Friday, May 31, 2013



New for 2014:

  • 4.10 axle standard on gas models increases standard towing ratings by 4,500 pounds
  • Bi-fuel compressed natural gas fuel system / 6.0L V-8 bi-fuel engine available on 2500HD crew cab
  • Available spray-on bed liner

Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD remain the benchmarks for heavy-duty pickups, strengthening Chevrolet’s 95-year reputation for building dependable, hard-working trucks. That reputation is enhanced for 2014 with higher standard towing ratings.

The previously optional 4.10 rear axle ratio is now standard on gas models, enabling 4,500-pound greater standard trailering capability of up to 13,000 pounds (5,897 kg), for both 2500HD and 3500HD. It also enhances acceleration and can enable greater efficiency in stop-and-go driving and at speeds below 50 mph. Customers who do mostly highway driving with their Silverado can select the available 3.73 axle for greater highway fuel economy.

Additional capabilities include:
  • 2500HD maximum payload of 4,212 pounds (1,910 kg) with the available Performance Package on regular cab long box models (2WD)
  • 2500HD maximum conventional towing capacity of 13,000 pounds (5,897 kg)
  • 2500HD maximum fifth-wheel towing capacity of 17,800 pounds (8,074 kg)
  • 3500HD maximum payload of 7,222 pounds (3,276 kg)
  • 3500HD maximum conventional towing capacity of 18,000 pounds (8,164 kg)
  • 3500HD maximum fifth-wheel towing capacity of 23,100 pounds (10,478 kg).

The 2014 Silverado HD lineup is offered in WT, LT and LTZ models, in 2WD and 4WD – including single- and dual-rear-wheel 3500HD models. All feature fully-boxed, high-strength-steel frames and offer an array of control features that make hauling and towing easier, including trailer sway control, integrated trailer brake control, hill start assist, automatic grade braking, intelligent brake assist and larger brakes.

Silverado HDs also offer a smart exhaust brake feature that provides greater control on grades and reduced brake pad wear.

A 6.0L gas V-8 is standard on 2500HD and 3500HD models, with the Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel available. It is rated at 397 hp (296 kW) and features B20 biodiesel capability. A standard 36-gallon (136 L) fuel tank makes the most of the Duramax’s efficiency, enabling up to 680 miles (1,090 km) driving range between fill-ups.

New for 2014 is a bi-fuel compressed natural gas fuel system and bi-fuel-compatible version of the 6.0L V-8 engine for 2500HD crew cab models. The engine features hardened valves and valves seats that enable the truck to run on gasoline or compressed natural gas.

Also new is an available spray-in bed liner, which bonds to the steel bed to create permanent, water-tight protection for the bed. It covers the entire bed interior surface below the side rails, including the tailgate, front box top rail, gage hole plugs and lower tie down loops.

Chevy’s HD trucks are comfortable and connected, with technology features including available mobile WiFi, USB connectivity, Bluetooth phone connectivity, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, OnStar 9.0 and navigation. There’s also a navigation radio with CD, USB port and an 80-GB hard drive (30 GB available for music), along with heated and cooled front seats available on LTZ models.

Silverado HD exterior features

Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD models are distinguished by a power dome-style hood with a louvered design, as well as a wide grille with chrome surround and full-width chrome steel front bumper. A lineup of 17- (Dually), 18- and 20-inch wheel/tire combinations is offered.

Standard and available exterior features also include:
·         Heated outside mirrors are offered on all models; heated outside and power-adjustable vertical camper-style mirrors with turn signal indicators are available on 2500HD LT and LTZ and standard on 3500HD LT and LTZ models

