Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Nissan Pickup Truck Cab Style Guide

In this overview, I will help walk you through the different styles of Nissan cabs. This is a must read before purchasing any tonneau covers or accessories for your truck, as the type of cab you have may impact the part number or availability of your desired product.

Nissan Titan Pickup Truck Cab Styles

1. King Cab

Nissan Titan King Cab
A King Cab has four doors. The front door has to be open to open the back door and the back door opens in the opposite direction.

2. Crew Cab

Nissan Titan Crew Cab
A Crew Cab has 4 doors that all open in the same direction. There are door handles located on the outsides of all 4 doors.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

New Truck Bed Covers from UnderCover: Ultra Flex & Ridgelander

One of our favorite tonneau covers has always been the UnderCover Flex. This cover is one of the top, best-selling tri-fold covers we carry, and for good reason. The UnderCover Flex is easy to use, has a solid and sturdy construction, and not to mention, it looks fantastic on any pickup truck.
UnderCover is also renowned for its series of solid one-piece truck bed covers like the Classic and LUX. These covers are constructed of the finest materials and quality craftsmanship, and have been the staple of UnderCover's product line for a while now, but UnderCover has just recently introduced two new covers that are definitely worth checking out; the UnderCover Ultra Flex and RidgeLander.

UnderCover Ultra Flex Tonneau Cover

UnderCover Ultra Flex Tonneau Cover
The new Ultra Flex tonneau cover is like a beefed up and improved version of the already amazing UnderCover Flex tonneau cover. This cover has a similar design, but with improvements like tighter seals, improved drainage systems, latches that provide better security and are easier to use, and panel undersides that have a protective carpet-like finish. If that's not enough, UnderCover has even decided to include some must-have features like saddlebags that mount inside your truck bed for additional storage and dual-rail lighting for accessing your truck bed in the dark!
UnderCover Ultra Flex SaddlebagUnderCover Ultra Flex in Bed Lighting
If you're a fan of the UnderCover Flex, you definitely need to check out the Ultra Flex, because they've really outdone themselves with this new hard folding cover. And this isn't the only new cover to be added to the collection!

UnderCover RidgeLander Tonneau Cover

If you're looking for maximum truck bed security and versatility in a tonneau cover, you can't overlook the new UnderCover RidgeLander. The RidgeLander has a similar construction and all the benefits of the UnderCover Classic with its solid 1-piece design, sturdy construction, and OEM styled centered lock. This cover has always been a gem, and now with the UnderCover RidgeLander, it comes equipped with a built in perimeter track system that provides a base rack system that can be customized to fit your lifeststyle and needs perfectly.
This cover comes equipped with Quick Mount Legs and Two Vortex Aero Load Bars, which can be adjusted or moved, and used with the many available Rhino-Rack add-ons to help you carry your gear. Loading up your truck with bikes, snowboards, and camping gear has never been more convenient. 
To take a look at these covers for yourself by visiting our UnderCover Tonneau Cover collection.

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Toll Free: 1-855-253-4330
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A Jeep Builder's Heaven

When you think Jeep Accessories, what comes to mind? Do you wonder why I would put them in a separate category from other automotive accessories, or do you begin picturing the most modded out Jeep Wrangler you can think of?


A Jeep is a unique beast. For some, it's just a vehicle to get them from Point A to Point B, just another brand. For others, they're a cool looking car that is reliable, and capable of doing more than a sedan or other small car. But for some, the name Jeep carries weight, it means a whole lot more than just "metal box on four wheels". Jeep Building is a culture, an art, a lifestyle. It doesn't matter where on the spectrum you fall, if you see a custom Jeep build it's going to evoke some kind of reaction. It's because they're different, it's because they have a heart.


The culture is expansive and stretches back for many years. Now, a Jeep owner can join up with their local Jeep Club to get involved in outdoor events like camping, trail driving, and car shows to help bring people with common interests together. So, what can Auto Truck Depot and Tonno Cover Depot offer to Jeep builders?

