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Tonneau Covers & Why You Need One

Don’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, like LINE-X, 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.

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Off-Road Jeep Accessories You Need

Jeeps have become increasingly popular in recent years with the growing interest in outdoor activity participation. This is especially true in regions like the North West United States, in Alaska, or even regions of Canada. When you are out in the wilderness or a cold tundra or climbing in mountainous areas you and your jeep need to be ready for any obstacles you may find yourselves facing.

 

Here’s a list of 9 Jeep accessories that all, Jeep owning, outdoor enthusiast’s should have.

 

Lift kits (It’s a necessity)  

When you are out and you run over some steep bumps and rocks, lift kits are a great help when it comes to going into rough territory. It keeps your undercarriage from getting ruined as well as preserving the lifespan of your skid plate.

If climbing rocks is your main interest then look to “Rough Country X Series” suspension which comes in a 4” and a 6” lift. This lift gives you a ton of clearance and great suspension. Both, to help you handle the toughest of terrains. This suspension also goes well with a set of “ 20” BFGoodrich – KM2” tires which are strong and durable tires that are perfect for off road conditions. These would be a great addition to your list of Jeep Accessories.

 

Spare Tires (Gotta Have it!)Jeep Accessories

This particular accessory is a “no brainer.” A good spare tire is not an option.  All drivers should have a spare tire when owning a vehicle of any kind. You may be out climbing in the back hills over sharp rocks or you may be driving your child to school in your hometown. Either way, if you blow a tire, you should always have a spare in your arsenal of jeep accessories (Jeep et al.). It is recommended that you make sure your spare tire is part of the “set” that is on the car. Really, all cars come with a set of five tires, not four, and with the exception of the ridiculous “donut spare”, they all match and should throughout the lifetime of your Jeep.

When it comes to Jeep tires it comes down to what you are trying to achieve. If you plan on climbing rocks and really getting your Jeep dirty, you’ll more than likely want to have a lift kit between 2”-6” as well as a set of larger tires. It all depends on your preference.

You never know when you will be needing one, this is a great item to have in your pool of Jeep Accessories.

 

LEDs (Perfect for camping.)Jeep Accessories

LEDs are a perfect addition to your Jeep’s accessories. You never know when you’ll end up out in the wild for longer than you anticipated. You’re out having the time of your life, climbing rocks, and the next thing you know it’s dark outside! You suddenly find yourself needing light. Our website offers LEDs for all front sections of your Jeep whether it be headlights, hood mounted lights, grill mounted lights, or even windshield mounted lights.

Note: We also offer both types of LEDs; Projection and Reflection.

 

Jeep Tops (Absolutely Necessary!)

While it’s true that a Jeep owners won’t always have a top on their Jeep, it’s a necessity to have a top for your Jeep when you need it.  If you plan on going out riding during the winter months you’re going to want a top on your jeep in order to stay warm and out of the snow and rain. We offer hard, soft, and even mesh tops for all seasons. Our tops will fit all of your Jeep needs. We offer brands such as Smittybilt, Bestop, Mopar, and more  (“Jeep Parts And Accessories”).

One of the best parts about a Jeep roof top is their storability. They are easy to install and remove and can be stored with ease along side the rest of your Jeep Accessories.

 

Floor Liners (For the “messy” outdoors.)

Floor liners are key when it comes to keeping the inside of your vehicle in tip top shape. Interior vehicle messes come in many different forms. There’s the daily dirt of everyday suburban living, as well as, the dirt and mud covered great outdoors. And, it just so happens, we carry all of the different floor liners you’re going to need for every single situation the interior of your Jeep may encounter. At Red Desert Off-Road you will find many options including carpet floor liners, vinyl floor liners, and all weather floor mats. The brands we carry are Mopar and Lund, both of which are great brands to choose from. Good floor liners will also add years to the interior carpet in your Jeep by keeping all the grit and dirt off the carpet.

