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Mudding is a popular activity, especially in the south. But there are some trucks that just do it better. Here is a little information on what Mudding is, the best trucks for it, and the safest ways to have good old-fashioned dirty fun.
What is it?
It is a recreational activity where men and women alike get their trucks ready and hit a big muddy spot. They race to see who can go faster without getting stuck. Sometimes, it’s just more fun to tear up the land and drive. If you’ve never done it before, be prepared to get muddy.
It’s all a part of the appeal. You’ll get your blood pumping and a load of laughter. It’s just like being on a rollercoaster ride without the heights or loops. Here are a few of the trucks that do the best in the mud.
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When we think of celebrities and their cars, we usually picture them in high-end sports cars. After all, to a celebrity, a car is as much a statement piece as anything else they own. However, the following celebrities still know and love the power of a good truck.
Scott Caan 1950 F-Series Ford
Scott Caan, known for his role as Danny “Danno” Williams in the remake of Hawaii Five-0, enjoys taking a spin in his classic 1950 F-Series Ford truck. The F-Series was the first truck produced by Ford after World War II. In 1950, Ford saw an uptick in sales of the F-Series, and some believe this increase was linked to fears of smaller car production during the Korean War. During that time, Ford produced 345,801 trucks. Additionally, a big change in producing this truck was switching to a truck chassis instead of using one from a car.
Ben Affleck Dodge Ram SRT-10
Ben Affleck has won two Academy Awards and three Golden Globes, but that doesn’t stop him from cruising the streets in his black Dodge Ram SRT-10. Unlike other trucks, the SRT-10 was produced solely for speed, and has the engine of a Viper under the hood. Production of the truck ran from 2004 to 2006, and there were only 9,527 trucks manufactured during this 3 year span. While it was in production, it set a Guinness World Record for the fastest truck with a top speed of almost 155 miles per hour.
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Pickup trucks are built to be tough. They can handle any terrain while providing a comfortable driving experience. Even though just about every truck is a great choice, here are the six best full size pickup trucks on the market.
The Silverado comes with a V6 engine that gives plenty of power for towing light trailers and easy daily driving. However, buyers have the option to upgrade to a V8, which improves acceleration and makes it better for towing heavy loads. It has a six speed automatic transmission and gets 24 MPG highway driving in the V6 and 22 MPG highway driving in the V8. This could be better, especially if it had an eight speed automatic transmission, but the truck’s performance and comfortable ride make it worth it.
The Ford F-150 is the standard in pickup trucks and the 2014 model does not disappoint. There are three engine options – the V6, two V8 variations, and a turbocharged EcoBoost V6. When it comes to fuel economy, the V6 gets 23 MPG highway, the EcoBoost V6 gets 22 MPG highway, and the larger V8 gets 18 MPG highway. The brakes have lots of stopping power and steering has great feedback for the driver.
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“The pickup truck is very much a part of Americana,” explained Ed Kim, the vice president of industry analysis at AutoPacific. “It’s connected with the idea of a man going out to work hard and create his own path.” Those ideals make pickups much more than simple vehicles. They’re as American as apple pie, and the muse for many of the world’s best songs.
1. “I Love My Truck” by Glen Campbell
Country music legend Glen Campbell spoke for generations of pickup fans when he sang “I Love My Truck.” This ode to his Chevrolet pickup reminds listeners that a good truck is always with you with the lyrics “It don’t matter who lived, it don’t matter who lied, I got my truck right by my side.”
Released as a single n 1981, The Joe Rainey-penned tune appeared on the greatest hits album Super Hits in 2000.
2. “Big Ol’ Truck” by Toby Keith
It was hard to tell whether Toby Keith was more enamored with the big ol’ truck or the girl driving it in his 1995 single “Big Ol’ Truck.” The fourth and final single from his Boomtown album tells of a girl made even more attractive because she owns a “four-wheel drive” with “chrome steel bumpers and red step side.”
The song struck a chord with North American motorists, who took it to number 15 on the U.S. Billboard country charts and number 10 on the Canada country charts.
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Other models of trucks and SUVs appear on top 10 lists periodically, but when you’re looking for something reliable to haul your family’s boat, you want a model that has withstood the test of time. These models can make that claim, having been in top 10 lists for over a decade.
