Do Grill Guards serve a Purpose?

July 24th, 2014

Grill GuardsWhen it comes to exterior accessories, truck owners are looking for both aesthetic appeal and functionality. So if you find yourself asking, “Do Grill Guards serve a Purpose?” you’re not alone. Fortunately, grill guards are some of the most functional aftermarket truck accessories around, especially if you enjoy off-roading. Your truck can take a beating when off-roading. A grill guard gives your truck that extra layer of protection it needs. But that is just the beginning.

The Benefits of Grill Guards

  1. Before we get into functionality, we must point out the fact that grill guards look good. Period.
  2. Then, of course, comes safety. Whether you like off-roading, use your truck for work, or just want a little extra protection, a grill guard is an excellent option. They are designed to protect the front of your truck, especially your grill and lights from debris. Formed of tubular steel, these guards are heavy duty.
  3. With several finishes available, you should have no problem finding the perfect grill guard to complement your truck.

Few automotive additions can improve both aesthetics and safety; a front grill guard can.

Grill Guard Installation in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Delaware

Are you in the market for a grill guard? If so, you have come to the right place. Each Trick Trucks location, throughout Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Delaware, offers full service installation of all truck parts and accessories, including grill guards. Best of all, our work is guaranteed and all factory warrantees apply.

So what are you waiting for? Hop in your truck and head to Trick Trucks today!

If you have any questions about Grill Guards or want to know more about one of our many other Interior Truck Accessories and Exterior Truck Accessories, please contact Trick Trucks today by calling 1-866-60 TRICK or click here! Check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well!

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Alpine Navigation Installation in Virginia, Maryland, WV & Delaware

July 17th, 2014

Alpine-Navigation Installation VirginiaTell us if the below scenario sounds familiar:

You are driving to meet a friend at a restaurant. You think you know where you are going, but before you know it, you get lost. Where are you? Where do you go? Do you stop and ask for directions or do you keep driving until you see something you recognize?

With Alpine Navigation Installation, you never have to worry about the above scenario again.

Why not just use my Cell Phone?

  1. When you use your cell phone as a GPS, it sucks up a lot of your battery. Heaven forbid your phone dies while you are on the road. Ugh!
  2. The screens on most cell phones are pretty small, making it hard to see what you’re doing. And don’t reach for your phone for a better look. Many states have strict laws about using handheld devices while driving.
  3. What happens when you get a phone call while driving? You can’t hear what your GPS was trying to say. Oh no! You missed your turn…

Benefits of Alpine Navigation Installation

With more than 30 years of experience in the navigation industry, Alpine continues to develop innovative aftermarket in-vehicle navigation, delivering useful traffic and weather updates into your car or truck. Additional benefits include:

  1. Improve driver behavior in unknown areas.
  2. Reduce stress.
  3. When you know where you’re going, you get there faster. Navigation systems help reduce travel time in unknown areas by 18%.
  4. According to studies, GPS systems reduce miles driven by 16%. Wow!
  5. And more!

Alpine Navigation Installation in Virginia, Maryland, WV & Delaware

For over 30 years, Trick Trucks has been helping people customize their trucks. Let us help you! Each Trick Trucks location, throughout Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, and Virginia, offers full-service, professional installation of Alpine navigation systems. Our work is guaranteed and all factory warrantees apply.

If you have any questions about Alpine Navigation Installation or want to know more about one of our many other Interior Truck Accessories and Exterior Truck Accessories, please contact Trick Trucks today by calling 1-866-60 TRICK or click here! Check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well!

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Boating Season in Maryland! Trailer Hitch Installation & Towing Tips

July 11th, 2014

Maryland Trailer Hitch InstallationIt’s hot. It’s humid. It’s summer in Maryland and you know what that means? It’s Boating Season! It’s that time of year when you hook up your trailer and tow your beautiful boat to the water. There is fishing to do…or crabbing…or just boating! Whatever activity you prefer, one thing is for sure; you can’t do anything until you get that boat in the water. And you can’t get that boat in the water without first towing it there.

