Trucks

  • Surf's Up with The Nissan Titan Surfcamp

    Trucks are awesomely powerful machines and the embodiment of testosterone in many ways... they can be chic, smooth, and luxurious... or they can be brutish and able to tackle any object in front of them. They can also be anything in between those two bookends and that's the message from Nissan. The Titan is one of my favorite trucks because while it isn't the biggest or the fanciest that doesn't matter. It's got a great platform, a smooth ride, and the seats are super comfortable even after hours on the road. I think that's why I really like the program that they've been doing over the past year or so with their "Titan Adventures" and the their "Lifestyle Concept" trucks (and SUVs). Their latest is the awesomely fun Titan Surf Camp, based on a Nissan Titan XD but designed to be the ULTIMATE beach truck. We've seen it a few times recently but they actually let me drive it around San Diego this time and we had a blast playing with it.

  • How To Stay Safe While Driving in a Dust Storm

    The desert is an amazing place to explore - on road as well as off. Despite the fact that some people might think it is dead and desolate, this is an environment that is incredibly dynamic. Dangers as well as beauty can pop up at any moment and disappear just as quickly. One of these dangers is sudden dust storms or sandstorms. They are most common in the deserts of North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula but also in parts of the United States including California, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico.

    While American sand storms are often smaller in size than what might be experienced in the Saharan Desert, the danger to motorists can be similar. Here's what to do if you find yourself in a sand storm.

  • How to Select The Right Tires for Off Road Driving

    It might be obvious – big knobby tires are better at gripping rugged surfaces than smooth ones. After all, you wouldn't put a pair of racing slicks on your truck and take it out on the trail, would you? The reality though is that for most of us, the right choice of tires is more about balance than absolutes. That's why I really like this set of Grabber A/T X that General Tire sent me to check out.

  • How To Safely Hitch A Trailer To Your Truck

    What was it like the first time you hitched something to the back of a truck and hauled it away? If you are anything like most people, I'm sure you were pretty nervous that you did it right and pretty excited to be on the road headed to your next adventure. While it's really not that complicated to safely hitch a trailer to your truck, there are some basic things you should know to make sure you do it properly and safely.

  • How To Prevent Trailer Sway

    Trailer sway is a top cause of trailer-related accidents. Those with experience towing trailers have likely encountered this problem at some point in the towing process. There are several steps that can be taken to counter trailer sway, which will help to prevent injury and damage to your truck and trailer. 
  • Towing and Trailering Fundamentals to Help You Tow Like a Pro

    While many truck and SUV owners will never use their powerful vehicles for hauling stuff, that almost seems like a shame. Afterall, while vehicles such as the GMC Sierra Denali are obviously posh and comfortable, the real strength comes from it's ability to haul "stuff". Unfortunately though, all too often the proper way to perform these tasks is simply an afterthought until you find out you did it wrong. Here's some tips I learned this weekend while at the Tow Like a Pro event hosted by GMC.

  • Chevy Colorado ZR2 Is The Perfect Off Road Sports Truck

    What's a "sports truck" you ask? For me, it's just like how a sports car is designed to go faster and turn quicker so you can do stuff others can't - this truck can go places and do things other trucks will never be able to. It's also designed for the person who doesn't simply want a "practical" vehicle. They want something that is an object of desire and affection. It's a vehicle that you instinctively crave from the moment your eyes first lock onto it. That's exactly what the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is... and I'm hooked!

  • Everything You Need To Know To Race in the Baja 1000

    Baja California, Mexico is a legendary peninsula that has some of the most beautiful coastline, mountains, valleys, and vistas of anyplace on Earth. It is also a playground for some of the most wealthy and adventurous people in the world who love to test their physical endurance and technical ability as a driver during the Baja 1000 and other races held here. We recently had a chance to spend four days here, driving a Baja challenge car that had actually completed the Baja 1000 course and it's an amazing experience. What you might not know is that there's no credentialing authority, so all you need to do to compete is show up with a car and pay your entry fee!

  • Interview with Teresa Lummus - Competitor on Truck Night in America

    History channel has got another hit on its hands! We just got a preview of their newest show, Truck Night in America and I absolutely love it. They managed to capture everything I love about the off road truck community and combine it with competitive sports-TV shows like American Ninja Warrior. One of the competitors featured in the first season is Teresa Lummus from Idaho and we got a chance to chat more with her about her love of trucks and the experience of being part of Truck Night in America. 

  • We Took The 2018 GMC Sierra 2500 Denali HD on a Vegas Road Trip

    Trucks are clearly being used as more than just tools to haul and explore, and today that means that there are LOTS of great options out there. Last month, we got the chance to test out one of the best - GMC's 2018 Sierra 2500 Denali HD. Our route would be the five-hour road trip from San Diego to Vegas, plus a few detours! While I would have loved to test out the truck hauling some toys into the desert, this wasn't that kind of trip. Instead, we were looking for something that would look good pulling up to the valet and cruising the strip - but still be capable of cruising down some back roads through the desert.

