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2008 Truck Accessories Guide

Originally Published in Trailer Life Magazine

Most of us consider a new tow rig a blank canvas — a starting point from which to create a
vehicle designed specifically for our own needs. But unlike some who prefer form over
function, RVers tend to gravitate toward the accessories that help them enjoy life on the
highway and at the campsite — and if they look good doing it, so much the better. All
told, there are literally hundreds of products that are perfectly suited for the RV
lifestyle. Towing For trailer towing, there is a wide array of products to
choose from. A variety of hardware is available for different trailer weights, and the new
generation of brake controllers are designed to be easy to calibrate and quick to
react. Appearance A tow vehicle doesn’t have to be all-business; there are
numerous ways to improve its looks while enhancing functionality. Today’s truck caps
and tonneau covers
look great, many are lockable, and some even have, mounting options
that can let you carry toys like kayaks, bikes, skis, etc. And lest you think a fifth-wheel
hitch precludes you from owning such product, there are even retractable
truck bed covers
that roll back when you need to hitch up. Also, adding an electric
will help get you in the cab and on the road to adventure.
Performance With today’s performance products, you can gain power without
sacrificing reliability. Items such as air intakes and exhaust
cannot only improve power, they can help fuel economy as well. And diesel
engines can benefit from unprecedented performance choices, including turbochargers,
intercoolers, exhaust manifolds and more. Diesel owners can also take advantage of an
exhaust brake, which slows the tow rig on downhill stretches. Miscellany
When outfitting your tow vehicle, think about how you plan to use it. Do you like to carry
a lot of extra tools and equipment? An in-bed toolbox might be a useful addition. Whether
running on gas or diesel, the only limit to building the ultimate tow vehicle is your

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