5 Must-Have Customizations for Your Pickup Truck

5 Must-Have Customizations for Your Pickup Truck
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    A pickup truck doubles as a party venue during football season.

    An unadorned, unmodified truck will work just fine when hosting a tailgate party, but where’s the fun in that?


Plus, some modifications you can give your truck will actually improve your tailgating experience. Here are three must-have customizations for your pickup truck that can make setting up and cleaning up easier.

Truck Bed Liner

A spray-in truck bed liner preserves your truck’s cargo area, protecting it from the effects of weather and preventing dings and scratches from cargo. A truck bed liner makes cleanup a breeze when tailgating.

Instead of getting in there with a scrub brush to remove sticky spills from beer or barbeque sauce, you can quickly spray down a truck bed liner with a hose.

Running Boards

Side steps or running boards on your pickup help you get in and out of your truck. But when tailgating, they can serve as an additional surface to set up small Bluetooth speakers or supplies of cups and napkins, or they can act as seating for petite people while they eat their barbeque. Plus, they look really cool and give your truck a little more presence in the parking lot!

Tonneau Cover

Also known simply as a truck bed cover, a rigid, retractable, or roll-up truck bed cover keeps all your tailgating supplies covered and protected from wind and road grit as you travel to the game.

And this added protection while tailgating is just one of many reasons to invest in a truck bed cover for your pickup.

A good customization shop can find truck bed covers even for older model trucks, so don’t let your truck’s vintage year stop you from finding one of these must-have customizations for your pickup.

Upgraded Towing Package

It can be pricey, but if you plan on tailgating a lot or towing a camper to an away game, you may need an upgraded towing package on your pickup.

Towing upgrades may include more cooling for the transmission and the engine, a stronger suspension and drivetrain, and more powerful brakes.

If you’re towing a trailer or camper, you’ll also need towing mirrors, which may be required by law, depending on your location. With a customized towing package, you could pull a larger trailer of tailgating extras, including a tent canopy for shade, more chairs, a bigger grill, and team swag to show off your devotion!

Truck Bed Lights

As the game winds down and evening comes, you could use truck bed lights to help you pack up without forgetting anything. Choose bed lights that are easy to switch on and fit around your truck’s bed to illuminate both the sides and the bottom for increased visibility.

These are just a few customizations you could add to your pickup. You may also want to bring along a splitter extension cord that plugs into your dashboard outlet and can reach into the truck bed to power a sound system while also charging your phone in the cab.

But make sure your truck has an always-on 12V outlet, or you’ll have to keep it running to supply power, and the resulting exhaust fumes could create a health hazard for you and your guests. Plus, you will run your battery down, so don’t forget the jumper cables, just in case! Have fun supporting your team at the tailgate, and stay safe!

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