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Old 12-21-2019, 05:20 PM   #1
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Saw my 1st 2020 GMC with ultra fancy tailgate

Today I saw my 1st AT4 loaded GMC Duramax. Wow, what a nice truck with more bells and whistles that you can shake a stick at. The Payload was 3,150lbs. The sticker was $81,000.

The truck had HUD, all the cameras, AT4 package, Durmax diesel, front parking sensors, lighting package, and just about any option you can think of.

But wow, a super fancy tailgate. Who dreams up this stuff? The tailgate folds down into a shelf with speakers and blue tooth radio. I do not know how many other configurations of the tailgate you can have but probably a dozen.

I did own the generation 1 Honda Ridgeline so I can appreciate fancy tailgates.

I am not sure how long you can keep all those moving parts working say you live in Pittsburgh with snow and ice and salt on the roads. Seems these features could not be used in winter. And maintenance of a tailgate???

It will be interesting in 5 - 7 years to hear how well the fancy tailgate is working.
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Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, good bye....

God I hate that commercial.
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Old 12-21-2019, 08:17 PM   #3
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The fancy tailgate cannot be folded down with a hitch in the receiver. If you do you will be doing some bodywork.

Stupid design for a truck meant to tow no idea who though it was a good idea but likely someone that drives a Honda Ridgeline
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Old 12-21-2019, 09:06 PM   #4
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The fancy tailgate cannot be folded down with a hitch in the receiver. If you do you will be doing some bodywork.

Stupid design for a truck meant to tow no idea who though it was a good idea but likely someone that drives a Honda Ridgeline
I don't think that it's any worse than the fold out tailgate step and handle that are useless once a trailer is hitched. If someone is too blind too see a trailer ball and hitch in the receiver maybe they shouldn't be driving?

FWIW I think there's maybe too much gadgetry for a tailgate. The bumper steps are probably enough for me.
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Old 12-22-2019, 04:32 AM   #5
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The boot steps from GM are brilliant, it beats Fords more complex tailgate step easily.

The tailgate with speakers and shelf to set beers and other drinks I guess appeal to the tailgater crowd. The tailgate reminded me of a rubics cube. I can see people trying to figure it out and messing it up by hitting the wrong button to configure the tailgate the way you want it. No doubt, there will be YouTube videos explaining it.
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Old 12-22-2019, 10:02 AM   #6
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I don't think that it's any worse than the fold out tailgate step and handle that are useless once a trailer is hitched. If someone is too blind too see a trailer ball and hitch in the receiver maybe they shouldn't be driving?

FWIW I think there's maybe too much gadgetry for a tailgate. The bumper steps are probably enough for me.
Totally agree. When I buy a truck the ball mount goes on and when I sell it it comes off. Even if you do “see” your hitch it would be a pita to pull the pin (or unlock if you use a locker pin) and pull out a 15 pound chunk of dirty steel and find a place to stow it just to have the “convenience” of a step. Poor planning and dreadful execution.

I am still reeling mentally from the horridness of the new HD design. I was traveling down US 1 near Palm Coast (tuffr’’s neck of the woods- the construction zone up north) and a saw an all black pickup with a black grill. It caught my attention as it looked like it was in a wreck from a distance. Upon passing it I realized it was just the new HD front end. I am praying for a rapid redesign.

BTW here’s a short video of a new realization of this flaw. Also should note this tailgate is over $5000 to replace according to the local dealer so be careful!

https://youtu.be/K94ffm911aU
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Even if you know not to drop that section of the tailgate I think if you hit the wrong button you can hit the hitch by mistake. They call it a 6 way tailgate, maybe so but you need to be very careful if you keep your trailer hitch (like most people) on the truck. I am telling you guys, it was a real contraption.
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I still donít understand why someone would drive around with the hitch when not towing anything. Around here is an easy $80 fine and priceless when hitting it with my knee.
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I agree. I always took it out because one lick with my shin was all it took to make me want to set the truck on fire. There is no way I would buy a truck with that ridiculous tailgate or that runs that irritating commercial 1000 times a day.
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I sat in a few 2020 2500/3500 Denali's on the dealer lot Yesterday. They look gorgeous to me, inside and out. I can't wait for the DRWs to hit the lot. I probably order one late next September to time the inevitable December incentives.
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The buttons are side by side. From a closed position it will not hit the hitch but I can see me hitting the wrong button sometimes.
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I sat in a few 2020 2500/3500 Denali's on the dealer lot Yesterday. They look gorgeous to me, inside and out. I can't wait for the DRWs to hit the lot. I probably order one late next September to time the inevitable December incentives.
The GMCs certainly look better to me, and of course beauty is always in the eye of the beholder. As for the inside-they havenít updated the interior since 2015.

For the old die hard GM people they just tossed some Chevrolet style traditions right in the can and left us scratching our heads. I thought I was a stubborn outlier but I keep finding others sharing my opinion.
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The 2020 GMC AT4 that I saw looked good. The interior was better than just ok. The paint made it look nice.

I see 20% off GM trucks but I bet it is not on the 2020's...yet
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I prefer the Ford tailgate step since it is hidden. The bumper steps look stupid to me. Practical but ugly. I can wait the 10 seconds it takes to pull mine out once every 2 months that I actually need it.
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