Getting Your Truck Ready for Spring

Winter is nearing its end (hopefully), which means that it’s time to perform some general maintenance duties to your off-road truck. During the winter months, our rides can take a beating, from freezing temperatures to bad roads, chances are your truck could use a tune up. Additionally, for many truck owners, the end of winter signals the return of the work season and if you haven’t’ done so yet, you may need to outfit your rig with some truck accessories in St. George to further protect and maintain your truck. The following guide can be used as a checklist to make sure that you’ve done all the basics required to get your truck ready for the next season, alongside some truck accessories you may want to consider getting to both improve the look and performance of your truck.

Get Your Truck Ready for Spring: Under The Hood

st. george off road accessoriesBefore diving into the washing and waxing portion of getting your truck ready for the warmer months, you’ll want to make sure that all systems are running smoothly, this includes, but is not limited to:

  • Checking the oil. Even if your a change-the-oil-every-three-months type of person, one of the most important things you can do during this time of year is to check this vital lubricant. If it’s running low, top it off. If you’re in desperate need of an oil change either go to your local shop or do it yourself to save a few bucks.
  • Check your wiper fluid. For many of us, especially off-roaders, we need to make sure we have enough wiper fluid to get rid of dirt, debris, mud, etc, that seems to pile up the most during the spring and summer months, so make sure you have enough wiper fluid. You can also just put water in the reservoir, but general blue wiper fluid works better to keep your windshield clean.
  • Change the air filter. Protect your engine by changing out the air filter to prevent dust and other debris from getting into the combustion chambers of the cylinders. Similarly, changing your air filter reduces gas waste. You can find out more information about how to change your truck’s filters, here.
  • Go to a professional. If your truck’s been acting “funny” you may want to take it to a professional to see if there are any other issues going on As the old adage goes, “better safe, than sorry”.

Outside Maintenance

On the outside of your truck there will most certainly be items you need to check and/or change. A common St. George truck accessory that needs to be changed as the seasons do, are tires. Most truck drivers have opted for winter tires, so around this time is generally when you want to switch back to your spring or summer tires. If you need new tires, stop by our off-road accessory store in St. George to see the different tires we keep in stock. In addition to changing your tires this season, you’ll want to:

  • Check tire pressure and balance. If you don’t need to change out your tires, it’s important at this time to check the pressure and get them balanced if needed. Also be sure to check for wear and tear, such as cracks or threads showing; it’s never fun to have a tire blowout while on a job or out on the trails.
  • Replace wiper blades. Wiper blades are one of those St. George truck accessories that are usually forgotten about until it becomes a problem. Wiper blades get worn out during the winter months due to ice and snow and are a necessary piece of equipment during spring when you can never be sure what the weather may do.

Truck Accessories in St. George to Consider

st. george off road accessoriesOnce you’ve made sure that your truck is running properly and all the truck accessories you currently have are in tip-top shape, you may want to consider adding the following truck accessories if you don’t already have them or even think about upgrading if you do. These include:

  • Off-Road Lighting – High quality lighting for your truck is a non-negotiable. Not only does it keep you safe, it keeps other people on the road safe by being able to clearly see you. If your lights aren’t up to par, it’s time to upgrade them.
  • Tonneau Cover – In addition to having a durable bed liner, another smart truck accessory to have is a tonneau cover, especially in the spring when you don’t know if it wants to rain, hail or snow on any given day.

Looking for something else? Red Desert has a variety of truck accessories in St. George, so if you need something else for your truck, stop in and see what we have or contact us today.

Spring Cleaning Your Truck

Whether you’re having your truck professionally detailed or doing it yourself, you’ll want to start with outside cleaning and maintenance. Getting your truck professionally detailed will cost around $100 or if you plan on cleaning your truck yourself, follow these instructions, as provided by this article from Reader’s Digest, to have your truck looking like new after the long winter:

  • Start from the bottom. To get your truck ready for warmer months start by hosing off the salt from the trucks underside. You can either do this at home with a garden hose or go to a brushless car wash that includes “undercarriage wash”.
  • Wash and wax your truck. Use a liquid or powder cleaner for the body and for tar and harder stains on the finish, use a strong formula that’s designed to remove stubborn spots without destroying the finish. Don’t use abrasives like steel wool
  • Clean your tires. Once you’ve either changed out your tires and/or had them checked for pressure and balanced, you’ll want to give the a good scrub down. Use a tire and wheel cleaner to the surface. Once finished, apply the cleaner to wheels, allowing the solution to set for a few moments and then use a clean paintbrush to remove any dirt and debris that may be stuck. Then rinse and dry with a microfiber towel.
  • Clean the cab. One reason it’s important to wash your truck first is so you can spray the door jams out and let them dry before you move onto cleaning the interior of your truck. Truck accessories in St. George, like floor mats and seats need to be shop vacuumed in order to remove excess dirt. Make sure to remove floor mats to get any dirt that is underneath. Additionally, you’ll want to use a foaming fabric and upholstery cleaner for cloth seats, spot-lifter or stain-remover products for carpeting, and to finish up, use Armour All for any sensitive surfaces.

