A while back some pictures of a Chevy Colorado ZR2 with a bent frame started making the rounds on social media. Publisher Tim Esterdahl decided to join the discussion in this video to explain what happened and why.
The 2018 Chevy Colorado ZR2 had just 10k miles on it when he took it out for a camping trip. While traveling down a dirt road the rig encountered a bump and the truck’s frame bent. The trailer was nowhere near the trailering weight limit for the truck.
Six weeks after the incident, GM sent an investigator out to review the case and he denied the claim based on the following:
While doing some digging Tim found some third-party commentary that may shed a little more light on the incident. The commenter points out we have no idea how much weight was in the bed of the truck (covered with a camper shell) and that in order to bend the frame and break the trailer’s axle (unsure where he got this info) he must have hit a pretty massive “pothole” at speeds a bit faster than one should be traveling on a dirt road. You can see more of this commentary in the video.
Interestingly enough, just one year later the Colorado pickup truck made news again when an owner installed a slide-in camper. And then there was the Jeep Gladiator with a bent frame… This has been such a big problem that Esterdahl came back later in the year and made another video to follow up on these issues. You can watch that here.
What do you think? Is the Colorado owner to blame? Should Chevy have built a stronger pickup? Sound off below!