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  • 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.

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    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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  • Traveling With Kids Made Easy

    Please welcome Mae to our blog.  Mae is one of our Customer Service Specialist and this is her first time blogging for our site.

     

    We’re approaching that time of year where families pack into their cars and drive across America for vacation.  Every summer, I pack my kids in the car and head out on the open road.  Sometimes, we stay close to home, but other times we drive for days, and each trip is an adventure.   Some of our favorite road trips took us to Disney World, the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, etc.  While there are usually a few melt downs along the way, it is all worth it to see the look on your child’s face when they experience something new.

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  • 2015 Vehicles Don't Disappoint!

    One of my favorite times of the year is when manufacturer’s start to unveil their new vehicles for upcoming year and the 2015 vehicles don't disappoint!  Even people who aren’t car enthusiasts are excited to see the launch of the latest and greatest to hit the open road. 

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