Trailer Hitch Installation

If you recently bought a new truck (or a new boat for that matter) and need to install a trailer hitch on your vehicle, Trick Trucks has you covered. We carry an extensive line of trailer hitches and accessories, including wiring and lighting products, which can be purchased and professionally installed at any one of our twelve convenient locations throughout Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, and Virginia. Trailer Hitch Installation is one of our specialties! Best of all, our work is guaranteed and all factory warrantees apply. That’s what we like to call a win-win!

Not sure what type of hitch you need? Don’t worry. Trick Trucks will be more than happy to help you select the right trailer hitch for your towing needs.

Towing Tips

Once you have your new trailer hitch installed, there is nothing left to do but tow your boat to the water. But first, we have a few towing tips to help get you there safe.

  1. Towing Capacity: The experts at Trick Trucks will go over this while helping you choose the right trailer hitch for your truck and your needs. But it is important to NEVER exceed your vehicle (or hitch’s) towing capacity.
  2. Mirrors: Adjust your mirrors before you go anywhere. Visibility is important.
  3. Brake Lights: Check your brake lights. A broken brake light can put you and other drivers at risk.
  4. Tires: Check your trailer tires. They wear down over time. And when you are towing a heavy boat, the last thing you need is a flat tire, which can either leave you stranded or cause an accident. Yikes!
  5.  Brakes: If your trailer has a brake system of its own, it is important to synchronize your brakes. Poorly functioning trailer brakes could spell disaster, putting everything on your vehicle’s brakes.
  6. Slow Down! As you can probably imagine, the extra weight of your trailer and boat make it much more difficult to stop. You need more room. And the faster you are traveling, the more room you need to stop.
  7. Choose the Right Hitch: Trick Trucks has you covered.
  8. Practice Makes Perfect!

If you have any questions about Trailer Hitch Installation or want to know more about one of our many other Interior Truck Accessories and Exterior Truck Accessories, please contact Trick Trucks today by calling 1-866-60 TRICK or click here! Check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well!

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Windows Down vs. AC: What is better for Truck Fuel Efficiency?

July 2nd, 2014

In the summer, fuel prices rise right along with the mercury in your thermometer. Consequently, you want to ensure that you are getting the best possible fuel efficiency for your truck. While saving money is one priority, staying cool is another! You know that running the AC can use up fuel faster, but is driving with the windows down any better for your fuel efficiency? Trick Trucks is here to break down the pros and cons of each approach.

Driving with the windows down

Most people would guess that driving with the windows down would be a more fuel-efficient way to keep cool in your truck. And to a certain extent, they would be right. Rolling down the windows does not tax your engine the same way the air conditioning does, and so, theoretically, this improves your fuel efficiency. However, there are a few factors to take into consideration when you drive with the windows down. Your truck is designed to be as aerodynamic as possible in order to reduce drag. When you roll the windows down, this can make your truck less aerodynamic because the air no longer has a clean line to travel over. At higher speeds, the drag on your truck could increase so much that it actually decreases your fuel efficiency more so than if you were running the AC at that speed. Generally speaking, for highway driving or driving at speeds above 40 miles per hour, it is better to keep your windows rolled up.

Driving with the AC on

As we’ve established, when you are driving at higher speeds, it is actually better for your fuel efficiency if you forego the windows and use your AC instead. But that doesn’t change the fact that the AC does use up fuel in your truck. If you prefer to drive with the AC on, you should reserve that for times when you are driving over 40 miles per hour. For slower speeds or stop-and-go driving, it is more fuel efficient to turn off the AC and roll your windows down instead.

In order to optimize your truck’s fuel efficiency in the summer, you have to find a balance between using the AC and driving with your windows down. But so long as you know your speed, it is easy to determine which option is best at a given time.