  • ·         Front recovery hooks are standard on all models
  • ·         EZ-Lift locking tailgate feature is available on all models
  • ·         Dual cargo lamps are standard on all models
  • ·         Seventeen-inch steel wheels are standard on 2500HD Work Truck and all 3500HD SRW models
  • ·         Seventeen-inch chrome-clad steel wheels are available on 2500HD Work Truck
  • ·         Seventeen-inch machine-finish aluminum wheels are standard on 2500HD LT
  • ·         Seventeen-inch forged polished aluminum wheels are standard on 3500HD LTZ with dual rear wheels and available on LT with dual rear wheels
  • ·         Eighteen-inch painted steel wheels are available on 2500HD Work Truck and standard on 3500HD Work Truck with SRW with the 6.0L engine (available with Duramax diesel)
  • ·         Eighteen-inch forged polished aluminum wheels are standard on 2500HD LT and LTZ models and on 3500HD SRW LT and LTZ models
  • ·         Twenty-inch forged polished aluminum wheels are available on 2500HD LT and LTZ
  • ·         Exterior colors: Deep Ruby Metallic, Blue Topaz Metallic, Black, Blue Granite Metallic, Summit White, Victory Red, Silver Ice Metallic, Mocha Steel Metallic and Graystone Metallic.

The Z71 appearance package is available on crew cab models when equipped with the Z71 off-road suspension. Content includes 18-inch forged polished aluminum wheels (20-inch wheels available on 2500HD LTZ), all-terrain tires, front fog lamps, body-color outside mirrors and door handles, body-color bumper, chrome grille with body-color surround and a unique Z71 pickup box decal.

Silverado HD interior standard and available features

Silverado HD models are designed to be comfortable and convenient while on the job or on the road, with features including storage compartments that provide covered access for everything from work gloves to laptops.

For those who work out of their truck, or use it for vacations with the family, Silverado HDs offer mobile WiFi, USB connectivity, Bluetooth phone connectivity, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and a navigation system. Multiple charge points enable multiple electronic devices to operate simultaneously.

Cold-weather customers warm up more quickly with the Duramax 6.6L engine, which has a starting time on par with gas engines. Its glow plug cycle time takes no more than 3 seconds in temperatures as low as -20 F (-29 C).

  • Highlights of all models’ standard and available interior features include:
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard on LTZ and available on LT; single-zone manual air conditioning is standard on WT
  • Navigation radio with AM/FM stereo, MP3-compatible CD/DVD player and USB port is available on LTZ models
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on LT and LTZ models and available on WT
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity is standard on LTZ models and available on WT and LT
  • Power-adjustable pedals are available on LT and LTZ models.
  • Two auxiliary 12-volt power outlets are standard on all models and mounted on the instrument panel
  • Remote vehicle starter system is standard on LTZ and available on LT models
  • Leather-trimmed front seats are standard on LTZ and available on LT models
  • Front 40/20/40-split front bench seat is standard on WT models and LT models
  • Front bucket seats with 10-way power driver and passenger seat adjusters are standard on LTZ models. Front bucket seats with six-way power adjusters are available on LT models
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel is standard on LT and LTZ models and available on WT
  • Power-operated sunroof is available on LTZ crew cab models
  • Power-operated rear sliding window is available on LT and LTZ models.
  • Interior color/trim combinations include Ebony, Dark Cashmere/Light Cashmere, Titanium/Light Titanium and Dark Titanium

Silverado HD powertrains

A Vortec 6.0L gas V-8 with variable valve timing is matched with the Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed automatic transmission as the standard powertrain across the Silverado HD model range. This combination delivers excellent performance and efficiency, with an emphasis on low-rpm performance. It is rated at 360 horsepower (268 kW) and 380 lb.-ft. of torque (515 Nm).

The bi-fuel version of the 6.0L engine – known by its LC8 engine code – features special hardened valves and valve seats that enables it to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) or gasoline.

The Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel and Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission powertrain combination is available on all 2500HD and 3500HD models. Highlights of the Duramax diesel include:
  • 397 horsepower (296 kW) at 3,000 rpm
  • 765 lb.-ft. of torque (1,037 Nm) at 1,600 rpm
  • High-pressure (30,000 psi/2,000 bar) Piezo-actuated fuel system for greater fuel efficiency, improved performance and reduced emissions
  • Exhaust brake system that enables controlled vehicle slowdown on downhill grades without actuating the brakes
  • Selective catalytic reduction after-treatment system using diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) injection to provide the best overall diesel characteristics and performance – with a range of about 5,000 miles (8,000 km) between DEF refills
  • Combustion and after-treatment have been optimized to provide about 700 miles (1,125 km) between diesel particulate filter regenerations – a 75-percent improvement over the previous system and significant contributor to improved fuel efficiency, as the regeneration process requires additional fuel
  • B20 biodiesel capability for an alternative fueling option.
The Allison 1000 features driver shift control with tap up/tap down shifting and a patented elevated idle mode cab warm-up feature. Also, the Tow/Haul mode reduces shift cycling for better control and improved cooling when towing or hauling heavy loads.

