The release of this truck to the marketplace is a big deal as far as I'm concerned. Whereas in the past, I might have thought, the heavier duty the better just in case you ever need it, I let that go because light duty trucks make great sense in so may ways.
This is the new 2016 GMC 1500 (1/2-ton) Box Delete, which isn't a true cab chassis, but you could call it that nonetheless. GM has never had a box off program for 1/2-ton pickups, and now they've taken it to a whole other level by offering this unit.
For general contractors, remodelers, estimators, and a whole lot of other uses could use this truck and enjoy the benefits. Here are just some of the benefits that I see versus the heavier duty 3/4-ton and 1-ton models. One, lower initial cost. Two, lower maintenance costs; such as brakes and tires are smaller and less, and more. Three--and this is a really big deal--it is lower to the ground so it's easier to get in and out of. Four, smaller engine and lighter weight, equals better fuel economy, Five, it looks more like a pickup truck. Six--and this might be the biggest deal--it rides so much smoother than those big trucks do. And, there's more, but those are the big ones that I see.
GM has beefed up the rear axle to help have more capacity and stability too. They didn't just take a 1/2-ton and take the pickup box off. Instead, they gave this some careful thought.
This chassis would be great with a number of different bodies, but we've never really had a 1/2-ton service body combination available before. This one is shown with a Harbor low-pro service body that Harbor has designed specifically for this chassis with some weight saving features.
This unit would be easy to overload, so it is not designed for the riggers of the 3/4-ton heavy duty and 1-ton work loads, but if you only need to carry a few tools, some parts and things and you like a nice ride as well, this combination might be calling your name!
This unit is a GMC that I found at Dow Lewis GMC in Yuba City CA. See them at http://www.dowlewistrucks.com. It is also available for the Chevrolet.
--Terry Minion, Commercial Truck Success