Chevrolet Hitches Up, Adds More Trailering Features to Make Towing Easier

Chevrolet is loading up the 2019 Silverado with towing features to help you load it up with stuff.

The first is part of the myChevrolet app. It will have new tow features for owners who trailer. Things like a glossary of towing terms to make you sound like an expert and a pre-departure checklist to help you make sure those safety chains are attached. The app also lets users test their trailer lights remotely, so they can walk around while the lights cycle.

The Advanced Trailering System will be standard on LTZ and High Country and available on lower trims. It comes with automatic parking brake to make sure you don’t roll that extra inch out from under the hitch. It will have an available trailer tire pressure and temperature warning system to keep an eye on those tires, and a dynamic backing guideline on the back-up camera to help you line up.

An app that comes with the system lets you track mileage and fuel economy while towing, with five profiles for different trailers. It also stores the brake controller gain setting so you don’t need to set that every time you swap trailers. Trailer theft alert flashes the lights and honks the horn if the trailer harness is disconnected, and OnStar subscribers can get a theft alert to their phone to let them alert authorities.

A wider 270-degree rear camera view gives more of a view of the trailer and surroundings by using the camera in the tailgate and two in the rear view mirrors. Plus there is an extra accessory camera is available that can mount to the trailer to let you see directly behind.

The last new trailering feature is a new label. It gives you information specific to your truck so that you can calculate the payload and maximum tow rating of your own truck, without having to worry about which options you have. It lists max payload, max tongue weight, curb weight, gross weight rating and gross combined weight rating.