Monthly Archives: March 2014

Schedule a Visit to Carlson Truck Outfitters on Saturday

It can be hard to find the right accessories for your pickup truck, especially here on the Prairies, where there isn’t exactly a truck outfitter on every streetcorner.

You can always order from the Internet.  The only problem is that, since you can’t actually see the accessory you are ordering, or look the seller in the eye and gauge their honesty, you might find you don’t get what you want or pay for.

That’s why Carlson Truck Outfitters in Winnipeg has Saturday appointments available.  If you live a little further afield, somewhere like Steinbach or Winkler, it might not be easy to get here during the week.  If you call ahead, you can be sure that someone will be here on Saturday to help you choose from our wide array of truck accessories, give you advice and arrange installation service.

Don’t forget the Full Metal Jacket Spray-In bedliner – it’s a must for hardworking trucks, and it’s a product you simply can’t get from an online retailer.

Experience first hand Carlson Truck Outfitters full line of add-ons for your truck – everything from mud flaps to floor mats to head and taillight lenses.  Our staff is extremely knowledgeable, and our installation crew knows their stuff.  There’s a reason that Carlson Truck Outfitters is Winnipeg’s most reputable source of truck accessories.

Note that we are at a new location – 155 Fennell St. in Winnipeg.  To make an appointment to see us on Saturday call (204) 669-5249.

Time to Replace Your Headlight Bulbs?

Most of us treat headlight bulbs just like the lamp in the front hall – when the bulb burns out, it’s time to replace it.

Truck headlights from Carlson Truck OutfittersAutomotive lights, however, don’t work like that.  Before an actual burnout occurs, headlight bulbs will begin to wear out, which means that they will produce less light and your night-time visibility will be compromised.

Those of us who live in Manitoba know that not every highway has streetlamps, and there’s plenty of wildlife out there after dark.  In short, we need to be as safe as possible, and seeing well at night requires that our headlights produce not only enough light to see by, but also the right type of light.

Types of Lights
Most vehicles use a standard halogen light bulb – it’s located in a plastic housing, and is easily replaced from the back side.  Newer vehicles might use High Intensity Discharge lights, HID for short.  In some cases, you can use HID bulbs as an upgrade, but you need to ensure that your truck’s wiring can handle the increased current draw.

Not All Bulbs are Equal
Like anything, with automotive lighting you tend to get what you pay for.  High quality, brand name bulbs will be brighter, produce a more even light, and last longer than bargain brands.

In addition to making sure your bulbs are good, you need to check your lenses (dirty, damaged or “fogged” lenses will reduce the total light output of your headlights).  It’s also imperative that you check the aim of your lights – incorrectly aimed lights can reduce visibility and actually create a road hazard by blinding other drivers.

For a full line of pickup truck accessories, including headlights and lenses, visit Carlson Truck Outfitters.  Our new location is at 155 Fennell St. in Winnipeg or call us at (204) 669-5249.