 

Winch (Gotta have it!)

A winch is a key tool you can use to get yourself, your less experienced friends, and of course your Jeep out of a rough situation. Winches are available for just about every Jeep on the market. You will have no problem finding exactly what you need here at Red Desert Off-Road. We offer excellent brands such as Mopar, Smittybilt, and WARN. All of our brands have a wide variety of prices that fit any budget.

 

Gas Can

Having an extra gas can for emergencies is crucial for when you are driving far distances into rugged territory. You don’t want to be caught with and empty tank of gas and wish that you had that extra one. This is why having an extra is so important. Luckily, gas cans that are compatible with jeeps can be obtained through brands like Smittybilt and RotopaX.

 

Seat Covers

As well as protecting your seats from the elements and whatever dirty and grime you drag into your Jeep, it also allows for a way to highlight your personality.

We sell a variety of different seat covers that are durable and stylish enough to fit the needs of an urban trendsetter to the rugged outdoor adventurer.

 

Skid Plates (Excellent protection)

Skid plates are a fantastic tool in you set of Jeep Accessories. When you’re out on the trail up in the mountains going over rocks and streams the skid plates will keep your undercarriage safe. We have all types of skid plates depending on which part of the undercarriage you are trying to protect. Our brands we carry are Rancho Suspension and Mopar.

 

St. George Off-Road Accessories

Underrated St. George Off-Road Accessories

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to talk about a few of the most underrated St. George off-road accessories. This unconventional off-road accessory list first appeared in Popular Mechanics “10 most Underrated Off-Road Accessories” back in the summer of 2017. While lift kits, tires, wheels, and winches are the foundation of what we carry at our off-road accessory store in St. George, the following off-road accessories are noteworthy additions to have with you for whatever you may find out on the trail.

Folding Shovel

You may not consider this your typical off-road accessory, but a folding shovel is your number one tool if you find yourself stuck out in the middle of nowhere. If you need a shovel that will fit in smaller spaces go with a folding shovel, for a shovel that’s heavier duty go with a short D shovel.

MAXSA Innovations 20333 Escaper Buddy Orange Traction MatSt. George Off-Road Accessories

Traction ramps are one of the most underrated, yet invaluable off road accessories you can have with you when you’re hitting the trails. These handy little traction mats will help you get unstuck without the help of another vehicle, if for some reason you find yourself on a low traffic off-road trail. Just as the Popular Mechanics article states “ There’s a reason you see traction ramps mounted to the roof racks of expedition vehicles—they work.”

48″ Hi-Lift Black Cast and Steel Jack

Cheap jacks just won’t cut it on the open trails. Not only is the quality steel jack durable, it also has multipurpose uses, It can be used as a hand winch, spreader, or clamper. The Hi-Lift (originally called the Automatic Combination Tool or Handyman Jack) has been one of the most popular tools for 4WD enthusiasts since the hobby began.

Slime 40026 2X Heavy Duty Direct Drive Tire Inflator

Another important St. George off-road accessory to have on hand is an air compressor. Any veteran of off-road trailblazing knows that after a long day on “the roads less traveled”, i.e., rocks and dirt, you’ll need to put some air back into your tires. Keeping an air compressor like this one that is powered by your truck or another 12 volt power source is one of the smartest things you can do.

 

Craftsman Tool BagSt. George Off-Road Accessories

The more extreme the trail, the more likely things are to loosen, fall off, and in some cases, break. For these reasons, it’s always a good idea to have some type of tool bag readily available. Additionally, it’s essential to pack vehicle and terrain specific gear. It doesn’t hurt to carry engine oil, a multitool, a tire-plug kit, and a container of WD-40. It might also be wise to bring along various sizes of rope, wire and tape.

You can find the complete list of underrated off-road accessories, here.

For additional off road accessories to complete your rig, stop by our off-road accessory store in St. George today. We can get you outfitted with right lift kits, tires, wheels and more!