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Planning A Mountain Escapade Through The Appalachian Hills Of KY? Deck Out Your Truck With These Accessories First

Posted by on January 9, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Planning A Mountain Escapade Through The Appalachian Hills Of KY? Deck Out Your Truck With These Accessories First

Picturesque scenery, remote lush locations, hidden waterfalls, and miles of highways to explore–it sound like you are planning a trip through the Appalachian Mountain roadways and trails of Kentucky. The Bluegrass State is home to some pretty amazing things, but the Appalachian Mountains and the trails and roadways leading through these mountains have a reputation for leaving first-time visitors awestruck. Before you load up the bed of your truck with camping gear, a cooler, and your necessities, it is a good idea to outfit your ride for the amazing journey ahead. Check out these cool truck accessories that will make every minute of your time in Kentucky count.  Invest in a battery-powered cooler and warmer unit.  Imagine being out on a deserted highway on the ridge of the Appalachian Mountains and enjoying your hot sub sandwich along with a frosty glass of soda. Regular coolers packed with ice just won’t make it through the duration of the trip without ice refills, and most coolers don’t give you a way to warm foods on the fly. Invest in a battery-operated warming and cooling unit that plugs into your truck battery, and you have the best of both worlds.  Outfit the rear of your truck with a hitch basket.  Make sure you have all the room you need to tote along all those necessities on your trip without overcrowding the bed of your truck with a rear-mounted hitch basket. This basket attaches right to a regular hitch and gives you a few extra feet of storage capacity for your trip. If you plan to spend some overnights in the camping areas of the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky, you will definitely want to bring along plenty of gear, and this tow hitch basket is just fit for the occasion.  Make reaching cargo in the bed easy with a tire step.  Think about how many times you will likely stop to grab things off the rear of your truck on your travels through the country hillsides, and now think about how hard those items can be to reach. Tire steps attach just outside of the wheel housing and reach out just beyond the outside tire wall with a small step. You can step right up on this friendly gadget to more easily reach all those items you have in the bed of the truck without having to climb around and risk hurting yourself in the...

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Play It Cool: Keep Your SUV Comfortable This Summer

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Play It Cool: Keep Your SUV Comfortable This Summer

The feeling of being stuck in a hot, humid car is all too familiar. Cranking up the air conditioner is an option, but it is not ideal for SUV drivers. When it is in use, your car’s AC system may reduce your fuel efficiency by up to 20 percent. Fortunately, you are not stuck with the options of being uncomfortable or overspending on gas. You can easily keep your SUV cooler using the tips below.    Grab These Essentials At The Store Reflective Windshield Cover – These simple fabric covers feature a metallic material, and they are placed on the interior windshield of your SUV when it is not in use. Store one in your trunk or backseat, and use it when you are parked. Car Window Roller Shades – If you have children in your car, car window roller shades can keep them from overheating and sunburns. These roller shades easily pull up and down, and they reflect UV rays and sunlight. They are often attached using suction cups, so you can take them down whenever you desire. Make These Small Changes In Your Car Choose your parking spot wisely. Smart parking choices can keep your car much cozier during the summer. Try to park beneath a tree or in a covered parking garage. Yes, you may need to walk a bit farther to your destination. But you can save yourself the discomfort of returning to an ultra warm car. Keep blankets and towels on hand. Your car’s interior can easily overheat, especially if it is leather or a similar material. Place a towel over your steering wheel when it is not in use. Toss an old blanket or sheet over your seats. This is a super affordable way to make sure your SUV’s interior does not leave you feeling miserable. Want A Permanent Solution? You Got It The accessories and tips listed above are great solutions for cooling off your SUV. However, you may also be looking for a permanent solution that you can use to keep your entire car cool. If that is the case, auto window tinting is the choice for you. Tinting your car’s windows: Can reduce internal temperatures in your car. Protects you and your passengers from the sun’s UV rays. Protects your car’s interior from sun exposure, which can lead to damage.    Window tinting can be done by a professional (such as one from SML Window Tint) at an auto body or auto accessory shop. You can also purchase do-it-yourself film tints and apply them. Check out your available options to determine which one is right for you....

