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Carlson Truck Outfitters Accessories – Step Rails for your Pickup

Have you ever come home with your new truck and wanted the family to go for a ride to show it off, and as they struggle to climb in the realization occurs that if anyone is going to ride with you that you’ll need to add some steps to your truck.

1)    Truck Steps – these are generally the most affordable, and simplest steps. They’re designed to attach to the frame of your truck under a single door, so you can choose to outfit the whole cab with them, or just the doors that your kids enter from.  Installation is simple and straightforward, and the steps are made of stainless steel or aluminum, so they’re relatively impervious to corrosion.

2)    “Nerf” bars – tubes that run the length of the side of your truck, and are actually taken in design from dirt track cars, where they were first installed to protect from “nerfs”, small collisions that could damage the car’s bodywork and impede performance.  In truck/SUV applications, they can protect the rocker panels and doors from dents and dings caused by rocks, and make a handy step for anyone entering the vehicle.

3)    Running Boards – like nerf bars, running boards generally run down the length of the vehicle between the wheel wells.  In a pickup, they don’t only allow for easier entry, but make it easier to reach over the side of the bed for loading and unloading. They’re usually made of steel, with a fiberglass shell that can be painted to match the vehicle.

For help in selecting and installing steps to make it easier to get in and out of your truck, come see us at Carlson Truck Outfitters, 155 Fennell St. in Winnipeg.

What to Expect from Trucks in 2015

We’re looking forward to seeing firsthand the exciting things that are expected in the upcoming 2015 truck models.

Ford, which has among the bestselling truck models of all time, decided to show off of their upcoming Atlas concept. Very impressive indeed! It seems to have a couple of next generation features that are quite remarkable. Actually, this is in fact the general trend of most of all the upcoming truck models in 2015. All truck drivers and enthusiasts, brace yourself – you are in for a treat; you will see that the main concern in the upcoming models is on ways of saving on the cost of the consumption of fuel in the trucks.

The focus on the upcoming 2015 models of truck is on the need to provide a better and more efficient MPG. The most effective ways of implementing this is shedding of as much weight as possible in the body and aluminum is the ultimate answer. The increase in fuel economy will also be achieved by use of 8-Speed transmission as well as a few more improvements on the engine will be witnessed. This of course includes the improving of the EcoBoost technology and it is highly likely that there will be a substantial up-gradation of the efficiency of the turbochargers.

The Start/Stop technology also has a higher probability of being used. Mainly, it will also save on the fuel consumption of the engine, this illustrious innovation has an automatic mechanism of turning the engine off whenever it is idle and starting it up again the moment you step on the fuel pedal.

As you can see, there is a lot to be offer in this coming year. Happy Auto New Year!

In the coming year all you truck drivers out there[J1], starting from the Winnipeg residents to all the truckers all over the world, there are a few exciting things that are expected in the upcoming 2015 models.

Ford, which has among the bestselling truck models of all time, decided to show off of their upcoming Atlas concept. Very impressive indeed! It seems to have a couple of next generation features that are quite remarkable. Actually, this is in fact the general trend of most of all the upcoming truck models in 2015. All truck drivers and enthusiasts, brace yourself – you are in for a treat; you will seee that the main concern in the upcoming models is on ways of saving on the cost of the consumption of fuel in the trucks.

The focus on the upcoming 2015 models of truck is on the need to provide a better and more efficient MPG. The most effective ways of implementing this is shedding of as much weight as possible in the body and aluminum is the ultimate answer. The increase in fuel economy will also be achieved by use of 8-Speed transmission as well as a few more improvements on the engine will be witnessed. This of course includes the improving of the EcoBoost technology and it is highly likely that there will be a substantial up-gradation of the efficiency of the turbochargers.

The Start/Stop technology also has a higher probability of being used. Mainly, it will also save on the fuel consumption of the engine, this illustrious innovation has an automatic mechanism of turning the engine off whenever it is idle and starting it up again the moment you step on the fuel pedal.

As you can see, there is a lot to be offer in this coming year. Happy Auto New Year!


[J1]2015 is slated to be an exciting year for truck drivers and we’re excited to see you bring your new rides through our shop.

