Monday, January 30, 2012

Worry-Free Trailer Hitch Installation

Any time someone gets to the point where they are considering the installation of a new truck accessory, like a trailer hitch, it’s easy to get a little nervous. After all, proper installation is a big deal, and everyone wants to make sure that they get their trailer hitches installed correctly. We help people with trailer hitch installation every day, and can help to put any worries that people typically have about an installation to rest.

Here are some of the common questions we hear about trailer hitch installation:

    Can I do the installation myself? This is a valid question, as there are plenty of folks out there with the skills it takes to properly install a new trailer hitch. If you have experience with doing auto work and don’t feel apprehensive about installing your new hitch, you should be fine. However, even if you feel okay about doing it, but just don’t have the time in your schedule, you can always contact us at Auto Truck Depot to get your hitch professionally installed.

    Won’t a new hitch damage my vehicle? There are some trailer hitches that require a bit more work to get installed. Some of these installations can be a bit invasive, but our team of professional installation experts knows how to get today’s best trailer hitches installed, while protecting your vehicle from any damage. Some hitches don’t require any invasive work at all, but many people still choose to let our team handle them, just to make sure that these hitches get installed correctly.

If you feel unsure about trailer hitch installation, or simply don’t have the time to be bothered with doing your own installation, feel free to stop by Auto Truck Depot, or look us up on the web at to find out more about purchasing a new trailer hitch and getting it installed.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Protect Your Hitch with a Trailer Hitch Cover

It's easy to think about the bare necessities when it comes to your vehicles towing needs. For example, some people get their trailer decked out with all the latest safety gear and extras, but never think about other, important trailer hitch accessories. One accessory that discriminating vehicle owners really enjoy putting on their vehicles is a nice trailer hitch cover. But why should anyone put much thought into purchasing trailer hitch covers?

First – The Practical Aspect

Purchasing a nice hitch is usually something that truck owners don't take lightly. A lot of thought goes into choosing the perfect hitch. Now why would you put in all the time, effort and money of choosing the hitch that's best for your towing needs and leave it unprotected. A good cover will protect your hitch from dirt, debris and grime. No one wants to spend money on a vehicle accessory, only to have it ruined and looking terrible. A trailer hitch cover will keep your investment protected and looking good.

Second – The Fun Aspect

It's just plain fun to choose a good cover for your trailer hitch. Unlike buying some other, more basic trailer hitch accessories, you can actually go a little wild if you want to when choosing your cover. There are covers with sports team logos on them, different colored covers and even LED lighted covers that will really impress anyone who is driving behind you on the open road. It's fun to spend time looking at and choosing the type of cover that really reflects your personality or interests.

Now you have a very practical reason, and a very fun reason to choose a hitch cover for your vehicle. If you want to see some of the fun, protective models that we have in stock, stop by and see us at Auto Truck Depot.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Why Bother With a Weight Distribution Hitch?

Being in the auto and truck accessory industry, we get the opportunity to talk to people about a wide range of topics. Of course, hauling and hitches are two topics that we never get tired of. It's important for people to choose the right hitches, no matter what kind of trailer they will be towing. There are some folks, though, who haven't thought about much more than simple towing capacity; when load stability is every bit as important.

Keeping Trailers Stable on the Road

A good weight distribution hitch, like the popular selling Round Bar Style Weight Distributing System, works to keep your trailer stable while you're on the road. If you've ever had to haul a trailer without a weight distribution hitch, you know how scary, and potentially dangerous it can be. As a driver, you have to maintain total control over your vehicle. And when a trailer is not optimally stabilized, by having the weight properly distributed, bad control is to be expected.

The Round Bar Style Weight Distributing System is popular with people who haul trailers because it is easy to adjust. It has simple to use adjustment blocks that allow for fast, low-effort ball mount angle adjustments. With this system installed on your trailer, you never have to worry about constantly shifting weight on the trailer forcing your vehicle out of control.

Like you, we always consider safety to be the most important aspect of being on the road. And since a weight distribution hitch makes hauling a trailer a safer, more enjoyable experience, we always recommend them to our friends and customers. If you regularly tow a trailer, and haven't felt as in control of it as you should, contact us at Auto Truck Depot to find out more about these types of hitch assemblies.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Receiver Hitches for RV Owners

There's nothing like the freedom of hitting the open road in an RV. Of course, for longer trips, it's usually a wise decision to haul a car, to have something smaller to drive around in at your destination locations. However, you can't simply chain up a car to your RV and expect good results. It takes properly installed receiver hitches to allow RV owners to safely haul their cars or SUVs during long road trips.

