The right tow vehicle is an absolute necessity for serious anglers and hunters. The last thing they need is to be stranded on the road while travelling to their next fishing or hunting destination. I have long put my trust in Chevy to provide me a comfortable, dependable, and efficient tow vehicle.
In the end it comes down to trust, something that is developed over time. My experience with Chevy tow vehicles gives me no reason to even consider changing. In hundreds of early morning starts as a fishing guide my Chevy failed me only one time and that was a battery problem, not a mechanical one.
Part of that success is because of the regular maintenance I provided over time. No one should neglect the maintenance aspect of keeping the tow vehicle in good working order. Spending more time on the water and less time in repair includes maintenance of the boat and trailer as well.
As my Tahoe gets older and I look at some of the current possibilities for a new tow vehicle several things come to mind. Which one will give me the comfort I need for road trips; which one will give me the power to pull my Pathfinder bay boat in all weather conditions; and which one will give me fuel efficiency in an economy of raising gas prices?
One obvious option is the 2014 Silverado 1500 pickup. As always, it comes with plenty of options, and any outdoors oriented driver should be able to accommodate their needs with the Silverado.
The new interior design is built for functionality and comfort. The new front seats are built for all-day comfort, and a rethinking of interior space provides more rear-seat leg room in the Crew Cab. Instruments and controls are grouped by function and strategically located for optimum visibility and accessibility. If you are a tech savvy driver new control pods allow you to connect to the latest technology.
As far as power to pull is concerned, drivers will find the right engine option to fill their particular need. From throwing a jon boat in the back to towing an ocean going powerboat, the Silverado 1500 comes with the right power package for you.
Power to Pull
Ultimate towing capability comes from a combination of power and the ability to remain in control of your truck. For starters, the optional new 6.2L V8 MAX Trailering Package will offer improved maximum ball-hitch towing capacity. A new 6-guage instrument cluster includes the Enhanced Driver Information Center which displays the truck’s vital statistics like trailer brake settings and coolant temperature, critical elements of safe and efficient towing. Now 7-pin and 4-pin trailer connectors are included in every trailering package. When it comes to hooking up, the available Rear Vision Camera makes it easier to connect the trailer.
On the road, Trailer Sway Control works with StabiliTrak® to automatically apply the brakes or reduce engine power when needed to keep you on the road. Auto Grade Braking automatically downshifts the transmission to aid in going downhill. Tow/Haul mode keeps the transmission in the right gear, for longer periods, in stop-and-go driving and on hills.
The 2014 Silverado line sports the new EcoTec3 engine, which optimizes fuel economy and power. Available models include the 4.3L V6, 5.3L V8 and the 6.2L V8. And there's also a newly designed, more durable exterior and wider wheels that improve handling.
Those three elements of comfort, power and fuel efficiency are all there in the Silverado 1500. but it doesn’t hurt to look good too. The 2014 Silverado is an athlete, muscular yet refined. The Chevy engineers have taken the classic aesthetics of Silverado and made it taller, wider and stronger. The wraparound bumper and fender flares are stylish and good looking.
For outdoors folks looking for a functional and good looking tow vehicle it would be pretty hard to overlook the Silverado 1500.
To learn more details, like wider wheels and improved handling, the all new power steering, the Autotrac transfer case and more, visit chevrolet.com.
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