MrTruck's Favorite Innovative
talking about license plate borders or chrome exhaust pipe tips. I have those
too, but cool functional stuff that you donít see everywhere. I found these
accessories at SEMA convention (specialty equipment marketing association) in
Vegas. Iím not a Vegas fan, but end up there a couple times a year a NFR and
SEMA. My son spends time in the tire and wheel room at SEMA, something to do
with ďbooth babesĒ showing off wheels. I stay clear of the tire room and spend
most of my 4 days there upstairs in the trailer and truck section. Vendors have
booths trying to attract new dealers. This is for mom and pop stores which is
the back bone of American business, at the same time is APPEX convention which
is more for corporations.
do you do when you don't have someone to check your trailer lights while
you run the blinkers and light switch? I know trailer dealers need this
or anyone who tows a lot. Imagine walking to the rear of your trailer
with a remote and just pushing buttons to check your trailer lights by
your self. When I was at the NATDA convention in Texas this summer,
Chuck McDaniel with MaxBrake trailer brake controllers, installed on my
truck their Wireless Trailer Light Tester. It's an easy install which is
just the control box plugged into the truck's wire harness in front of
the female trailer plug. It comes with 2 remotes, has a range of 100 ft.
installs fast and easy and one of my favorite accessories.
pickup truck is on the road a lot and usually with a trailer following close
behind. So of course a portable 12 volt air compressor is important. Besides
tires, an air impact wrench can keep you on the road. Or being about to blow out
a tractor air filter in the field with air pressure is a plus. I had a 12 volt
portable air compress in the seventies with a starter motor and solenoid running
the compressor. The motor burned out often.
I met Jeremy Smith with Phoenix USA. He sent me
a 12 volt compressor with 3 gallon tank maxes at 120 psi with a ĺ direct drive
motor. No maintenance or oil to change with a pressure switch, on/off switch and
water drain. I added a 50 amp breaker
inline with the battery cables added to the compressor. I can run the cables up
to my trucks battery and reach my trailer tires with the 50í air hose I added.
hold a flashlight in my mouth in the rain while changing a tire. And had the
million candle watt spot light. But the problem is placement of the light. If
you have a third hand, no worries but for the rest of us another product seen at
SEMA is Central Tools 100LED. Bruce Dawson sent me the light. This LED light has
magnets on the bottom and side, a flexable neck and hook. Iíve stuck it on my
truck frame while upgrading exhaust, stuck it to my hood while changing air
filters. Itís my favorite flash light, always under my truck seat. A very bright
led light that flashes when it needs charging. http://centraltools.com/index.html
Sweden is a battery charger you wonít loan out. Bill Rainey showed me the CTEK
compact battery charger at SEMA. I took it home and it stays in my truck too.
Small is nice, itís out of the way even when charging. You canít hurt it or hook
it up wrong and get sparks or shock. You select the battery type, such as deep
cycle, motorcycle or regular battery and CTEC does the rest. If you hook up
wrong nothing happens, it just doesnít charge. If you hook up correctly,
positive to positive and so on, it will display just how charged the battery is
now and monitor it. I use it on my horse trailer which has two deep cycle
batteries. A well made unit.
Micro Inc. starting field cameras for testing combines and cornstalk
shredders. Lot easier to stick a camera in with moving machinery than a
journalist with a camcorder. DM's AgCam is water proof, bullet
proof, shock resistant and has night vision, infrared and can withstand
up to 150 F. We'll be using these camera's to monitor and quad to record
the horse trailer tests planned for this summer. Because the camera's
are so durable, and have a magnetic base, we can put them under trailers
to watch air ride axles, they can record the movement of Cushion
Couplers on a gooseneck and by epoxing a steel washer inside an aluminum
horse trailer, we can aim the AgCam camera's at horses feet dancing in
the trailer or monitor their drinking habits. We've already used them
to see how much truck mudflaps sails at 70 mph. Then the obvious uses
for AgCam is to use backing up to your trailer coupler and then put the
camera in the trailer and watch your horses actions.
The camera kit from AgCam came with a 9"
monitor (a real size), 4 camera's and quad receiver. We'll hook it up to
video and have the results on MrTruck.com this summer. These camera's
are currently used in law enforcement and their unique durability will
make them ideal for recording the action under and inside our horse
trailer at highway speed. Think about that when you pass me in my red
Hart trailer. You might be on MrTruck.TV
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