What is a receiver hitch?

Without going too much into the complexities of trailer and vehicle hitches, a receiver hitch is one that attaches directly to the frame of the towing vehicle. And since the hitch is installed in such a secure manner, it is capable of giving RV owners the hauling capacity they need to safely tow their cars.

What to Look for in a Receiver Hitch

At Auto Truck Depot, we regularly work with all types of folks who need receiver hitches – from RV owners to people who haul livestock. Here are the key features we tell people to look for:

    Hitches with a one-piece design for easier installations.
    Hitches that can be custom fit to different types of vehicles.
    Hitches with enough towing capacity to handle your towing needs.

Of course, we also tell people to purchase the best looking hitches, as you don't want a hitch that's going to detract from your vehicle's appearance. Contact us at Auto Truck Depot, or check out our website at, if you have any questions about the right type of receiver hitch for your vehicle. And if you need your hitch professionally installed, we can certainly have our professional technicians install your hitch for you.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

The Benefits of the Double-Lock Gooseneck Hitch

There's no doubt about it – many people opt for a gooseneck hitch when they want superior safety and durability for their towing needs. We communicate with plenty of people who want the best hitches for their trailers. Time and time again, people with a need for serious security, safety and towing capacity opt to get the Double-Lock Gooseneck Hitch for their trucks.

But what is it about this particular hitch that makes it so popular? Here are just a few of the benefits of this popular gooseneck hitch:

    The removable trailer ball. When you're not hauling your trailer, you'll probably still want access to your truck bed. And trailer balls can quite simply get in the way. When you're not using this trailer hitch to haul, you can easily remove the ball for full access to your truck bed.
    No welding is required. To install many of the better hitches, you'll need to do some serious welding. This gooseneck hitch, though, does not require any welding at all.
    Superior security. There's nothing more important than your trailer and cargo being safe and secure. The Double-Lock Gooseneck Hitch offers superior double-locking which gives you the peace of mind of knowing that your trailer is as secure as possible.

It's easy to see why so many friends and customers of Auto Truck Depot choose these Curt trailer hitches. We've always respected the superior craftsmanship and construction of Curt's products, and this gooseneck is a perfect example of both. They are high quality, durable and easy to use. And when you're not using this Curt hitch, you it's still possible to have easy, full access to your truck bed.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Finding a Versatile Fifth Wheel Hitch

When you have a fifth wheel to haul around for trips or business purposes, it's important to find a reliable fifth wheel hitch. After all, without a hitch, there's no way of getting that cool fifth wheel from Point A to Point B. And since safety is such a key issue, we always tell people to buy a better hitch than they think they'll need, in terms of playing it safe. There is another key feature that sets the good fifth wheel hitches apart from the not-so-good – versatility. You may not think in terms of buying a hitch that's versatile, but it's more important than some people think.

What Do You Mean – Versatility?

Before we start talking about a fifth wheel hitch being versatile, and finding out which company makes the most versatile, high quality hitches for 5th wheels, let's slow down a bit and explain why versatility is so important.

Some people will be installing a hitch either across the bed or along the bed of their trucks. A versatile hit, like the Hijacker 5th Wheel Hitch, can be attached to either type of set up. And that's why Hijacker is considered the most versatile type of 5th wheel hitch. They know that people will use varied means of installation, so they make hitches that can be easily installed either way, so people don't have to decide on which method is the best.

Plus, the Hijacker 5th Wheel Hitch products are also upgradeable in terms of weight – from 16,000 pounds to 21,000 pounds. That gives these hitches the edge when it comes to versatility.

Of course, if all this is sounding like too much to consider, you can contact us at Auto Truck Depot, or at our website, and one of our experienced staff members can help you to make sense out of which type of hitch to choose for your fifth wheel hauling needs.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

The Right Trailer Hitch Classes: How Do You Choose?

Finding the right trailer hitch classes is not at all as difficult as it might seem when you first decide to purchase a new trailer hitch. Like anything else, it just takes a bit of information to decide on the type of trailer hitch that you should purchase for your vehicle. At Auto Truck Depot, we know how important it is to make the right decision about the class of trailer hitch that you buy, and we help our customers with this decision every day.

