As you probably already know, we've changed the way we treat our long-term vehicle fleet. It used to be that everyone switched vehicles on a regular basis and wrote notes-when possible-on the vehicle driven. Now, each of us has been assigned a specific vehicle, and when it comes to the Silverado, a lot of things will resonate with people who own a pickup.
Rule #1: If people discover that you have a truck, they will ask to use it.
The Silverado HD has been put to work, serving as moving van for two different staffers. One trip included a large futon, which, much to one staffer's pleasant surprise, fit perfectly in the Chevy's bed with the tailgate closed. Another guy on the Motor Trend staff spent several days helping a friend move out of a house (that almost always means schlepping a lot of stuff). In addition, after a photo shoot for Motor Trend Classic, there were several bales of straw that we were done with, and needed to be donated to a local saddlery, feed store, or somewhere that carried products for horses. All the bales fit in the bed, and we covered them with clear plastic sheeting, so as not to shed excess straw all over whatever car was behind the HD on the freeway. After a few phone calls, we took the straw to Lomita Feed Store, which was kind enough to take the straw.
Rule #2: Dents and dings make a truck look like a truck.
After four months, the Silverado is finally starting to look like a pickup truck. Ours didn't come with a bedliner, so every nick, every ding, every minor bit of damage shows. But after the straw delivery, when there were scratches in the bed and bits of straw at the corners, the truck looked right. Other damage included a scrape on the rear of the top of cab, where I discovered that the ceiling of the structure where I was parking the truck sloped down. On the bright side, I stopped as soon as I heard that awful scraping noise (you know the sound-it's happened to anyone who has ever hit a pole or misjudged distance when parking next to a building), so the damage was minimal and it's hard to see.
Rule #3: You may never find out how those dents and dings happened.
There was another bit of damage that as of right now, remains a bit of a mystery. While loading the straw into the truck, we saw that the passenger-side running board has a big scratch running along it lengthwise, and the rear end cap is gone. It was enough damage that if someone on staff had been driving, they would've heard it, and probably would've felt it. But no one here has said anything, so I have to presume that this was one of those things that happened in a parking lot. Someone must have backed out of a parking space, hit the truck, and left without putting a note on the windshield. Ah, well. This is the type of thing that happens to everyone, and even though this is a Truck Trend long-termer, I had the same feelings of frustration as if it had been my own vehicle.