Accessories For Your Truck

No matter what kind of truck you drive, there are plenty of after-market products designed to make it better. Here are a few for 2007. ( January 2007)

Today's hunting SUVs and trucks are more versatile than ever. They offer basic transportation, provide a means to get to your favorite hunting and fishing spots, enable you to haul your game back out, or even let you camp in the area. And with the right accessories, they can do a great deal more.

Sometimes the most important factor is getting back out of a hunting area after you've gotten in. Trucks can become stuck in the mud, or unseen hazards in the road can pop a tire in no time.

Warn Industries has introduced a dual-purpose tool combining the legendary Warn Winch with a robust, on-board air compressor. The Warn PowerPlant will meet a variety of off-road and deer camp needs. In air compressor mode, PowerPlant has a massive 4.6-horsepower motor, a built-in intercooler to reduce air temperature and a high airflow rating of 12 cfm at 0 psi and 5 cfm at 90 psi.

Warn Industries

The PowerPlant winch features a three-stage planetary gear train, a Gen II motor, and an automatic load-holding brake for effective winch operation. The PowerPlant is available in two configurations: 9,500-pound high performance (HP) for enthusiasts who demand faster line speed and 12,000-pound high duty (HD) for longer motor duty cycles ( www.warn.com).

Superwinch also offers a full line of off-road winches. With sleek, compact construction, they are designed for fast and easy installation, with capacities ranging from 1,000 pounds all the way up to 30,000 pounds ( www.superwinch.com).

ElectroMate 400

T-Max Winches offers a wide range of winch accessories including an eight-piece recovery kit with everything you need in a winching situation including a snatch strap, winch strap, tree trunk protector, a pair of gloves, snatch block, bow shackle, D-shackle and a heavy-duty recovery bag ( www.t-maxwinches.com).

Another emergency tool is the Black & Decker ElectroMate 400. The ElectroMate combines a fast jump-starter with a portable household AC/DC power supply and an onboard inflator for vehicle tires or sports equipment. The ElectroMate jump-starts your car (without another vehicle) with 450 amps of instant starting power. An ultra-bright LED emergency work light illuminates dark areas at night when you need to change a tire or work under the hood. The ElectroMate features two 120-volt AC household and two 12-volt DC outlets. It can be recharged from either a household AC outlet or your car's 12-volt DC accessory outlet (www.blackanddecker.com).

Protecting the cargo beds of trucks can not only extend the life of the vehicle by preventing paint damage and rust, but some products can also add to the usefulness of the cargo bed. The BedRug is an easily installed "carpet" liner that is a rugged, weatherproof plastic construction with a hard top and molded foam backing. Your cargo rides on a non-skid surface, yet the BedRug provides a firm cushion for fragile cargo. The product prevents dents and dings and the foam plastic backing is molded to conform exactly to the floor ribs (www.bedrug.com).

Rhino Lining

Rhino Linings, the number one sprayed-on truck bed linings, are a sprayed-on polyurethane truck bed liner that defends the bed against rust, dings and other damage. It can be sprayed to any thickness and in any color. Its non-skid surface texture keeps cargo in place and insulates against road vibration and noise. Rhino Linings now offers three kinds of tough liners, Rhino TuffGrip, Rhino HardLine and Rhino SolarMax, from its network of 1,400 dealers and industrial accounts in over 60 countries ( www.rhinolinings.com).

Husky Liners has a complete line of molded cargo liners, as well as floor mats, back window sunshades and aluminum tailgates. Their Heavy-Duty Floor Mats have 3/8-inch-tall protective ridges and an extra thick driver's heel pad for less wear and tear. Their premium molded camo-dash covers can really add to the hunting décor of your SUV or truck interior and are easy to install (www.huskyliners.com).

Camoclad

Camouflage added to your vehicle truly makes a deer-hunting statement. A number of companies offer pressure-sensitive vinyl with printed-on camouflage in a wide variety of designs and brand name patterns. Camographix offers a complete line of camouflage solutions. And if you wish to simply accent your vehicle with a camouflage part, a complete line of camo bug shields, wind deflectors, fender and rocker panel covers are available. They also offer camo wheels and seat covers ( www.camographix.net).

Camclad Truck Kits provide rugged, waterproof, weatherproof camouflage concealment for hunting SUVs and trucks. Also available are Vehicle Accent Kits. One of the more popular statements these days is Truck Tattoos added to back windshields, and a wide variety of designs are available from Camoclad (www.camoclad.com).

Camo Extreme Camo Kits come in multiple 4-by-5-foot sheets. Each kit has instructions and squeegees. Kits include Deluxe Truck Kit, Standard Truck Kit, Compact Truck/SUV kit and Jeep/Sub Compact SUV kit. Also available are accent kits, decals, window film, seat covers, truck mats, spare tire, visor and steering wheel covers (www.camoextreme.com).

Hatchie Bottom has camo floor mats, seat covers and spare tire covers (www.hatchiebottom.com).

One of the more unusual accessories for trucks is the X-Treme Gate, Slide Out Truck Bed Extender. The X-Treme Gate is attached to the tailgate and slides out of its housing to give you the ability to carry more cargo. Simply open your tailgate, load the bed and deploy the X-Treme Gate by sliding the extension panels out of the housing, raising the side panels to the vertical position, raising the end/side panels up and forward, and connecting the side panels to the inner bed walls. The X-Treme Gate provides up to 10 square feet of additional cargo space ( www.xtremegate.com).

Lund International has a wide range of SUV and truck accessories. These include grilles and grille inserts, carpet replacements, running boards, hood shields, tonneaus, scoops-vents, window accessories, light covers, exterior cab covers, cargo management systems, ramps, rear air deflectors, wing/spoilers, cab fairings, body kits, bumper accessories, side rails, bed protection, storage boxes, mud flaps/splash guards, door sill protection and graphic accents. ( www.lundinternational.com).

Truck Vault provides the ultimate in storage organizing, as well as protected and lockable storage for guns in SUVs and bed-covered pickups. This provides leftover room for dog boxes and other bulky items. Quality lined drawers on smooth glides make it easy to store and retrieve items. A wide range of storage boxes is available for all makes of SUVs and trucks (www.truckvault.com).

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