Silverado HD chassis and suspension

All Silverado HD models feature fully boxed frame assemblies – 18 different assemblies that accommodate all of the range’s configurations. The front sections are hydroformed.

Additional chassis and suspension features include:
  • Front gross axle weight rating up to 6,000 pounds (2,721 kg), enabling a snow plow to be used on all 4WD cab configurations with the available snow plow prep package
  • Short-long arm/torsion bar front suspension features forged steel upper control arms and precision-machined cast iron lower control arms
  • Four different torsion bar rates support four different front gross axle weight ratings to help stabilize the range of trim heights of various models under load, while enhancing appearance, handling, durability, tire wear and alignment. The trim height is adjusted on each bar via a single bolt, easily allowing the height to be changed to account for the weight of a snow plow or other accessories
  • An upper shock mount attachment design that’s positively connected to the frame with two fasteners, eliminating squeaks and clunks, while supporting higher load capability and increased durability
  • Asymmetrical leaf-spring design that minimizes axle hop and enhances traction control efficiency
  • Two-stage leaf-spring design on 2500HD models and three-stage design on 3500HD model. All models feature 3-inch-wide (76 mm) leaf springs
  • Z71 Off Road suspension is available on LT and LTZ models and includes 35mm deflective disk twin-tube shock absorbers, off-road jounce bumpers, 33mm front stabilizer bar and a skid plate package
  • Four-wheel disc brakes with hydroboost are standard on all models
  • Four-wheel, four-channel ABS is standard on all single-rear-wheel models and a three-channel system is standard on dual-rear-wheel models
  • The frame-mounted hitch for conventional trailering has a box-tube design and supports up to 18,000 pounds (8,164 kg).

Silverado HD safety and crash-avoidance features

Silverado has a strong body structure to absorb crash energy and provide a protective “safety cage” around occupants. Head curtain side air bags with rollover protection and seat-mounted side-impact air bags for driver and right-front passenger are available. The roof-mounted head curtain air bags include design features that provide increased rollover protection and occupant containment, while the seat-mounted air bags provide thorax and pelvic protection.  

Additional safety features include:
  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control system is standard on all single-rear-wheel models
  • Large, four-wheel disc brakes with four-wheel ABS are standard on all models
  • High-strength steel tubular frame cross member that enhances safety and improves crashworthiness
  • Available rear vision camera
  • Trailer sway control system on all single-rear-wheel models
  • Hill start assist is standard on single-rear-wheel models.
The trailer sway control system provides an added measure of confidence when towing a trailer. The system senses conditions of trailer sway and intervenes with braking and/or reduced engine power to bring the trailer under control and keep it on its intended path. The system will use electric trailer brakes when a trailer is plugged into the standard wiring harness of the truck and its performance requires no input from the driver.

The hill start assist system is automatically engaged when sensors detect the vehicle is on grade of about 5 percent or greater. It holds the brakes for about 1.5 seconds or until the gas pedal is pressed, preventing rollback – it is particularly effective when towing, giving the driver time to switch from the brake pedal to the gas pedal without rolling.

OnStar details
OnStar is standard on Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD, except WT models and includes six months of OnStar Directions and Connections service. OnStar is the global leading provider of connected safety, security and mobility solutions and advanced information technology.

OnStar’s RemoteLink Mobile App allows smartphone users to control vehicle functions, access vehicle information and send directions directly to the vehicle. An opt-in service called FamilyLink allows subscribers to stay connected to loved ones by checking the location of their vehicle online or by signing up for vehicle location alerts.

More information about OnStar can be found at

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Chevy Rolls Out 2014 Silverado 1500 Pickups

May 16, 2013 12:58 PM 

Chevrolet this week launched the 2014 lineup of its Silverado full-size, light-duty pickups that have been redesigned “from hood to hatch.” The 2014 version is markedly distinctive from the previous generation (2007-13 model years) of the biggest-selling Chevy model in the U.S.

