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  1. Just adding a comment to the photos BowtieSquatch posted just now... The front ones he is showing is for the version with the full console. Mine has the bench seat/folding back (no floor console) version, which has the liners going over the transmission tunnel and interlocking with each other in the middle....
  2. (Administrator, please delete if inappropriate) Trying to help out any potential 2019-2021 Silverado brethren who may decide that they want to get a bed cover for their new truck (as I am trying to do). If you decide to look at the Undercover SE UC1186 bed cover and decide to purchase this through Amazon, I would recommend that you not waste your time. The issue is NOT with the product itself, as I am sure that UnderCover produces a good product. The issue is with Amazon, as they obviously have issues with their system and are unable to deliver the correct product to the customer. I attempted 4 times to obtain the UC1186 for my 2020 LT Z71 6.5ft bed over the past month (each attempt takes about a week to find out the issue). 1st attempt was cancelled without any explanation other than Amazon 'ran out of stock'. 2nd-4th attempts ended up with Amazon, shipping a totally different product 'Gator EFX tri-fold hard tonneau'... and while I am sure this is also a decent product... it is not what I ordered... oh, I forgot, it was also for a 2019 Ford Ranger-C with a 5ft bed, not a 2020 Silverado with a 6.5ft bed! After each of the error shipments, I CALLED Amazon... which is a difficult feat on its own... and was apologized to and guaranteed that the correct item was on its way to me...and each re-ship ended in the agony of defeat with the SAME Gator/Ranger item ending up on my doorstep. I finally got to speak to 'A Supervisor' at Amazon and explained to him that I could continue to play this game until the cows came home, where Amazon would send UPS to come pick up the bad one and they reship me another bad one...until they figured out and resolved their warehouse/shipping issues...I even offered a suggestion of having someone actually eyeball verify that they were shipping the correct item, but I was told that 'they don't work that way' and it was impossible to do that.... In the end, the supervisor knew they had a problem and refunded my money...and said that he would have it investigated... which is lip service...as I saw a comment from another customer on this that apparently had the same issue... In the end, I did provide a 'customer review' for the said issue, but received an email from Amazon this morning saying that I was only allowed to comment on the product and not the Amazon fulfillment or delivery service... so I guess cancel culture is rampant, even in customer feedback.... Anyway, brothers (and sisters) of the bowtie.. based on my experience, please do not waste you time or money buying this UC1186 from Amazon... go to another dealer or directly to the company. (oh, btw... if any of you know anyone who might be interested in a Gator EFX for a 2019 Ford Ranger with a 5ft bed, have them contact me...because the Amazon supervisor told me to not send the last one they sent me back and to keep, trash, sell, donate, etc as they don't want to spend anymore on shipping it either way!!!!) Thank you for listening to the rant. I would not have posted this here, but the email this morning set me off and I don't have Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.... Larry
  3. I tend to agree with Blue 5.31,,,, mine came with a set of the actual black floor liners and my front ones actually interlock in the middle as they go across the front from door to door... and the back set does the same. Mine is a 2020 double cab, not crewcab (or Trailboss), so there might be some difference there... but I thought I also saw the same floor liners I have in the crewcab I also test drove when I bought mine...
  4. So, taking a little side slat in this subject.... with all the 'green' push and saying gas engines will be DOA in 13-14 years...along with all the "green"$$$ being spent, both by the manufacturers and (planned) by the government, wouldn't it make sense for the manufacturers to start developing true, viable motors/storage technologies that are true plug-n-play replacements for the vast majority of already existing vehicles that would be there at the 'end of the gasoline' era? Additionally, have the government and eco-groups (who are demanding the change) fund/subsidize said replacement, since they are forcing the change and we are all reasonably happy with what we have? In 13-14 years, my 2020 Silverado 5.3 might have 120K-150K miles on the clock, so 87 octane is no longer available anywhere... I could possibly be bought off if my 5.3 got replaced by an equivalent eco-terrorist demanded 355 eqvHP, 383 eqvFTLBS and the fuel cell was replaced with a power source that would take my truck around 450 miles/charge and would charge fully in say 5-10 minutes... or charge while I went inside and got a cup of coffee.... And then there's my motor home.... since the 8.1L V-8 is large... I guess they will have to develop a smaller version of the electric used in a locomotive....but then I think the power source would eat up all the free lbs left between the 18K-19K GAWR and the 26K GVWR.... In reality, if we are going to be forced to change, appropriate replacement technologies need to be developed now...otherwise Big Brother will have us all driving electric SmartCar-looking bubbles... if we get to have personal transport at all... right? Then all the truck owners will be talking the same 'pry my dead cold hands' mantra that the second amendment people chant... (please accept the satire for what it is... and comment on the concept/idea, as appropriate).
