New 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Specs are available

The new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Specs are online now. Here is the┬áLINK. 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.

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3 comments on “New 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Specs are available
  1. Those payload numbers for the 2020 Dually are fantastic. That just fixed a major issue with the Chevy which is cargo capacity for those towing heavier.

    I think I passed along we finally bought our truck, a 2018 Ram 3500 dually. I’m thinking the value of the 2018 truck will go up once the 2019 prices come out on Rams generation 4.5 which I suspect will be thousands more than the 2018. When the all new 5th generation 1500 Ram came out, the price went up so much they still offered to build the 2018 models for those not wanting to pay for it.

  2. Bug Smacker says:

    Thanks, Bryan.

    To be honest, if my 2500HD had better numbers printed on the door jam, I would be keeping it. I am impressed by how well it tows. If it had a couple more springs, it would be absolutely no different than having a 3500 SRW. Hard to justify paying all that money to simply put larger numbers on the door jam. Don’t mean to get emotional but as you can see I love my truck. However, I know it has to go.

    Here is where I am torn. I agree with everyone else that depending on where your truck spends most of its time will determine the number of wheels you should get on it. SRW for commuting or a DRW for towing. Problem is that as a fulltimer you will be doing double duty with it, all the time.

    Is that your only vehicle and do you have any issues with how long or wide it is when it comes to getting around town?

  3. Bryan Prince says:

    Great work, Tim! Any feature that can make towing your 5th wheel easier and safer I’m all for. I especially like the extra visibility. I like the Ford’s sensors along the sides. An automatic backup parking would be the holy grail! As for powertrain and towing I still don’t see anything that beats the Cummins engine paired with an Aisin transmission, but I know that the Allison transmission has a stellar reputation.

    On the dually question, if I could’ve felt comfortable with the payload capability of an SRW vehicle when I purchased my RAM 3500 dually I would’ve jumped at it. That being said, now that I’ve made several cross-country trips in high winds (like when the road signs are flipping back and forth) I’m glad I got the dually. It really kept our truck and 5th wheel stable on the road. I’ve seen too many SRW trucks pulling trailers on their sides during our travels to feel comfortable with an SRW truck. If you are only a weekender and don’t travel cross-country like we do, it may not be as big a deal. But when driving across the plains and through Montana and Wyoming during some white-knuckle winds, I’ll take a DRW every time.

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