Monthly Archives: August 2011

  • Super Weekend Specials on Cargo Carriers!

    This weekend (starting today 8/26 and running through Sunday 8/28) get special discounts on select accessories at BuyAutoTruckAccessories.com. This weekend the focus is on cargo storage solutions including roof racks, roof-top carriers, and hitch mounted baskets.

    Roof racks are very handy to have, because cargo space always seems to fill up faster than you think it will. Perrycraft’s Aventura Aftermarket Roof Rack is made from T-6 tempered aluminum extrusions with a black or silver finish. All connector components are molded from high-impact, UV-stabilized, glass-filled nylon. The crossbars are adjustable, moving along the side bars to provide various crossbar spacing for different load sizes. The crossbars connectors also let the side bars pivot to match the contours of your vehicle’s roof. So if you’re carrying coolers, plastic bins, or other rainproof containers, you can secure them right to the roof rack. However, this is not recommended for luggage, or pillows. For those you need more protection, like a roof top box or bag.

    Roof top carriers are a great cargo carrying option. Most rooftop carriers will fit cars, trucks, SUVs, or vans, and most require a roof rack or roof rails to attach the carrier to. Having a large box or bag mounted to your roof can interrupt air flow and create wind drag; so many cargo carriers are tapered in front to increase aerodynamics.

    Valley’s Sportrack Roof Box is 18 cubic ft. and made of durable polyethylene that is UV stabilized to reduce fading. It includes a quick-release snap lock for easy opening.  A camlock is included, along with two keys, to keep your belongings safe and secure.

    Pilot’s Navigator Aerodynamic Cargo Carriers are available in 13, 15, or 18 cubic ft. models. They are made of a water-resistant or water-proof material to keep your cargo dry even in inclement weather. They are easy to install and remove, and fold flat for easy storage when not in use.

    The Rola Cargo Carrier is 13.5 cubic ft. with a rugged rainproof construction. It also has an easy-to assemble lightweight aluminum frame and includes mounting hardware to install to your vehicle’s roof. This carrier folds down to only 3-inches in height, so you can leave it attached to your vehicle even when you have no extra cargo to carry!

    If you don’t want anything on top of your roof, or if you need even MORE storage, you can get a hitch mounted carrier. Since they are hitch mounted, you will need a receiver hitch installed on your vehicle (many carriers require a Class III minimum hitch). A hitch carrier allows for easier access to your cargo and also reduces the risk of you dropping something on your head. All luggage can be secured right to the basket, but if you’d like extra security, a cargo net or tarp can also be used.

    Valley’s Folding Hitch Basket is 60 x 20-inches and has 3-inch high sides. It is has a steel construction with a steel mesh floor and a black powdercoat finish. This basket also has a folding shank, which allows the basket to be folded up 90 degrees, keeping it out of the way when not in use. The total weight of the carrier and cargo should not exceed 500 lbs.

    The Deluxe Hitch Cargo Basket is also 60 x 20-inches and features an expanded steel mesh floor and 6-inch high sides. This extra height provides additional security for your possessions. This unit is also made of steel with a black powdercoat finish and requires assembly. A folding shank is available separately (and is part of the weekend special!). The total weight of the carrier and cargo should not exceed 500 lbs.

    For more information on this weekend’s special deals and other sales and events, keep checking this blog, sign up for our Email List, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and check out our Flickr page.

    Valley

  • Outrageous Celebrity Cars

    Nice cars are practically synonymous with celebrities.  Nothing says “rich and famous” like owning a rare vintage car (or ten) or bragging that your latest purchase was one of only one hundred models made. From the outrageous to the environmentally safe, here are some of the most glamorous wheels that we found parked in famous garages.

    Ashton Kutcher has recently claimed Charlie Sheen’s two story luxury trailer used on the set of  “Two and a Half Men”. Called "Baby Girl", this 1,100 ft two story trailer was built by Anderson Mobile Estates. Designed like a cross between a party bus and a luxury hotel, this trailer features two restrooms, a shower, an office, a conference room and a master bedroom.

     

    Golden Globe awardee and Oscar nominee Edward Norton is the latest in line in the BMW Hydrogen 7 Pioneer Program. Joining Will Ferrell and Jay Leno, Norton received the keys to the first ever luxury sedan which is powered by hydrogen. It reduces carbon dioxide emissions which harms our environment since it gives off only water vapor. It is BMW’s belief that the Hydrogen 7 will lead the way in using hydrogen as an effective alternative to gasoline for a cleaner environment. Norton had commented, “The excitement of this car to me is that it demonstrates what we’re capable of, and it inspires me to keep advocating for a more sustainable way of life.”