  5. So I found this website and part earlier this afternoon. https://www.gmpartsdirect.com/oem-parts/gm-multi-switch-84482892?c=Zz1ib2R5JnM9c3dpdGNoZXMmbD0yOCZuPUFzc2VtYmxpZXMgUGFnZSZhPWNoZXZyb2xldCZvPXNpbHZlcmFkby0xNTAwJnk9MjAyMCZ0PWN1c3RvbS10cmFpbC1ib3NzJmU9NS0zbC12OC1mbGV4 While the picture shown on the page is not the one described, they do show all the potential switches that can go into the pod. It appears that they are in mutli-switch formats of 3 (or rather 3 spaces each). The switch I have asked them about contains what they describe as an 'accessory switch', the hill descent control, and the auto=stop/start deactivation switch. There is another multi-switch part number that also shows the lane departure switch in the 'accessory switch' position. In my email, I am asking them if the one in my truck (or theirs) has an actual switch that isn't used in the 'accessory switch' position and whether it could be used for the battery disconnect button, so I won't have to drill a hole in my dash and install the basic round switch with the BD kit. Hopefully I will hear something back from the company and can post an update here. Larry
  6. JimCost2014 and Transient... concerning the ability to be towed and towing... Mine is a 2020 LT Z71, with the 2-speed transfer case... which has the ability to be put into neutral mode so it can be flat towed. Additionally, my RV is a Class A and had the capability to tow the truck...and the tow bar I have is rated for over 6500lbs...and my truck sticker has it at 5200lbs... so if I don't put a ton (ok, actually a 1/2 ton) of stuff in the truck, I should be good. I was towing my 2-door Wrangler behind this RV without any hint that it was actually behind the RV. I may find out that my research is faulty, but I will have to cross that bridge when I come to it.
  7. I may have to watch to see if anyone has ideas... I am supposed to received a new UnderCover SE solid hard lid for my truck sometime Monday. I wondered the same thing about the tailgate when I went looking at Tonneau covers... and when I order the UnderCover SE... and I asked them about it. Apparently the cover I ordered fits over the entire tailgate, so the tailgate won't open without the lid being raised... which I don't mind, as I am looking for the security that is offered when the lid is locked...at least the idea of security, as everything can be broken into...
  8. No, you did nothing wrong... I think I forgot to include that in the original post...
  9. Update to all, after I received a call back from the dealership. They said they checked my VIN and also checked into their service information and database concerning the PWM function/capability for their trucks, it appears that my truck does not have this function, at least for the tail lights. They did not go into great detail, but my suspicions are that there is PWM functions active for the front headlights, as those are LEDs, but the function is not used for the rear light, as those are incandescent. Other than hooking up a scope to the wiring, as Rob suggested, I don't know if there is anything other than actually doing the installation and finding out. I also suspect that the aftermarket accessory place that did the quote for all the tow base, lighting harness, and battery disconnect went with the items that earned them to most profit... which is how they do business.... or they assume every Silverado comes with the LED lights on the rear? Anyway, just for completeness and closure on this item, I will post an update in a couple of weeks, after I have installed the non-PWM harness on whether this worked or not...and to document this for future reference for others... Thanks again.... Larry
  10. Rob Mugs and kodiakdenali, thank you both for your input. I think I should have also stated that I believe my LT is using incandescent bulbs and not LEDs for the rear. I will have to go verify this again. I can understand the need for PWM usage in the LED controls, as kodiakdenali stated, the modulation of power input to the LED provides the different intensity displayed....I can't see how that would work with bulbs, as I don't believe that there is a variance, as wouldn't the filament just burn out with the application of more power? I plan on calling my dealership today to see if their service manager can also shed light on this and will update this forum post, should they give me any relevant data. I really appreciate the information.
