Sean’s truck was buried in several feet of heavy snow. This is what happened to his ACCESS® Roll-Up Cover.

There’s a truck under there. I promise!

Imagine coming outside and finding your truck like this. That’s just what happened to Sean T. in New York in late 2014. Pictured here is his Ford F150, which is equipped with an ACCESS® Roll-Up Cover. I’ll let him take the story from here.

“After getting over 7 feet of snow in 2 days back in November 2014 I thought my cover for sure would be shot and I would have to buy a new one. Snow drifts on my truck bed cover were as high as the snow in my yard.”

“The cross bar tubes that support the cover flexed and deflected to the max under the heavy load.”

“To my surprise when I finally got all the snow off the cover the bars flexed back into shape the the cover had not ripped or torn at all! Thanks ACCESS. I’m now looking at purchasing an ADARAC for my truck to haul canoes and kayaks.”

Sean later sent us these photos after he installed his new ADARAC™ Truck Bed Rack System.

As you can see, Sean’s tonneau cover is doing just fine.

Homesteaders enjoy our SNOWSPORT® HD Utility Plow

Last week, YouTuber Starry Hilder teased a little bit about getting our SNOWSPORT® HD Utility Plow for their homestead in the Pacific Northwest. Hilder promised a full review to come.

Over the weekend, Hilder uploaded this complete review of the plow with plenty of action by her husband, Mr. Hilder, on their 1/4-mile driveway. Watch and see what the couple said. names ACCESS® Roll-Up Cover its MVP of the Year

We were honored to receive some great news today. The following is a press release sent out by

ACCESS® Roll-Up Cover is’s MVP of the Year

Awarded 2014 SEMA Vendor Award has chosen ACCESS® Roll-Up Cover as this year’s recipient of the Most Valuable Partner of the Year award. The award was presented at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Pictured, from left, are Shawn O’Neal, ACCESS director of sales, Bryan Miller, chief operating officer of Agri-Cover, Inc., Scott Bintz, CEO, and Dustin Whitney, ACCESS national account manager.

JAMESTOWN, ND (Nov. 18, 2014) – is excited to announce that ACCESS® Roll-Up Cover is this year’s recipient of the Most Valuable Partner of the Year award, presented at the 2014 SEMA show.

In it’s second year, the RealTruck Vendor Awards series was created to honor partner companies that demonstrate a commitment to excellence in the areas of communication, problem solving, and support, while providing high-quality products and top-notch customer service. is fortunate to partner with a number of vendors that strive for and exemplify excellence, and selecting a winner in each category was a challenging task. Ultimately, only one company per category won, and the winners represent the partners that stood out during the September 2013 to August 2014 period.

In order to receive serious consideration in the Most Valuable Partner of the Year category, companies had to meet the following criteria:

  • Be known for consistency – constantly delivers high-quality products to RealTruck customers
  • Has a strong working relationship with all RealTruck internal departments
  • Is a top-tier revenue partner for RealTruck

Aside from giving ACCESS® Roll-Up Cover the highest scores in this category, the judges noted that Access is a well-known name throughout RealTruck due to the close working relationship the company maintains with each of RealTruck’s internal departments.

Hit us with your questions about this GMC Canyon.


I’ve seen folks asking online if anyone has a Chevrolet Colorado or GMC Canyon, and what the new mid-size trucks are like.

Well, we have one. We also have tonneau covers for them.

If you want to know anything about our GMC Canyon, ask us in the comments section. We’ll do our best to get you an answer.

Truck news: The Colorados and Canyons are coming!

Let’s get to it.


General Motors is getting strong demand for the new mid-size Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. So much, that it added a new shift to the plant that makes them.

Fuel economy numbers have been released for these trucks, ranging from 27 mpg on the highway for an extended-cab version with 2WD and the inline-4 engine to 17 in the city with the V6 and 4WD.

Here’s a video that shows a lot of the underside of the trucks:

Initial reviews are coming from all directions, and you can expect plenty more as these trucks get out into the world. Chevrolet also made an off-road kitted version for folks to consider.

I actually was able to see a GMC Canyon in person earlier this month at the Big Iron Farm Show in Fargo, North Dakota. Here are some more photos.

The bed, tailgate down.
The view from the driver’s seat. This was a well-optioned model with lots of bells and whistles. The fellow from GMC said this particular truck’s sticker price would be close to $40,000.
It wasn’t until I saw this truck in person that I noticed how much slope there is to the back of the cab. Look how much it drops.
I took a selfie to show how much space there is in the cab. It’s definitely a lot more snug than in a full-size truck, but there was room to stretch my legs.

Ford Motor Co.

Ford is converting its Dearborn, Mich., plant first to produce the new aluminum-tubbed F-150s. The company is making a huge bet on its new trucks, and making plenty of news with the trucks’ features.

