Monthly Archives: October 2016

  • Truck Cab: What's Your Style?

    So you’re planning on getting a new truck, but still trying to figure out what style of cab you want. There are 3 choices to go with:

    A regular (standard) cab normally has a 2 or 3 person seat in a single row. An extended cab will have a small back seating area. And the crew cab is the 4 door truck that seems to dominate the new truck world.

    Standard Cab

    The standard cab has been the staple of truck buyers for decades. For so many years, the pickup was used primarily as a work vehicle, so it was seen on farms and in rural areas. It was inexpressive, and served a single purpose. Today’s trucks are used more as a daily driver, and have many other purposes then they did in the past. Consumer demands as well as the more strict fuel economy regulations (has to do with the “footprint” of the standard cab) are bringing the end of the standard cab truck, and some of us will miss it. If you really want to go with the standard cab, you might want to get that order in while you still can.

    Extended Cab

    Let’s talk about the extended cab for a few. If you are looking for the most storage space, this might be the way to go. You can get the long bed that is so often needed for a work truck, and still have some extra room inside the cab. So, if you are only getting a larger cab for a little more enclosed space, this might just be the way to go. Extended cab pickups are often several thousand dollars less expensive than crew cab models, but remember that the crew cab will bring better money when you go to sell it late on.

    Crew Cab

    Now, if you are looking for a truck that will seat the whole family or the whole crew, you will want to go with a crew cab. Most crew cabs will seat 5-6 people comfortably, and for the parents out there, it’s so much easier to work with a car seat then the extended cab models. Keep in mind, the crew cab trucks normally have a smaller bed, and may not have the storage space needed in a work truck.

    All in all, it comes down to style, functionality and cost. The standard cab tends to be the least expensive, but brings lower money when you are ready to pass it on to the new owner. This may not be an issue if you are not planning on ever getting rid of it. The extended cab falls right in the middle on the cost chart, and the crew cabs comes in as the most expensive option.

    Take some time, and look at all the pros and cons of each style, and choose what works best for you.

  • Tips for Truck Maintenance

    With the change of seasons heading our way, we want to remind you of some of the basic maintenance items. Regardless of what kind of truck you have, these things should be done or checked with every season change.
  • Nerf Bars vs. Truck steps

    What’s the real difference?

    So, in keeping with the theme of your “new truck”, let’s talk about nerf bars and truck steps (running boards). What are the differences, and which ones will work best for you? To answer this, you need to know what they both really are and then go with what fits your needs the best.


    The definition of a nerf bar is: “A tubular steel bumper on some racing cars to keep wheels from touching when cars bump during a race”. Keep in mind that a “nerf” is a small, sometimes intentional collision. In the late 60’s and 70’s as the off road world was coming into its own, it was a normal practice for off roaders to build these steel tubes and mount them on the sides of their trucks for body protection from these “nerfs”. As a side benefit, it made it easier to get into their lifted trucks, and the nerf bar was born. With the simple addition of step pads at the points of entry, Nerf Bars turned into one of the most popular truck and SUV accessories today.

    Running Boards

    Now that you know what a nerf bar is, and how it came to be, let’s look at running boards. Mr. Webster had this simple little bit to say about running boards: “a long, narrow board that is attached to the side of a vehicle to make it easier for people to get in and out of a vehicle”. So, they were used to get in and out of a vehicle, but they were also a fashion statement. Let’s face it, getting into a Duesenberg back in 1932 would have simple. The running board has faded away from the cars they once were on, just think Bonnie and Clyde, but are still a staple of today’s truck world.   The styles have changed a lot over the years, but the functionality has stayed the same, a safe and simple way to get in and out of your truck.


    As both have changed so much over the decades, it really comes down to style. Yes, nerf bars are stronger, but the main reason for either comes down getting in and out of your truck. They both get the job done, but does a 3’ steel tube look right on the side of a 2015 Cadillac Escalade? No, just like aluminum running boards don’t look correct on a 94 Chevy with a 6” lift.

