Earlier this year, I flew up to Bend, Oregon, to sample the redesigned 2020 Silverado HD. Perhaps the new big boy Silverado’s best party trick is its array of available cameras that are capable of showing you just about every angle of the vehicle, especially when towing, a task in which visibility is paramount to safety. I made the above video to show off all of the cameras in action, but below, we’ll take a look at where exactly all of the cameras are positioned on the outside of the truck and on the connected trailer. There are eight of them in total.
Camera No. 1 is located up front on the grille, just below the R in Chevrolet, or the bow tie emblem, depending on which grille design your truck has.
The second and third cameras are located in the mounting points for the side-view mirrors. These project an image down the side of the truck, allowing you to keep tabs on your blind spot.
There are two cameras inside of the center brake light mounted at the top of the cab. The downward-facing camera shows what’s inside of the bed, allowing you to check on whether or not your load has shifted or keep an eye on a fifth-wheel trailer connection, while the one pointed outward is used for the digital rearview mirror.
Finally, the sixth camera is located on the tailgate and acts as your basic backup camera, showing what’s behind you any time you’re backing up. It can also be used to align your hitch with a trailer and to keep tabs on the connection while you drive. While it looks like another camera, the little dome on the right side of the handle there is just a light.
Also worth noting, the front- and rear-facing cameras, along with the two cameras mounted in the side view mirror supports, can all work together to provide a 360-degree top-down view of the vehicle.
On to the trailer. There are two cameras mounted to the trailer, which buyers would presumably have to buy from Chevrolet as an accessory and mount themselves. You can’t see the first one because it’s actually mounted inside the trailer, right about where the logo is on the side facing the truck. This camera shows the contents of the trailer and, again, will allow drivers to confirm whether or not their load has shifted without having to pull over and physically check.
Finally, the eighth and final camera available for the 2020 Silverado HD is located on the back of the trailer and shows what’s going on behind you — a view that you typically wouldn’t get. The cool thing about this camera is that it can create a "see-through trailer" view on the infotainment screen, which makes it look like your trailer isn’t even there, giving you only a feed of what’s behind it.
Altogether, the cameras offered on the new Silverado HD are pretty great and serve to make towing easier than it’s ever been before. Check out the video for a look at each individual camera viewing angle from inside the cab. Find a Chevrolet Silverado 2500 for sale or Find a Chevrolet Silverado 3500 for sale
Chris O’Neill grew up in the Rust Belt and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He worked in the auto industry for awhile, helping Germans design cars for Americans. Follow him on Instagram: @MountainWestCarSpotter.