A Great Truck Wish List for 2014

In the 2014 holiday season, there are a number of clever ways in which you could soup-up your truck to increase its performance and overall efficiency. These are very interesting and will give your truck the extra spark that you may have been looking for.

In order for you to achieve this, there are several things that could come in handy and should definitely be on your 2014 holiday wish list. Some of this things you could install them manually to your truck but consultation of professionals here at Carlson Truck Outfitters will give you the best results.

When you decide to soup-up your truck, it is very likely that you will want to do something for its performance and speed. To do this if your truck has been on the road for quite some time, a manual overhaul of the transmission system is the best option for you whether you have a manual or automatic machine. However, if it is in a good condition, then you could just add a few things that could make it much more powerful.

For example, incorporating spark plugs that have a much greater heat value is a fine way of boosting performance since your vehicle will be able to completely burn the fuel. You can also replace the cleaner and the air intake with an open element filter and find some additives of gasoline which will increase the fuel octane level. Replacing spark plug wires and ignition coils with higher performance models will also get you the top notch performance you seek.

All these accessories can be obtained at Carlson Truck Outfitters at 155 Fennell,  so find yourself sometime and get a great deal from us.

The Warning Signs of a Failing Trailer Hitch

Many times, trailers tend to go out of control if the driver decides to push it way beyond the maximum speed that it can handle on the road. Even the best of drivers out there in Winnipeg could very easily lose control of the vehicle especially if the road is a little rough. In addition, overloading is also among the major causes of failure since a good number of drivers have the tendency to push their trailer too far in terms of what load it is meant to handle.

Apart from these, there are a few other causes of failure of the trailer hitch that we at Carlson Truck Outfitters would like you to have information about so that you as a driver could avoid hitch related accidents.

Your trailer hitch will give you a few warning signs before it eventually fails and these include:
•    Improper positioning of the safety chains of the hitch
•    If the holding pin of the ball mount of the hitch of the trailer is not properly intact, this is a warning sign of eventual failure.
•    If the electric plug whose function is to maintain the connection of current is not working, this is a sign of imminent failure of your trailer hitch.
•    Failure could also be caused as a result of loose spring bar hinges that are found on the hitches that are used in the weight distribution and equalization. This could be as a result of the wear and tear effect or inaccurate assembly.

Before you set off for your awaiting journey, be sure to check all of this and solve the problem before it causes an accident. One of the strict policies here at Carlson Truck Outfitters is, “better safe than sorry!”

Lighting Your Way for Winter With Superior Light Bulbs and Exclusive Truck Covers

In order for you to have the maximum possible road visibility for your truck in the winter season, all the light bulbs of your truck have to be in in optimum condition. If there is a chance that one of your bulbs is not in proper condition, this could cost you a lot in the safety of your vehicle as well as your own.

As a member of the Winnipeg community, we at Carlson Truck Outfitters will do a thorough job in lighting your way for the winter by making sure that we give you an exemplary renovation for the light bulbs of your trucks. The safety of our clientele is among our most valuable concerns in the daily business that we undertake.

Apart from taking care of your light bulbs, we offer great replacements of truck covers. We have covers of all sizes and shapes here at Carlson Truck Outfitters so be sure to make an appointment and give us the specifications of your truck. You will always keep warm throughout the winter season with our deluxe covers that come with an additional advantage of very simple and fast fitting. In just a few minutes, you will be up and running.

For most covers, it takes quite a stressful amount of time in the fitting processes but with our very precise and short step by step procedure, this will no longer be a pain for you.
We offer services to all the members of the Winnipeg community but even if you are not from within, you are still welcome. All you need to do is make an appointment and all our crew members will be at your beck and call.

Get the Most Out of Your Tailgating with a Full Metal Jacket Truckbed Liner

Tailgating is a really exciting experience if you have the right tools of trade or in other words, thebasic necessities that you should carry with you at the party.

If you are a fan of games and sporting events, picnics, drive-in events or even just the conventional road trips, you know what I mean. Tailgating is not just something that you do once in a while; you keep doing this on and on because you can’t just let yourself miss out on the fun.

