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  • Plastic, Aluminum or Steel Toolboxes

    The Best 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 bed 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.

    Plastic

    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.

    Aluminum

    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.

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    Steel

    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.

    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?

    Style

    Now for the fun one - style.

    Let’s face it, they 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”.

  • 5th Wheel Hitches – Which One’s Right for You?

    What can we say about fifth wheel hitches? You either need one or you don’t. If you don’t - it’s ok, keep working hard and you will get there… someday. If you do, there are some things to keep in mind.

    Truck with 5th wheel hitch

    First, and foremost, SAFETY! Your truck and your trailer are some of the most expensive items you will ever own, and they pale in comparison to you and your family’s well-being. So, with that being said, let’s get to it:

    Determine the Trailer’s GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight)

    On most trailers, this is easily found on the VIN sticker located somewhere on the trailer itself. Keep in mind that this is the unloaded weight, so watch what you are loading.

    Determine Your Truck’s Towing Capacity

    Again, simple. In your owner’s manual, or on the driver’s side door tag.

    If the trailer is heavier than the truck’s capacity, don’t chance it. Unfortunately, there is not much you can do in this case except get a bigger truck. Bummer…

    5th wheel hitch Depending on your hauling needs, there are a variety of 5th wheel hitches available.

    Pick the Right Hitch

    Bigger is not always better. It is not a good idea to put a hitch on your truck that exceeds your truck’s towing capabilities. You will likely overspend for benefits you can’t use.

    The sliding bar jaw style hitch is perfect for towing less than 20,000 lbs. Once the trailer is on the hitch, the bar the handle is attached to slides inward to create a physical barrier keeping the king pin from sliding back out. These hitches have a little more play in them, and that does cause some noise. These hitches are typically used on smaller trucks, so you may want to look at a slider type, as this lets the trailer move slightly during cornering. This may help save your cab from getting hit by the trailer.

    The double jaw style hitch offers a quality connection. A double jaw functions by surrounding the king pin as it enters the fifth wheel. As the kingpin of the trailer slides in and hits the rear of the jaw, the jaws snap closed and locks securely. These are found mostly on hitches in the 20,000 – 24,000 lbs. range.

    The single jaw style hitch is the high end of hitches. Using a one piece locking jaw, the mechanism acts like as a wedge. Being shaped as a wedge, when it closes it takes any slack out of the connection. That means the single jaw design provides the best jaw to kingpin contact possible. Very tight connection makes for a smoother and quieter ride, and it is the safest of all the designs. Single jaw hitches are mostly found only on tow hitches rated at 25,000 lbs. or more.

    We hope this sheds a little light on fifth wheel hitches. Get the right one and head on out!

  • Celebrating Our Nation – Reflecting On Independence Days Past

    fireworksIt’s a memory that still brings a smile to my face. I remember it vividly. It was Independence Day weekend, and my dad had decided to take me to the river for some camping, cooking out, and (my favorite) shooting off some fireworks. He had just bought himself a new toy for Father’s Day a few weeks before-a brand new Dodge Ram pickup, and we were going to take her on her first road trip for some 4th of July fun. Continue reading

  • Grand Reopening

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    Since 2005, BuyAutoTruckAccessories has been a leader in offering a wide array of aftermarket automotive parts and accessories. From tonneau covers, to bed liners, and much, much more, we have carried an impressively large selection of the highest quality accessories at the lowest of prices.

    We recognize that as the digital world evolves, so too must we.  After a decade of business, our customers’ needs and expectations have changed. We must be prepared to meet them, and strive to exceed them. We have realized that BuyAutoTruckAccessories is in need of a major overhaul, and have seen to do just that.

    Today, BuyAutoTruckAccessories is getting a revitalizing new look with a fresh perspective on providing you the best parts at the best prices with new ownership, a new site, and a new philosophy. We are bringing you better ways to navigate our site and find the right part or accessory you are looking for. We are making browsing parts specifically designed for your vehicle easier and more efficient. We are also continuing to offer free same-day shipping on most products within the continental U.S., and have a renewed focus on providing unmatched customer service to ensure your online shopping experience with us is more than just satisfactory.

    To celebrate this new look, we are offering an even better deal on top of our competitive everyday prices! Every order will receive a 10% discount to show our customers that we value them greatly, and look forward to future business with them as we unveil the new BuyAutoTruckAccessories.com!

  • Pinching Pennies at the Pump!

    With the economy still struggling, it’s no wonder people are pinching pennies everywhere they can.  One place that people may not realize that they can save a few bucks is in their gas tanks.  Although you may not be able to haggle prices at the pump, there are some creative ways you can stretch your gas.

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  • Tips on Purchasing a New Vehicle

    Choosing the perfect vehicle can be stressful. With so many different makes, models, and packages you might not know how to narrow down your options. Here are some tips to help making the purchase of a new truck or car a bit easier. The first step in purchasing a vehicle is setting a budget. You want to make sure that you will be able to comfortably afford your payments each month while keeping in mind that, depending on what you buy or lease, your insurance rates may go up. 

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  • Duraliner Bed Liner - A Truck Accessory Done Right!

    One of the hottest products in the aftermarket world is a Duraliner Bed Liner.  This bed liner became an instant success when it hit the market as the first aftermarket drop-in bed liner back in 1979.  Today, Duraliner still reigns as King of Bed Liners – especially on the BuyAutoTruckAcessories.com website.  We fill dozens of orders per day for the Duraliner Bed Liner and it’s easy to see why – our customers demand affordable yet quality products.

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  • This dad wants truck accessories for Father's Day!

    In the United States Father’s Day has become a focal point within the month of June. It started back in 1910 when a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd suggested that we honor fathers with their own special day. Mrs. Dodd and her six siblings were raised by their single father, William Jackson Smart, and she thought that her father, along with all the other fathers in the world, deserved to be honored one day out of the year. In 1913 a bill was presented to Congress asking that the day be awarded national recognition - this would not happen for 59 years because of Congressional opposition. In 1972, President Richard Nixon was compelled to make Father’s Day a national holiday and signed it into law. Every family celebrates the day differently but it is customary in our family to start the day with a huge breakfast and to end with a big BBQ. I guess it’s no secret that I like to eat! Continue reading

  • On the Move and Making a Difference

    It is a well known fact that automobiles are an important factor in our daily lives.  We depend on vehicles to get us to important places such as work, school, and the occasional doctor’s visit.  Vehicles are also instrumental in helping charities getting their work done and making sure desperately needed items arrive to people in crisis.  Let’s take a look at a few ways vehicles are making an impact in the lives of people.

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