First look just makes you want one. Midnight Edition stands out in so many ways. All Black with some chrome in the grill. Black bumpers, black wheels, even a black “bow tie” on the hood, Chevy’s trade mark. The interior was called Jet Black. This truck was a Z71 heavy duty 2500 long bed, haven’t seen one for a long time. I old times when I was young, most truck were long beds. Now the “standard bed” is a short bed. I put my Honda Rancher ATV in the bed and closed the tailgate. It’s been 3 years since I’ve owned a long bed truck and I miss it. It helps the ride of a heavy duty with longer wheelbase, yes it’s not easy to park at Walmart. Equipped with Digital Steering Assist new for 2016 is a step above power steering. This Silverado is the LT so it’s loaded. The Duramax diesel is quiet, the cab is quiet, not always easy to tell it’s a diesel driving down the highway. The Duramax is still 397 horsepower and 765 torque. Accelerates well with a trailer, the best mid-range power in it’s class.
With this configuration, crew cab, 4×4 with the only axle, 3.73 ratio is rated to tow 12,900 max trailer. 5th wheel/gooseneck hitch from the factory is new from GM. I towed a conventional tow hauler weighing in at 9300 lbs to Woodland Park with two ATV’s for some fun with my son in the high country. I rolled my ATV down the mountain, but that’s another story and can be seen on my YouTube channel. Nice to get the dents and scratches out of the way so I can do serious mountain climbing on 4 wheels. At least the truck ride was smooth. Exhaust brake, grade shifting and GM’s great cruise control with a load and towing mirrors, made it a fun safe run up through Deckers with all the motorcycles on the switchbacks. On the heavy duty 2500 weight distributing hitch was not required or needed. It handled the 9300 lb trailer with ease even though my toy hauler is a brick like an enclosed car hauler susceptible to wind. That far up in the mountains gave us no phone signal except for the truck’s 4 G LTE WI-FI hotspot.
MSRP is $62,810 of that $8395 is for the Duramax diesel which is the cheapest diesel option of the big three. The Midnight Edition cost $2205 for all the black everything and sprayed in bedliner and 18 inch black wheels. The Z71 off-road package is only $480 and I think worth it with skid plates and hill decent. Now for the really cool stuff, new for 2016 is the wireless Trailering Camera System. Camera’s are the big thing now, Ford’s all new 2017 Super Duty’s will have optional 7 camera’s including a wired trailer camera. GM’s offering is very useful with camera’s under the trailer mirrors that will show you the blind spot on the side the turn signal is blinking. And it is seen in the center 8 in screen in the dash. It’s like a convex mirror but better. You see the lower beltline where the little cars hide, and curbs and mail boxes. Then there is the high cab camera to watch your gooseneck hookup, watching cargo and of course the bumper camera for trailers. The trailer wireless camera you attach to the back of your trailer. You should wire it to your trailer lights for power. It only stays on when the truck is in reverse, so backing up is good. I wish it stayed on to watch cars that are sneaking around the rear of the trailer on the road, but there are rules that say pick speed or time to shut off the cameras. Most shut off at 10 mph.
You can buy optional cameras for inside your trailer. In the dash you can select looking at two or three cameras at once. This is the future, camera watching our every move, no that’s in London. I couldn’t find the Trailering Camera System in the Maroney sticker. It’s like an aftermarket camera system available from GM but not warrantied by GM. EchoMaster has it’s own 3-year 36,000 mile warranty. It appears to cost $999 for the best system plus installation. It’s a useful tool for trailering. www.MrTruck.com
Gen-Y Hitch heavy duty adjustable drawbar for today’s powerful trailering trucks: These steel adjustable, multi-ball, multi-height, or pintle, is the highest trailer rated hitch I’ve seen. The one I’m using from Gen-Y Hitch is rated for a 16,000 lb. trailer with a 2 inch shank. Their newest hitch is the Torsion Flex Hitch that isolates how your trailer bounces verses your truck for a smoother ride. Read the review...Tuson Trailer Tire Pressure and Heat Monitor: Trailer tires are the bane of my existence. I found the solution, with tire pressure units inside the tires out of the way, amplifying the wireless signal to the truck and just a wireless receiver monitor in the truck cab. I can use it with any truck or SUV, I trailer with. Tuson goes to 203 psi, And it also shows the internal tire heat.For the whole story click….Weigh-Safe: Do you know your trailer tongue weight, asks the judge? On a bumper pull trailer, if you have too little tongue weight, the trailer can sway and be dangerous. If you have too much trailer tongue weight, truck can squat excessively, aim your headlights to the stars and stress your trucks rear axle, brakes and suspension. What you need to know...
Shocker Hitch, New 9 ” offset. FREE Shipping, Gooseneck Surge with New Shift-Lock 30K coupler. Gooseneck air bag cushion coupler for 4 inch round tube, 4 and 4.5 in square tube. Click for more...
The Fuel Box and new Dual Fuel Box: for tools and extra fuel to stay on the road longer. I like good tools, a tool box and fuel tank company in California makes this quality combo all in the US. It’s called The Fuel Box. The fuel tank is separate from the tool box....Read more...Tuson Sway Control, ultimate trailer sway control for safer trailer towing. A module that controls sway on bumper pull trailers. It will actually steer the trailer left and right to keep the trailer towing straight. MoreHoof Grip, it’s Super Floor, been around for years, in horse trailers, in barns, sidewalks, sale barns, vet clinics, patio’s, dog kennels, playgrounds and truck beds. Made from ground tires (recycled) it gives cushion and traction. First place I saw it was on playgrounds. around merry-go-rounds where kids fall down and bounce back up unhurt. See the review and install….
GanderLock for Goosenecks: Protect your trailer as well as your expensive saddles, bridles, tools and flat screen TV. Goosenecks if you just lock the coupler, the thief's loosen the set bolts, slide out your adjustable couplerRead the Review
My mechanic Ruben has rebuilt my project truck's automatic transmission as "Overkill" making it better than original factory tranny. His work is amazing. Check out his website (ColoradoTrans.com) or call 303-776-1191. See the video's of my transmission rebuild
CA Conversions can convert almost any diesel to a Allison Automatic Transmission. Diesel engines are hard on transmissions. Transmission failure is common towing heavy trailers. CA overbuilds Allison transmissions keep you on the road not on the side of the road. Read More:
The Flip-Over Ball gooseneck hitch converts to a smooth bed in seconds. Just rotate the handle and Flip the ball over. In seconds you can have a level bed for all those jobs when an ordinary hitch ball is always in the way. More...
Another short bed solution. Short bed truck hitch. Is it for you? See the story, Click for more...
25 to 50% longer tire life. Stop tire cupping, vibration and premature wear on those expensive truck, RV & trailer tires. Centramatic automatic wheel balancers have been saving money on tires for semi-trucks for over twenty years. Now you can automatically balance your tires, wheels, hub and rotors or drums while you drive. More
We decided to have our own towing test truck. Now we are going to keep the products on our own truck to be able to give a longer review and how things standup long term. Rest of the report
MrTruck.com Presents: New for the "EZ Connector Horse Expo Tour" Updates from each event, pictures & commentary, With the latest trailer safety and technology accessories on exhibit in our tour, come by our display. We'll be displaying some helpful technology for safe towing. Click for the "Tour" schedule,
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