Whether you're new to Jeep building or you're a seasoned veteran, whether you're aiming for style or off-road functionality, we have a wide range of accessories that will meet your needs. One of our most customisable product is the modular bumper.

Jeep Modular Bumper

Completely customisable, the Modular Bumper can be built to match your Jeep's build and your personal style. There are 6 interchangeable pieces that can be put together in 16 unique combinations to create a more personalised look for your vehicle. 


Each bumper has a mandatory center section. From there, you can chose to install two side extensions or cap off your center piece for a smaller bumper. You can also add 1 to 3 bush guards on your center piece and side extensions. The bumper is built large to help protect your Jeep from scratches or dings when you're driving off road. Depending on your needs, the bumper can be purchased with T6 TIG welded aluminum or MIG welded carbon steel, the difference being in the bumpers weight versus impact resistance. Once installed, there are even more customisable options, including light mounts, winch mounts, and tow hook attachments so you'll be ready for whatever the wilderness has to offer. There are also matching Rear Bumper configurations!

Jeep Tube Doors


Are you looking to give your Jeep a rugged, off road look and increase operational safety when in the wilderness? Then our Jeep Tube Doors may be for you! Mounted on your factory hinge points in place of standard doors, these tube doors give your jeep the doorless style that is often sought by builders, while still providing a barricade to prevent falling out of the vehicle. Another benefit to these doors is that in the event of a rollover, you will be able to quickly and easily climb out of the vehicle without getting pinned or risking a jammed door holding you in the Jeep. 

Jeep Security Cargo Lid


The Jeep Security Cargo Lid is another builder oriented accessory, especially for those who like to go topless. Without a roof covering your jeep, you expose the interior of your vehicle to a lot. Generally speaking, the vehicles are designed to deal with this, but the same can't necessarily be said for your cargo. Serving the same purpose as a tonneau cover, this tri-fold style lid covers up your Jeep's trunk, protecting your gear from wind while driving, rain, and dirt. The cover even locks, to keep your belongings out of the prying hand of potential thieves, bipedal or otherwise, It's a great option when you often find yourself in bear country and need to keep your food out of sight.

Accessories

Tonno Cover Depot has a wide range of Jeep Accessories beyond the ones mentioned here. I have included the major players, the items that could make or break a build, and ones the big ones. How you add the finishing details are up to you. We have Tow Hooks, Tire Relocation Brackets for your spare, Roof Light Bars, and more. Most of these builder style accessories are made by Aries, so they are all very compatible.

Whether you're new to the game or looking to continue accessorizing, we have something for you. Jeep building is a longstanding art with a deep rooted history upheld by people who just love their vehicles and the outdoors.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

10 Best ATV and Biking Trails Near Calgary

With the summer getting close to full swing, we want to help you get the most out of the nice weather. To this end, I have researched some of the most interesting and beautiful biking and ATV trails to help you find new trails to ride. Make sure you're ready to go with great accessories like the Swagman SEMI 2.0 2 Bike Hitch Rack to get your bikes out there!
Whenever you are out enjoying the vast wilderness that our great country has to offer, remember that is indeed our soil. Canadians are very proud of our lands, and we should always strive to keep them clean and undamaged. Please be considerate of the wildlife and plants that live in these areas, and leave no trace so that you, and many others, can return to enjoy these same trails over and over again.
 
Burnt Timber (ATV)
Burnt Timber is located west of Cremona near Waiparous. With a whopping 95 kilometers of trails, this area ranges from easy to challenging and has something to offer everyone. The terrain varies from flat wide open spaces to forested areas all in sight of the mountains.
The area is very remote, with Cochrane being the closest service. Cell coverage is limited, so you should keep in mind that with 95 kilometers of trail to ride, you’re best to pack a GPS to ensure you don’t get lost, and two-way radios to keep in touch with the rest of your crew are never a bad idea. Be sure you obey all local posted signs, as this area is a provincial park.

