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I picked up my 2014 Silverado 1500 with the 11,200 lbs max tow package. I must say I am very impressed with the thoughtfulness of this new design. I bought this truck to pull my 10,000lbs 5th wheel. I use a PullRite Super Glide 16k removable bed hitch. It tows the rig beautifully! I put in a set of Timbrens on the rear bump stops because I was about an inch too low on the rears. Other than some up-bounce that I think is inherent in all 5th will set ups, all other aspects work great! So here is the mystery. Since delivery of my truck in May 2014, I have noticed an ever increasing amount of dents and crinkles in the upper part of the driver side outer bed fender an inch or so below the rail cap. First one showed up, then two and now I have 10 dents and crinkles almost in a straight line along the top of the fender from front to rear. I brought it to the dealer's auto body guy as well as my own. Both concur that these dents are not from an outside force such as being hit with a ball or Frisbee. It is certainly not a shopping cart (too high on the fender). I admit I am at or very close to the payload and tow limits of the truck, But I am in no way over them. The way the 5th wheel hitch is mounted completely on the frame has it not touching the bed at all. The dealer thinks the hitch is mounted wrong or some other owner misuse is the culprit. But that is just silly. I had the hitch professionally installed. Besides, an improperly installed 5th wheel hitch would cause many more noticeable and dangerous issues than crinkling on the fender. The bed has never even been touched by the 5th wheel over hang. So it is not that. Could it be from towing? I have only towed the unit twice so far. Next week I go on a 2,500 mile trip. I guess we will see if the trailer is causing stress on the fender panel. Anyway, has anyone else experienced this? The 2014 Silverado 1500 is on the new design. While the frame is still the 2007 generation, the body has been almost completely redesigned. Maybe the engineers missed a stress calculation? Or, is the metal so fragile that even if I lean on it to reach over the bed rail, it will dent? This issue is more readily and clearly seen by eye. It is difficult to capture in a picture because of the Granite Blue Metallic color and the clean shine I have on it. But believe me, when I look into my driver side mirror, I can see the dents and ripples all along the top of the fender like it was cellulite! Any help demystifying this would be greatly appreciated. Like most Americans that love their truck, I have taken impeccable mechanical and aesthetic care. Whatever this is, it is not coming from the usual causalities of dents and crinkles in body metal.
My first new vehicle ever. I saved for a long time to be able to afford the truck I always wanted. Purchased March 2018 I take pride in my vehicles and possessions, take good care of them, park in bfe. Make sure to be within parking lines, not park next to beaters. Since purchasing my truck: 1. Bent rear bumper in parking lot accident. Both me and older gentleman were backing out at same time. He called it in, didn’t claim any damage to his truck but wanted to get my bumper fixed. Insurance says 50/50 fault and factoring in half my copay I get $800 -250 copay for $1200 estimate. Just living with tweaked bumper for now. Like a good neighbor my a$$ 2. Detailing truck and find a dime sized ding in roof. Paint is ok but something must have impacted at some point. Wow is the metal thin up there. Just leaning on it to wipe dry is all wavy and could leave elbow dimples if not careful. 3. washing truck today and notice nice deep scratch on passenger rear door. No paint marks from other car so maybe someone walking by with purse or, janitor keys? Good news is it’s only in the clear but deep enough it catches your fingernail. Truck is barely 3 months old! How do ya’ll deal with this? Don’t sweat the small stuff? Accept most people don’t give a F and always be on the lookout? Don’t drive your truck? I planned on keeping this forever but maybe I wouldn’t be so upset if I traded / upgraded every few years like some.