“The Silverado 1500 kicks off a complete ‘refresh’ of Chevrolet’s North American truck portfolio,” stated Chris Perry, vp of marketing. He said that among “hundreds of improvements,” the 2014 models boast such key changes as:

· Three new powertrains featuring more powerful, more efficient V-6 and V-8 gasoline-fueled EcoTec3 engines mated to six-speed automatic transmissions
· Improved aerodynamics
· Cabs that are roomier, stronger and quieter
· Revised steering, suspension and brakes for improved ride and handling
· Four-wheel disc brakes with Duralife rotors
· New bed with standard box rail protectors and new ‘CornerStep’ bumpers

Along with those and other enhancements, Perry said the 2014 Silverado models will also be distinguished by being offered with base pricing equivalent to corresponding 2013 models and coming with a standard scheduled-maintenance program for two years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first.

The launch event, held here at the historic Knibbe Ranch outside San Antonio, focused solely on the light-duty Silverado 1500. Chevy executives told FleetOwner that information on the powertain offerings and other specific features of the heavy-duty 2014 Silverado HD pickup model would be released at a later date.

The Silverado 1500 will be offered in three body styles: Regular cab, Crew cab and “Double cab,” which will replace the existing Extended cab.

The Crew cab—due out later this Spring— will come to market first. It will be powered by the all-new 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8, which Chevrolet said is expected to power three out of four Silverado 1500s.

The 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 is rated 355 hp at 383 lb-ft of torque. According to Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer for Silverado, the engine will make “more than 300 lb-ft of torque available from 2,000 to 5,600 rpm for responsive performance under a broad range of real-world conditions.

“Silverado’s available 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 gives customers the best of both worlds,” he continued.
“Customers get the proven power and dependability of a V-8 truck engine, with better fuel economy than a leading competitor’s smaller turbocharged V-6.”

The other two EcoTec3 engines are the standard 4.3-liter V-6, which is rated 285 hp at 305 lb.-ft. of torque (413 Nm), and a 6.2-liter V-8 that will become available later this year.

All three EcoTec3 engines feature direct fuel injection, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and continuously variable valve timing.

According to Luke, all three of the engines will “provide the proven power, torque and dependability of a large-displacement engine, seamlessly switching to four-cylinder mode [via cylinder deactivaition] to save fuel during light-load driving. The 5.3L V-8 has EPA–estimated fuel economy of up to 23 mpg highway for 2WD models, the best of any V-8 pickup.”

Silverados equipped with the 4.3L V-6 will have towing ratings up to 7,200 lbs, which Luke said was the highest for any base V-6 in the segment. He added that Silverados equipped with the 5.3L V-8 and the max towing package, to become available later this year, will have towing ratings of up to 11,500 lbs, “which is more than any light-duty pickup currently on the market.”

The new cab is stronger, with nearly two-thirds of the structure made from high-strength steel, pointed out Luke, “for a confident feel and improved safety.” He said that, similarly, the main rails and key cross members of the updated frame are high-strength steel with major elements hydroformed for reduced mass and improved strength.

Luke also pointed to these major chassis improvements:
· New shear-style body mounts tune out both up-and-down and side-to-side movement for a quieter, more comfortable ride
· Double cab and Crew cab models have a set of hydraulic body mounts to further isolate the cabs. Combined with numerous other acoustic and NVH (noise vibration and harshness) enhancements, he said the “intended result is a solid, refined feel with no loss in traditional truck capability.”
· Revised front and rear suspension and wider wheels provide a more comfortable ride and more confident handling.
· Electric power steering improves steering feel and reduces fuel consumption.
· New four-wheel-disc brakes with Duralife rotors improve brake feel and potentially double rotor life.
· All-aluminum hood to save weight

According to Luke, Silverado will be available with such “segment-exclusive” safety features as Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning with an Active Safety Seat, and Front and Rear
Park Assist. StabiliTrak with Trailer Sway Control Start Assist come standard on all Silverados.