Fuel Efficiency

For over 30 years, Trick Trucks has been helping people customize their trucks. Let us help you! Each Trick Trucks location throughout Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia offers full service installation of all of our interior truck accessories. Best of all, all work is guaranteed and all factory warrantees apply.

If you have any questions about Truck Fuel Efficiency, please contact Trick Trucks today by calling 1-866-60 TRICK or click here! Check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well!

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How to maximize Truck Fuel Efficiency

June 25th, 2014

Truck Fuel EfficiencyTrucks are great for a good many things, not the least of which is hauling cargo. What trucks are not great at is fuel efficiency. Most large trucks get less than 20 miles per gallon. In fact, many average just 15 MPG. Ouch! Now let’s do the math. Say you drive 20,000 miles in a year. Divided by 15 MPG, that is 1,333 gallons used per year. Currently, the average gas price in Maryland is $3.70. That comes to roughly $4,932.10 annually in gas.

Now, before you go running to trade your pickup in for a hybrid, stop and take a deep breath. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take, as a truck owner, to maximize fuel efficiency.

  1. For starters, regular maintenance is a must. Simple maintenance, such as regular oil changes, air-filter changes, and spark plug replacements, will not only lengthen the life of your truck, but also improve fuel economy.
  2. Synthetic oil maintains its lubricating properties longer, allowing the engine to do its work with less friction and less wear.
  3. Tires can affect gas mileage by up to 10%. Whoa! So it is important to not only buy the correct tires, but also monitor tire pressure. Proper tire pressure optimizes fuel efficiency and minimizes tire wear and tear.
  4. A truck cap prevents air from swirling around behind the cab and throughout the bed, which creates drag and diminishes fuel efficiency.
  5. According to SEMA (the society for aftermarket equipment manufacturers), tonneau covers reduce aerodynamic drag by 4.2-7.8%, depending upon speed.
  6. Finally, the most important factor in terms of fuel economy is…drum roll please…YOU! It’s all about smoothness, using the throttle and brake as smoothly as possibly. No quick stops or quick accelerations. The smoother the ride, the less fuel you waste.

Tonneau Covers and other Truck Accessories to help maximize Fuel Efficiency

Trick Trucks has been helping people customize their trucks for over 30 years. Let us help you! Each Trick Trucks location throughout Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia offers full service installation of all of our interior truck accessories. Best of all, all work is guaranteed and all factory warrantees apply.

If you have any questions about How to maximize Truck Fuel Efficiency or want to know more about one of our many other Interior Truck Accessories and Exterior Truck Accessories, please contact Trick Trucks today by calling 1-866-60 TRICK or click here! Check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Sources:

10 Ways to Maximize Fuel Efficiency in Older Trucks

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Leather Seat Upgrades performed in Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware

June 17th, 2014

Leather Seat Upgrades VirginiaWhen you first bought your car or truck, you had one thing on your mind: money! Buying a vehicle is one of the largest purchases most people make, second only to buying a home. So it only makes sense that you made some sacrifices to try and save a little money. You declined the option for a sunroof. You declined the option for heated seats. You declined the option for keyless entry. And you declined the option for leather seats.

Fast forward a few years after your purchase and you are in a better place financially and want nothing more than leather seats. But it is too late, right? Wrong!

Leather Seat Upgrades performed in Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware

Leather seats can be professionally installed at any one of Trick Truck’s twelve locations, throughout Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and West Virginia. We can customize your interior to match your vision of what your car or truck should be.

Benefits of Leather Seats

  1. Leather seats are Sporty and Luxurious. They give your car or truck an instant boost in credibility.
  2. Leather is soft, supple, and extremely Comfortable. The belief that leather seats are hot in the summer stems from the experience of most people with synthetic leather seat covers.
  3. Leather is waterproof, spot resistant, extremely Durable and Easy to Clean. Best of all, leather does not hold odor like cloth. This is especially beneficial for pet owners who do not want their car to smell like a wet dog for weeks.
  4. Because leather has pores, it breathes like your skin. This allows leather to easily Adjust to your Body Temperature.
  5. The icing on the cake; leather seats will help Increase Car Value.
  6. And More!

