GM spokesperson corrects statement from prior interview about payload and towing

As Ford and Ram prepare for some “best-in-class” towing warfare, General Motors is doing an about-face in a prior statement given to Automotive News.

GM spokesperson Tom Wilkinson was asked if General Motors deletes equipment from their trucks in order to boost payload ratings, to which he answered in the negative.

As it turns out, GM does, in fact, delete certain items from trucks when calculating payload ratings.

While Ram and Toyota use their base curb weights when calculating payload, GM now joins Ford in manipulating equipment on their trucks before putting them on a scale. The reason for this is so certain models can boost their payload weights while keeping the same gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR).

On some heavy duty models, Wilkinson said GM “deletes the weight of the rear bumper,” according to Automotive News. They also swap out the decidedly heavier standard steel wheels for lighter alloy wheels available as an option.

From Automotive News:

“You can delete the rear bumper, which some business customers do so they can install a custom bumper or other equipment on the back of the truck,” Wilkinson said.

The weight manipulation is not limited to their heavy duty truck offerings, either, as the Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500 have the weight of their rear bumpers and spare tires removed before doing payload calculations.

Ford, for their part, deletes even more from their trucks before calculating payload ratings, including but not limited to tire jack, spare tire, radio, and center console.

This practice has removed 154 lbs out of the F-450 before calculating payload and keeping it under the 14,000 lb limit for Class 3 trucks. If base curb weight was used in the calculations instead, the F-450 would be solidly in the Class 4 space with a GVWR of 14,061 lbs, something Ram contends is the correct way to calculate payload and GVWR.

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Mike Levine, spokesperson for Ford’s truck line, said to Automotive News that removing equipment gives “customers, particularly commercial and fleet, the flexibility and information they need to maximize payload and stay within” the gross vehicle weight rating.

However, Levine cautioned owners of pickups to “weigh their truck on a scale if they believe they are getting close to [the pickup’s gross vehicle weight rating], so they can make sure they do not go over.”

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