Towing capacity that accommodates the weight of your boat is significant. You’ll want a vehicle that can tow at least 5,000 pounds, but 6,000 pounds is better. Other features to consider are not so obvious. For example, to transport the family you’ll need a truck with a crew cab, which these four models offer in some form, that seats up tp six people. If you plan to run errands that don’t involve towing, fuel economy is also a concern.
These models offer packages that fill the needs of both solitary truck drivers and families. The right combination of engine and interior features can easily tow a 20-foot boat while making the ride both comfortable and quiet.
Chevrolet Silverado 1500
With maximum towing capacities that range from 5,900 pounds to 12,000 pounds, there’s probably a Silverado model that can haul your boat.
Large pillars limit outward visibility, detracting from the Silverado’s 40.0-foot turning diameter. However, in general the Silverado’s combination of interior comforts and power make this a good all-around contender.
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Just because you want to drive a powerful pickup truck doesn’t mean you want to spend a lot of money on gas. Check out these four pickup trucks with the best gas mileage, so you will save money at the pump.
2014 Toyota Tacoma
MPG: City 21/Highway 25
The 2014 Toyota Tacoma with a 2.4 inline four-cylinder engine will give you better fuel economy than just about any other truck available. Despite the great gas mileage, her engine gives you 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. That’s plenty of power for the average person.
The Tacoma also comes with:
- speed-proportional power steering
- interior air filtration
- USB connection in the stereo
When you consider those features, it’s obvious that you get a great truck for your money.
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In the digital age, rumors spread like wildfire and urban myths seem too incredible to be true. But truth is often stranger than fiction, and the stories you dismiss may be the ones you should heed. For the sake of your car and safety, pay attention to these real-life myths.
1. The Killer in the Backseat
A woman leaves a bar late and heads for the highway. A car trails her, driving erratically and flashing its lights insistently. She feels vulnerable and decides to dash inside to call the police on her arrival home. As she does, the other driver yells to her “Lock the door and call the police!”
When the police arrive she learns the driver posed no danger; in fact, he was trying to save her. He spotted a man in the back seat with a knife raised. As the lights flashed, the would-be killer ducked down to stay out of view.
While there’s no evidence the events of this actual story existed, something similar happened to an Alabama college student in 2007. She stopped at a convenience store on her way back to school and decided it wasn’t worth locking her SUV. As she drove away, a man in the backseat threatened her with a gun. She slammed on the brakes and thankfully managed to escape, but her story is a real-life reminder to always lock your car and check the back seat before driving away.
Pickup trucks are made for hauling large heavy loads of miscellaneous stuff. How can you safely carry loads for long distances? Here are some steps to take before you hit the road for a safer journey for you, your load, and the other road users.
1. Prepare your Pickup
While most pickups have special features especially for carrying loads a long way, here are a few things to double-check and are easily installable.
- Bed Rails: These protect your truck rails from damage inflicted upon by your cargo.
- Non-skid Bed Liner: This polymer material goes in the bed of your pickup to keep cargo shifting in check when you brake or turn corners.
- Additional Anchors: You can install more tie down anchors if you need more cargo security.
2. Contain your Cargo
All cargos need special security, depending on the type. Use netting on lighter cargo like insulation, trash, or lawn materials. Cargo netting is made and sized for specific bed sizes, so make sure you know the size of your truck bed before shopping. Tarps are a great way to protect loads like furniture, mattresses, or anything you need to protect against the elements.
Over the last few years, the popularity of food trucks has taken the nation by storm. In the days of old, food trucks were sworn off as “roach coaches” or “mobile garbage cans.” Now, from coast to coast, food trucks serve up gourmet food without being rooted to the ground.
In a way, food trucks combine two of life’s greatest things: food and trucks. We love trucks, so we certainly understand the appeal of a delicious, rolling restaurant.
People ask us a lot about our favorite food trucks in San Antonio. The best place to go for food trucks around here is the Boardwalk on Bulverde. Some people describe the Boardwalk on Bulverde as a “food truck mall.” We already detailed our Top 5 barbecue joints in San Antonio, so we went ahead and made a list of our top 5 food trucks to try when you’re in our neck of the woods.
Everyone knows how much we love trucks and how much we love giveaways! We have a great event coming up soon in conjunction with St. Pius Catholic School. American Auto Brokers has gladly donated a beautiful 2008 Ford f-150 XLT 5.6: v8 4×4.
The truck has only 81,426 miles on it and anyone can win for just $10.00 a chance! The trucks will be raffled off on Saturday, March 22, 2014.