Chevrolet to Include VIN-Specific Towing Label on 2019 Silverado 1500
Industry-First Label Could Safeguard Against Accidental Overloading
Chevrolet will include a trailering label on the driver’s doorjamb of the 2019 Silverado 1500, tied to the specific truck’s VIN—taking its powertrain, towing and payload packages, and optional equipment into account. It will include the truck’s gross vehicle weight rating, gross combined weight rating, maximum payload, maximum tongue weight, and curb weight.
The company claims the trailering label is an industry first, and it makes good sense. Often, manufacturers list their trucks’ maximum payload and towing ratings by considering bodystyle, engine, transmission, and axle gearing specifications. Since gross vehicle weight ratings remain the same within those parameters, two nearly identical trucks could have different towing and payload ratings if one is loaded down with luxury items like a sunroof, heated and cooled seats, and a larger infotainment screen.
For what it’s worth, Chevrolet isn’t alone in tying capability ratings to a specific truck’s VIN. Ram has an online tool that allows owners of 2009 and newer trucks to input a VIN, then see the maximum towing and payload ratings as the truck was built from the factory. Like its rivals, Ford includes a comprehensive towing and payload guide that details the ratings for a given powertrain and cab configuration, but it only lists the maximum ratings as achieved by a base-model F-150 XL.
Chevrolet is also keen to brag about the 2019 Silverado 1500’s myChevrolet smartphone app, which features a pre-departure towing checklist and can activate a trailer light test. And inside the truck is an available Advanced Trailering System infotainment app, which features a trailer tire pressure monitoring system, hitch guidance, and five different trailer profiles that can store trailer brake gain memory and other settings.