Monday, July 29, 2013

Driving Around with a Chassis Cab?

Are you currently driving a chassis cab? These cabs are fully mobile vehicles but do not feature a bed. The purpose of the chassis cab is for you, the owner, to attach a specialized bed to it, but not everyone gets around to that right away. If you haven’t yet attached the bed and if you’re actually driving your chassis cab around, it is imperative that you do everything you can do to protect it. Drive slowly and carefully for starters and always obey the rules of the road. Remember, you are not in a big, powerful truck anymore, but in a small cab!

You should also consider adding on safety features to your chassis cab. This might prove difficult if you’re saving up for that bed, but your truck needs it. Truck bull bars are a great thing to consider since they attach to the front of your truck and keep it safer and stronger. Truck bull bars are also attractive and can provide a nice distraction from the fact that you don’t yet have your truck bed, which you should get as soon as possible.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

What’s in Your Truck?

If you’re like most people, then you probably carry a lot of items around in your truck. Unfortunately, it’s also likely that you don’t actually need a lot of these items. If you want to keep your truck safer, why not give it a thorough cleaning, getting rid of the items you don’t need and adding in the ones you do? Not only will you actually be safer on the road but you’ll enjoy greater peace of mind as well.

Of course, you’ll need somewhere to keep those must-have items, so invest in a good truck box—the Fender Well tool box, which attaches to the side of your truck bed, is an excellent choice and is available from Auto Truck Depot

And what types of items should you keep in your truck box? Well, a mini fire extinguisher for putting out unexpected fires is always a smart idea. Then, of course, you can add in your tools, extra cell phone batteries, and other items that would help you if you got stranded.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Choosing a Bed Length

TruckCanopies.jpgAre you in the market for a new pickup truck? If so, you are liking going to hear dealers and other sellers talk about bed length. As the name implies, bed length simply refers to how long (or how short) the truck’s bed is. If you’ve never had a truck before, you may think the length of the bed doesn’t really make a difference and you may be unaware of the fact that truck enthusiasts are usually separated into two staunch camps—one in favor of longer beds and the other in favor of shorter beds.
Most trucks will come in around three different bed lengths. A good rule of thumb is to choose a shorter bed length if you’re worried about your ability to control the truck or if you don’t really plan to haul items that often, and to choose a longer bed length if you know you plan to haul heavy-duty goods and are comfortable driving your vehicle.

Keep in mind that many accessories, such as truck canopies, will have to be chosen based on your truck’s bed length.  So, after you’ve selected a truck and a bed length, make sure you know the exact length when you place orders for truck canopies or other accessories.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Tonneau Covers

Bakflip G2Did you know that trucks and cars are broken into or even stolen every day? To keep yourself from being the next victim of truck theft or of vandalism against your truck, there are a few things you can do. It should go without saying, of course, that you should always lock your truck doors and roll up your windows before leaving it unattended. Even that, however, isn’t enough to ward off the most brazen of thieves. For this reason, it may be a good idea to invest in a good truck alarm that will alert you when someone gets too close to your precious ride!

Another surefire trick for protecting your truck is to keep valuable or desirable goods out of site. If you’ve got stuff inside your truck, hide it in the trunk, under the seat, or somewhere else non-obvious. If you’ve got items in the bed of your truck, then strong tonneau covers can help you out. While there are many tonneau covers on the market today, the BAKFlip G2 or HD, both available from Auto Truck Depot, are particularly good models.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Keep Your Trailer Safe

If you have a trailer, then you probably already know that trailer hitches are necessary to haul it safely. While you should definitely invest in a good, strong hitch, one that’s appropriately matched to your trailer and vehicle and that won’t allow your trailer to come unhitched, it’s also important to follow some other safety measures too.

Did you know, for example, that many trailers feature a battery that can work to kick in your trailer’s brakes in the event of an accidental detachment? If your trailer has this feature (check to see), then you’ll definitely want to make every effort to keep your trailer’s battery fully charged.

It’s also important to set your trailer’s tongue weight correctly. If you haven’t done this, then it won’t matter if you’re using the most high quality trailer hitches available or not. In order for your trailer to stay balanced and upright, the tongue weight should be approximately fifteen percent of the trailer’s overall weight.

If you follow these tips and use good common sense, you should have a terrific towing experience.

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