July 28, 2014
I needed a vehicle for a weekend road trip to Las Vegas, something that could comfortably carry my four cousins and their luggage. My cousin, Cesar, is a big truck fan and so I figured I'd take the long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado to get his take on it. Plus, I've never gone on a road trip in a truck and I wanted to see what it was like.
July 14, 2014
Joe Diffie was right. There is "just something women like about a pickup man."
I think that "something" is that if you own a pickup you are suddenly of great help to people when they need to move large objects.
So I wasn't all that surprised when a friend of mine, after learning I had the Edmunds long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado for the weekend, asked me if I could help her move some boxes from her parent's house into a storage facility a couple of miles away.
July 11, 2014
I like how supremely easy it is to flip up the rear seats in our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. No levers or latches to release, just push the seat cushion up. That's it.
July 08, 2014
Last Saturday I utilized our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado to accomplish the most important job in the world: getting my wife off my back.
May 20, 2014
A sofa, a loveseat (it's in there, but you can't see it), an old desk and chair in the second row, drawers under the seats. This is what trucks are built to do, and it's no surprise that it all fit in our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. If ours was the 6.6-foot bed model, we probably could've secured the sofa against a closed tailgate (ratchet straps mitigate that minor compromise).
May 19, 2014
If you're into music festivals at all, you've likely heard of Coachella. It's the annual Woodstock West for contemporary indie and dance music culture, held out in the godforsaken desert east of Los Angeles. It's a popular place for college students to do a bunch of drugs and generally lose their minds.
May 12, 2014
As I mentioned before I built a makeshift bike rack for our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. The rack is a simple piece of lumber with two mounts bolted to it. It's cut to fit the bed slots and slides into the front of the bed. It works brilliantly.
May 2, 2014
This photo of our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado shows why, if it were up to me, I would never get the shorty-pants 5-foot, 8-inch bed in a pickup.
For my needs (and hey, this particular update is all about me) I'd like to be able to close the tailgate when I have two sportbikes in the back. Can't do that with this size bed.
Why this crazy desire to close the tailgate?
April 29, 2014
Our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado isn't the first truck to offer slots which locate a 2x6-inch piece of lumber, but they sure are useful.
April 25, 2014
The center console on our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is neither new nor groundbreaking.
But it is highly utilitarian.
April 23, 2014
We got an invite to a combination car/motorcycle track-day event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. And yes, we wanted to "double-dip," as they say, drive a car and ride a motorcycle at the same track, same weekend.
Time to load up our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado with two sportbikes and all our gear and head to Monterey.
March 26, 2014
I love the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado's rear seats. They're large enough to hold real people and hugely functional.
March 25, 2014
I could have put the greasy engine block in the trunk of a car or in the back of a crossover. Heck, almost any vehicle could have transported the 35-year old chunk of cast iron to its destination, but some jobs are just right for a pickup truck. And this was one of those jobs.
I've had the small-block Chevy sitting in my garage for about five years. It once lived in the engine bay of my father's 1969 Camaro. He installed it back in 1979. Nothing radical; 350 cubic inches, cast iron block, heads and manifold, a single four-barrel carburetor and a very mild 8.5:1 compression ratio. It was perfect for the boulevard cruiser Rally Sport convertible and it ran perfectly for nearly 200,000 miles.
And it was still running well (a little smoke) when we pulled it from the Camaro and replaced it with a new 350 H.O. crate motor we bought from General Motors about five years ago.
March 21, 2014
I like driving big trucks. Towering over the passing traffic is a pretty empowering feeling.
What I don't like is parking big trucks. And our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is no exception. Our two-wheel-drive crew cab Chevy with a 5.8-foot bed measures over 19 feet long and 6.5 feet wide. That sorta bulk comes with a 47.2-foot turning circle, which often makes tight parking lot maneuvers very challenging.
February 27, 2014
Crew cabs are great...if you're hauling people. They're not so great when you need to carry stuff in the bed, especially really, really long stuff.
February 26, 2014
It's Girl Scout cookie season in Southern California, and this past Saturday our Cadette troop of middle schoolers took delivery of 81 cases of Thin Mints, Tagalongs and other annual favorites from our local cookie warehouse.
January 27, 2014
What I know about full-size trucks is based on just a few raw experiences, so it was great to have access to our richly appointed 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 for a weekend of chores and hauling. Also, it amused me greatly to drive a 5,206-lb truck to an appointment at Savvy Chic Nail Cottage or listen to Jane Austen's "Persuasion" via Bluetooth in the cab.
January 24, 2014
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 earned its keep this weekend. I checked it out of our long-term fleet so my husband and I could tote a set of Fuchs wheels and two new tires for our 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera S to a tire store for installation. Loading up the new wheels and tires was a snap.
January 10, 2014
Since we're had our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 in the fleet, it's hauled a variety of things, from mulch to an engine. It's still going strong. Last month I helped a friend move house and later hauled a bunch of boxes out of storage. Neither job was particularly taxing, but the convenience of having a full-size pickup is pretty amazing.
December 10, 2013
I needed to haul a new TV home the other day from Costco, since my old one had blown up. And apparently it's recommended that you transport these LCD/LED flat-screens standing up, as opposed to lying down flat.