The new pickup box is made from roll-formed steel for increased strength and reduced mass. Luke said that Silverado’s new CornerStep bumper, combined with ergonomic handholds built into the box rail protectors [stake pockets] makes it easier to access the box. The bed is also available with new upper tie-down hooks, under-rail light-emitting diode lighting, and an EZ Lift and Lower tailgate.

For the first time, Silverado 1500 Crew cabs will be available with a longer 6’6” box, in addition to the previous 5’8” box, enabling customers to carry more cargo while still being able to park in many garages, Luke noted.

The all-new interiors of the 2014 Silverado 1500 feature an “upright” instrument panel, six-gauge instrument cluster and multiple storage options. Luke said controls are “functional, logically placed and easy to operate with work gloves on. Rear doors on the Crew cabs are larger for easier entry and exit, and rear doors on Double cab models are hinged at the front for easier access, especially in tight spots.

Luke said that the new Chevrolet MyLink onboard connectivity system is easy to use and features natural-voice recognition and enough ports and power outlets to support multiple electronic devices in the cab.

What right off makes the 2014 Silverado stand out from its predecessor model is its bold‘bull-nosed [in the eyes of this reporter] yet more aerodynamic and functional exterior design. “The new exterior design blends strong Chevy truck heritage with a refined, modern aesthetic,” remarked Luke. “The design is more muscular, more functional and more aerodynamic. A twin-port grille, full-width bumper and dual power dome hood create a strong presence, which is carried through in sculpted body sides and fender flares.

“The new Silverado design is about much more than just looks, however,” he continued. “The new front end is engineered to improve sealing for more efficient cooling, while the roof and tailgate spoiler were shaped in the wind tunnel to smooth airflow over the truck for reduced drag. And new inlaid doors, which fit into recesses in the body side, reduce wind noise for a quieter cab.”

The 2014 Silverado 1500 will be available in seven trim levels. Two “work truck” levels will be available, 1WT and 2WT, with the 2WT adding such features as chrome bumpers, high-wear cloth seats and Chevrolet MyLink with 4.2-in color touch screen.

The Silverado LT and LTZ models provide additional features, such as an 8-inch color touch radio and trailering package on the LT, and a standard 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8, leather seating, and dual-zone climate control on the LTZ.

Silverado Z71 models, which are engineered for "enhanced off-road capability," come in both LT and LTZ trim levels.

From Trailer-Body Builders - May 16th, 2013

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Knapheide KUV Body "Topped Out" With A Rack-It Rack!

If the space inside the Knapheide KUV Body is not enough, then add a Rack-It Roof Mounted rack!  This rack was designed for a Knapheide KUV body; constructed of 2x2 square tubing. Because of the way the roof of the body angles, we designed the feet of the rack to pivot, ensuring a nice connection for installing to the body.

With six cross bars for support, this is very capable of handling loads. The rack was finished off with a heavy duty, industrial grade black powder coat finish.

This installation was done for West Coast Truck Equipment in West Sacramento. Jack Schmidt and his team at West Coast Truck Equipment have been providing top notch truck equipment products and services for nearly 20 years and we're proud to work with them on unique custom solutions like this one.

You may call West Coast Truck Equipment at 916-376-0690.
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See more at or call 800-445-7666.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A Removable Camper Rack From Rack-It Truck Racks

The customer was looking for a 3000 Series Camper Rack, but didn’t want to use the rack all of the time. He wanted to be able to get the rack on and off the truck easily, without having to take the camper shell off his truck each time he removed the rack. We came up with a design that allowed him to do that by making a bolt-on connection at the mounting pad and with the pulley system he designed in his garage he is able to drive underneath hook up to the belts and easily remove the rack.

This customer was also particular about the design of the rack and wanted something different than the normal look of a Rack-it. With the customer’s input, we worked with him and the dealer to build the rack per his exact specification and design.

This unit was sold by Ace Truck Box in  Martinez, CA. They work with each and every Rack-it customer on projects big and small. They are a great shop for contractors as they stock a large volume of Rack-it Truck Racks along with Tool boxes, hitches and other construction related products. Richard and his excellent team of Sales Reps are ready to help you with your next truck project.

Give them a call at (925) 228-6136 or visit them online at

To find out more, you may call Platinum Commercial Truck at 877-221-6097.
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