  • How To Turn Your Truck Into a Snowplow And Start Making Extra Money This Winter

    Winter is here, the snow has started to fall, and you've decided you're going to make a couple of extra bucks plowing driveways. Now what? It goes without saying that you'll need a truck, and to get the job done right you'll need the right truck!

  • Nissan Titan XD Guys Weekend Road Trip From Atlanta to Nashville

    Last weekend Victor from Male Standard joined me on a road trip from Atlanta to Nashville in an incredibly fun Titan XD truck. Along the way we ate BBQ, drank beer and whiskey (while not driving!), threw axes, and celebrated the boys of fall starting with the College Football Hall of Fame and ending in the Nissan Suite for a Titans game in Nashville.

  • Introducing the Chevy Tahoe Custom - Perfect For Pulling Toys

    The Chevy Tahoe is one of my favorite big SUVs and that's because it is apologetically big and powerful, yet still fun to drive. Chevy has made it even better this year by offering a new trim level, "Custom" where they've removed the third row, made a towing package standard, and added a few cosmetic tweaks as well. What you're left with is the perfect truck for pulling everything you need for the weekend and tons of cargo space inside, along with a super comfortable ride and great tech to help you get there safely.

  • A Romantic Getaway with Two Couples and a Ford Raptor in the Desert

    This is a different sort of Raptor review. The Ford Raptor is hands down the most fun truck or SUV that I've had the chance to test - ever. While most reviews focus on it's extreme off road abilities as a Baja racing truck that you can buy from a dealer vs building your own. The truth is that the truck goes way beyond that and after spending a few days testing it out with my wife and another couple during a getaway to Borrego Springs, California, I'm even more impressed. This is far more than just "dad's toy"!

  • Testing Toyota's TRD Pro Trucks at Ocotillo Wells 4x4 Training Park

    One of the challenges - and frankly the thrills - of having a 4x4 truck is seeing how capable it really is. The challenge with that though is that sometimes the line between awesome fun and danger is blurred and you never really learn except by making mistakes. That's why I absolutely love the fact that the state of California along with some local off road clubs created this amazing park located just east of San Diego with marked challenges and obstacles ranging from the absolutely insane to beginner. This also gave us the perfect place to test out and compare the TRD Pro trucks that Toyota had given us to play with.

  • Craftsman World of Outlaws - The Greatest Show On Dirt!

    Last weekend Sear & Craftsman Tools invited me out to check out the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at Perris Auto Speedway, in Perris California. This was my first time ever at a Sprint Car race and I really didn't know what to expect.

  • So You Want to Get Your Truck Off-Road Ready? Here's Where to Start

    In the past year I've gotten the bug for off-road driving. Fortunately I've been privileged to be able to borrow some fantastic vehicles from manufacturers including Jeep who have indulged my hobby. However, as I look around at the people I meet on the trails I realize that not everyone is driving the latest and greatest models. In fact, most people have an older model truck, Jeep or SUV that has been lovingly updated to serve their desired purpose. In fact, this makes a lot of sense since who wants to dent some brand new body work? I'm still going to wince a bit if I dent the door or get a crack in the headlight of any vehicle but I'd rather it happen to something that was already a bit worn. So the trick is figuring out where to start and how to get your truck off-road ready so you don't waste time and money in the process.

  • Truck Yeah! Exploring San Antonio With the All New Tacoma

    We did more than just eat and drink while exploring San Antonio. It was also a chance to strap into one of the finest trucks on the market today - the Toyota Tacoma. For some reason, we haven't done a lot of truck reviews here, so the last time I have actually driven a truck was years ago in my father's Toyota Tundra. It was a good solid truck and did what it was asked to do... but it certainly wasn't something I'd aspire to ever own. Times have changed though and today's Tacoma feels bigger than that Tundra and drives almost like a car. 

  • Chicago Auto Show Keeps on Truckin

    In the recent past the Chicago Auto Show was ironically considered a “truck show” show by the world’s vehicle manufacturers. These automakers chose the show to introduce important pickup and SUV vehicles to the media and the nation’s largest public auto show audience. Well, for the recently concluded 2016 Chicago Auto Show trucks took the show back. This year there were numerous production truck intros and special vehicles on display at the show. Here are the ones you need to know about.

  • Try the 2015 Chevy Silverado for Your Next Ski Trip

    While it hardly seems like winter here in San Diego, the rest of you guys are probably bundled up and looking at the snow starting to pile up at your favorite resorts around the country.

    The question is, how are you going to get there in your Geo Metro :)  

    The folks over at Chevy have an answer - the new 2015 Chevy Silverado - perfect for carrying your skis, plenty of room to pack in a few guys in the crew cab, and heck you could pull your campervan behind too so you don't even need to worry about finding a slope side condo.

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