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What A Customized Tarp System Can Do: Alternatives To Single Flatbed Use

Posted by on February 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What A Customized Tarp System Can Do: Alternatives To Single Flatbed Use

Most truck and fleet owners who invest in rolling tarp systems do so as an alternative to entirely enclosed trailers. Typically, the tarp systems are designed for use with flatbed trailers. However, customized tarp systems can do much more than they were originally intended or designed to do. The following highlights some of the many alternative uses for customized rolling and sliding tarp systems. Drop Deck Tarp System You are probably wondering how a rolling/sliding tarp system could even work with a drop deck trailer. The way this customized option works is really quite seamless. The interior frame supports present with rolling casters that fit right into a set of tracks on the upper deck of a drop deck trailer. When you open the tarp and roll it toward the back of the trailer, these casters roll out of the upper deck’s tracks but remain suspended and in position because of the way the support system is designed. Likewise, when you roll the tarp along the lower deck’s tracks, the casters slip out and underneath the upper deck, suspended in air and held there by the frame, the upper deck’s tracks and the upper deck’s casters. It does not slip down, drop down or require two separate tarps. When the system is fully closed, you cannot tell that the trailer is a drop deck at all. Rolling Tarps as Carports Rolling tarp technology can also be used as vehicle protection. The custom carports using this system are somewhat boxy, but the protection against the elements is just as effective as if you had placed your passenger car or passenger truck onto a flatbed with a rolling tarp system. The tracks on which the system’s casters attach, roll and lock need to be installed on the ground surface or cement surface (preferably, so that dirt and debris does not block the track system). Then the tarps can open and close to cover and reveal your vehicle according to the weather and your personal preferences. Signature, Trademarked Colors on Your Tarps So, you want the tarp systems but you want to corner the market on a certain color or color scheme? You can have it both ways. The companies that produce these systems can create your custom tarp colors and/or patterns. You will have to trademark the tarps’ colors and/or designs yourself, but then if you provide the trademark paperwork to the tarp manufacturer, they can make sure no one else requests or receives tarps that look anything like yours. For more informaiton, contact companies like Glider Systems...

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Rust Inhibiting Spray For The Inside Of Your Washing Machine

Posted by on January 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Rust Inhibiting Spray For The Inside Of Your Washing Machine

Washing machines can rust on the inside. A washing machine may look great from the outside, but behind the paint, rust can form and quickly cause your washing machine to fall apart. This is especially true if your washing machine is located in your damp basement. To protect your washing machine from internal rust, a little work with rust inhibiting spray is necessary. Although the rust inhibiting spray is commonly used for vehicles, it can extend the life of your washing machine just like it does cars. Here, you will learn how to coat the inside of your washing machine with rust inhibiting spray to prevent the rust from occurring. To complete this project you will need: Masking tape and newspaper Sandpaper Screwdriver Paper mask, safety goggles and rubber gloves – to protect yourself from the overspray Rust inhibiting primer and paint Prepare for the Project Start by turning off the water and disconnecting the water lines and drain line. Unplug the washer and pull it away from the wall. Use the screwdriver to remove the screws on the back of the washing machine and remove the rear cover. This will give you a good view of the inside of your machine. Wrap the wash drum and mechanical components with newspaper and tape it in place. Lay newspaper on the floor around the area where you are working to prevent paint damage to the flooring. Open any windows or doors in the area to increase ventilation while you work. Prep and Paint the Machine Before you apply any rust inhibiting spray to the machine, you must first sand away any rust that has already formed. Once this is done, use a damp cloth to wipe down the surfaces to remove any dust, dirt and debris. Walk away for a while to let the machine dry completely before you proceed. Rushing the process and painting over a wet surface will cause the paint to bubble, flake, crack and eventually peel off of the metal. Now, spray a coat of rust inhibiting primer on the surface as evenly as possible. Let it dry for a few hours. Inspect the finish. If you see any areas that are rough from rust, sand it once more, wipe away dust and apply another coat of primer. After the primer has dried, apply a thin coat of paint. Wait for that to dry and then apply one more coat. Once the paint has dried, replace the back of the machine and carefully insert the screws. Slide it back into place, hook up the water and drain lines and plug it in. Run an empty cycle with white vinegar to help reduce the paint fumes that remain. This project may seem like a waste of time since you don’t see the inside of your machine, but that is the first area that will rust since most manufacturers don’t take the time to do it during the making of the...

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