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Chevy Colorado bent frame, whose fault is it?

Chevy Colorado bent frame

We know one thing for sure: That’s not supposed to happen. (Photo by Facebook user. Used with permission.)

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.

According to the owner

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.

Claim denied by GM

Six weeks after the incident, GM sent an investigator out to review the case and he denied the claim based on the following:

  • The truck’s tires were an inch larger than recommended.
  • The owner’s manual states that while the trailering weight limit is 5,000 pounds, any trailer more than 2,000 pounds should have its own brakes and this 2,100-pound trailer did not have brakes.

Third-party weighs in

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.

Not the only Chevy Colorado bent frame

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.

Question of the day: Who’s at fault?

What do you think? Is the Colorado owner to blame? Should Chevy have built a stronger pickup? Sound off below!

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Erica Mueller

Erica Mueller is a Texan, which means she believes that trucks are family vehicles and giant SUVs make good second cars. As part-time auto journalist for almost a decade, Erica enjoys driving all kinds of vehicles and sharing her experiences with others. Erica is the secretary of the board for the Texas Auto Writers Association as well as a contributor at A Girls Guide to Cars.

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