Who Wants This Truck?

The answer, of course, is all of you.  I know you people.



But do you know why you want this truck?  This is a 2016 Chevy Silverado, and Chevy recently announced they have a built-in trailer camera system AND IT'S AWESOME for horse owners.

Could you get your 30 foot gooseneck this close to something parked behind it?  I'm really good at backing trailers - had to be, in order to pass a class in college - but I couldn't.  I'd get reasonably close and then stop, giving it a big cushion just in case.

The 2016 Chevy Silverado (and the 2014-2015 models, if you get them retrofitted by the dealer) can be configured with the following cameras:

- Two side cameras mounted underneath each side mirror, meant to help you change lanes when hauling.  When you turn your turn signal on, the appropriate side's mirror camera activates to show you vehicles in your blind spot.


- One camera that mounts to the back of your trailer and points down, to help you reverse without hitting things hiding behind you.  It's powered by your trailer lights and communicates wirelessly to the truck.


- An optional fourth camera (and here's where it gets good) that mounts inside your trailer to let you see your horse while traveling. Yes, I know you can get that standalone and after market, but how cool is it to have a truck manufacturer that clearly gets why we, the horse owning public, buys trucks?  For horses.  They're listening.

Not pictured: a button that says "SHOW ME MY HORSE!"
(Fluffy side story: I couldn't check on Connor after our trailing incident last month until we got off the interstate, which ended up being almost an hour after the incident.  It wasn't safe for me to check on him, so we just judged by the lack of scrambling that they were okay.  When I finally jumped out of the truck and ran to the escape door and saw Connor standing there totally fine, I cried.  If I had had a horse camera in the trailer, I wouldn't have gone through all that.  Totally valuable.)

- They're working on a fifth camera that will be mounted in the center upper brake light, which will include lines to help with hitching a gooseneck trailer. 

The Superduty Fords already have all of those cameras except the horse camera, which makes them cool, but not quite as cool as Chevy (at least on this count.).  Chevy, apparently, gets me.  (And I say this living walking distance from the Cummins worldwide headquarters.  Get with the times, Dodge.)


This is a $999 option.  Which, if you're buying a $60,000 truck already, what's another $999, am I right?  I'm looking forward to seeing all the truck manufacturers copy Chevy on this one.  We can only benefit.

So again, who wants this truck?

23 comments:

  1. This is interesting. My 2016 F250 doesn't have any cameras besides the backup cam. Though the side mirrors are sufficient for the blind spots. I have considered getting the camera for the inside of the trailer.

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    1. It's on the 2017 F-250. It's actually cooler than Chevy's, it shows you the position of the trailer relative to the truck as a little truck and trailer graphic in the middle of the trailer backup cam view. Here's a link - maybe you can trade in next year!

      http://www.theverge.com/2016/3/16/11243502/ford-2017-super-duty-pickup-trailer-reverse-guidance

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  2. That is super cool. I'll keep it in mind for my next 60k purchase. ;-)

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    1. Right? Ugh. I paid for my 10 year old GMC what I paid for my brand new Honda Fit five years ago. Trucks are so expensive. But then again, it can take my horse places so...yeah. No buying new for me. I'll own the 2016 Chevy in 2026.

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  3. I had heard that Chevvy was going to do this!! I think it's super smart of them to cater to horse owners and others that trailer!

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    1. Totally! I always wonder if the truck manufacturers listen to our demographic. I guess they are.

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  4. Chevys are my favorite anyways, and this just seals the deal. Love love love!

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    1. I'm indifferent, although I'm a homer for the Cummins diesel obviously. This definitely makes me feel positively about Chevy, though.

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  5. My 2002 Chevy has 187k miles and is still going strong. Maybe hubby will let me upgrade...ha ha ha!!!

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  6. I am probably the only one who doesn't lol

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  7. Very cool! Maybe when the Tundra dies (hopefully like 10 years in the future lol) I can replace it with this!

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  8. The cameras are cool, but I really want the ford trailer back up system that lets you back up your truck and trailer with a joystick.

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  9. My new truck has blindspot mirrors that work really well and I'm having a hitching camera installed since somebody doesn't like the duct tape on my tailgate.

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  10. Too bad it's a Chevy. ;) Very cool options though! I hope other trucks pick up on this.

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  11. Very cool idea... too bad it's a Chev lol

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  12. I find the side cameras sort of weird - my truck has dual mirrors and I have no blind spot at all. I think I'd rather have dual mirrors lol! I do looooove my backup camera, but it doesn't work in bright light because of the contrast. Most of them don't, I think. For $1000? Meh. I'll just get out and look. ;)

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  13. $60,000...I would be afraid to drive it out on the road!

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