The trucks were not equal. The Dodge and Ford were duallies with much higher
maximum GCVWs than the GMC. The GMC was basically a light duty truck with a
deisel engine. It weighed 1600 lbs less than the Ford. The GMC is the
perfect truck for the urban cowboy who occasionally tows a garden trailer.
The "towing fuel" economy was much closer, though the GMC still had a large
overall weight advantage. If a truck as whimpy as that GMC is all you need,
just get an F150. The frame and steering gear of an F150 is at least as good
as the GMC. GM is specializing in building trucks for people who don't need
trucks. They are damn good at it.
Towing Fuel Economy
GMC - 10.50
Ford F350 Dually - 7.60
Dodge 3500 Dually - 8.70
GMC - 7100
Ford F350 Dually - 8700
Dodge 3500 Dually - 7900
Maximum loaded trailer weight (all or the same with single or dual wheels)
GMC - 13000
Ford F350 - 15700
Dodge 3500 - 16400
Of course Ford also offers the F450 with a 24500 lb maximum trailer wieght -
GM and Dodge don't even try to compete with that.
But Jim, why does my non-diesel V-10 Excursion only get 8mpg. For
what I payed for it, it should get 26mpg and ride like a Lincoln Town
Car....Right? Ford is just screwing over the Upper Middle Income folks
to supply the lower income people with cars like the...ummmm... yea...
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