Manhattan, Kansas (PRWEB) September 17, 2011
At Briggs Buick GMC - the leading GMC dealer in Manhattan, KS- they know trucks really well. When it comes to towing capacity, they know that GMC trucks have a lot going for them, especially for boaters.
According to GMC customer survey data, nearly a third of Sierra 1500 owners tow boats, and nearly eight out of 10 Sierra owners use their vehicles for some kind of towing. U.S. Coast Guard and Forest Service statistics indicate there are nearly 13 million recreational boats registered in the country, with 82 million Americans participating annually.
“When you’re towing a heavy load, you want to be confident that your vehicle is up to the task and that your boat will be safe and sound,” said Rob Krouse, lead trailering engineer, General Motors.
“When you have a vehicle that can more than handle the added weight of your boat and trailer, it gives you peace of mind.”
As an alternative to pickup trucks, some boaters rely on a full-size SUV, such as GMC Yukon or Yukon XL, which tow between 5,000 to 9,600 pounds depending on the model. Shane Longdin of Wisconsin uses a Yukon to tow a 21-foot wakeboard boat.
“I used to have another SUV with a shorter wheelbase and smaller motor, but it struggled to stop and get going when towing the boat. That is not an issue with my Yukon,” Longdin said. “The Yukon also feels much more stable at highway speeds than my previous ride.”
One thing is for sure - GMC knows trucks and knows a lot about towing.
“For towing capability we test our vehicles under maximum load conditions and under extreme conditions, like Death Valley when it’s 120 degrees Fahrenheit, and up and down long, steep grades like Interstate 70 in Colorado up the Eisenhower Pass,” said Jim Mikulec, a lead development engineer for full-size trucks at GM. “We go to extremes so that our customers can tow their boats with confidence.”
Local Kansas citizens who want to learn more about GMC trucks should stop by Briggs Buick GMC, the premiere GMC dealer in Manhattan, Kansas and surrounding communities. Their sales team is professional and can answer any questions consumers might have about any of the great trucks in the GMC lineup for 2011 or beyond. When it comes to ability to tow a boat, the GMC heavy duty truck is tough to beat.