WHEN you need to haul stuff for work or DIY projects around the yard, a pickup truck is invaluable. The downfall of pickup trucks is the lack of secure storage and ability to carry longer items. Truck boxes and racks are a perfect solution for these challenges.
Truck rack facts
For the workman looking for tough, well-built storage and carrying solutions, there are many options on the market. Here are some features to look for when you are in the market:
• Because your truck will be exposed to the elements, look for items made of aluminum. Not only are aluminum products rust resistant, they are much lighter without compromising strength. Traditional steel truck racks can weigh up to 200 pounds, eating up a significant portion of the truck bed’s weight capacity and decreasing gas mileage.
• For a higher-quality finish and more style, look for racks and boxes that have been powder coated. This will also provide longer life to these products.
• Because of their surface area, look for racks that are aerodynamic. This helps to slice through the wind and keep any wind noise to a minimum.
• Some racks are equipped with dual T-slot channels in crossbars, enabling you to mount accessories on the top or bottom of the crossbar and store things below the rack.
• Only some of the many options you see on shelves and online are made in the U.S.A., which many people prefer.
In addition, you can improve your truck’s storage capacity with lightweight aluminum or tough steel utility chests, boxes, undermount cases and even special cages for transporting dogs.
Once your truck is fully equipped, loading it up can be easier if you heed six hints:
1. Load the heaviest items first, in front and on the floor.
2. Load lightest items last, on the top and to the rear.
3. Pack all items closely and firmly.
4. Secure partial loads with straps, as close to the front of the cargo area as possible.
5. Never load cargo on the outside of the truck.
6. Always be sure the cargo door is closed and latched securely.
For further facts on truck racks and boxes, go to www.UWSTA.com and www.TracRac.com.
North American Precis Syndicate