Fallen Timber North Recreational Area (ATV)
 Fallen Timber North, located just south of Sundre, is smaller than its nearby sibling trails, Fallen Timber South. These trails, however, are often less busy in the summer than their southern counterparts and they are also very remote. GPS and two-way radios are recommended here as well due to spotty cell phone coverage.
 This area features it’s own local camping ground a short distance from the trails, ideal for a weekend trip. Please note that they do not allow staging ATVs in the campground, or for ATVs to be ridden to or from the trails. To get your quads or bikes up there more easily, consider a truck bed extender like the X-Treme Gate Slide-Out. Stick to the trails, be respectful of local signage and other trail users, and have a blast!

Fallen Timber South Recreational Area (ATV)
The Fallen Timber South area, known locally as the Ghost snowmobile trails, is one of the largest in the area. They feature over 180 kilometers of well-groomed trails that are open year round. Large hills, forest cut lines, and alpine riding are common in this area, and the trails offer options for all skill levels.
 These trails are known to get extremely busy in the summer months, especially on long weekends. Reports of intoxicated drivers causing serious damage to the trails and natural environment have been increasingly common, which often leads to shutting the trails down to ATV use for a time. Please tread carefully on the terrain and be sure to respect the land around you so it can be used for many years to come.
 
Ghost River Area
 Ghost River area features an OHV trail that runs point to point and almost 12 kilometers. It is beautiful terrain along the Rockies rated at a moderate difficulty. While it is a shorter trail, there are various places long the way to explore. You are best to ride it down to the end, then turn around and ride it back up again. Always be respectful of the environment and stay on the designated trails.
 
Mclean Creek Recreational Area (ATV/Mountain Biking)
Mclean Creek, located 60 kilometers southwest of Calgary, is one of the most popular OHV sites in Alberta. There is a nearby campsite and designated staging areas for loading and offloading OHVs. There are over 77 square kilometers of terrain to explore from May to October, including a lot of creek crossings and endless mud pits, so be prepared to get coated in mud. There is a wide variety of terrain for all skill levels, and there is also fishing, hiking, and mountain biking opportunities available as well.
Please note that they do not allow vehicles over 1000 pounds, and they request you stay on the designated trails.

Topp Notch (MTB)
Topp Notch is the first purposefully built mountain biking trail inside a national park. Starting in Banff, the trail is a single-track 6 km loop with an elevation change totaling 600 meters and it is rated advanced. The trail was hand made, with beautifully crafted bridges, benches, berms and technical rock gardens. This all adds up to a beautiful, flowing trail that is extremely varied. The trail is also open for day and night riding.
 
Moose Mountain Trailhead (MTB)
This trail, located near Bragg Creek, primarily caters to the downhill crowd. There is a shuttle that can be ridden to the top, or you can ride up the road or a path beside it. The trail down runs 39 kilometers single track and it is full of technical features like wooden platforms, jumps and drops. It is rated advanced, although most of the features can be avoided allowing for beginner and intermediate routes as well.

Nose Hill Provincial Park (MTB)
Nose Hill Park is perfect for anyone looking for a less intense ride without much travel. Located within the city of Calgary, Nose Hill has over 60 square kilometers of land stretching across an isolated plateau. The top of the hill offers an incredible view of the city and mountains, and the trails go through forested areas, open fields with plenty of short hills, as well as a small lake. There are no artificial technical elements, just the steep hills.
Photo Courtesy of Ryan Drescher 
(Photo credit: Ryan Drescher)
Big Sweat (Valley of Five Lakes/Wabasso) (MTB)
Multiple different trails cross back and forth across each other through this valley. The trailhead begins near Jasper and offers a variety of choices throughout the trip that will bring you either higher up for a fantastic view or lower down for a more technical ride. All of these trails go to the same location, except one extends all the way to Lake Wabasso and affords several routes back. At 32 kilometers of trail, there are tonnes of options for the adventurous biker, including night riding. There are various restrooms along the way, and there is winter biking available as well. If you're going to be camping in the area, check out the Swagman RV Bike Ladder Rack to help get your bikes out to the trails!
Get the most out of your summer and explore some new biking and ATV trails. Respect the environment, have fun, and enjoy the land we are so blessed to live in!

