GM claims that all 910 pounds-feet of torque can be put to the rear axle in 1st gear. GM also reports that every 3500-series truck with a Duramax will achieve 30,000 pounds of towing capacity, or better.
In addition to the updated Duramax engine and Allison transmission, GM has introduced a new 28-inch cooling fan, improved drivetrain and driveline components, new front and rear axles, 11.5-inch (2500-series) and 12-inch (3500-series) ring gears, and a 30-percent increase in prop-shaft diameter.
Advanced Trailering System
Towing visibility technology has become another competitive arena for the truck manufacturers. For 2020, GM is offering an Advanced Trailering System incorporating 8 cameras around the truck for a total of 15 possible views.
For truck camper owners, the biggest news here will likely be the optional accessory camera designed to be mounted on a trailer.
This accessory camera gives the driver an unobstructed view of the rear – as if the trailer isn’t there. While we do not have experience with this new system, mounting it to the back of a truck camper should yield a similar result.
GM has also announced a Trailing smartphone app as part of its multi-media system. This app can keep track of tailer profiles, checklists for pre-departures, and tire-pressure/temperature information.
New Engine Block Heater Doors
For folks who live in colder climates, the new engine block heater plug door will be a welcome change. The new spring-loaded door is integrated into the front bumper of the 2020 HD trucks. Diesel trucks get this feature standard. It’s optional for gas trucks.
DEF Tank Fill and Gauge Changes
For the 2020 model year, GM has moved the DEF tank filler from under the hood to next to the diesel fill. GM has also added an improved DEF gauge to help owners know the level of DEF remains in the tank.
New Standard Tow Mirrors
Every 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD will come standard with manual or powered folding trailing mirrors. The newly designed mirrors are larger than the previous model and offer forward-facing spot lamps to illuminate campsites.
Upper-tier models get side-view cameras, puddle lamps and rear-facing spotlights integrated into the new mirror design.
ATS Integration with iN-Command
Of everything GM has announced about the 2020 Silverado HD, the ATS (Advanced Trailering System) Integration with inCommand might have the most interesting implications. What is ASA’s iN-Command Control System? I’m glad you asked.
The concept of ASA’s iN-Command Control System is to implement smart home technology into RVs. Imagine being able to control your truck camper’s climate control, generator, slide-outs, tire pressure monitoring system, awnings, jacks, lights, tank monitor, battery monitor and more from an App on your smartphone.
GM has tied these same RV systems into the main screen in their new 2020 HD trucks. Theoretically, you could open your slides before getting out of your truck. While driving, you could also check your holding tank levels to see if you need a dump station. Pulling into a campsite in the total darkness? Turn your camper’s exterior lights on – all from inside the truck.
Of course part of me wonders how long until a 13-year old girl in India hacks this app and simultaneously dumps everyone’s holding tanks; slip, slide, and eww-way!