Plowing with the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Alaskan
“Call Mr. Plow, that’s my name, that name again is Mr. Plow!”
People buy trucks for a variety of purposes, and in northern climates, snow plowing is often one of the primary needs of a Heavy Duty truck buyer. We’ve done a bit of plowing in the past, but the folks at Chevrolet wanted to give us the full “Mr. Plow Experience” with their 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Alaskan. So in late February, they invited us to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, home of BOSS, the #1 Brand of truck plows in the United States. Low temperatures and fresh falling snow in Marquette, MI made for a perfect test environment for both companies’ products.
Our last extended plowing experience took place in the late nineties, with an old beater pick-up truck and a crappy straight snow plow blade. It was absolutely terrible, but both the plows and trucks have come a long way since then. The power and comfort of a modern heavy duty truck hooked up to an adjustable V-plow was a world of difference from our previous experience. Chevrolet is the only manufacturer to build a heavy duty truck with an independent front suspension, which means you don’t need to compromise ride comfort or capability. That makes a real difference when you’re sitting behind the wheel of one of their trucks for a long day of plowing.
Chevrolet has studied the needs of their snow plowing customers, and made specific modifications to their product to make plowing easier. One of the smartest things they did was to eliminate any cutting or drilling on their trucks in order to hook-up a snow plow. They accomplished this with a redesign of the front fascia to make the front air dam and skid plate easy to remove, allowing access for the plow to be mounted to the front of your truck. After the winter, they can easily be re-attached for a return to original styling and functionality. Since the plow partially blocks airflow to the engine, Chevy smartly utilizes a hood scoop air intake to make sure your truck doesn’t overheat while plowing.
Need to access the bed of your truck to load bags of salt into a spreader? GM trucks come with exclusive corner bumper and bed steps, which accommodate size 13 boots and hold up to 500 pounds. Luckily they didn’t make us load the spreaders ourselves, because that seems too much like work. Instead we enjoyed the interior of the Silverado HD, with climate zones, heated seats, and heated steering wheel. The interior is large and comfortable, designed so that you can keep your winter coat and gloves on, and still be able to operate all of the controls in the truck. We have to admit, we were having so much fun plowing, that we didn’t want to get out of the cozy truck to take our own photos, so for this feature we’ve utilized photographs provided by Chevy.
Chevy also offers an integrated engine-block heater outlet located on the front driver’s side bumper, which is easy to access even with a snow plow attached. It comes standard on the Duramax diesel, but is also available on the 6.6L gas engine. You’ll thank them when you try to start up your truck at twenty below.
Little things can add up to a big advantage when shopping for a truck to meet a specific purpose, so we imagine that Chevrolet’s attention to detail is something that plow operators are going to appreciate. This experience certainly gave us a new appreciation for those hard workers who keep our roads clear and our businesses open, and we think all of them deserve the proper equipment to get the job done. For a detailed video look at these trucks in action plowing in Michigan, check out the latest from our friend, Tim Esterdahl at Pickup Truck & SUV Talk :
Chevrolet Silverado HD Alaskan Snow Plow Special Edition :
- 220-Amp Alternator
- Skid Plates for Transfer Case and Oil Pan
- Pass Through for Plow Wiring
- Emergency Roof Marker Lamps
- 18″ Aluminum Wheels
- All-Terrain Tires
- Alaskan Decals