February 18, 2019 2:15 pm

How To Get Your Truck Ready for Off-Roading

Off-Road Accessories In St. GeorgeWhether you’ve owned your truck for a decade or have just become the proud new owner of a truck, if it’s your first time off-roading with your rig there are some things you need to do or rather check off your list, before you hit the trails less traveled. You may be wondering, if you really need to modify your truck to make it off-road ready and the simple answer is maybe. Depending on what type of truck you’re starting out with and what type of outdoor adventure suits your fancy, will determine the additional upgrades and St. George off-road truck parts you need. For example, if you just plan on taking a meandering journey through a relatively flat trail with minimal inclines, a.k.a easy, a good set of tires is probably the only off-road accessory you’ll need to add. However, if you plan on taking your ride up treacherous terrain and heart-dropping heights to seek stellar views and really see what your off-road vehicle and you are made of, you’ll want to add a few additional mods to your truck. This article offers information on the basic modifications you can add to your truck using St. George off-road truck accessories that won’t empty your pocket, as well as upgrades that can turn your straightforward pick up into a showstopping, trail-blazing machine.

St. George Off-Road Truck Accessories: The Basics

Before grabbing your keys and setting out on the first trail you see on the map, it’s important to make sure that your ride is off-road ready. By staying organized with the following checklist, you’ll ensure that you are prepared for whatever lies ahead:

  • The right tires and the right tire pressure – Off-road, low pressure tires allow your tire to connect to the ground easier, adding more traction. Which is always a good thing when you’re driving up or down a mountain side.
  • Ground clearance – Low riding vehicles have a higher chance of scraping rocks or getting stuck. This is perfectly fine for flat trails, but if you plan on doing anything else make sure you have enough clearance by getting either a lift kit, larger tires or ideally both.
  • Undercarriage protection – Boulders and rough terrain on the trail can really mess up the undersides of your truck and it’s never fun being stuck in the middle of nowhere with a ripped oil pan. Do yourself a favor and protect your investment, buy buying a skid plate.
  • 4 Wheel Drive – Getting stuck is something that just happens when your off-roading, especially for extreme off-roaders, that’s why many of them won’t go without 4WD. Off-roading can be done with 2WD vehicles, but if you plan on off-roading for awhile and on medium or hard trails, we suggest investing in a 4WD truck.
  • Emergency Supplies – This is a must. Extra water, fuel, food, medical supplies, tools, an air compressor fire extinguisher and anything else you think you may need are always a good thing to have. If something breaks (on you or your ride) you want to be prepared as much as possible.

You can find the parts you need for your off-road truck at Red Desert off-road truck accessory store in St. George. For example, tires, lift kits, and undercarriage protection and shields can all be found at our store for a multitude of trucks.

Off-Road Tires

Off-Road Accessories In St. GeorgeIf your truck currently is rocking tires that were designed for paved roads, you’ll want to switch them out for tires that were made for the conditions you’ll be driving in such as, gravel, dirt, mud and sand. Most off-road tires that people choose are low pressure and larger, but they don’t have to be. A larger tire will add height to your ride, so if you’re hurting for ground clearance this is a smart off-road truck part to start with as you’ll essentially be taking care of two things on your checklist at once: tires and ground clearance. However, just because a tire is larger doesn’t necessarily mean it will provide more traction. If it’s traction you really want, you’ll want to get a winch or traction locker, but If your budget is a little tighter, we highly recommend getting fitted for off-road tires first.

Off-Road Lift Kits

The next essential off-road truck accessory in St. George we recommend is an off-road lift kit. If you plan on rumbling down rocky mountain terrain or taking your ride through any deep streams, you’re going to make sure you have the ground clearance, via a lift kit. Lift kits can provide better suspension, ground clearance, added safety and increased towing capabilities, plus you’ll be able to make room for larger tires. You can find the best lift kit for your truck’s year, make and model here.

Off-Road Protection

Protecting the underneath of your truck with a heavy-duty skid plate isn’t where your protection should end, but if that’s all that’s in your budget right now, it’s a great place to start! For additional protection you can add off-road truck parts in St. George like rocker panels, bumper guards, bull bar, and tonneau covers to keep your ride looking as good as it rides.

