know what the terms 1/2, 3/4 and 1 ton refer to? I was thinking that it would be the weight the truck could carry but looking at the specs of my van it doesn't make sense. For instance my van is called a 3/4 ton. The van is about 4000 pounds and can carry more than 2400 pounds. I believe a ton is either 2000 pounds (american) or 2200 pounds (british) Either way it doesn't make sense.