During these cold months, I have been tyrannical in scheduling activities over the weekends, to avoid being cooped up in the house, plastered to TV and electronic devices. Last weekend, I booked a stay at Woodloch Pines Resort, for some skiing, snowboarding and fun in the snow. With two big suitcases, and ton of ski gear, we had lots to pack in the car. Since our SUV has been acting up, Jason and I have been on the hunt for something new, so this was a good opportunity to test out something big, with tons of cargo space. Jason has been busting for a pickup, and while their size sometimes scares me, I felt we had to give it a shot. With that, we arranged for a test drive of a Chevy Silverado pickup truck!
Over the past few years, we have had no shortage of ski weekends. Our SUV doesn’t have a roof rack, which means everything needs to be piled in the trunk. Jason’s massive snowboard is almost 6 feet long, so it needed to lay on top of the back seats or along the side door, leaving zero room for the kids. One cool thing about the Chevy Silverado pickup was that 3 pairs of skis, 2 snowboards and all our snow gear was separate, back in the bed of the truck, leaving plenty of room left inside the truck for the kids, Jason, and I.
The truck was stacked with cool features like WiFi, On Star, and extra USB outlets! Not sure who was more excited for this- me so I could get some work done on my computer, or Ryder so he could bounce between his tablet and handheld game system! And the kids had plenty of room in the back seat, because Chevy has added 3 inches of legroom for the backseat, and additional legroom in the front seat. If you need more storage space, there are options for two 10-liter storage bins as well as a large 24-liter storage tray under the second row.
As I mentioned earlier, the size of a pickup trucks has been daunting to me, because parking could be a nightmare. Well, the Chevy Silverado comes with a backup camera, and sensors for when you are getting close to other cars or objects. This made parking a breeze. If you have a really big load, and you’re pulling a trailer, the truck comes with surround vision, made up of four cameras, to create a virtual bird’s eye view. Its so cool. And our truck has a 6.2 Liter engine, so it handled the steep mountain roads with no problem.
All weekend adventures come with angst for packing and travel with the kids; but with the abundance of space in the flat bed, and big back seats for the kids (and USB ports and WiFi for Ryder!), we drove in style. The Chevy Silverado was super fun, and easy for me to drive too. Maybe I have changed my opinions on pickups, and Jason may get his wish of a big truck!
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Once a fashion showroom owner now turned mom and blogger/writer. Brianne Manz lives in New York City with her husband, three children and enjoys their fast paced city life. Her blog Stroller In The City boasts about city living, family travel, kids fashion and all things that are mommy. Being a mom doesn't mean you need to lose sight of the cool stuff. Brianne has has been featured on the Today Show, E! News, and People Magazine to name a few.