Besides six powertrain combinations, a bold new exterior design, significant weight savings, and various aero-enhancing features like front air curtains, the all-new 2019 Silverado also offers an abundance of new trailering features that make towing safer and more convenient. One of these features is the new Trailer Tire Pressure Monitor System.
Just like all modern Chevy vehicles, the 2019 Silverado features a Tire Pressure Monitor System with Tire Fill Alert on all trims and models that monitors the tire pressure of the truck’s four tires. The new Silverado, however, goes a step further by extending the tire pressure monitoring functionality to the trailer.
The Trailer Tire Pressure Monitoring System, or Trailer TPMS, is comprised of four wireless tire pressure sensors that are shipped with the truck and installed on the trailer’s wheels, enabling the sensors to relay tire pressure and tire temperature information to the “app screen”.
In this case, the app screen refers to the myChevrolet smartphone application, which also includes other trailering assistants such as Trailer Light Test and Pre-Departure Checklists, as well as a page on the Driver Information Center (DIC) – the digital screen that’s located between the gauges in front of the driver.
When the sensors are being installed on the trailer, the system needs to be properly set up – since the high or low alerts provided by the trailer tire pressure monitor are based on the following two factors:
- The values input by the customer during the trailer TPMS setup process, and
- The reading of the trailer TPMS sensors based on #1
To note, the “normal” values for the trailer tire pressure are located on the placard of the trailer that’s provided by the trailer manufacturer.
On the 2019 Silverado, the Trailer Tire Pressure Monitor System is a part of the Advanced Trailering Package (RPO code U1D). The package is standard on the LTZ and High Country models, and is available on LT, RST and LT Trail Boss models.
Besides Trailer Tire Pressure Monitor functionality, the Advanced Trailering Package also includes the following features:
- Trailering App with Theft Alert
- Hitch Guidance with Hitch View
- Hitch Area Lighting
- Trailer Light Test
- Auto Electric Parking Brake Assist
GM states that the system “must be ordered with the vehicle and installed by the factory”, so it doesn’t look like the trailer tire pressure monitor system can be retrofitted for units of the 2019 Chevy Silverado that don’t come with the system from the factory.
Chevrolet states that additional or replacement sensors will be available as a GM Accessory.
Also Available On
As we noted previously, the 2019 Silverado’s T1 platform mate – the all-new 2019 Sierra – also offers the Trailer Tire Pressure Monitoring System.