You can expect the interiors to have many luxuries offered, and automatic parking is even available. Capability-wise, the truck is rated to tow up to 12,200 pounds and carry up to  3,300 pounds of payload in the bed.

Also, Ford is still tinkering with its next-generation Super Duty. This alleged test mule, sporting a bed topper under the cladding, was spotted recently.

EDIT: After I posted this, Mike Levine, Ford Trucks communications manager, said the next Super Duty will have an aluminum body.



Don’t think Ford and GM have all the big news. Ram is also doing decent for itself, and has increased production at its Warren Truck Assembly Plant to make another 100 trucks per day.

Also interesting is the little back-and-forth Ford and Ram have been having lately over which company has the truck with best-in-class towing.


If you live in a state near the Gulf of Mexico, you can go to your local Toyota dealer to get the new Toyota Tundra Bass Pro Shops Off-Road Edition. What does that get you?

This stuff:

  • 20” Milled-Matte Black Wheels and All Terrain Upgrade
  • Custom Bass Pro Shops Carpeted Floor Mats
  • Bass Pro Shops Off-Road Bed Decals
  • 5” Oval Black Step Tubes
  • Spray-On Bedliner
  • Pocketed Fender Flares
  • Stainless Steel Exhaust Tip

Klein: Try leadcore trolling to find walleye

This is Josh Klein. He is a professional angler in the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit, and he is sponsored by ROCKSTAR™ Hitch Mounted Mud Flaps and uses them to protect his fishing boat.

We asked Josh to share some tips on fishing with us. Today, he’s got this primer on leadcore trolling for walleye:

I’m gonna talk about a technique in the walleye world known as leadcore trolling or pulling lead as many call it. It is a very effective way to trigger walleyes at a certain depth.

Leadcore line is a continuous string of lead covered in a Dacron layer, usually finished with a mono or fireline leader.

All lead line is multicolored with every color being 25 feet of line. This allows some anglers to count colors instead  of relying on a line counter reel that more than likely is not calibrated to the others in the boat, meaning depth and consistency is the key. Once you find fish at a certain depth or on a particular piece of structure duplicating all other lines is key.

Essentially, lead allows anglers to put a variety of crankbaits and in some cases spoons or bass-style spinnerbaits at any depth depending on amount of line let out and boat speed. The slower you troll, the more your gear falls, and the faster you troll, the more your gear rises.

Leadcore trolling is a very versatile tactic and often overlooked when the dog days of summer are upon us.

Pre-rigged combo rods are usually available at a fair price, so I urge anglers who haven’t tried leadcore trolling to go for it, I think it will become another weapon in your arsenal.

Check out the ACI Off-Road LED Lights lineup

These are the new ACI Off-Road LED Lights from Agri-Cover, Inc. If you need more light for nighttime work or travel off the beaten path, these lights are the solution.

All our LED lights are super-bright, are waterproof and feature aluminum housings and stainless-steel mounting brackets. They can be mounted on all sorts of vehicles, including ATVs, trucks, Jeeps, skid-steers and tractors.

LEDs are great for putting more light around a work or off-road vehicle for several reasons. They are more efficient than other lights, using a fraction of the power needed by incandescent lights. LEDs are also far more shock-resistant because they don’t use the fragile materials used in other lighting systems. Also, they last for a very long time, so you don’t have to worry about a bulb fizzling out when you’re a long way from home.

Before I start going into detail about these lights, there are a few terms  you’ll need to know:

Lumen: This gives you an objective number for just how much light something produces so you can compare it to other products.  For comparison, a 60-watt incandescent bulb puts out roughly 800 lumens of light, while your average basic car headlight puts out about 1,200 lumens.

Heatsink: LEDs do not like heat. That’s why any high-powered LED system will have metal fins and ridges on the back to pull the waste heat out of the LEDs and release it to the air.

Spot and Flood beams: These terms describe the shape of the beam formed by a light. A spot beam will focus the light tightly into a narrow shape for lighting things farther away, while a flood beam spreads the light out into a wide shape to light an area closer to you.

Now, let’s look at these lights.

 18-watt LED Lights

These lights have six 3-watt LEDs in a single row. They produce 1,200 lumens per light. You can get them with a 90-degree flood beam or a 25-degree spot beam.

The narrow shape makes it easy to install these lights in tight spaces. See how well they fit the front of this ATV, for example:

We put a pair of the 18-watt lights on this Polaris Ace and went for a drive. Take a look and see how much of a difference there is between the stock headlights and when we turn on the LEDs:


24-watt LED Lights

These lights have eight 3-watt LEDS arranged in a circle. They produce 1,600 lumens per light. You can get them with a 60-degree flood beam or a 30-degree spot beam.

These LED lights work great for lighting the way ahead, or for doing work around your vehicle. Here are a set of them mounted in a truck’s headache rack, pointed backward, to light up the area behind the truck for working after dark.