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Rundown: DU-HA Humpstor Truck Bed Storage Case

Truck Bed Storage is one of the most difficult things to master when using a pickup. There are a wide range of options for bed storage use. You could leave your box completely open for large cargo, and use your own bins if you need to store smaller gear. You can add Truck Racks to increase your storage space and tonneau covers to secure your entire bed. But sometimes, these options just won't cut it.


The DU-HA Humpstor Truck Bed Storage Case is an all in one, secure case designed to last. It's durable construction is engineered to survive your hard working lifestyle to help keep your gear safe. Not only is the DU-HA a storage case, gun case, and toolbox all in one, it's also designed to mount directly above your wheel well, a space that almost never gets used for standard cargo hauling, leaving your valuable bed floor space free.


If necessary, the case can even be removed easily to free up space if you have larger cargo to carry. These brackets can also be adjusted to your height preference, or to make the case more compatible with other accessories, like tonneau covers.The rubber seal around the lid protects the interior of the case against moisture and dust, so even if it is exposed, your cargo is secure.

The Humpstor comes with organizer/gun rack rig that is constructed from soft materials so it won't scratch or damage your cargo. Used as a gun rack, it can hold 2 shotguns or one scoped rifle upright, and serves as a legal gun case in most places. It even has lockable latches so you can be sure that your cargo is safe.

The DU-HA Humpstor Truck Bed Storage Case is durable and versatile, allowing you to carry a wide range of cargo safely. If you're having a hard time keeping your truck bed organized, or you're looking for a secure storage container that's more compact and less costly than a large toolbox, this may be the product for you.

For more information, or to order your new DU-HA Humpstor, check out our website, or get in touch!

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Ford Pickup Truck Cab Styles

The great thing about standards is that nobody ever has the same ones. This is as true for companies as it is for people. Each brand of pickup truck is going to have slightly different names, dimensions, and elements for their different cab styles.
When purchasing a tonneau cover or other truck bed accessories for your Ford pickup truck, you will often need to know the cab style. This overview will walk you through the various distinguishing elements so you can quickly and easily identify what your vehicle is.

Ford Pickup Truck Cab Styles

1. Regular Cab

Ford Regular Cab
A regular cab has two doors (one on the passenger side and one on the drivers side). There are no back seats. This is the smallest size cab Ford makes.

2. Super Cab

Ford Super Cab
A super Cab has four doors. The front door has to be open to open the back door and the back door opens in the opposite direction.

3. Super Crew Cab

Ford Super Crew Cab
A super crew cab has 4 doors that all open in the same direction. There are door handles located on the outsides of all 4 doors. This is the largest cab style Ford offers.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Rundown: UnderCover Flex Tonneau Cover


Tonneau covers are one of the best ways to enhance your truck bed. They provide security for your cargo while protecting it from the elements, and increase the efficiency of your truck bed storage. If you are thinking about adding a Tonneau Cover to your truck, the UnderCover Flex is a product you must consider.

UnderCover Flex Tonneau Cover from Auto Truck Depot
The UnderCover Flex exceeds the competition for durability, functionality, and security. This cover is made for simplicity. There is absolutely no drilling necessary for installation, and once installed, removing it is easy. Unlike most other tonneau covers, the UnderCover Flex is made of a high quality FRP composite material that is lighter, stronger, and even more dent resistant than aluminum. If security is a consideration, this product has it.
The flex panels automatically latch to the covers mounting rails and the slam latch system secures your belongings when the tailgate is locked. The UnderCover Flex sits inside the bed rails, which include a rubber seal and drain tubes that carry water away from, and out of the truck bed--making this the most water resistant cover yet, and ensuring your cargo stays dry and protected.
Slam latches ensure your cargo is secure, and also allow for easy access from either side of your truck bed. The UnderCover Flex has three riding positions: full coverage, 3/4 coverage, and full bed access. The cover can be safely secured for driving in any of these positions with latch locks, and its unique prop rods keep the panels held out of the way for full truck bed access and maximum truck bed storage efficiency.
Find out more about the UnderCover Flex Tonneau Cover.

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107, 42 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta
Toll Free: 1-855-253-4330
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