If you have any questions about Leather Seat Upgrades in Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia or want to know more about one of our many other Interior Truck Accessories and Exterior Truck Accessories, please contact Trick Trucks today by calling 1-866-60 TRICK or click here! Check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well!

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Truck Cap Installation in Virginia, Delaware, and Maryland

June 11th, 2014

Truck Cap Installation VirginiaAn open truck bed allows easy access to your cargo. Unfortunately, it also allows easy access to the elements. So unless you want to check the weather report every time you have to haul something, you may want to invest in a Truck Cap. Of course, truck caps are not for everyone and they do have their drawbacks. For starters, truck caps restrict your ability to haul tall cargo.  So it is up to you to decide if a truck cap meets your needs.

Alternatives to truck cap installation include:

Truck Cap Benefits

Protection

As we have already mentioned, a truck cap will help shield your cargo from the elements. No more checking the weather report before moving any cargo.

Security

Items in your truck bed are vulnerable not just to the elements, but also theft. A truck cap is a great way to improve security and ensure the safety of your cargo. It also helps prevent items from flying out of your bed during transit.

Fuel Efficiency

If you own a truck, you know just how painful it is every time you have to fill that gas tank. Ouch! You love your truck, but wish it could just be a little more fuel efficient. Well, guess what? A truck cap can do just that, by making your truck more aerodynamic. A cap prevents air from swirling around behind the cab and throughout the bed, which creates drag and diminishes fuel efficiency.

Truck Cap Installation in Virginia, Delaware, and Maryland

Each Trick Trucks location throughout Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia offers full service installation of all of our interior truck accessories, including Truck Caps. Best of all, all work is guaranteed and all factory warrantees apply.

Trick Trucks has been helping people customize their trucks for over 30 years. Let us help you!

If you have any questions about Truck Cap Installation in Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia or want to know more about one of our many other Interior Truck Accessories and Exterior Truck Accessories, please contact Trick Trucks today by calling 1-866-60 TRICK or click here! Check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well!

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What is the Difference Between a Lift Kit and Leveling Kit?

June 11th, 2014

Lift Kit or Leveling KitThe easiest way to describe the difference between a lift kit and a leveling kit is how it raises your truck. When you first get a truck, the rear is typically a few inches higher than its front end. A leveling kit essentially levels the front of the vehicle to match the stock height of the back, with a maximum lift of about two inches in the front. A lift kit lifts the truck much higher into the air, but requires far more time and energy to add in what is basically a new suspension system. Both will allow you to drive, work, and tow your truck. So how to decide on which one you need?

One of the biggest advantages of leveling a truck is that it allows you to add larger tires to all four wheels. While most pickup trucks have plenty of clearance in the rear, the front wheels may hit the inside of the fender or bumper, making it harder for you to navigate and turn. A leveling kit will help resolve that issue. Also, if you add a heavy weight like a plow or winch to the front of the truck, it can cause the suspension to sag. A leveling kit can help you bring the front end back up to its proper height, giving you a smoother and more comfortable ride. They also have the advantage of being cheaper and easy to install than a lift kit.

However, lifting a diesel truck with a new suspension system has its advantages – especially with many trucks being built with low-to-the-ground features to make them more carlike. Rocks and debris can damage all low bumpers, exhaust, and running boards, meaning more maintenance and repair is necessary for your truck. A lift kit can help keep all these mechanical and body parts from getting messed up. When thinking about going off-road, lift kits are especially great, because having larger tires, better ground clearance, and more suspension can mean an easier drive through rocks, mud, or in deep snow.

