Tips for Installing Trailer Tool boxes

Few things are as valuable to the flatbed trucker as the tools in his or her toolbox. It is that collection of tools that keeps the trucker on the road even when minor problems occur. But the safety and security of one’s tools is only as good as the toolboxes used to store them. So when you are installing new toolboxes, you want to make sure they are mounted correctly.

There are different kinds of toolboxes that truckers use. Some are mounted on flatbed trailers, others on the back of a cab, and still others on the sides of a tractor. Trailer tool boxes might be the hardest to install as they are usually mounted on the underside of the bed. Their weight and size make under bed boxes a bit more difficult to manage.

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A box that is properly installed provides years of valuable service for the trucker. If you are planning to install new boxes on your trailer, here are some tips you might find helpful:

Tip #1 – Choosing Box Size

Installing new boxes to replace old models is easier if you stick with the same size. Toolboxes come in a number of standard sizes, so it shouldn’t be hard to find what you are looking for. By sticking with the same size, you should be able to use the same mounting brackets and hardware.

Installing new boxes where there previously were none leaves you with a few more options. Consider what you will be carrying and how much storage space you will need. Also, determine before you purchase where you want your toolboxes mounted. Then take careful measurements so you end up with the right size.

Tip #2 – Choosing Mounting Brackets

Very few trailer toolboxes come with mounting brackets included. You will have to buy them separately. There are universal brackets that fit just about every toolbox on the market, as well as specialized brackets for custom boxes. That said, do not just assume brackets will work with your box. Check with manufacturers or sellers to ensure you get the right combination.

Tip #3 – Test Before Mounting

The location of hinges and access panels will determine exactly where on your trailer your toolbox will be mounted. Keep in mind you will need some clearance. It’s always best to test the location for a new toolbox before you mount it. Use a hydraulic jack to lift your toolbox into place, then test it by opening and closing the access panel and checking the box’s position against the bed and any other trailer structures.

Tip #4 – Heavy Duty Hardware

Your trailer tool boxes end up carrying a lot of weight over their lifetimes. Furthermore, they will be subject to constant road vibrations as well as the shock of every bump and pothole you hit. Therefore, do not skimp on mounting hardware. This is one instance in which investing in top-of-the-line parts is always a good idea. Purchase heavy-duty mounting hardware you know will stand up to years of abuse and punishment.

Tip #5 – Ease of Access

Lastly, choosing mounting locations for your trailer toolboxes is as much about convenience as it is utility. Only you know what would be the most convenient locations based on how you do things. Try to locate your boxes where they make the most sense, according to the kinds of work you normally take. You want to spend as little time as possible getting to the tools you need at the times you need them most.


Winter RV Storage: 5 Things To Think About

With the falling of the leaves, comes the reality that it is time to prepare your RV for winter storage. The thing to remember is that, getting the longest life out of your RV means doing more than, just winterizing the plumbing system. There is a checklist of things you should do to prepare your rig for the winter. So, before you throw on that RV cover and forget about things for the next few months, be sure you have done everything you can to protect your RV.

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We could probably just provide you with a list of hundred different suggestions from RV dealers and manufacturers and confuse you. Instead, here are five things you may not have thought about in terms of winter RV storage, which you may want to add to your annual routine.

#1 – Protecting Your RV Tires

Believe it or not, the tires on your RV take quite a bit of abuse during the winter. Some people physically remove them from their RVs and store them separately in the garage. If that is too much work for you, there are still things you can do as an alternative. First, make sure your tires are inflated to the highest cold pressure listed in your manual. Several times during the winter, check the tires with a gauge and keep them properly inflated.

Second, if you don’t parking on concrete or asphalt, place something between your tires and the ground so it is hoisted. Also, give yourself plenty of room to move the vehicle back and forth by several feet. By moving it three or four times over the winter, you will prevent flat spots from developing on your tires.

#2 – Check for Proper Ventilation

Your RV needs proper ventilation even during the winter months. This is one of the reasons, many manufacturers recommend using a combination of a breathable cover and ventilation components that keep sufficient air circulating, to prevent moisture buildup that can lead to mold. If you do not know how to properly ventilate your RV, contact your manufacturer or dealer for instructions.

#3 – Insect and Rodent Traps

A parked RV is a magnet for rodents and insects who may turn it into a winter home. Make sure to place an appropriate amount of traps in and around your rig as a preventative measure. Check those traps on a periodic basis until the snow flies. If necessary, replace them in the spring and resume a regular schedule of checking.

#4 – Leave Cabinets and Drawers Open

Inside your rig, make sure to open all cabinets and drawers – and leave them open throughout the winter. The purpose here is to allow them to expand and contract as the temperature changes. Leaving them open also prevents moisture from being trapped inside.

#5 – Remove All Batteries

Inside your rig, remove all batteries from any remote controls and appliances. You might want to bring the batteries inside so that they aren’t exposed cold temperatures during winter. If your rig is an RV rather than a trailer or a fifth wheel, it is also a good idea to remove the batteries from the engine compartment. Clean them thoroughly and store them in a cool, dry place.

Only when you properly prepare your RV are you ready to put the cover on the for winter. You will be able to enjoy the season with the peace of mind that your RV will be ready for the road when spring comes around.