How to Win a Trophy at a Show
You have spent the last week running around with a blatant disregard for anything other than you and your truck. You're about to lose your job and your girlfriend has started using phrases like, "You love your truck more than you love me." Come hell or high water, you're not leaving the show without some sort of an award. To help out your insanity, we have a few final tips that will help you get closer to that trophy.
Clean Is Key Get to the show early, so you have enough time to make sure your truck is spotless. It will also give you the chance to scope the competition in your class.
Everything Counts Make sure you read the judging sheet; check out every area that will be judged. Even if you don't have any chrome or powdercoating, pull a wheel, open your hood, make sure your doors are open, and get every last point you can. If a judge can't see it, you won't get any points.
Wax On, Wax Off Cleaning your ride without water can be somewhat of a task, but if you have the right stuff you don't need water. Quick detailer is your friend; don't be afraid to use it. Use it with a large loop microfiber towel. As you wipe, any dirt is picked up and moved away from the paint, without scratching it. If you need to wax your truck, use products like Meguiar's Quick Wax-it is a wipe-on, wipe-off process.
Hide The Evidence Make sure you have some WD-40 with you. No, we aren't crazy. Use it to clean your inner wheelwells and parts of your suspension. It will break down any road tar or even that animal you hit on your way to the show.
No Dust Bunnies Dashboards, like computer monitors, become dust magnets because high-tech components create an electrostatic bond, resisting soap and water. Monitor wipes contain anti-static solvents, while the new electrostatic wipes actually attract dust by using an opposed electrical charge. To reach otherwise inaccessible areas, consider a compressed-gas duster.
More Than A Trophy A lot of times the difference between getting a trophy and not getting one is only a matter of a few points. We bet you're thinking that you should have opened up your hood, huh? Just remember, as enthusiasts, we're not all about trophies. It's about the friendship, the memories, and the stories you will have to tell your friends back home.
4 Tips On Towing a Trailer
If you tow a trailer, you are subject to new and different challenges on the highway than you may have previously encountered. Towing a trailer is no small responsibility and should be undertaken with great care and an eye toward safety first. An accident with a tow vehicle and trailer can have much greater consequences than carelessness with a small car.
1. Driving a heavily loaded truck or towing a trailer means you need more space to stop or pass. Keep your distance, at least three seconds for each 20 feet of vehicle length. A truck 20 feet long pulling a 20-foot trailer should have at least six seconds following distance between it and the car ahead of it in ideal conditions.
2. When traveling slower than the flow of traffic, be courteous. Pull over where possible to let faster vehicles pass.
3. If you get to a point where you experience trailer sway, it's likely that something else is wrong. The problem could be insufficient tongue weight. If you have a travel trailer, shift heavier items to the front and lighter ones to the rear. With a car trailer, move the vehicle forward. Whatever the case, the first thing is to avoid panic. Slow down by taking your foot off the accelerator. Let vehicle speed decrease, but do not apply the brake-it can make the situation worse. Once you're down to a safe speed, carefully apply the brakes and stop. Then, readjust the load or determine what else might be causing this condition.
4. Before you tow a trailer or haul a load, make sure your vehicle is properly equipped for the job. Make sure that your rearview mirrors give a clear view of the road behind you. If your truck can tow 9,500 pounds and your trailer and contents weigh less than the towing capacity of the truck, you still may not be legal. The rating on your trailer is what determines whether you're legal or not. If the GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) of the trailer is greater than the GVWR of the towing truck, then you're overweight, which means if you to get into an accident your insurance company will not cover your claim, opening you to personal lawsuits. If in doubt, check your owner's manual or contact your vehicle dealer.