Here are a few things that you'll want to keep in mind to choose the right trailer hitch class:

    First check your vehicle's manual. More often than not, you'll find distinct information about the class of hitch that you should use for your vehicle. While this information won't provide all the information you need, it will get you started on the right path.
    Second think about what you plan to haul. If you only want to occasionally haul a bicycle trailer, your needs are going to be far different than someone who needs to haul around a trailer loaded down with heavy machinery.

These are the two basics to keep in mind when deciding on trailer hitch classes for your unique needs. Generally speaking, smaller cars will usually get by on a Class 1 hitch, light duty SUVs can usually do okay with a Class2, and larger pickup trucks and SUVs will opt for a Class 3 hitch. Again, though, what you will be hauling figures into the equation, and it's always better to go a bit higher than you think you'll need, as you may decide to latch on a bigger trailer in the near future.

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Who Makes the Best Trailer Hitches?

When you deal with truck accessories every day, it's only natural to hear a lot of talk about trailer hitches. After all, we all know the importance of tough, dependable hitches for hauling trailers and other equipment. We probably answer more questions about Draw-Tite hitches, as their products are generally recognized as being the best on the market.

Why Are They Such Popular Hitches?

Of course, saying that a particular brand of hitch is good is one thing, but what is it about Draw-Tite hitches that make them so good? Here are a few of the things that we like about this brand of top quality trailer hitches:

    Quality & Precision. When people purchase hitches from Draw-Tite, they always comment about the overall quality of these products. This company uses high-tech, computer aided design and some serious product testing to ensure that every one of their hitches is precisely made and able to stand up to serious work demands.
    Solid Construction. This might tie in to the last point, but the solid construction of hitches made by Draw-Tite is simply impressive. As you know, a hitch that can't pull around serious weight just isn't worth your money. Draw-Tite's most popular hitches are all solid all-welded products that are made to stand up to the toughest hauling demands.

These are just a few of the reasons that we always chime in about the great hitches from Draw-Tite when people ask us about the best trailer hitches. We do carry other brands too, but for our money it's hard to go wrong with a Draw-Tite. They put safety, durability and all-around quality first, and this focus shows in all of their high-end hitches.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Benefits of Professional Brake Controllers Installation

The safe operation of vehicles is of utmost importance to all of us. And we talk to lots of people every day who are even more concerned with safety on the road, as they have to haul around trailers. As you know, trailers can easily jack-knife if they aren't equipped with high quality brake controllers. Some people avoid using these all-important safety devices, simply because they're not sure about the intricacies of brake controllers installation.

And it is important that brake controllers are properly installed, as they can mean the difference between a bad accident and avoiding a wreck completely. That's why we always recommend that people, especially people who are uncertain about the proper installation of their brake controllers, turn to us for professional brake controllers installation.

Here are just a few of the benefits of a professional brake controller installation:

    It saves time. Since most people are pressed for time, the idea of taking the time to install a new controller is just too much. People can save that time and use it for other tasks when they have us professionally install their controllers.
    It gets the job done right. This is probably the key benefit of a professional brake controller installation. When people choose to let our experienced staff install their brake controllers, they know that all the detail work is done correctly, to allow for safe stopping of their trailers.

Of course, some people do prefer to do their own brake controller installations, and that's fine. But if you are pressed for time, or simply want a professional on the job to make sure it's done right – feel free to talk to us at Auto Truck Depot to schedule your brake controller installation.

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Monday, January 9, 2012

The Best Brake Controllers: What Kind is Right for Your Trailer?

Any time people are on the road, being able to stop safely is important. When someone is hauling around a trailer, quick stopping can be doubly important. Having the right brake controllers installed on trailers is the key to safe stopping power. Of course, there are many popular brake controllers on the market today, so it's important for us that our customers choose the right one for their trailers.

Braking Types

Many of the people that we talk to often mention that they aren't sure which type of controller to buy, as they use different types of braking technology. Essentially, trailers are going to either have electric or hydraulic brakes. That means that some people will need to buy one type of brake controller or another, based upon how their trailers are set up. However, there are brake controllers, like the P3 Electronic Brake Control, which allow people to choose from either electric or hydraulic braking systems.

Why is this Important?