     

    David Beckham was recently spotted driving a Porsche Turbo Cabriolet. This Cabriolet was customized for Beckham, getting a complete makeover to suit his style. The headrests of the vehicle had custom embroideries and the exterior was made all black. Styled with class, the Porsche Turbo Cabriolet has an engine which is all about power. It has turbochargers which features Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG) and its 3.6-L engine has 353 kW at 6,000 rpm. It has a maximum torque of 620Nm, where it can rise to 680 Nm with the “overboost” function that comes with the Sport Chrono Package Turbo option. Safety is not left behind with this model. It has 6-piston fixed calipers at the front and the rear has four-piston fixed calipers. With monobloc aluminum construction, these brakes provide more stability and added efficiency in braking. This model also comes with anti-theft protection and six separate airbags.

  • Weekend Specials: Tough Truck Accessories

    This weekend (starting today 8/19 and running through Sunday 8/21) get special discounts on select accessories at BuyAutoTruckAccessories.com. Two kinds of tonneaus and extra large nerf bars are among the specials this weekend!

    What accessory can give your truck a sleek new look, protect your cargo, and save you some gas money? Answer: a tonneau cover! The Venture Hard Tonneau Cover has a revolutionary design that combines strength with a manageable weight. Your truck is tough, and your tonneau should be too, but not if it takes four people to lift or remove the tonneau. Venture’s secret is their V-Tech honeycomb core which minimizes weight without compromising strength. Other great features include the quick release V-Hinge for easy removable, a dual locking system for extra security, and a brace-free interior, which allows for more storage capacity. These tonneaus require no drilling to install and have a flawless, textured finish.

    If a one-hinged tonneau is convenient, is a triple hinged tonneau three times as convenient? Hard to say, but a Tri Fold Tonneau Cover is definitely more versatile. You can carry oversized and tall cargo without removing the entire tonneau, just fold back once or twice. Trust me, this is extremely helpful for a surprise purchase! Folding back the tonneau can also make loading and unloading cargo easier, since you can actually step up into the truck bed. I’ve also found it to be convenient while tailgating. You can sit in the back of the truck bed while keeping cargo shaded and in reach in the bed’s front end. Extang’s Solid Fold tonneaus have a tri-fold design with aluminum alloy frames and a honeycomb core. This combination minimizes bulk and weight, so the entire tonneau weighs only 50 lbs! Each tonneau attaches with strong nylon clamps and uses Speed Klamps with spring-action technology to open the tonneau instantly. WeatherTuff sealing keep water out and a Poly-Tex painted finish minimizes fading.

    How big are your Truck Nerf Bars? Don’t you know that bigger is better? You should upgrade to Steelcraft’s 5-inch oval nerf bars which offer one of the widest stepping surfaces available. These bars are custom designed for individual truck models for a perfect fit. They use custom mounting brackets and have a no-drill, bolt-on installation. They look pretty awesome too because they are made of 304 stainless steel with a nice polished finish with raised polyethylene step pads. You know you want them!

    For more information on this weekend’s special deals and other sales and events, keep checking this blog, sign up for our Email List, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and check out our Flickr page.

    Steelcraft

  • Entertainment in Motion

    Years ago the drive-in theater opened exclusively for motorists.  Without leaving the privacy of their vehicle, patrons could chat or smoke while enjoying a movie on a 60 foot screen.  Originally, the sound was provided by speakers on the side of the screen which was later replaced by an individual speaker that would hang on the window of your car.  Further evolution of the drive-in resulted in broadcasting the sound on an AM or FM radio.  Long gone are the days of the drive in theaters, but we still enjoy a good flick in the backseat of the car.

