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Old 10-21-2021, 09:59 PM   #1
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2018 GMC 3500 DRW payload

Iíve looked online at a couple GMC 3500 DRW with the Duramax and four doors. The payloads have been around 4,600 which seems really low. They are both Denaliís - does that have that much impact? I was expecting at least 5,500 or so.
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The GM trucks upped their payloads starting last model year 2020. I do believe the GM 2020 and newer dually trucks will have that 5,500lbs of payload you are looking for.

2018 not so much.

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Thanks. That what I feared :(
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About 10 years ago I think 4,500lbs - 4,800lbs was a normal dually payload. Also I believe Ram was the 1st up the payload. I would guess around 2015. Then in 2017 Ford upped the payload. Then GM in 2020.

If you are not married to GM you can go back to 2015 - 2017 and get 5,500 lbs. of payload on a dually truck I believe.

I know the trucks got a new frame in these years. Ford 2017, Ram 2019, GM 2020. But I think Ram had a 5,500 payload way before 2019.
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I imagine the 2018 still has a 13 000lb GVWR then? My 2011 has 5555lbs of payload, but it's a gasser. Sunroof and lots of other heavy crap reduce payload a fair amount. Diesel lowers it by at least 500-600lbs.
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kdauto brings up a good point. A gas truck will have more payload. On a diesel truck the engine and emissions system is heavy and takes away from payload. I will go as far to say 800 - 1,000 lbs less payload. I use these numbers because it is not easy to find a diesel 250/2500 with more than 2,500 lbs of payload but in gas the same trucks will have 3,300 - 3,500 lbs of payload. I actually saw a 2019 gas F-250 with 3,525 lbs of payload.
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Iíve looked online at a couple GMC 3500 DRW with the Duramax and four doors. The payloads have been around 4,600 which seems really low. They are both Denaliís - does that have that much impact? I was expecting at least 5,500 or so.
PRE '20 GM one ton drw gives their trucks a 9250 rawr....'20 and up a 10500 lb rawr for carrying weight in the bed like our truck campers....hitch weight from a GN trailer or rv 5th wheel rv trailer.

One ton drw gm trucks rear axle can weigh in the 3500-3600 lb range. If the GM trucks door tag rawr was 9250 lbs then simple math says around 5600-5700 lbs for a max in the bed payload.
Its rare a rv trailer will have that much hitch weight.

Of course the '20 and up 3500 drw gm has those bigger 10500 rawr so you get that much more in usable payloads.

​A trucks trim like chevy high country or GMC Denali package doesn't add much weight. ​Other criteria such as crew cabs...4wd....long beds ...aux fuel tanks/etc are the big weight pigs.

Diesel or gas gm 3500 drw ??.... has the same 9250 rawr. Rear axle unladin weights are within 75-100 lbs so not much gain for the gasser in the bed payloads.
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Thanks all. My F-350 gasser has a CC of 3,800 so I want to add a fair amount to that plus diesel power if Iím spending lots more money. Iíd prefer a F-450 bit my wife wants a GMC. That means Iíll be waiting to find the right used truck.

My Alliance Paradigm 310RL is pretty pin heavy (3k at 13,500 when traveling). We want to add a washer & dryer and a generator, so that is on hold for now. I have until Spring to figure this out.
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My Alliance Paradigm 310RL is pretty pin heavy (3k at 13,500 when traveling). We want to add a washer & dryer and a generator, so that is on hold for now. I have until Spring to figure this out.
I had a '19 DRW GMC Denali (and now have a '20). A '17 to '19 GMC DRW will not even blink towing a 13.5K fiver even if its pin heavy.
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The more bells and whistles you add to the truck, the available payload comes down.

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Thanks all. My F-350 gasser has a CC of 3,800 so I want to add a fair amount to that plus diesel power if Iím spending lots more money. Iíd prefer a F-450 bit my wife wants a GMC. That means Iíll be waiting to find the right used truck.

My Alliance Paradigm 310RL is pretty pin heavy (3k at 13,500 when traveling). We want to add a washer & dryer and a generator, so that is on hold for now. I have until Spring to figure this out.
Keep in mind a F450 has a lower load capacity then a F350 or 3500s. When I bought my 17 F350 dually i originally wanted a F450. The payload in 2017 was 1500 lbs less then the F350. I looked at the stickers on the trucks at the dealers. I was amazed and ended up with a F350. You have to research these specs on these trucks.
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Iíve looked online at a couple GMC 3500 DRW with the Duramax and four doors. The payloads have been around 4,600 which seems really low. They are both Denaliís - does that have that much impact? I was expecting at least 5,500 or so.
The reason is lower rear axle rating and a GVWR of 13,025# until I believe 2020. That is 975# less than Ram and Ford.
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Thanks all. My F-350 gasser has a CC of 3,800 so I want to add a fair amount to that plus diesel power if Iím spending lots more money. Iíd prefer a F-450 bit my wife wants a GMC. That means Iíll be waiting to find the right used truck.

My Alliance Paradigm 310RL is pretty pin heavy (3k at 13,500 when traveling). We want to add a washer & dryer and a generator, so that is on hold for now. I have until Spring to figure this out.
you are fine even with the WD. the 2020 trucks are 14,000 gvw and the older trucks like yours are 13,000 gvw. the truck will have no issue with your trailer.
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Thanks all. My F-350 gasser has a CC of 3,800 so I want to add a fair amount to that plus diesel power if Iím spending lots more money. Iíd prefer a F-450 bit my wife wants a GMC. That means Iíll be waiting to find the right used truck.

My Alliance Paradigm 310RL is pretty pin heavy (3k at 13,500 when traveling). We want to add a washer & dryer and a generator, so that is on hold for now. I have until Spring to figure this out.
DW wants a GMC, well if you are looking used for a DRW and want payload I would be looking at Ram and Ford. Ram jumped to 14,000# GVWR in 2013 for the DRW. I think Ford DRW F350 was about the same time. Our 2016 Ram Laramie 3500 DRW with moon roof has a payload of 5,411#.
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