  11. Needing information - I am setting up my recently purchased 2020 LT Z71 to be used as a tow dinghy behind our RV. Apparently, there is a bit of information that is needed before I purchase a wiring harness to connect the truck tail/turn/brake lights to the 7-pin connector on the back of the truck. Hopkins makes a kit that is a universal kit, but they are telling me that I have to find out if my truck uses Pulse Width Modulation(PWM) as part of the light system. theirs does not work with PWM. Roadmaster also makes a harness that works with PWM. The only real information I can find out if/if not a 2020 comes with PVM is a reference that comes from a review that was discussing the U1D Advanced Trailering Package... which my truck does not have. I contacted Chevrolet, but the support person didn't know anything and is saying to contact the dealership and maybe they could help.... Does anyone out there know anything about this? Do all 2020+ trucks use this and the info was essentially a red herring? Or is there a difference and how do I figure out which harness I have to buy? Thanks for any helpful information. Larry
  12. I don't mean to jump into the middle of an existing discussion, however I purchased a 2020 LT Z71 with 5.3 and 8-speed earlier this month. The truck was 'used'/Certified Pre-owned.. if you can really call a truck with 1294 miles on the clock... Anyway, the truck had a hard (almost like being bumped from the rear) shift as I would come to a stop at a light /stop sign, within 2 miles of me taking the truck from the dealership. Called them totally upset and took it back the next morning to them. They took over a week to analyze. It turns out that a valve body on the transmission had been replaced (for some reason) when the vehicle was sold/traded to them in early December.. however through the process, there was to be a resynch/software update of the ECM/TCM which hadn't been done. Once they performed this, they test drove the truck for a few days to see if if had been resolved and to make sure that it wasn't a first startup or temperature issue... After they were satisfied, it was returned to me....and since then (about 2+ weeks), it has not returned and seems resolved. Maybe your dealership could look at this?
  13. History, and memories are intrinsic values that only the beholder can set...and they come with limits... The truck holds fond lasting memories for you as you grew up. It does not hold the same for anyone else who did not experience the same thing. Your wife's input is necessary to the discussion, as to do anything with the truck will require money and time, both of which are not only yours to commit. It may be that you need to decide if there is a part or two that is VERY special to you and that is reasonable for you to remove and hold on to, at least for a while. I still have a gear shift knob sitting on my desk that honestly means NOTHING to anyone else but me. It is from a 1959 Bulldog Mack triple-speed rear end truck that was used for tractor-trailer work. My father had me drive it around the oil distributorship yard as a young man to make sure I was ready to 'help'...After I had successfully done what was required, he removed the gearshift knob from the truck and gave it to me, to remember my accomplishment...and to this day, when I see it, I remember that accomplishment, my father, and many of the values that he taught me. Good luck with your decision...
  14. Hopefully this is not repeating an older thread somewhere... I looked but couldn't really find anything... So I have a new(to me) 2020 Double cab LT Z71. I am in the process of getting it setup to flat tow it behind my motorhome. One of the things that it appears is needed (or at least a recommended convenience) is the addition of a battery disconnect switch (Roadmaster 766). This is to keep from having to disconnect and protect the negative battery cable each time that you want to flat tow the truck...according to the owners manual. Anyway this disconnect uses wiring which is run into the cab and then a round button is installed that activates the solenoid when needed. My question is aesthetic.... can a 'matching' switch be installed into one of the blanks that are in the existing center console switch pod? (i.e. like next to the auto-stop switch or on the other end, next to the 110V power switch? If so, can anyone give me a part number? (so you don't have an odd-ball round switch sticking out?) Another thing I am looking for is if someone makes a wiring kit for the brake/turn/backup lights that is really plug-n-play..... Hopkins/Blue Ox/Roadmaster have kits, but they all seem to require additional diodes and require cutting into the OEM wiring. I believe my Jeep (previous toad) used a setup that came with plug connectors that went inline to the taillights...If the diodes/wire cuts/etc are required I will do it, but I kinda like leaving OEM stuff intact and clean...) Thanks, in advance, for any productive input...
  15. I agree with a number of the earlier recommendations... one thing you could throw in is https://www.amazon.com/Rugged-Ridge-15104-05-Kinetic-Recovery/dp/B01NBM9ZFJ This is good for up to 7500lbs...and is fully synthetic, without any metal that can become a dangerous projectile....Additionally, being a synthetic rope, the rope itself doesn't become a dangerous whipping instrument, should it snap... the kinetic energy is dumped quickly...so it shouldn't require a weighted blanket on the strap to protect others... Having said that... I just moved from having an 07 Silverado Classis and a 2011 Jeep JK to a 2020 Silverado LT Z71...to combine all the functions and reduce 'the herd'... so since I no longer have my offroad/winch/etc setup, I am looking at what I need to put in the new recovery bag... I have both the recovery/tow strap from Harbor Freight/Tractor Supply and a replacement 12K synthetic winch rope that I could use... the winch rope does have the metal retainer support loops in each end and is long...I was wondering if that could be used on the tow hooks on the front, or a hitch insert with a hook on the rear... and still be safe... if needed....
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