To do this, I needed a pretty wide vehicle. Hence, our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 LT Crew.
November 25, 2013
"Strong. For all the rugs ahead. That's what you should title this post," said my better half. (Undoubtedly, you get the reference. But if not, watch this.)
As you see here, we had a bunch of pink carpeting and padding left over from our ongoing home renovation project. It was far more than we could stuff into our dumpster on trash day, but it all fit securely in our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado's 5.75-foot bed (we got the short bed option, as you'll recall).
Our next stop was a local carpet recycling company in Carson, California, that would take all the carpet and padding off our hands for free.
November 19, 2013
What a nice treat to open the tailgate on a pickup, and find out that it's damped and just gently lowers itself down.
Chevrolet calls it the EZ Lift and Lower tailgate, and it's on our 2014 Silverado 1500 Z71 LT Crew.
November 18, 2013
I know not all the editors on staff at Edmunds are in love with the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500's CornerStep bumper, especially compared to Ford's "man step."
But I find Chevy's version easy-to-use with a perfect step-up height and a natural handhold integrated into the top of the bed. Even with the tailgate up this setup still makes it simple to hop up into the bed.
October 30, 2013
Sure, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is huge so it should have good interior storage, but Chevy really did a nice job utilizing every available cubic inch inside this rig. Just check out the front doors: double pockets, double cup holders.
And it gets better.
October 17, 2013
The 2014 Ford F-150 is offered with a large step and assist-pole that extend from the tailgate. It's a brilliant feature I appreciated several times with our long-term Raptor and I wasn't the only one. Nevertheless, as I describe in this Raptor post, Chevrolet decided to ridicule it in a commercial, dubbing it the "Man Step." I don't know about you, but all that did was provide a catchier name than "Tailgate Step" and point out a great feature Chevy lacked.
October 14, 2013
Gotta love pickups. No messing around with putting blankets down, dropping rear seats, trying to squeeze a bicycle in through the trunk or any of that nonsense.
With our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 LT Crew, just throw it in the bed, secure it with some tie-downs and you're off to the trailhead.
October 7, 2013
I recently used our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado to schlep an engine to Specialty Cars for a bit of fab work. Really, the bed of a pickup truck is the only way to move an engine from one place to another that's any more than a few yards away. In my experience engines are too dense, precarious and awkward to safely transport using any other type of vehicle.
After wheeling the longblock down my driveway (the Silverado's too wide for my narrow driveway, though a mid-size pickup would fit) on the hook of a hoist, I lowered it into the Silverado's bed. One thing is for sure: The beds of half-ton pickups have grown higher and higher over the years as trucks have incrementally grown more capable of hauling ever-heavier loads. I practically had to pump the hoist's cylinder to its max stroke in order to clear the Silverado's tailgate (a midsize pickup's lower bed height would have been welcome).
September 19, 2013
You don't realize how big a car's hood is until you unbolt it from its hinges and start moving it around.
I wasn't sure the hood of my Dad's 1969 Camaro project would fit in the 2014 Chevy Silverado's 5.5-ft. bed without hanging off one side, maybe two. Wrong. It fit, as my idol Ace Ventura would say, like a glove.
September 17, 2013
When my father and I decided to recreate his black 1969 Baldwin-Motion SS427 Camaro we knew the car had to have a real 427-cubic-inch big-block Chevy engine, just as his original car did 43 years ago. The problem was under the hood of the car we bought for the project. There sat a 454-cubic-inch engine. Although it was cosmetically correct, it had to go.
September 12, 2013
That's my brother-in-law Alex shoveling small rocks into the bed of our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. Notice how he graciously put down a drop cloth to protect the Chevy's paint.
Alex just redid his San Jose, CA backyard and asked to use our Silverado to haul "some leftover rocks and stuff to the dump." I said yes, of course, and generously offered my might for the loading and unloading.
And it started small, as you can see in the photo. Just some gravel and a wheelbarrow full of small rocks. But things escalated quickly. By the time we were done packing the Chevy's 5.5-ft. bed it was completely full of bricks, pavers, rocks and assorted trash. Over 1,500 lbs. worth.
September 11, 2013
There's an old saying: If you own a pickup truck you're never lonely. Or something like that. Owning a truck makes you everyone's best friend. You're the guy that helps them move. The guy that hauls their old couch. The guy that hauls their load of mulch.
And so it was. We drove 325 miles from L.A. to San Jose to see my brother-in-law's new baby boy. We pulled into his driveway, baby toys in hand, and the next thing I knew the two of us and the Edmunds long-term Chevy Silverado are off to the House of Mulch.
September 9, 2013
I needed to tow a trailer with our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado a few days ago, a car hauler. But the trailer's loading ramps were not lockable. They were vulnerable to theft.
Luckily, our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado has room enough inside. And its newly redesigned rear seats flip up to create a vast flat floor area for cargo.
But we've discussed that before. Turns out there's more to it than that.
September 6, 2013
I needed to load some equipment after hours a couple of nights ago, and the lot outside our photo studio has no lighting to speak of.
But I had no trouble at all. Our new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has a powerful bed light, even though my camera seems to have been set to "moody" for the above image.
Don't kid yourself, it's plenty bright. And handy.