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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!

Perfect Stocking Stuffers!

Is there a pickup truck owner on your Christmas list this year?

If there is, we’d suggest a present for both the owner and the truck – we love trucks, and we know how much people appreciate the opportunity to make them better by personalizing them with the best in protective equipment and accessories.

The problem is that you might now know which items in our very wide selection make the perfect holiday gift.

By choosing a gift certificate, you’re saying: “I care about you and your truck, but I know you want to make it your own.”

Discerning truck owners will be delighted that you chose Carlson.  We offer the exclusive “Full Metal Jacket” spray-in polyuria bedliner, the toughest bed protection in the industry.  We’ve also got a full line of the best names in accessories for trucks – floor mats, bed covers, fuel door caps, stainless door handles, step bars, and a ton of other items that will make your favourite pickup owner really happy to choose from.  When it comes to outfitting your pickup truck, there are a lot of personal preferences at play – some people love Euro style tail lights, and others prefer a chromed tail light cover. When you give a gift certificate, you leave the options open.

Another advantage that Carlson Truck Outfitters gift certificates have is the access they give you to our expert staff.  Unlike people who work in big box hardware stores, pickup trucks are all we do, and we feel very passionate about helping our customers make the most of their rides.

So when you’re looking for the right thing to put under the tree of a truck lover, visit us at 1392c Regent Avenue in Winnipeg.  Gift certificates are available in any denomination you choose.

Summer Driving’s Starts and Stops

Ahh at long last summer has just about returned to Winnipeg, and that means that drivers are just about ready for a return to the dirt and dust roads of cottage country.

For many truck drivers in Manitoba, this means that your vehicle is hitting the highways before reaching your final destination, but it also means you may be stopped along the way for a Check Stop.

It goes without saying but it bears repeating, given just how many infractions we end up hearing about throughout the summer months – never, ever drink and drive. There’s no reason to ever get behind the wheel when you’ve had one too many, and when you can, wherever possible, stay sober completely with a designated driver.

Enjoy the summer roads friends, but make sure you arrive safe. Drive responsibly.

We’ll see you at the shop!

GM Redefines the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Pickups for 2014

General Motors is very careful to preserve the loyalty of their large customer customer base.  That’s one of the reasons that the company tends to move cautiously when updating their trucks – the philosophy of “if it ain’t broke…” has proven successful for the company in the past.

2014 is shaping up to be a watershed year for GM trucks.  After several years of design tweaks and subtle cosmetic improvements, both the Chevrolet Silverado and its sister the GMC Sierra are receiving a complete ground-up redesign.

While they will look different than their predecessors, the trucks will retain some of their trademark features – the Silverado will keep its stacked headlights, and the GMC Grill will still be instantly recognizable.  Bodylines, however, are going to be much stronger than those of the current generation.  The hoods of both trucks are being reshaped with dual “power domes”, making the trucks look more aggressive from the front.  Fender flares and wrap around bumpers will carry this look to the sides and rear.  The boxes are redesigned, with more convenient tie-down points and steps built in to the corners of the rear bumpers that will make it easier to access cargo.

Mechanically, both the Chevrolet and GMC trucks will have entirely new, all-aluminum power plants. Available in various displacements, all incorporate Active Fuel Management systems, which will “turn off” some of the engine cylinders when power isn’t needed, Variable Valve Timing to utilize the engine’s power most efficiently at all RPMs, and Direct Injection of gasoline into the combustion chambers, increasing compression ratios, performance, and fuel economy.

Carlson Truck outfitters can help you outfit your brand new ride with aftermarket accessories that are often far cheaper (and more unique) than the ones you can order from the dealer.  Bring your new truck by to see us, at 1392c Regent Avenue in Winnipeg.  Telephone (204) 669-5249.

Get Ready for The Holidays with Carlson Truck Outfitters and The Road Trip

The holiday gift season is upon us, and for the truck owner in your life that means it’s time for you to do a little searching for just the right gift.

And to get you ready for the holiday season, we’re dishing out some advice on AM 680 CJOB.

This week, Michael Clark from The Road Trip stopped into Carlson Truck Outfitters on Regent to chat with David Conlin about the latest in truckbed liners and truck accessories.

So if you’re looking for some advice for what go buy for the truck driver in your life (or for yourself), be sure to tune into The Road Trip this Saturday, 10:00am – 12:00pm on CJOB either on your radio or online.

2013 Pickups – The Best Ever Built

There’s been a lot of pressure on the North American automotive industry over the last few years.  With the near meltdown of the big three as part of the big recession of 2008, carmakers have been mandated by governments, customers and themselves to clean up their product lines and offer innovative vehicles that address the real needs of customers.
Pickup trucks have been the vehicle to benefit the most from their manufacturers’ scrutiny.

2013 releases from the Big Three North American Automakers, Ford, Dodge and General Motors are stronger, more capable, more comfortable and more fuel efficient than ever before.

2013 marks a major remodeling of the Ram pickup line. Their trucks are available in more configurations than ever before, and this year’s power plants offer a 20 percent improvement over the 2012 models.  Outstanding new features include air suspension, new interiors, electronics that include voice control, and a stellar 8-speed automatic transmission.

Ford’s F150 continues to be a leader in innovation.  New for 2013 is a cosmetic rethinking of the front styling, new wheel choices, and  MyFord Touch®, which provides voice activated controls for the driver.  The most popular engine options are held over from last year, including the fuel-miserly 3.5L eco-boost engine.

Chevrolet Silverado and its sister truck, the GMC Sierra offer solid trucks with proven packages, but are starting to look like they’re in need of the big refresh scheduled for them next year.  For 2013, the changes amount to increased selection of tires and availability of some new colors.