    Today we have our version of a drive-in theater built right in to our vehicles.  I am not sure if you have ever been in a car with a screaming child while stuck in a traffic jam, but who ever came up with the concept of having a television, DVD, and a gaming console surely has.  Let’s face it; we spend way too much time in our car.  Some say we are spoiling our children with the gadgets we give them; I say we are working hard to keep our sanity.  Car makers know what we want and offer all kinds of packages tailored to your needs.  If you have a tribe of kids, Chrysler offers a package that has 2 screens and DVD players, allowing the second row to watch something different than the third row.  Ford has a new Sync system that allows you to plug in a 3G USB modem into the car which turns the car into a mobile Wi-Fi hot spot.  Toyota has touch screen LCD monitors which are mounted into the headrests and also has infrared headsets.  If you are looking for a little luxury, the Volvo has a dual screen DVD system with an optional rear seat fridge to keep all of your favorite beverages cold.

    Some people can take this technology to the extreme and outfit a vehicle for the bigger child.  Westin Automotive had Galpin Auto Sports in California outfit a truck for adult entertainment.  They call it the “Tailgate Party Truck”  which features a hard tonneau cover that rises to reveal four flip down monitors, four custom audio speakers, two Xbox game consoles and a custom bed slide which holds a propane BBQ grill.  Now that is something to impress your friends with!

    In the end it’s all about the consumer and what they are trying to accomplish.  However, what we do know is that whatever the needs and demands are of the people, technology companies are very fast to make them happen.  What we dream today seems to be a reality tomorrow.  So whether your goal is to quiet a cranky child with a movie or impress friends with the ultimate tailgate, you can bet that somewhere someone is working to make it happen.

  • Dog Days of Summer - Dog Boxes

    You’ve heard of the phrase “Dog Days of Summer”, and it traditionally refers to the hottest part of the summer, not dog boxes, but do you know where it came from? The term originated because this the period when the star Sirius rises and sets with our own sun. Sirius is in the constellation Canis Major, and is referred to as the Dog Star. It is also the brightest star in the sky, which is why its position has such significance.

    If you want to keep your star dog safe and secure through the dog days of summer (and throughout the rest of the year as well), you need Owens Dog Boxes. These boxes are made of aluminum, which will not rot like wood or rust like steel. The interiors are insulated and lines to keep your pets warm in the winter and cool in the winter. The large compartments have a flow-through ventilation system and air vents are large for maximum air flow. The sturdy doors have stainless steel paddle latches and are lockable to keep your dog in and keep thieves out.

    These boxes are available with many different features, so be sure to read through all the descriptions. From single compartments (as small as 16x20x16) to triple compartments (as large as 58x40x26), you can be sure to find the proper size and features for you and your pets. Many units are available with storage areas, mostly on top, but also in the center (between compartments). There are standard and 4-season vents available, in both tall and shallow sizes. You can also find crossover, big-T, and rear entry styles.

    Owens also sells Dog Box Accessories so you can customize your dog box to your pooch’s needs. In these summer months, I would heartily recommend the battery-powered cooling fan, which mount on all Owens dog boxes (built after 1-1-07). The 3 gallon water jug can also come in handy for keeping your dog hydrated in the hot summer months. Foam floor mats can also keep your dog cool because the foam won’t absorb as much heat as the plastic interior or standard rubber mats.

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    Owens

  • Go Chrome Accessories or Go Home

    If you don’t have enough money to buy a new car or truck and want to upgrade the look of your current vehicle, why not consider going chrome? Chrome accessories can be the perfect upgrade because they look good individually, as a small touch, but also compliment other chrome pieces.

    Making the chrome commitment is more than just enhancing the look of your car or truck. Although it can define your rides style, there are many more benefits that chrome accessories provide.

    • Easy to install – Many chrome accessories feature a peel and stick design that is ready to go in minutes.
    • Easy to clean – Dirt and debris will slide right off the hard, smooth surfaces. A simple rinse and dry is all that you need to have your chrome accessories looking like new.
    • Easy to spot – It’s hard to miss a truck decked out in shiny chrome. With its highly reflective properties, you’ll be turning heads in no time.
    • Durability – Since chrome plating enhances the durability of weaker material that it covers, chrome accessories are naturally more durable. While it may suffer light scratches over time, repair is as simple as a quick buff.

    With all the different choices of styles, finishes and functions, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. View our chrome accessories buyer's guide for a breakdown of some popular chrome choices and their functions to make it easier to choose which product will work best for you.

  • Weekend Specials: Small Accessories Make a Big Difference

    This weekend (starting today 8/5 and running through Sunday 8/7) get special discounts on select accessories at BuyAutoTruckAccessories.com. We have great specials on all different kinds of accessories: useful interior additions, sleek chrome accessories, and special safety locks.