A truckbed liner is among the most crucial components that make your tailgating experience worthwhile. Without this, you will go through some difficulties especially when it comes to packing of your other equipment such as the BBQ that you will need at your destination.

Here at Carlson Truck Outfitters, we offer the Full Metal Jacket a truckbed liner for drivers within Winnipeg as well as to all the surrounding areas. Our truckbed liners come with superior quality, ultimate durability together with the high toughness that will offer total resistance to the abrasion and impact that could be brought about by carrying your tailgating accessories like the BBQ.

Apart from just making your truck look as good as new, our spray-in truckbed liners will last for the longest service time possible. None of the truckbed liner counterparts match the level of ingenuity employed in their manufacture. A fine piece of a truckbed liner from Carlson Truck Outfitters will give you the best chance to get the most out of your tailgating experience especially if you are from within Winnipeg and its outskirts.

Labour Day Notice

As Winnipeggers prepare to plop down on their couches to watch our beloved Blue Bombers dismantle the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Labour Day Classic, Carlson Truck Outfitters wanted to provide notice to our valued clients that we will be closed Monday, September 1st.

We will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, September 2nd and look forward to hosting you in our shop, where we’ll be happy to revel in the Bombers’ victory.

Not that we’re making any predictions or anything.

Enjoy the long weekend Winnipeg!

Carlson Truck Outfitters Welcomes Don Unger

Carlson Truck Outfitters is pleased to announce that Dan Unger has joined our team, working in Sales.

Don brings with him 45 years in the automotive business, working in areas from fleet to retail.

Welcome aboard Don! We look forward to everything you bring to Carlson Truck!

Show Off Your Truck this Summer!

Come Show Off Your Truck!

Carlson Truck Outfitters will be proudly sponsoring Sunday Cruise Nights in Winnipeg this summer.  Bring your truck down to the Grant Park Shopping Centre, 400 Wilton Street, for an evening of fun and camaraderie with classic car and truck owners from all over.   Weather permitting, the show’s on every Sunday now through September 28th.

While all makes and models are welcome, club nights are ruling the summer, including back-to-back Fabulous 50′s Ford Club of Manitoba nights through the remainder of July (20th and 27th’).

So shine up your baby, and bring her down.  Grab some grub from our Co-Sponsors at Pony Corral Restaurant and Bar, and have a look at some fabulous cars.

While you’re there, you might bet some ideas for improvements for your own truck.  Whenever you’re looking for accessories to make your truck more beautiful and functional, remember Carlson Truck Outfitters, 155 Fennell St. in Winnipeg.

Of course we’ll be at the show, because we love your truck almost as much as you do!

Getting Your Truck Ready for the Open Road

Pickup trucks are great all-round vehicles.  Today’s trucks have great towing and cargo capacity coupled with comfortable interiors and a whole slate of creature comforts.  They’re ideal in the country, and great around town, but they really shine on the open road.  If you’re hitting the highway for some summer fun, there are a few things you should do before heading out to make sure your truck’s up to the task:

1) Fluids – Oil, transmission fluid and coolant are the automotive equivalents of blood.  Make sure that your fluids are in good shape (change whatever the manufacturer recommends) and that they’re full before setting out.

2) Tires – check that there’s plenty of tread remaining, and ensure your tires are inflated to the correct pressure.  You need to check them when they’re cold.  Refer to your owner’s manual, or the chart inside the driver’s door. Don’t forget the spare!

3) Battery – Make sure it’s not too old (you should get about five years from a quality battery) and it’s been correctly maintained.

4) Wipers – check to make sure they’re working correctly.  Replace them if they’re getting worn.

5) Add-ons and accessories – Walk around your vehicle and make sure any accessories you’ve added are correctly fastened and working properly. It might be nice to add some bed rails or cargo hold-downs if you’re planning to take a lot of stuff with you on your trip.

6) Safety kit – Make sure you’ve got a first aid kit, some food, water, and blankets on hand in case you get stranded and have to wait for help. A printed map and a working cellphone can be lifesavers out there on the road!

For help readying your ride for the trip of a lifetime (or a trip downtown), come see us at Carlson Truck Outfitters, 155 Fennell St. in Winnipeg, telephone (204) 669-5249.