GMC is stepping up its trailering game on the 2016 Sierra with a gooseneck/fifth-wheel trailering prep package and an optional new camera system.
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.
The trailering camera system, designed to help out with blind spots, is available for Sierra 1500 and HD models.
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 hidden 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 $315 gooseneck completion kit is available from GMC dealers that features a 2-5/16-inch ball hitch and two chain tie-downs. 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.
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
GMC’s new 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 was developed with Echomaster.
The $999 system features three cameras: two side-view cameras and one for the rear of the trailer. The pictures are displayed on the IntelliLink screen in the cab. Infrared lighting enhances images in low-light settings. You can also add an optional fourth camera to put inside the trailer, say, if you want to monitor horses, other livestock or additional content.
Later this summer, GMC will also offer a camera integrated in the center brake lamp housing for a a view of the cargo bed or additional assistance when connecting a fifth-wheel/gooseneck trailer.
Last, but not least, GMC says it’s offering new Digital Steering Assist on the crew cab SLE, SLT, Denali and double cab diesel SLE and SLT Sierra HD models. It helps drivers control the trailer by using technology similar to active rack-and-pinion systems to provide corrections that enhance stability on the highway.