What’s A Truck Topper?

For the outdoorsy person, a truck topper can be a valuable addition that will make road trips and camping trips more relaxing and secure.

A truck topper is an accessory designed for pick-ups that fits snugly over the bed of the truck. When it was first invented, it was more commonly referred to as a camper shell, because of its practical use for shelter when camping. Nowadays, the camper shell’s use has expanded to safely store tools and other supplies. Its insulated design ensures that valuable cargo is protected from bad weather or even theft. This shift in practicality earned it its new name as the truck topper. However, you still hear the terms used interchangeably depending on who you speak to, so it’s handy to be aware of both.

When it comes to buying your truck topper, you should take into consideration what you plan to primarily use it for. If you’re mostly intending to use it for storage, you can get one that’s made of a lighter weight material that may be less expensive. This type of topper doesn’t have the best insulation, so it may not keep cold temperatures or noise out very well, but if you’re not planning on spending time inside of it, then is should still suit your purposes quite well.

More expensive toppers will provide this type of insulation, to keep the space warm and quiet for a more comfortable atmosphere. These toppers also tend to fit over the cab of the truck as well. Because of their higher price and increased headroom, this type of topper should only be used if you’re intending to sleep or take shelter inside on a regular basis. Crosswinds can be a problem since they’re so top heavy, and you may even have head clearance issues depending on how tall it is.

Regardless of which type you choose, be aware that toppers need to be secured tightly, and attaching and removing them requires a minimum of two people to lift it safely. Truck toppers are useful for long trips, camping, hunting, fishing or any other activity that puts you out in the wilderness with little to no shelter. Even if it’s properly insulated, the smell of food can still lure animals so be sure not to leave anything open that may attract hungry wildlife.

If you spend a lot of time on the road or find yourself storing and transporting a lot of equipment, consider buying a topper to keep secured on your truck or even as an additional accessory in your shed that you can pull out as you need it. With many designs and options, you can easily find one that will work best for you.

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Posted by on April 29, 2015 in vehicle accessories


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National Auto Body Council Opens Nominations for 2015 Award of Distinction and Body Shop Image Award

Do you know of an auto body shop that had a great facility makeover last year? Or an individual in the collision industry whose selfless actions were for the benefit of …read more

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Posted by on April 29, 2015 in auto news


Tips For Choosing the Best Auto Glass Repair Shop


When you need auto glass repair, you want it done right away – but if you’ve never had to choose an auto glass repair shop before, you may have no idea how to determine which one is your best option. Here are some important factors to consider when sorting through your options:

  • Do they take insurance? A repair shop that will work directly with your insurance company can save you a lot of time and hassle. If they also offer rental car assistance, that’s even better – with one stop you can set the repair process in motion and secure a replacement vehicle, minimizing your inconvenience.
  • What do previous customers think? Don’t just skim a few ratings – look for multiple reviews from customers who have had work done for issues similar to yours. Ask the shop if they can put you in touch with previous customers. A quality business that cares about its reputation will be happy to accommodate you.
  • What awards or professional affiliations do they have? Most shops proudly display any commendations or endorsements they’ve received. If you don’t see any of these when you visit their location or web site, ask.
  • How long have they been around? A newer business might be a good option, but you would need to weigh some of the other factors more heavily in order to determine whether this is the case. A shop that’s been around for a long time is also likely to have a long history of satisfied customers – or they wouldn’t still be in business.

When taken together, the answers to these questions can help you feel much more confident when choosing a repair shop for your car. For more information on auto glass repair in Raleigh, visit this website.

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Posted by on April 21, 2015 in auto glass repair


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Lawsuit Claims Apple is Poaching Engineers in Auto Industry

Electric-car battery maker A123 Systems has filed suit against Apple for allegedly poaching top engineers to build a large-scale battery division for the California-based tech company, according to a report…read more

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Posted by on April 21, 2015 in auto news


Reasons to Paint Your Old Car Before Selling

Unlike other repairs, which are usually covered by your car’s insurance policy, a new coat of paint is typically paid for out of your own pocket. Because of this, most people never consider upgrading their vehicle’s exterior. However, there are good reasons to spring for a new paint job for your car, especially if you’re looking to sell it:

  • Your car is an unpopular or unusual color: This can reduce your chances of selling or lower the amount people are willing to pay. When you bought your car you thought that brilliant neon purple hue would set you apart from the crowd, and it did – now no one else wants it.
  • Your exterior is significantly faded or scratched: There are lots of other used cars out there that have been meticulously cared for. If yours isn’t among them, consider bumping up its resale value with a new coat of paint.
  • Your car is a classic or custom vehicle: If you own a car that could actually gain value as it ages, investing in paint is a no-brainer. Consider the market for your particular model and choose paint work that will add to its appeal. For a classic, you’ll want to restore its original appearance as much as possible. For a custom automobile, you may want to add graphics or use multiple colors.
  • Your vehicle’s body has exposed metal: Paint is absolutely necessary in this case to prevent rust damage. You could do a patch job, but it might not match seamlessly with the rest of the vehicle’s exterior if bare spots are prominent or large. You’re likely to be better off replacing the entire coat of paint.

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Posted by on April 21, 2015 in car painting


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The Benefits of a Nitrogen Painting System

Chelsea Hebert, body shop manager at Barker Buick GMC in Houma, La., was having big problems with the old air compressors in his paint department. The compressors had oil problems and poor air quality. And his more

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Posted by on April 21, 2015 in Uncategorized


Fixing a Windshield


Replacing a windshield is a quick job for the professionals. Maintain the safety of your car when you repair the cracked glass. Don’t drive around with impaired vision so that you can see everything that the road brings your way.

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Posted by on April 20, 2015 in auto news