St. George Off-Road Accessories : Extras

Off-Road Accessories In St. GeorgeOnce you’ve got your basics taken care of and it’s within your budget you can start adding more St. George off-road truck accessories as you see fit. The following are just suggestions that you may want to consider:

  • Off-Road Lighting – You’ll see the difference immediately once you equip your off-road truck with either LED, HID (High Intensity Discharge) or Halogen off-road lighting features.
  • Hi-Lift Jack – If you ever need some extra help getting out of a tough spot, this is a versatile product that is smart to have on hand.
  • Winches – This should almost be in the basic category, but we’ll keep it in the extra list for now. Off-roading can be dangerous and having a winch to pull you or a friend out when you’re stuck is always a good back-up plan.

If you’re still not sure about which off-road accessories are best for your truck and your wallet, contact us or come see us at our St. George showroom today. We’ll help you pick out everything you need to hit the open road that ensures your safety and shows off your rig in the best possible way.

January 19, 2019 2:55 pm

Tonneau Covers & Why You Need One

Tonneau Covers In St. GeorgeDon’t let the name confuse you, if you’ve ever ridden in a car or truck chances are you’ve seen a Tonneau cover on the bed of truck.

Tonneau covers are a simple aftermarket accessory for your truck that offers many benefits. Designed to protect your cargo from the elements, Tonneau covers can also increase your off-road or daily drivers aerodynamics. An added bonus to purchasing a quality tonneau cover to protect your cargo is that it adds a sleek design element to the bed of your truck. Find out why and what kind of tonneau cover you need for your truck below.

Why You Need A Tonneau Cover

Tonneau covers are so essential to protecting and securing your cargo, that this truck accessory should be required on all trucks, alas they are not. But lucky for you, Red Desert Off-Road sells top quality Tonneau covers for any make and model of truck. Here are some of the benefits that a quality cover can offer:

  • Protection Against The Elements – Even if you have your truck bed lined with the best of the best truck liners, you can’t always protect your cargo from damage from the elements, like wind, rain, snow or even the sun. For example, how irritating is it hauling groceries, furniture, or anything really in the rain or snow, only to have it soaking when you bring it inside or worse fly out because it’s so windy! With a Tonneau cover, you’ll never have to worry about that again. Additionally, if you don’t have a truck bed liner installed in your truck, this same damage can ruin your beloved ride even after just one year, sometimes even less.
  • Protection Against Theft – Truck beds have been known to become a type of “catch all” for everyday items like coolers, tools, rope, flashlights, ladders, etc. When your truck isn’t protected by an off-road truck accessory like a Tonneau cover this can seem like an open invitation for people to come and steal your stuff. Avoid this by getting a cover for your truck bed today.
  • They look good – Let’s face it, no one wants to put something that is unpleasing to the eye on the truck they use as their daily driver or for off-roading excursions. Keeping this in mind, Tonneau cover manufacturers have designed a multitude of handsome looking covers that fit every budget and style. You can check out what type of covers are offered for your truck, here.

Types of Tonneau Covers For Your Truck

Now that you’ve seen the irrefutable information regarding why you need a Tonneau cover for your truck, let’s take a look at the types of Tonneau covers or rather the materials you can choose from when selecting the right cover for your off-road truck.

  • Hard Cover – Usually made out of metal, fiberglass or plastic a Tonneau hard cover acts as an extended trunk for your truck bed. These covers can be painted to match the color of your vehicle and some are even retractable! For the most part, high quality Tonneau hard covers are designed to offer unparalleled, durable protection while remaining light enough as to not weigh your rig down.
  • Soft Cover – Designed from a fabric type of material such as vinyl, Tonneau soft covers are versatile and usually come with a rubberized coating to protect water and other elements from seeping through the fabric. Depending on the type of brand you choose for your cover, you may be able to snap the cover on and off or for even more added convenience, roll it back to reveal the truck bed. Soft covers are a great option for people who want to save money, but still want to protect they’re truck. However, a soft cover won’t protect your items as much as a hard cover Tonneau cover will, especially from would-be thieves.

If you’re ready to outfit your truck with the latest Tonneau covers from Red Desert Off-Road come see us today! You can also contact us at anytime for any questions or concerns you may have about purchasing a Tonneau cover.

December 3, 2018 3:25 pm

Getting Your Truck Ready for Spring

How To Get Your Truck Ready for Off-Roading

Tonneau Covers & Why You Need One