For most contractors, a pickup truck is more than just a method of getting from point A to point B. The work truck endures everything you throw at it–literally–serving as a storage facility, a work table, and a cargo hauler, all while making an aesthetic statement about you and your company. But if your truck isn't organized or outfitted properly, you're not only wasting time searching for tools and struggling to store ladders, you're abusing what could be your most important piece of equipment. From hitches to service bodies to caps to racks, the specialty equipment market is ripe with hundreds of solutions to upgrade your truck with everything you need to get organized, secure your tools against theft, work more efficiently, and protect your investment. Plus, quality materials that resist the abuse of the jobsite mean your truck can stay looking new a lot longer.
Isn't it time you outfitted your hauler to its fullest potential? If you're in the market for some aftermarket, here are some of the latest truck accessories to meet your needs and suit your style.
The Hitch Hand is a rugged extension of the truck bed that provides extra support for long loads. The unit is made of heavy-duty steel; its support bar provides 7 inches of added ground clearance while side wings adjust from 27 to 49 inches for wide cargo. Hitch Hand has a 750-pound distributed load capacity, and the support bar flexes with the vehicle's suspension. Side supports can be folded down to use the Hitch Hand as a work table. 800-334-4447. www.lundinternational.com.
An updated version of the company's Push Bar, the Xtreme Push Bar for pickups and SUVs combines toughness and style, the company says. Welded center sections, which are contoured to fit the vehicle, are crafted from 304 stainless steel and chrome-plated for strength and rust protection. The push bar includes light tabs for easy installation of the manufacturer's driving lights. Optional brush guards are available. 626-960-6762. www.westinautomotive.com.
Reading Truck Body
The C2-50 package, available with the company's Classic II service body, includes the company's Latch-Matic system, which allows the user to lock and unlock all compartment doors from up to 25 feet away or the conventional way with a key. A compartment lighting system is activated with the Latch-Matic controller. Other features of the package include a 250-pound-capacity Extend-A-Shelf, aluminum tread plate on top of the tailgate, polished stainless steel tailgate handle, and aluminum treadplate gravel guards on the front of body panels. 800-458-2226. www.readingbody.com.
Adrian Steel CO.
Now available for mid-size pickups, the LoadRunner ladder rack features 1-3/4-inch round tubing, welded tie-down cleats, removable center and rear cross bars, and a black or white baked-on powder-coated finish. The rack is suitable for most Ford, GM, and Dodge mid-size pickups, and it comes with a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty. 800-677-2726. www.adriansteel.com.
Now available for the 2005 Toyota Tacoma, the custom-designed Z Series fiberglass cap features soft, rounded curves for sleek styling, along with recessed windows, doors, and an LED brake light that blend in with the Tacoma's lines. The cap includes side vent windows with screens, a rotary slam-action door latching system for an opening motion like a truck door, and an ergonomically designed handle. Options include a variety of front window styles, sport rack, fabric headliner, dome light, interior clothes rod, and remote keyless entry. The cap installs without drilling. 800-649-4273. www.4are.com.
The Silverback single-lid saddle box features a reinforced diamond plate lid, polished aluminum front, 12-volt interior light, lift-out aluminum tool tray, piano hinge, and gas-assisted strut to hold the lid open; room underneath allows for cargo storage. Crafted with weather-resistant, marine-grade aluminum, the Silverback includes a T-handle lock and automotive weather-stripping. 800-866-5269. www.800toolbox.com.
The Jet Rack is designed for storing a ladder on the ceiling or wall inside cargo vans, utility trucks, truck caps, and storage sheds, protecting the ladder against theft and the elements. The unit's sliding-rail design allows for quick and easy storage: Place the ladder's tool hole on the receiving pin, slide the pin back along the rail, and hook the ladder into place. 847-244-8900. www.alhansen.com.
Available for 3/4- and 1-ton pickups, the Class V receiver hitch is designed for heavy-duty towing, rated for 12,000 pounds weight carrying and 15,000 pounds weight distributing capacity. The hitch is manufactured with steel and has a corrosion-resistant powder-coated polyester black paint finish. 800-344-3112. www.valleyindustries.com.
The LTD soft tonneau cover has a rear lift-top design that allows for easy access to the bed without unsnapping the cover. Cover snaps attach and detach anywhere along the unit's frame, and the cover also can be completely removed. The truck's tailgate can still be operated normally. The product features a satin-black anodized-aluminum frame, with padded frame rails to prevent damage. A slip-together rail design allows for installation without drilling. 800-736-1610. www.downeyproducts.com.
Standard Hamilton Co.
Transform your truck from pickup to dump truck with the Dump-Pro dump insert. The Quick Change-Out option allows the unit to be installed quickly and easily without drilling or permanent bolting. The dump body is made of polyethylene and will not rust, the maker says. The unit weighs 394–436 pounds. No hydraulic system is required–the insert operates on a Warn Works winch powered by the truck's 12-volt DC battery. It has a 60-degree dumping angle. 866-438-6777. www.dump-pro.com.
Crafted from rugged polypropylene fiber bonded to water-resistant, closed-cell polypropylene foam, the BedRug bed liner is tough and durable to protect the pickup bed from damage. The surface also reduces cargo slide, and it can be cleaned with a hose or pressure washer. The bed liner is available for virtually all Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Toyota, Mazda, and Nissan pickup trucks. 800-462-8435. www.bedrug.com
Knaack Mfg. Co.
Knaack has improved its Weather Guard van and mini-van ladder rack to provide more versatility and durability. Improved features include a universal gutter clamp, Mylar anti-wear strips, ladder guides and Velcro straps, zinc phosphate undercoating, and adjustable sway braces. The features are available on the company's safari steel rack, quick clamp van rack, all-purpose van steel rack, and all-purpose van aluminum rack. 800-456-7865. www.knaack.com.
Let's Go Aero
The GearDeck 17 hitch-mounted, modular cargo storage system can be used as a secure enclosed hauler, an open-platform cargo carrier, or a hitch rack. The product utilizes a three-part system that allows the user to add and remove components depending on type of cargo hauling needed. The foundation of the system is TwinTube, a dual-tube platform that is adjustable and telescopes to allow access to rear doors. 877-464-2376. www.letsgoaero.com.
The T-RacPro is a damage-free removable rack for hauling on weekends. Tough but lightweight, the unit weighs 35 pounds and includes two overhead racks, four sliding crossbar tie-downs, and four cleats for securing gear. The unit secures with compression mounts that eliminate the need for drilling. It is rust- and corrosion-resistant. 800-501-1587. www.tracrac.com.
The JackRabbit Full-Metal bed cover combines the features of the company's original JackRabbit cover with the added strength and appearance of a full-metal, interlocked, powder-coated aluminum panel deck. The flush-mounted top cover provides a low-profile, sleek look. The unit features a weather-sealed, low-profile Latch-n-Lok handle system that allows the cover to be latched every 12 inches, the maker says, and the Continuous Torsion Spring for smooth operation. 888-640-5902. www.paceedwards.com.
The Contractor Grade Bedslide features a durable seven-ply marine-grade WeatherDeck with 1/4-inch removable rubber mat. The unit's eight steel sealed roller bearings allow for easy, smooth movement of up to 1,200 pounds evenly distributed, while three locking positions allow for safer, more efficient cargo management; new aluminum extruded side rails help contain loose cargo. The unit has a powder-coated finish. 888-807-0099. www.bedslide.com.