    Pacer’s DC to AC Inverter converts 12-Volt DC power to 120-volt AC power. This means you can use electronic devices with standard plugs while in your vehicle! Instead of buying individual car chargers for your iPod, cell phone, and laptop, you can use this single inverter for all three (though not at once). This inverter comes in a convenient cylinder that’s 5.5-inches tall with a 2.75-inch diameter. It fits snugly in any standard cup holder for added stability and convenience. It requires a cigarette lighter/power outlet for use and provides continuous 100 watt output power with 120 watt high surge power.

    If you’d like to spruce up your vehicle without breaking the bank, think about going chrome. There are chrome accessories available for just about anywhere on your vehicle, including between your windows, on the pillar posts. ICI’s Stainless Steel Pillar Posts are constructed of premium 304 stainless steel or ICI exclusive Proflex PVC. They are very easy to install and require no drilling. Instead, they use 3M automotive grade adhesive that creates a strong bond on impact.

    If you want to keep your truck’s cargo more secure, check out Pop & Lock’s Truck Tailgate Lock, which is made of armored steel for maximum security. The lock is raised for an easier operation, and it mounts to the side for an OE look. Locks are available with a UV-resistant black coating or in custom chrome. They are number coded, require no drilling to install, and their keys are made in the USA (for fast replacement).

    For more information on this weekend’s special deals and other sales and events, keep checking this blog, sign up for our Email List, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and check out our Flickr page.

    Pop&Lock

    This weekend (starting today 8/5 and running through Sunday 8/7) get special discounts on select accessories at BuyAutoTruckAccessories.com. We have great specials on all different kinds of accessories: useful interior additions, sleek chrome accessories, and special safety locks.
    Pacer’s DC to AC Inverter converts 12-Volt DC power to 120-volt AC power. This means you can use electronic devices with standard plugs while in your vehicle! Instead of buying individual car chargers for your iPod, cell phone, and laptop, you can use this single inverter for all three (though not at once). This inverter comes in a convenient cylinder that’s 5.5-inches tall with a 2.75-inch diameter. It fits snugly in any standard cup holder for added stability and convenience. It requires a cigarette lighter/power outlet for use and provides continuous 100 watt output power with 120 watt high surge power.If you’d like to spruce up your vehicle without breaking the bank, think about going chrome. There are chrome accessories available for just about anywhere on your vehicle, including between your windows, on the pillar posts. ICI’s Stainless Steel Pillar Posts are constructed of premium 304 stainless steel or ICI exclusive Proflex PVC. They are very easy to install and require no drilling. Instead, they use 3M automotive grade adhesive that creates a strong bond on impact.If you want to keep your truck’s cargo more secure, check out Pop & Lock’s Truck Tailgate Lock, which is made of armored steel for maximum security. The lock is raised for an easier operation, and it mounts to the side for an OE look. Locks are available with a UV-resistant black coating or in custom chrome. They are number coded, require no drilling to install, and their keys are made in the USA (for fast replacement).
    For more information on this weekend’s special deals and other sales and events, keep checking this blog, sign up for our Email List, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and check out our Flickr page.
  • Lund Products Keep Cargo Stowed and Secure

    No matter where you’re traveling, these Lund products will keep all your cargo safe and secure!

    The Aerodynamic Cargo Bag is constructed of fiberglass-reinforced, weatherproof material with heat-sealed seams for durability. Its aerodynamic design reduces wind-resistance, saving you gas money. It provides 11 cubic feet of storage, so there is plenty of room to stow all your extras. This bag is easy to install: it’s lightweight for easier lifting, and attaches to your roof rack with thick, heavy-duty straps.

    Sturdy Cargo Nets are also great for keeping cargo secure. They are specifically made for both hitch-mounted carriers and rooftop carriers. They are extra durable to reduce wear; after all, one frayed rope can leave your belongings strewn all over the freeway. They also have reinforced hooks to keep them in place. These nets install in seconds, but can make all the difference in keeping cargo safely in place.

    The Adjustable Cargo Bar helps keep cargo from shifting and slipping in trucks, SUVs, and CUVs. It’s very easy to use, with no tools required, and has rubber covered ends to prevent scratching or gouging. The ratcheting model expands from 40 to 70-inches and uses the ratchet to lock in place. The telescoping models extend from 47 to 70-inches and are available with or without a suspended heavy-duty net.

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