Don, that is indeed an amazing number providing we are comparing like for like. My 2016 GMC is the diesel, 4×4, crew version built on a base platform and then optioned with just a few essentials. The number on the door jamb is only 4766, that’s 2874 less payload. In other words bring on any truck camper or if you prefer go ahead an order that 44 foot toy hauler from New Horizon.
The reason I did not even look at a Ford was my history with Ford. Three trucks and one car to date and they were all piles of garbage. I understand things can change but 4 times burnt 5th time shy for me.
I love my GMC even with it’s wimpy payload numbers. The performance and reliability thus far is a 10 and I have never been able to say that about any truck I have owned. So with that said my current truck will remain with me as I approach retirement. I will just have to settle with what I carry or pull.
On Trucks: Growing up on a ranch here in Texas we had nothing but Chevy and in fact if you owned a Ford you were nothing but a sharecropper, Ranchers did not own Fords and Chevy outsold Ford 2:1 in Tex.
I headed out to chase windmills around the world and around the world I did. But we always come back to our roots so I came home to S Tex after many years of doing and seeing. I knew I needed a truck and as a good engineer, I also knew there was a new Sheriff in town…FORD. Being Ford adverse, having never owned one. The engineer in me said give them ALL a fair and equal evaluation. So I went in with one marker to be met: Ford KING RANCH Interior.
Stop 1) Yes you can help me, I am looking for a 3500 series truck with a nice interior like the Ford King Ranch. Sorry, Sir, you need to go over to Fleet Truck sales if you want a 3500, maybe they can help. Truck Fleet sales) Sir we have very little that competes at that level< we can order you a 3500 with an upgraded interior but nothing in the Chevy or GMC line competes with that King Ranch interior, but we are working on it.
Stop 2) Dodge Ram: Pro, diesel engine, Con, Dodge Ram, poor quality, shoddy cheap interior, rode in a tank that was quieter.
Last Stop Ford) F 350 4×4 King Ranch albeit I bought a Lariat because they did not have a KR in stock like I wanted.
Results: F 350 CC LB diesel: ’09, ’11, ’15, ’17, ’19. Near zero issues, what few issues were minor: Steering stabilizer replaced, drivers side mirror stopped extending, replaced), no engine or transmission issues at all.
Still not a Ford man, Ford Truck man yes, but until they start making Corvettes and Jeeps then I will stay with Chevy and Jeep.
US Army Retired
2019 F 350 CC-LB King Ranch
Hill Country of Texas