Chevy fans have long known that their trucks are among the best on the road when it comes to towing and payload. Not content to rest on their laurels; however, Chevrolet’s engineers and designers just keep upping the game, as the 2021 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD offers more towing than ever before: capping out at a monstrous 36,000 lbs when properly configured. If you need more towing than that, then you’re really looking for a different kind of machinery – or you should at least be shopping the commercial side of the Chevy lineup.
This kind of towing is great, of course, but Chevy fans aren’t left out in the cold when it comes to impressive tech features either. While it’s easy to assume great technology in a truck just comes down to digital displays and sound systems (though those are certainly important), it can mean a lot more than that. The Silverado 3500 HD is designed as a work truck, with so much towing, it can really handle anything you throw at it. So its impressive tech and luxury features inside make it easy for you to enjoy this truck as a mobile office, allowing you to always stay connected with excellent technology at your fingertips.
Conventional Towing With the Silverado 3500HD
As a Chevy fan, you might already know all about the towing performance of the latest Silverado 3500 HD, but just in case you’ve been sleeping on this beast, I’m here to help. Now, admittedly, this isn’t a truck for everyone; a lot of people will go with the standard Silverado 1500 or even the Chevy Colorado, and it’ll serve them just fine. But if you need a truly massive amount of towing without going into commercial model and chassis cab territory, then the 3500 HD is what you should be looking at.
First, let’s check out its conventional towing – that means towing with a standard rear hitch rather than something that connects into the bed. This will depend a bit on what kind of configuration you’re looking at with the 2021 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD, but at the bare minimum, you’re going to get 14,500 lbs of towing capacity. With the standard V8 engine, you can pretty easily get more than 16,000 lbs of conventional towing. And if you choose the available Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine, then the 3500 HD can get up to 20,000 lbs of towing with the right configuration.
To put this into context, the next-most powerful truck, the Chevy Silverado 2500 HD, can have up to 18,500 lbs of conventional towing. That’s pretty close, but the 3500 HD still comes out on top. If you go with the standard Silverado 1500 model, then you can get up to 13,300 lbs of conventional towing capacity, which is quite a bit less than the 3500 HD. So, there is plenty of towing power to be had in the smaller models, but if you need a lot of strength, the 3500 HD is the way to go.
Gooseneck Towing With the Silverado 3500HD
If all you’re interested in is conventional towing, then you can see that any Silverado model from Chevy can treat you quite well. Even though the 2021 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD certainly offers greater conventional towing than the other Silverado models, the difference isn’t necessarily massive. After all, it can offer up to 1,500 lbs more towing than the 2500 HD and 6,700 lbs more than the standard Silverado. That’s impressive, sure, but if you really want to see the Silverado 3500 HD shine, then you need to look at gooseneck and fifth-wheel towing.
You see, the standard Silverado 1500 really doesn’t offer anything special in terms of gooseneck towing or any kind of towing that mounts into the bed of the truck. It’s just not really built for it. Even with the Chevy Silverado 2500 HD, which is a bit better for it, you still only get up to about 18,500 lbs of gooseneck or fifth-wheel towing. That’s fine, but it’s no better than the kind of conventional towing it has to offer.
But with the 2021 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD, on the other hand, you can achieve truly astounding levels of fifth-wheel and gooseneck towing that takes your trailering capacity to another level. With a single-rear-wheel setup, you can get up to 21,910 lbs of towing with a gooseneck setup. But if you choose a model with dual-rear-wheels, then the 3500 HD offers up to 36,000 lbs of gooseneck towing.
As you can see, this is a significant difference and really showcases the kind of power that the Silverado 3500 HD can deliver, which its siblings simply can’t. Few other trucks on the road can match this kind of towing power, and you can see why so many professionals in trades and similar industries rely on the Silverado 3500 HD to be able to get the job done. Whether you need to pull a huge load of lumber or a massive stock of tools or other supplies with you, the 3500 HD with a gooseneck setup and dual-rear-wheels is an absolute beast.
The towing performance of the 2021 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD is certainly something else, but that’s not all this truck has to offer. It can also come with some of the most impressive technology out there, which makes it easy to take everything you need with you and still stay connected to the rest of the world. For example, the High Country trim comes with an 8-inch infotainment display with Navigation and connectivity for Bluetooth and numerous apps. This makes it easy to get directions and stay informed while you’re on the road.
You also get HD radio and a Bose 7-speaker premium sound system with the High Country trim, which might not be essential, but it’s definitely enjoyable. It has 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capability, so you can keep other devices online, along with an extremely comfortable interior that includes 10-way power, heated front seats. There’s also an 8-inch digital driver display that you can personalize and includes information about fuel, trailer settings, active safety features, and more.
The advanced trailering system is a great example of how tremendous towing capacity and next-generation technology really come together with the 2021 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD. This system includes customizable trailer profiles with a pre-departure checklist to make safe towing easy. It also includes trailer maintenance reminders, security alerts, and trailer mileage. Additional trailer electrical diagnostics and even a trailer tire pressure monitor let you keep track of how your trailer is doing and stay safely in control.
The High Country trim also features a wireless charging pad, so you can keep your phone charged easily and numerous USB ports. Plus, Hitch Guidance with a Hitch View system makes it easy to keep track of your trailer hitch while backing up, so you can easily connect to your trailer and get on the road. You can even use it to quickly check your trailer connection just in case you’re worried something might have slipped.
The Big Picture
You can see that the designers at Chevrolet have really thought about towing and technology not as separate things, but in terms of how they can work together. This turns the 2021 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD into a fantastic vehicle for a lot of professionals that need unsurpassed towing power and great tech to stay safe and connected. You don’t necessarily need a full-on commercial vehicle to get commercial strength, and the Silverado 3500 HD proves that. It’s one of my favorite trucks for putting together an office on the road that can get work done and handle anything you can throw at it.