2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Hauling Transmission, Scraping Bedliner
July 15, 2015
I recently need to move a palletized transmission and our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado got the job. The load was about 350 pounds, which included a transmission, driveshaft, differential and some smaller items. Fortunately I had a forklift for loading on the receiving end, but the drop-off wasn't as simple.
Though 350 pounds represents only about 22 percent of our truck's 1,590-pound payload capacity, the change in ride quality was obvious from behind the wheel. Our staff differs in qualifying the Colorado's ride, but I tend to side with Monticello's assessment: It's a little busy, but still quite good. Only the occasional rough patch will give it the jitters.
Turns out, 350 pounds in the bed calms it down to a near-perfect, buttery-smooth lope.
A 45-minute jaunt over freeways and two-lane back roads led me to the drop-off point where there were exactly zero forklifts. After an epic gun show and a whole lot of huffing and puffing, the pallet was successfully transferred to a rolling cart. It wasn't the most graceful transition, however. I had help, but with only two people the only option was to slide the pallet from the Colorado's bed onto the cart.
The resulting scrapes in the Line-X bedliner are predictable, but not the end of the world. Beats scratching the raw bed, I suppose.
Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor