Monday, December 30, 2013

Truck Box Liner Options

If you have a truck, then you absolutely need a truck box liner to protect it. You should know, however, that there are tons of different liners available, and it can take a little work to find the absolute best one to meet your needs. Fortunately, though, if you shop at Auto Truck Depot, you can easily find all kinds of liners in one convenient place and at a price to fit your budget.
Since there are so many different liners available, it’s usually best to first narrow down your choices. Decide what material you want your liner to be made from and, from there, you can at least limit your search to liners made from that material. There are benefits and drawbacks to all liner materials, and it’s really just about finding the liner material that works for you.

One of the cheaper, but often not as durable, options for truck box liner material is plastic. You can also find easy spray-in liners, rubber liners, wood liners, and more; with so many options available, you’d better start shopping now!
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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Managing Your Truck Bed

One of the greatest things about owning a truck is the fact that you have a truck bed ready to use at any time. Your truck bed can haul cargo, transport additional pets and people, and even provide a cozy place to camp out under the stars. However, without the right truck bed accessories, your truck bed can’t do everything you want it to; for this reason, you’ll want to give some thought to what accessories you’ll get the most use out of and then invest in the ones you truly want and need.

Image 1One very good accessory to have, especially if you regularly haul cargo, is a cargo gate. These gates can keep your items from sliding off of your truck bed and out onto the street. Cargo bars are also quite good at keeping items secured, and they’re even better at sectioning cargo areas to keep your items organized.

There are also cargo nets, truck bed extenders, swing cases, hitch racks, lock boxes, and many other great truck bed accessories available, and you can find all of them at Auto Truck Depot.
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Monday, December 23, 2013

Choosing a Truck Box

truck_box.jpgAre you shopping for a truck box? If so, you’ll want to give some real thought to the shopping process to ensure that you end up making a purchase you can feel good about. Obviously, the first thing you’ll want to consider is what you intend to put into the box. That will determine what size of box you’ll need; make sure you keep in mind the overall size of your truck bed as well and how much room the box will take up in your truck bed.
Once you know the size of truck box you’ll need, take care to choose a box that’s made of a strong, durable material, one that won’t rust, rot, or be easily damaged due to wear and tear or exposure to natural elements. You should also consider whether or not you want a box that’s capable of locking and if there are any other features that would come in handy.

You can find a wide variety of boxes to choose from by shopping at Auto Truck Depot.
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Friday, December 20, 2013

Towing Trailers Safely

Trailers are a wonderful vehicle accessory to own; they allow you to tow large amounts of cargo without filling up or weighing down your vehicle. It’s important, however, to take precautions to ensure that you are traveling as safely as possible when you use your trailer. In fact, any time you are planning to go somewhere with your trailer attached, you should perform a quick safety inspection first.
The first thing you’ll want to look at is the pin that attaches the ball mount to the receiver; check to make sure that pin is safe and secure. Then, move on to check the hitch coupler, which can be found on all trailer hitches. Also make sure the spring bar hinges are firmly attached and then attach the safety clips if applicable and the safety chains.

You will need to perform these easy checks with all trailer hitches; however, you can reduce the likelihood of ever encountering a problem if you’re using only the highest quality hitches, such as those that can be found at Auto Truck Depot.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tips for Traveling with Cargo

So, you’ve got your truck loaded down with cargo and are about to head out—not so fast, though. Did you know that, if you don’t take the proper precautions, traveling with a lot of cargo can be very dangerous? Fortunately, you can ensure safe travels by keeping a few simple tips in mind.
TonneauCovers.jpgFor starters, make sure you’ve packed only the bare necessities and that you haven’t gone over the recommended carrying weight for your vehicle. Carrying too much cargo cannot only reduce your gas mileage, causing you to have to stop and fill up more frequently, but it can also increase the risk of a vehicle rollover.

Once you’ve made sure that you aren’t carrying too much cargo, sit down in the driver’s seat and glance around to ensure that your cargo isn’t arranged in such a way so as to block your view of other drivers on the road. Also make sure that everything is properly secured and won’t go flying off the back of your vehicle. Tonneau covers can really come in handy for keeping items secured and, as an added bonus, they provide extra security for your cargo if you have to leave it unattended. You can find tonneau covers and other great cargo carrying accessories at Auto Truck Depot
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Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Best Brands for Truck Accessories

If you’ve got a truck, then you’ve got a need for truck accessories! Fortunately for you, there are many truck accessories on the market today. There are accessories to protect your truck, to enhance its appearance, and to make your truck more functional, but with so many accessories on the market it can be difficult (and overwhelming) to determine which ones are truly the best of the best. One of the easiest ways to select great products is by knowing who the top manufacturers of truck accessories are.

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One of those top manufacturers, for example, is Firestone, a very well respected company that makes a wide range of automotive products, including tires and air springs. Draw Tite, Prodigy, Weatherguard, Yakima, and Sprinter are also well-respected manufacturers. In fact, Sprinter products, designed to work with Sprinter vans, are some of the best on the market today; plus, there is an incredibly wide selection of 
Sprinter products available. You can find all the Sprinter products you need or anything else you want for your vehicle at Auto Truck Depot.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Getting Your Truck Winter-Ready

It’s already cold outside, and it won’t be long before full-blown winter is here! Chances are that you’ve already stocked up on sweaters and coats to get you through the cold months ahead, but what have you done to get your truck ready? Just as you have to prepare for winter, your truck has to be prepared too.

Before winter comes, it is imperative that you get your truck to a qualified mechanic who can check to make sure that your battery is in good condition, that you’ve got adequate antifreeze, that your heater and defroster are working, and that your truck’s thermostat is in good, working order.

You should also give your truck’s tires a good glance-over. You don’t want to be driving down icy roads on tires without enough tread; in fact, if you can afford to, you may want to invest in a good pair of snow tires for use in the winter.  At the very least, you’re going to want to check out snow plows so that you can clear a path with your truck and get where you need to go all winter long. You can find snow plows and other great products to get your truck winter-ready at Auto Truck Depot.
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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Preventing Truck Rust

A rusty truck is an unattractive truck, but fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent truck rusting from occurring. Before you can stop rusting from happening, however, you have to understand the different things that can cause your truck to rust in the first place.

One of the leading causes of truck rusting is humidity; many people think their trucks are safe from rusting if they keep them from getting rained on or being exposed to moisture for long periods of time, but when the air is very humid, rust can form even on fully covered, dry trucks. Since you can’t eliminate humidity in the air, the best thing you can do is to regularly have a rust check service performed on your vehicle.

A rust check service will provide a protective covering to your truck that will keep rust from forming. You can get everything you need for this service by contacting Auto Truck Depot. 

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Repairing Stone Chips

Everyone wants to have a pristine truck, but, unfortunately, keeping a truck looking great is no easy feat. Regular driving, even on well-paved roads, can often lead to stone chips on your truck; stone chips, which occur when rocks fly up, hit your truck, and take a tiny bit of your truck’s paint with them, can show up anywhere on trucks but are most common on the front and sides of trucks. While you might not notice one or two stone chips, several chips or one large chip can be quite noticeable and unattractive. Fortunately, these chips are also relatively easy to fix.
All you really need to do to fix them is to select touch-up paint that matches your truck’s color; matching up paint can be tricky, so give this first step some careful attention. Once you’ve got the right paint, fixing stone chips is just a matter of sanding the damaged area and carefully applying the paint.

Of course, it’s much better to just prevent chips from occurring in the first place, something you can easily do with a good running board. The right running board can protect the sides of your vehicle, while mud flaps can protect the back end. You can find both of these products and many other excellent protective products at Auto Truck Depot.
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Monday, December 2, 2013

Keeping a Tidy Truck

There’s nothing worse than an untidy truck, one that’s littered with fast food wrappers, soda cans, and that just has a general “icky” feel. Fortunately, you don’t have to let your truck become “that truck,” and if your truck is already a mess, well, know that there are things you can do to get it looking great again.
First and foremost, it should go without saying that you need to have floor mats in your vehicle. Floor mats will absorb moisture, keep spills from staining your upholstery, and make it easier to get dirt and dust out of your vehicle with a quick shake of the mat. Floor mats, however, aren’t enough to keep your truck looking tidy; you also need to make sure that you are throwing away any trash that accumulates and that you are doing so on a regular basis.

A good strategy for keeping trash out of your truck is to have a plastic grocery bag on hand to use as a trash bag. You can easily empty it every time you stop to get gas and will always have somewhere to put your trash besides the floor or the bed of your truck.

While these tips can keep the interior of your truck clean, what about the exterior? Well, obviously, regular washing is important, and you can also invest in other great products, such as mud flaps, to keep your truck looking its best. Mud flaps, for the record, are not only good at keeping mud off your truck’s back end, but they can also keep rocks and other debris from making dents in or causing other damage to your truck. You can find these products and anything else you might need to keep your truck clean at Auto Truck Depot.
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