Chevy Silverado Durabed Features Slick Trick Lighting, 120V Power

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Silverado bed is terrific for anyone who uses their truck bed for work or entertainment at night.

The video above is one of the newest commercials for the all-new Silverado 1500 pickup, shared by the official Chevrolet YouTube channel. In this clip titled “Spotlight”, we get a look at a handful of the cool features that help make the cargo area of the new half-ton Chevy pickup more useful for just about every owner, with the lighting and power point system being particularly helpful for anyone who uses their truck for work at night.

Real People Enter

Like many modern Chevy commercials, this one includes a group of “real people” who are brought in to be part of the filming, as they are introduced to the all-new Silverado. They walk up to the host of the program, who is standing in the dark with a new 1500. The group moves around to the rear of the truck, where they are shown the optional LED cargo lamps that do a great job of lighting up every corner of the bed.

New Silverado Bed

The host then points out the available 120-volt outlet, which happens to have an orange extension cord laying next to it. One of the real people plugs in the cord and a pair of large parking garage-style lights come on overhead, showing how much power the bed of the new Silverado can provide.

The commercial ends with the host boasting that the Silverado has the greatest number of trim levels, with more of the same lights popping on in the background, showing a total of eight half-ton pickups. The real people are obviously very impressed, with one proclaiming that “there’s something for all of us”.

New Silverado Bed

Great, Simple Features

In the grand scheme of things, a bright LED bed lighting system and a 120-volt output in the bed don’t seem like revolutionary additions, but anyone who works with their truck knows how useful these new features can be. If you use your truck at night, or if you have a tonneau cover, it can be very hard to see what it is in the corners of the bed, and the cargo light on the cab doesn’t always help. This lighting system provides a clear look at every inch of the bed, so whether the Silverado is your work truck or your family hauler, these lights are sure to come in handy.

New Silverado Bed

As for the 120-volt power point, this is a feature that will be more helpful to someone who uses their truck for work, but it doesn’t need to working a day job. If you are hauling wood for a backyard project, you can use this outlet to power a saw to trim the wood to the proper length. On the other hand, say that you are having a tailgate party before your favorite college’s football team takes the field; the new Silverado can power a television, a Crock Pot or a blender, among other things.

Again, these are basic upgrades in the modern world, but these small changes show how Chevrolet is always working to make the Silverado a better truck.

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"Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500," says Patrick Rall, a lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years. "He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car – a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16 while I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

"Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group. While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

"Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never “work” a day in your life," adds Rall, who has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now automotive journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular auto websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

"I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

"My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

"Being based on Detroit," says Rall, "I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit's Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.

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