    So please people, pick responsibly - you owe it to your kids, spouses and everyone who has to see your new truck.

  • Plastic, Aluminum or Steel Toolboxes

    The Best Truck Toolboxes

    So, you got your new truck! It’s a happy day at your place, and now you get to start molding it to fit your personality and needs. One of the first things you are going to do is get a nice new truck toolbox. They are by far the best way to keep your tools and truck necessities clean, dry, secure and ready for service. With that, what is the best toolbox to go with? There are basically 3 types of boxes, Plastic, Aluminum, and Steel. And all 3 have their place.


    First one we are going to look at is the Plastic box.  Don’t let the “Plastic” part scare you. We are not talking about light, flimsy plastic of old; we are talking about heavy duty ABS plastic. They are light weight, and very strong. Not as strong and durable as the aluminum or the steel options, but perfect for the weekend worrier in all of us. And then there is the price. These tend to be the least expensive of the 3. If this is not a full time work truck, this might be the right choice for you.


    Next, let’s look at the aluminum box. This box might just be the most popular choice out there. They are light like the plastic box, and yet almost as strong as the steel boxes. Aluminum is very durable, and will likely outlast the plastic boxes. These boxes are more expensive then the plastic boxes, but are perfect for the part time work, part time play truck.

    Truck tool box


    Lastly, there is the steel option. This is the box for you if you’re looking for something very heavy duty that can handle the daily abuse that a full time work truck has to deal with. Large expensive job site tools that are in and out of your truck all day, every day.  These boxes are designed for exceptional durability, strength, and longevity. While steel can be a bit more expensive, they're also easier to care for and typically last much longer than the other options, making them a good choice for professional use.

    Plastic for play, Aluminum for play and work, or Steel for work. Whatever your needs are in a toolbox, there is a box out there that is perfect for you. Get the right one, and enjoy that new truck.

  • The Pros & Cons of Tonneau Covers

    You probably have some very basic questions about tonneau covers. First and foremost - what’s good, and what’s not so good.

    There is a lot of information out there, but what is fact, and what is fiction? It really depends on your perspective.

    Let’s break it down to a few simple pros and cons:

    Fuel Economy

    Let’s start with the obvious. Improved fuel economy - a pro, right?

    This one is little bit harder than you might think. If you look up 2 different articles on the subject, you will get 2 different answers. While it makes sense that with the reduced drag, your truck would not have to work as hard to maintain a set speed. Easy, right?

    What if we told you that test results tend to show that at 55 mph there is almost no drag difference, and fuel mileage is basically unaffected?  What we can tell you on this is from our personal experience, that a ‘74 Chevy that got 8 mpg on the highway, on a good day, went to 10. Not great, but noticeable. Granted, newer trucks have a lot more going for them then an old Chevy. So, unless you have an old truck, mileage is neither a pro nor a con.

    Security & Functionality

    Next, let’s look at security and functionality of tonneau covers.

    This one really is easy. A hard cover turns your bed into a lockable storage option for your truck. This is an easy way to keep you cargo clean and safe. You can lose some of your trucks functionality when it comes to hauling larger items, but if you have the budget for a high end retractable cover, or a mid-range tri-fold, you are right back in the game.

    So, for the security question - definitely a pro. And for functionality? Maybe. Soft covers, not so much. How do you lock up vinyl?


    Now for the fun one - style.

    Let’s face it, tonneau covers look awesome. Old school trucks look great with old school vinyl covers. It was the style of the times. You can even polish up the snaps! Got an 80’s truck? The roll up covers look right at home on these trucks, no snaps or Velcro to clutter up the look. Newer truck? A fiberglass hard cover painted to match your truck might be the way to go. They all look cool with the right application. Sometimes, it’s all about style - trucks aren’t just for work anymore. We have to put style in the pro column.

    These are a few of the pros and con that we have come up with, and we know that many of you have your own opinions. The fuel economy one is intriguing, and without any real world studies, all we have to go on is individual reports. We’d love to hear back from you with some of your experiences and things that we may have missed, and by “may” we mean “did”.

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