Its not written but that's the max weight this truck can be registered for, I suppose the difference would be from a towed trailer? Not sure tbh, but licensed GVW can be higher than manufacturer's rating
Im sorry Im staking my flag right here to fight or die at fort 23500 pounds.
You sir will have your own thoughts. Im not your opponent and nothing bad will happen. I just stand by the door jamb saying whatever it can take is what you put on it.
That does not mean I don't overload. I have in the past. Even if you just took a single axle 12K in the front and a single axle for around 17K you are maxed out gross at 29K minus empty weight with driver.
This cat can be skinned any number of ways. One of which is the goal to stay below the 26001 pounds.