What the!? How Did This Chevy HD Driver Plan to Brake This 53-Foot Semi Trailer?

The Chevrolet Silverado HD is mighty, but… come on! This setup is inventive, and remarkably dangerous.
(All images: Ontario Provincial Police )

He pulled a WHAT?

Ontario Provincial Police posted these photos from a traffic stop that was posted on December 19th 2019. Yep, that’s a Chevrolet Silverado HD pulling that semi-trailer. This posts showed us why the stop was performed. Simply put, it was an incredibly dangerous and ignorant thing to do.

Quite a setup. How many legal infractions do you see? We lost count.. If you look at the truck’s tailgate, it appears to have a wireless brake-light… which doesn’t help stop the trailer.

You can see the FaceBook post from the Ontario Provincial Police department (here).

Speculating on whether or not a Heavy Duty Silverado can tow this trailer on a flat surface is irrelevant. Of course it can; if a Tundra can pull the Space Shuttle… well, you get it. The thing is: stopping.

Notice the brake lights? Yep, those are magnetic addons that connect wirelessly to the Silverado. Nothing seems to be connected to the service brakes.

Who needs brakes anyway?

It looks like there is no direct connection to the trailer’s service brakes. The air tank appears to trigger the spring brakes to allow it to roll. Not only does it appear that there is no direct connection to the bakes, it looks like the driver wired a remote/wireless brake-light system. This setup merely transmits a signal for the remote brake light to activate when braking. It does not trigger the trailer’s brakes.

Interesting setup – the pin looks safe. Not.

That’s right, nothing but brake lights. In other words, the Silverado has to use its own brakes to stop the who enchilada. How many miles do you think that will work?

Did you see the homemade pin? Somehow, the fabricator seems to have made a few holes and bends – calling it “good enough.” You’ll also notice NO proper towing mirrors, not a single safety sign and a manergie of welds on a steel beam that look dubious at best.

What do you guys think of this?

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.