So how to decide? If you use your truck mainly as a tow rig or utility vehicle, a leveling kit might be more your style. If you want a trick truck that’s sky high, or you love off-roading, a lift kit might be more your speed. Let us help you make that decision! For more than 30 years, Trick Trucks has been helping people like you customize their trucks. If you want to find out more about having us install a lift kit or leveling kit, call us at 1-866-608-7425 or visit us online.

Source: http://www.dieselpowermag.com/tech/1305dp_lifitng_vs_leveling_which_is_right_for_you/#ixzz344OYUYiC

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Lift Kit Installation throughout Maryland and Virginia

May 30th, 2014

Lift Kit Maryland VirginiaYou bought a new truck. Now it is time to make it your own. Otherwise, your truck will look like every other truck on the road. Boring! So what are your options? A backup camera is a nice addition, but that won’t help your truck look any different. A retractable bed cover can add both looks and functionality, but you want more of a “wow” factor. You know what you need? A Lift Kit!

Lift Kit Installation throughout Maryland and Virginia

For more than 30 years, Trick Trucks has been helping people like you customize their trucks. Let us help you! Each location, throughout Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and West Virginia, offers full service, factory authorized installation of all of our truck parts and accessories, including suspension lift kits. Best of all, our work is guaranteed and all factory warranties apply.

What is a Suspension Lift Kit?

A suspension lift kit raises the height of the vehicle to provide a steeper approach, higher ground clearance, and the ability to accommodate larger wheels and tires. A suspension lift kit can raise your truck 1-12 inches or more.

Lift Kit Benefits

  1. A truck lift kit will raise the height of your, increasing clearance. This is particular important for those truck owners who enjoy off-roading.
  2. Improved clearance isn’t the only benefit off-roaders will enjoy. A lift kit will allow for larger tire fitment, which increases performance in mud, deep snow, rocks, and deeply rutted trails.
  3. Lift kits increase clearance between axles, which increases vehicle flex, improving handling.
  4. Of course, lift kits are also great for those truck owners who don’t enjoy off-roading. These kits improve aesthetic appeal, giving your truck a mean, custom look.
  5. And More!

If you have any questions about Lift Kit Installation in Maryland and Virginia or want to know more about one of our many other Interior Truck Accessories and Exterior Truck Accessories, please contact Trick Trucks today by calling 1-866-60 TRICK or click here! Check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well!

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Kargo Master Installation at Trick Trucks in Maryland and Virginia

May 23rd, 2014

Kargo Master  MarylandAre you tired of driving halfway across Maryland and then not being able to find the tool or part you need? Are those shelves just not cutting it? Sounds like you could use some more storage.

Commercial Van Storage

Not all storage options are created equal. Perhaps commercial van shelving is just not enough to fit your needs. After all, not everything fits on a shelf. What about small tools, like screwdrivers and wrenches, or small parts? Drawers would be nice. What about paper work? A file cabinet would be perfect. No more papers flying around your cab. Kargo Master probably has what you need.

Kargo Master has been manufacturing the strongest, most stylish, and most durable modular truck and van accessories since the 1970s. All Kargo Master products – truck racks, ladder racks, van shelving, lumber racks, and more – are built by using state-of-the-art computerized equipment and stringent quality control systems.

We believe you work hard enough. At Kargo Master we want to make your job easier – especially when challenges arise.”

Kargo Master offers an unsurpassed selection of time-saving accessories for your commercial truck, van, or Jeep/SUV.

Kargo Master Installation at Trick Trucks in Maryland and Virginia

Trick Trucks carries and installs Kargo Master products. Each and every Trick Trucks location, throughout Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and West Virginia, offers full service, factory authorized installation of all Kargo Master products. Best of all, our work is guaranteed and all factory warranties apply.

If you are interested in having Kargo Master products or one of our many other Commercial Van Accessories installed in your vehicle, contact Trick Trucks today. We are here for you. If you have any questions, please contact Trick Trucks by calling 1-866-60 TRICKor click here today! Check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well!

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