GMC adds cameras and bed-mounted hitch options

GMC is adding two new towing enhancements to its 1500 and HD Sierra lineup. The upgrades include a gooseneck/fifth-wheel trailering prep package and a trailering camera system that affords unprecedented views from around the pickup and trailer when reversing.

Both these factory- and dealer-added upgrades help Sierra owners make the most of their trucks without having to turn to the aftermarket. Up first, the camera system is available across the Sierra lineup, and is compatible on all 2014-2016 model years that came equipped with the DPN- or DQS-coded trailer mirrors. A camera is mounted to the mirror housing on each side of the truck, while a third camera is remotely mounted to the upper and rearward most point of the trailer, giving the driver a view of what’s behind.

All three video fees are displayed on the IntelliLink infotainment screen. Later in the summer, GMC will debut a fourth camera that mounts in the center high-mount stop light for viewing cargo or aligning a fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailer to its bed-mounted hitch.

On the hitching side, 2500- and 3500-series Sierras will be able to accept the new gooseneck/fifth-wheel trailering prep package, a factory-installed option costing $350. This adds a frame-mounted hitch platform and tray that accepts a gooseneck hitch ball or the mounting brackets for a fifth-wheel hitch assembly. The package also includes block-out caps for the openings when the hitch is not in use, as well as a bed-mounted seven-pin wiring connector.

For those who want to finish off the trailer accessory package, GMC is offering the gooseneck “completion kit” at dealerships, which includes a 2-5/16-inch hitch ball and two safety chain attachments. The price is $315. Fifth-wheel towers can opt to buy their hitch assemblies at the dealership as well, with the 20,000-pound rated hitch costing $939 and the 25,000-pound rated hitch costing $999.

The addition of the camera system and gooseneck/fifth-wheel prep package allows the GMC Sierra pickups to better compete with its high-tech competition found in Ford and Nissan.

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Why it matters

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Modern trucks come with a vast array of technologies designed to make towing heavy loads simpler and less stressful. This is certainly the case with GMC’s new dealer-optioned camera system. It makes hooking up a gooseneck or backing up a trailer a one-man operation – something that usually requires a skilled spotter with a loud voice.

The gooseneck/fifth-wheel prep package further allows GMC owners to full access their truck’s capabilities without having to seek parts from an aftermarket supplier or parts shot. This not only allows owners to keep the entirety of their truck warrantied through GM, but also allows GMC to make money that would have otherwise been spent in the aftermarket segment.

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Press Release

New available features including a gooseneck/fifth-wheel trailering prep package and a trailering camera system complement built-in technologies to help make trailering with the 2016 GMC Sierra easier and more comfortable than ever.

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The gooseneck/fifth-wheel trailering prep package is offered on Sierra HD models and makes them ready to tow larger trailers right from the factory, while the trailering camera system is available for Sierra 1500 and HD models. It was developed with Echomaster to help reduce blind spots on the highway and when reversing with a trailer.

“GMC’s reputation was forged on the ability to perform heavy work with a premium touch, and these new options do more to make that work comfortable and confident,” said Sierra Marketing Manager Stuart Pierce. “With a 112-year legacy of professional-grade trucks behind them, the entire Sierra lineup handles the toughest tasks with the utmost ease.”

Gooseneck/fifth-wheel trailering prep package

The new gooseneck/fifth-wheel trailering prep package is a $350 option featuring a frame-mounted hitch platform and tray that accommodates a gooseneck ball hitch or fifth-wheel hitch mounting brackets.

The platform is concealed beneath the truck’s bed floor and when the hitch isn’t needed, it can be removed for full use of the bed’s cargo capacity. Caps for the openings in the floor are included and a bed-mounted seven-way trailer wiring connection comes with the prep package.

Additionally, a new gooseneck completion kit is available from GMC dealers that features a 2-5/16-inch ball hitch and two chain tie-downs. It carries a retail price of $315. GMC dealers also offer CURT Manufacturing fifth-wheel hitches compatible with the factory-installed hitch platform. They are available in 20,000-lb. and 25,000-lb. versions for $939 and $999, respectively (not including tax, installation and labor charges).

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The 2016 Sierra HDs’ fifth-wheel trailering ratings are aligned with SAE J2807 standards, with maximum capacities including:

2500HD trailering rating of 18,000 pounds (8,165 kg)
3500HD single-rear-wheel trailering rating of 17,500 pounds (7,938 kg)
3500HD dual-rear-wheel trailering rating of 23,200 pounds (10,523 kg)

Trailering camera system

Developed with safety feature manufacturer Echomaster, GMC’s new dealer-available blind-spot-assist towing package system is compatible with 2014-16 Sierra 1500 and HD truck equipped with the DPN- or DQS-code trailer mirrors.

It features three cameras: two side-view cameras and one for the rear of the trailer. The side cameras are integrated with the trailer mirror housings, offering improved vision on the sides of the truck and trailer, displayed on the IntelliLink screen in the cab.

The rear camera is designed to be mounted to the top, rearmost edge of the trailer, providing a view of what’s behind the trailer when reversing. It is hardwired to the trailer lights for electrical power and wirelessly transmits images to the interior display. It also features infrared lighting for enhanced images in low-light settings.

The Sierra’s rear backup camera is activated when reverse is selected. Pressing and holding the radio Home button for five seconds brings up the camera menu screen to select the trailer camera image. The system also supports the use of an optional fourth camera, such as one inside the trailer, transmitting video to monitor horses, other livestock or additional content during transport.

Any of the camera views can be activated at any time on the IntelliLink display. Later this summer GMC will also offer a camera integrated in the center brake lamp housing that provides a view of the cargo bed contents or additional assistance when connecting a fifth-wheel/gooseneck trailer.

The trailering camera system is available from dealers and starts at $999 (not including tax, installation and labor charges). It is warranted by Echomaster, a division of AAMP Global.

Built-in trailering technologies

Sierra 1500 and HD models are engineered to deliver great trailering capability with refinement and control – attributes that provide driving confidence when using that capability to the fullest.

All models feature standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control with trailer sway control and hill start assist, as well as four-wheel disc brakes. An automatic locking rear axle is standard on HD models and included with the available NHT Max Trailering package on Sierra 1500.

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Additional features include:

Integrated trailer brake controller is available on Sierra 1500 and 2500HD and standard on 3500HD
Available rear-vision camera system
Available integrated cruise control, auto grade braking and diesel exhaust braking offer greater driving control and reduced brake wear on grades

New Digital Steering Assist is offered on crew cab SLE, SLT, Denali and double cab diesel SLE and SLT Sierra HD models. It enhances driver control with a trailer by using technology similar to active rack-and-pinion systems to provide corrections that enhance stability on the highway.

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