A Tale of Two Red Chevy Pickups, Tens of Tons of Hauling, and Awesome Power
Plus, we search for ways to justify driving the overly capable 2020 Chevy Silverado 3500HD that tows 35,500 pounds.
We happen to have a beautiful red truck. It's a glorious, wonderful masterpiece that just might be the burliest new truck to hit our driveway. We can feel the stares and almost hear the gasps. We can see the confusion and know what questions bystanders will ask before they can even formulate them. And while you may think we're talking about Truck Trend's 2020 Ford F-250 long-term test vehicle, we're actually not. Parked next to that top-of-the-line Limited F-250 Crew Cab, the most luxurious offering in Ford's lineup, sits Chevy's base-trim heavy-duty truck, a Red Hot 2020 Chevy Silverado 3500HD dual-rear-wheel two-wheel drive WT Regular Cab long bed truck. (That's a mouthful.) The contrast between the two trucks could not be greater. One draws attention for being so over-the-top, the other draws attention for its no-frills demeanor. Both pull in some eyeballs with their red paint, too.
To us nerdy truck folk, the Chevy Silverado workhorse is actually a very special truck. Underneath the beautiful steelie wheels, vinyl flooring, and black plastic (everywhere), this truck is Chevy's top dawg, its tow king. This is the 2020 Chevy HD truck that's equipped to tow 35,500 pounds with a gooseneck trailer, 32,000 pounds with a 5th wheel trailer, and 20,000 pounds with a conventional bumper-mounted hitch. (The Ford Super Duty still wins the game at 37,000 pounds, 32,500 pounds, and 24,200 pounds, respectively, but which normal customers are licensed for any of this, anyway?) Its payload ain't too shabby either at 6,350 pounds; it can almost haul its curb weight of 7,650, and has a hefty GWVR of 14,000 pounds. The amount of junk it can handle in its proverbial trunk is just stooooopid crazy. Anyone else out there just a little too stoked about this truck?
This truck lives to work. It begs for a job, a reason to downshift and hit that sweet spot where you can really feel the 6.6-liter Duramax L5P diesel shine with its 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque . But here's the problem: we don't have a job big enough to truly appreciate this beast. We take children to school and may throw a stroller in the bed. It's a shame, a crime really. We have a flatbed trailer, but even fully loaded, the HD Chevy Silverado wouldn't even know it was there. It's frustrating to go easy on such a work truck, especially when you know its potential.
While looking for ideas that might make our trusty, durable Chevy Silverado HD feel useful and appreciated, we came across YouTube sensation Whistlin Diesel's latest video where he hauled what he claimed to be 32,000 pounds of logs in the bed of a 1970s Chevy Custom Deluxe C-20 Square Body pickup truck. Considering that we too had a (brand new) Chevy that was surely much more capable than the trucks of yesteryear in our driveway, just begging for work, we succumbed to our curiosity and watched him load a whole forest into the bed. Spoiler alert: it mangled the once-glorious Square Body in splendid fashion, of course. The pictures tell the story nicely enough.
As for our Chevy 3500HD dualie workhorse, internet vigilantes be assured—we won't be attempting any irrational hauling craziness any time soon (although we do wonder how it would hold up compared to the Square Body). We certainly won't even do the truck justice. Both scenarios are sad, though, and there has to be a happy medium somewhere between utterly mangling the $51,175 worksite overachiever, on the one hand, and completely squandering its capabilities when it comes to towing and hauling, on the other hand.
So what do we do? Do you have a project for us? Anyone need some help? In the meantime, enjoy pictures of some red Chevys—one destined for the junkyard, one destined for greatness—while crackin' a cold one.