Whether you choose one of the new North American pickups, or one of the Japanese competitors, like the excellent Toyota Tundra and Nissan Titan models, remember that it’s not your truck until you make your own.  Save money by demanding different (and often better) accessories than the ones the dealer offers.

Come visit Carlson Truck Outfitters, and check out our full line of bed protection, bed covers, mud flaps and accessories.

Save Fuel and Wear and Tear on Your Truck’s Interior

We’re busy, and we tend to keep our trucks that way, too.

The best thing about a pickup is its capacity to carry stuff.  Sometimes, though, it’s easy to abuse that capability.  It’s nice to have things handy when you need them, but we often carry unused items for days or weeks at a time.  This extra weight costs us in fuel, and the extra items rolling around in the box or in the interior of the truck have the potential to damage our trucks or worse, become dangerous in the event of an accident.

We all need to remember to remove unneeded items from our trucks when we’re done with them, and make sure we properly secure all of our truck cargo.

For your truck’s protection, you can visit Carlson Truck Outfitters in Winnipeg and check out a full line of equipment designed to keep your truck at its best, no matter what cargo you’re carrying. The Full Metal Jacket Spray-In bed liner will protect the bed from scratches and abrasion, a full line of bed covers from brands like TruXedo, Bakflip, and Retrax, floor protection from Weathertech and an assortment of box rails, tie downs, and seat covers will help protect your truck and its occupants no matter what you’re hauling.
But the best advice we can get when it comes to moving cargo is that we should only carry those items that we need.
Carlson Truck Outfitters is located at 1392c Regent Avenue in Winnipeg.  To learn more about the products and services we offer, drop by for a visit or call us at (204)669-5249.

The True Test of your Truck

It’s easy to know exactly how much weight your truck can carry… it’s written right there in the owner’s manual.  But that’s under laboratory conditions, where all the weight is just that… weight. Evenly shaped, symmetrical blocks of material.  Which is nothing like the stuff we move around on a day to day basis.  We don’t carry weight.  We transport cargo.

Cargo is anything but symmetrical and evenly shaped.  It’s the often jagged, sometimes fragile, nearly always awkward stuff that we cram into the beds of our pickups in the name of getting the job done, or the fun started.

The right rig can make the difference between moving the material safely and not getting it done at all.

Carlson Truck Outfitters has been helping Winnipeg’s truck owners outfit for the big haul for years.  Whether you need bed rails to help secure your cargo or a bed cover to protect it from the elements, we’ve got you covered.

Speaking of covered, no truck bed should be without protection from sharp, spiky and heavy loads – think scrap metal, a rototiller, or tree limbs.  The Full Metal Jacket spray-in bed liner bonds seamlessly with the surface of your truck’s bed, creating a waterproof barrier that protects it from impact, abrasion, and just about any other hazard you can think of.

Visit Carlson Truck outfitters now, so the next time you’re planning to fill your truck with something other than a load of kittens or a stack of pillows, you can rest assured that you’ve got what you need to get the job done.

Carlson Truck Outfitters in Winnipeg offers one stop shopping for pickup truck accessories.  To learn more, call us today at (204) 669-5249 or visit us at 1392c Regent Ave.

At Carlson Truck Outfitters, we love your truck almost as much as you do.

Save Trips and Fuel – Make an Appointment with Carlson Truck Outfitters Today

At Carlson Truck Outfitters, we know that the capability and capacity of a pickup truck in Manitoba does come at a cost.  With fuel prices as high as they are, it makes sense to minimize the number of miles you put on your truck.

If you’re coming to us from further afield, it’s just smart to combine your trip to your favourite Truck Outfitter with some other errands you may need to take care of in Winnipeg.

We’ve noticed that a lot of people across Manitoba choose to come in on Thursday and Friday.  While any day is good for us, we’ve taken special measures to make sure we’re ready to accommodate people near the weekend.  You can rest assured that we’ll have the products and people you need on hand to take care of your truck, especially if you call us ahead of time to let us know you’re coming.
We’re a choice Manitoba truck outfitter, selling truck bed covers by the leading manufacturers, the Full Metal Jacket spray-in polyurea bed liner, and a full range of accessories like mud flaps, splash guards, and seat covers for all makes of trucks.
Drive-ins are always welcome, and you can come see us anytime, but if you let us know when you’re coming we can be extra sure to make your truck accessory shopping experience a pleasure.  We’re open Monday through Friday 8:30 to 5:30, and by appointment on Saturday.

Carlson Truck Outfitters is located at 1392c Regent Avenue in Winnipeg.  Our telephone number is (204) 669-5249.

Trucks Built “Like a Rock” – We Stock Accessories for Chevrolet/GMC Trucks

At Carlson Truck Outfitters, we know pickup trucks. We know them because we like them, and because we see more of them than almost anyone else. And what we’ve been seeing lately is evidence that many people in Manitoba are choosing Chevrolet and GMC as their go-to trucks.

As a result, we’ve become very knowledgeable about the products and services available to GM owners. We can fit you with a bed cover, mud flaps, seat covers or just about any other accessory you might want, and we know how to find and install the ones with the best fit to complement your specific truck.

Whether it’s a Silverado or a Colorado, a Canyon, Avalanche or Sierra, Carlson Truck Outfitters can protect your investment in your vehicle with a Full Metal Jacket spray-in bed liner, a one-step polyurea treatment which bonds to the metal box of your truck and forms a layer of protection that is impervious to moisture, inhibits rust and acts as a barrier against the physical damage that pickup trucks are sure to sustain.

No matter what brand of truck you choose to drive, we understand why you drive it and what you use it for. We can provide a full line of accessories and services that can help you maintain its value and reduce troubles down the road, while making it look and perform at its peak today. At Carlson Truck Outfitters, we know what Winnipeg wants when it comes to truck accessories.