SILVERADO 6500 HD —When you are running a business, big or small, reliability is of the utmost importance. Doing what you are asked to do, when you are asked to do it is a skill that successful business people learn to hone over time. It seems simple, but just being punctual is a great way to get repeat business. Being able to get there on time can not only depend on your ability to tell time and remember that traffic is a thing, but the method and vehicle you choose to arrive in can have an impact on things as well. Simply put, it’s hard to be reliable if the truck you’re using isn’t. That is why we have trucks like the Chevrolet Silverado 6500 Chassis Cab.
The Silverado 6500 is a beast. It’s big, tough, strong and isn’t afraid to get a little dirty on the job site. Starting with a single-piece frame rail, and a painted chassis, the 6500 has a max GVWR of 23,500 pounds and is available in either regular cab or crew cab trims. With a massive wheelbase of up to 235” combined with a very solid foundation, this truck has plenty of durability through all seasons and can handle whatever sort of upfit your job may require.
Features that may go overlooked at first, but will be appreciated a bit down the road (in some cases literally), are things like a forward-tilting engine cover along with a wheel cut up to 50 degrees helps to not only navigate tight spaces, but also provides exceptionally easy access to the engine compartment for service and maintenance. There is also a battery box that has an auxiliary jump-start stud just underneath the driver’s door. The DEF fill tank has an access point just aft of the front wheel to again, make things easier to maintain year after year.
That diesel fluid helps to power what is a gargantuan 6.6-liter Duramax turbo-diesel V8 that makes an impressive 350-horsepower at 2,700 rpm and a locomotive-level 700 lb-ft of torque at an incredibly low 1,600 rpm. That mammoth power is then funneled though a close-ratio 6-speed Allison transmission with double overdrive, and can be customized to best fit your chosen application. From there, power is doled out to either just the rear wheels, or to all four corners, again depending on what options you choose. Even the rear axle gear can be modified from the standard 4.10 ratio all the way up to 4.88 for some serious get-go off the line.
Inside the Silverado 6500 doesn’t feel like it looks on the outside. No longer do you have to suffer in discomfort just because you drive a truck. The downward sloping hood gives wonderful visibility, while the triple-sealed doors keep all the noise and commotion of the job site where it belongs — outside. Up to 13 aux switches can be added to control all sorts of things you might need, and the optional air suspension makes driving over rough terrain far more palatable than ever before.
Of course staying connected in the digital world is a key component to business success and the Chevy Infotainment System paired with the myChevrolet Mobile App help keep you in the loop at all times. The optional 4G LTE Wifi hotspot ensures you will never lose out on a customer because you were unable to be reached.
You might think that a truck as enormous and with such potential as the Silverado 6500 would cost well into the six-figure mark, but Chevy knows that providing value to its own customers is something that keeps them coming back. The 6500 starts at just $54,465, which is a fantastic deal for such a versatile hauler. Of course you will still have to outfit it with whatever accessories you need for your chosen line of work, but at least the base truck won’t put you in the poor house.
Reliability is a skill, and with a truck like the Silverado 6500, you are all but guaranteed that you will be able to show up on time, with all the proper equipment and even a little style.