Over the years, some folks end up changing trailers and if the new trailer had electric brakes, but the new one has hydraulic brakes, that means a new controller has to be purchased. Unless, that is, the controller in question is the P3 Electronic Brake Control, as it can be used on either type of braking system.

That's not the only selling point of the P3, by any stretch of the imagination. It also has a gorgeous, easy to read LED screen and many other features that really set it apart from the other controllers on the market today. It truly is a high end braking system for people who want the best stopping power for their trailers.

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Choosing a Fuel Transfer Pump

If you use fuel from a job site tank or fuel transfer tank, you know that it's important to have a reliable, hard working fuel transfer pump to get the fuel from the tank to your trucks. However, not every fuel transfer pump is created equally. There are some key differences that you need to be aware of when choosing the best fuel transfer pumps for your fueling needs.

Manual or Electric

Some job sites may not provide power for a transfer pump. In those cases a manual transfer pump is the obvious choice. However, it's rare that most of the people that we talk to ever end up on a site that is completely devoid of electricity. And that's why we usually recommend the Weatherguard Electric (12v)Transfer Pump. We are big fans of the Weatherguard products, and this particular model is no exception. It's a fast-pumping, high quality model that is perfectly suited to any work site that has electricity or a generator to provide power.


You certainly don't want to invest money every year in a new fuel transfer pump, so keep durability in mind. On most job sites, these pumps get used continually, throughout the day. That means that a good pump has to stand up to daily use and abuse. You can't go wrong with a Weatherguard pump, as all of their models are very rugged and built to be used on a daily basis for years.

Again, don't underestimate the importance of pumping power and durability when you buy your transfer pump. The model that we recommended earlier – the Weatherguard Electric (12v)Transfer Pump – is always a smart choice, as it provides quick, consistent pumping power and is built with that signature Weatherguard durability.

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Fuel Transfer Tanks – On-Demand Fuel on the go...

Some jobs simply can't be performed efficiently without plenty of fuel on hand. Construction, landscaping and many other industries require fuel on demand, and that's why so many people are on the lookout for the best fuel transfer tank for their vehicles. Having worked with a lot of different people, from a lot of different industries we know that the Weatherguard Rectangular Shaped Fuel Tank is a great model for those types of industries where fast fill-ups are a must.

Weatherguard Quality

The first thing that tips people off about how good the Rectangular Shaped Fuel Tank is, just happens to be the name brand – Weatherguard. For years, this manufacturer has been putting out some of the best transfer tanks on the market. And many people wouldn't trust their mobile fuel demands to anything less than one of these tanks.

Of course, it's more than just the Weatherguard name that makes this rectangular tank a popular seller. This tank is made from heavy gauge steel, to ensure durability. And since it's designed to prevent fuel from moving around when you're on the road, it's ideal for long haul jobs or bumpy work sites that could cause spills with lesser quality tanks.

This model is best suited for diesel fuel and continues to be one of the most economical ways for people to have ready access to plenty of fuel. It's even available in different capacity sizes, so people can choose the size that's right for their needs.

When people ask us about which fuel transfer tank provides the best value for their money, this model is always one of the first ones that we recommend. It's tough, dependable and easy to install. What more could you ask for?

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Protecting Your Vehicle with the Best Auto Care Services

When you look for the best Auto Care Service, there are all kinds of individual services that you might be after. At Auto Truck Depot, we talk to folks all the time about the various kinds of services it takes to keep vehicles looking and operating their best. One of the key auto care services we provide is our popular Rust Check service.

Rust Stinks

It only takes the first noticeable sign of rust to ruin your day. We know how fast just a small patch of rust can creep in and literally destroy and automobile. To put rust in check and prevent it from spreading, the Rust Check product can't be beat.

What is it?

This product is essentially a light, oil-based product that helps to protect vehicles from the onslaught of rust. It works its way into all the cracks and crevices on a vehicle and provides a protective barrier. This is best applied by our professional auto care professionals, and it should ideally be put on a vehicle before any rust is showing up. However, if there are visible rust spots, they can be sanded away and then the product can be applied.

Keep Your Vehicle Protected

This is just one popular type of auto care service that we help vehicle owners with on a regular basis. No one likes rust, and it's important to do whatever it takes to prevent it from taking over your vehicle. There are heavier-duty products that can be used on work trucks, or trucks that see a lot of off-road action. Contact us at to find out which one would be best for your particular vehicle needs.

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