The new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Specs are online now. Here is the LINK. I had heard these new trucks were going to tow more but as those of you who own 5th wheels like myself know, its all about the payload. So let’s dig in and see what this thing has to offer.
If we start with the looks, like everyone else I have my personal opinion. Every photo I see online displays the new trucks a little differently.
For now, I will just set my opinion aside until I actually get my hands on one.
Built at the Flint Assembly plant in Flint, Michigan, the new Silverado HD’s are longer, wider, taller and tow more than previous models.
There is a 6.6L V-8 gasoline powered engine available that supplies 401 HP and 464 lb-ft of Torque mounted to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Keeping in mind that most anyone towing with a 1-ton truck will want a diesel, the power plant in this truck is the same 6.6L V-8 Turbo-Diesel Duramax as last year. The only difference is now it is connected to a 10-speed automatic Allison transmission. This lineup delivers 445 HP and 910 lb-ft of Torque. I can hear Tim Allen grunting like a pig right now.
One feature I am really excited about is what they call “Advanced Trailering System technologies and new transparent trailer view”. The truck features a total of 15 available camera views including a transparent trailer feature to help provide added confidence when towing. Sounds sorta like X-ray vision.
As in any newly designed product, there are a lot of smaller features that should make towing safer and much more enjoyable. From the new integrated side step to the newly designed trailering mirrors.
Now let’s crunch some numbers. Below is a comparison between the 2020 and the 2019 3500HD trucks. I will include the SRW (single rear wheel) and the DRW (dual rear wheel) versions. The numbers shown are for Crew Cab model.
*note: I did not actually find the 2020 GVWR numbers, so I estimated this value using curb weight plus payloads.
2020 SRW Truck Weight (GVWR)- 11823*
2019 SRW Truck Weight (GVWR)- 11600
2020 SRW Payload- 4148
2019 SRW Payload- 3843
2020 SRW 5th-wheel Towing Max- 21500
2019 SRW 5th-wheel Towing Max- 17200
2020 SRW Combined Weight (GCWR)- 29700
2019 SRW Combined Weight (GCWR)- 25300
2020 DRW Truck Weight (GVWR)- 13962*
2019 DRW Truck Weight (GVWR)- 13025
2020 DRW Payload- 5944
2019 DRW Payload- 4930
2020 DRW 5th-wheel Towing Max- 31400
2019 DRW 5th-wheel Towing Max- 22700
2020 DRW Combined Weight (GCWR)- 40000
2019 DRW Combined Weight (GCWR)- 30100
Personally, I really don’t like purchasing a vehicle right out of the gate the first year of a new design. But this new truck brings a lot to the table. These increases in towing capacities will help as well. Throw in a Dick Tracy super secret decoder watch and I’m in.
On a personal note, from what I calculate I may actually be able to get by with a 3500HD SRW now instead of going to a Dually. Comments on this would be much appreciated.