Fleets will be able to acquire a 2014-2016 model year Chevrolet Silverado with a new camera system for trailering and a factory-installed, fifth-wheel prep package that's compatible with gooseneck or fifth-wheel hitches, General Motors has announced.
Chevrolet developed the camera system with Echomaster to provide a blind-spot-assist towing package with three cameras, including two side-view cameras and one mounted to the rear of the trailer.
The package is compatible with Silverado 1500 and Silverado HD trucks that have trailer-towing mirrors, because it's integrated into the mirror housing. It improves visibility along the sides of the truck and trailer. The rear-facing camera is mounted to the top, rearmost edge of the trailer. It's wired into the trailer lights and transmits images through a closed wireless network. It also features infrared lighting for low-light situations.
The system supports an optional fourth camera inside the trailer so the driver can monitor cargo during transport.
The system will be offered through Chevrolet dealers starting in April for at least $999. It carries a warranty from Echomaster (a division of AAMP Global).
General Motors is also offering a factory-installed fifth-wheel package on 2016-MY Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD trucks for $350. It features a frame-mounted hitch platform and tray that's concealed under the truck bed. A factory-installed seven-way trailer wiring connection in the pickup box is also available. With the hitch removed, the frame is concealed with caps over the bed openings to preserve the flat bed floor for unencumbered cargo carrying.
The hitch platform is compatible with the Chevrolet Accessories Gooseneck Completion Kit that includes a 2-5/16-inch ball hitch and two chain tie-downs for $315.
Chevrolet also offers a CURT Manufacturing hitch that is compatible with the factory-installed hitch platform. The fifth-wheel packages from CURT Manufacturing are currently available for purchase through Chevrolet dealers at $939 for the 20,000-pound hitch and $999 for the 25,000-pound hitch.