42-watt LED Lights

These lights are slightly larger than the 24-watt lights, and you’ll notice they have an even thicker heatsink. These lights have 14 3-watt LEDs in a circle and produce 2,800 lumens per light. They come with either a 60-degree flood beam or an 8-degree spot beam.

These lights are considerably more powerful than your average vehicle’s headlights, and a set of them would easily light the way for a trail ride. Check out how well they fit on this Jeep’s bumper.


90-watt LED Lights

These lights feature nine 10-watt LEDs in a 3×3 grid, and they produce 8,100 lumens per light.

Let’s put that number in perspective:  If you put two of these lights on your vehicle, they’ll draw as much power as three 60-watt bulbs, but they’ll put out more light than if you had twenty 60-watt bulbs.

You can order these lights with a 90-degree flood beam or a 10-degree spot beam. You’ll also notice they have huge heatsinks, and the mounting brackets have built-in rubber shock absorbers to handle rough travel.

These lights perform well when you need to get work done at night. They come in really handy on skid-steers and on agricultural equipment.

Here are the 90-watt lights on a skid-steer, for example.

And here is the view from the cab of an agricultural sprayer that has the 90-watt lights pointed at the ground and the boom.

For more information, check out our website. We have technical specifications, wiring information and more.

Can I install a tonneau cover on a Ram truck with the RamBox package?

Ram Trucks has offered its RamBox Cargo Management System with its trucks since the 2009 model year. This package turns the area over the wheelwells into locking storage for smaller items. The system also adds a cargo rail system and bed divider to the main portion of the bed.

Many truck buyers will want to add a tonneau cover to protect larger pieces of cargo in the main bed, and there’s no reason they can’t have it.

We make versions of the ACCESS® Original, LITERIDER, LORADO and LIMITED Roll-Up Covers for RamBox beds (both 5’7” and 6’4” beds). Because of the cargo rail system, installing one of these covers on a RamBox-equipped Ram truck requires some special steps. This is why we have special instructions for these trucks. You’ll want to use these instructions in conjunction with the owner’s manual to your cover (All our owner’s manuals and special instructions are available for download on this page).

As you can see in this video, the installation isn’t too complicated.

You just remove the cargo rails and replace the bolts with longer ones that also add clamps and nylon spacers in certain locations. You can see each step in detail in this video.

The cover in this particular video is our ACCESS® Limited Roll-Up Cover, but the steps work for any cover made for trucks with the RamBox system.

There are many other truck bed accessories you can add to a truck with the RamBox system. For example, this truck was also outfitted with our ACCESS™ Truck Bed Mat. It also has our ACCESS™ AA Battery LED Light, which comes included for free with the Limited Roll-Up Cover.

For more information or to find a dealer near you, go to

Truck News: New towing ratings, new engines and hints of things to come

There’s been some interesting news in the truck industry recently, so let’s get to it.

First up, Americans bought 1 million trucks in the first half of 2014. USA! USA! USA!


Ram has made all its trucks’ towing ratings compliant with the J2807 standard. It’s the first of the big three to make this leap with its entire line.

Chevrolet and GMC have made their 1500 pickups J2807 compliant already, but not their HD pickups. Ford has promised that its new 2015 F-150 will be tested according to the standard. Meanwhile, Toyota’s Tundra has been compliant for some time.


Sharp-eyed photographers spotted this little test mule running around in Michigan. Several journalists note that it looks like Fiat Strada beneath all that cladding, which could mean that Ram is looking at doing the same thing with the Strada that it did with the Ducato (ProMaster van, anyone?)

So what does a Strada look like under normal conditions? Like this:


Ford has finally showed how much weight this aluminum body shaves off its 2015 F-150: More than 700 pounds.

It’s worth pointing out that the comparison Ford set up for the press compared a 2014 F-150 with the 5.0L V8 with a 2015 F-150 with the new 2.7L EcoBoost V6, but it’s still quite a bit of weight savings.

Also noteworthy is that Ford says that new little EcoBoost engine will make 325 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque.

Here’s a video Ford made where it set up some towing drag races between the F-150, Ram’s EcoDiesel and Chevrolet’s 5.3L V8.

Two more things: it’s pretty much official that Ford’s 6.2L V8 will no longer be available for the F-150, so if Ford’s Raptor will continue past 2014, it might have some special plans for a big engine up its sleeve. Also, a global Ford Ranger was spotted doing some test driving in Colorado, so maybe Ford is trying to be ready to compete with GM if the new little trucks prove popular.


The public launch of the updated Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon approaches, and we finally know how much power the trucks’ gas engines will have.

The 2.5L inline four will make 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque, while the 3.6L V6 will make 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque.

Official numbers on the 2.8L Duramax diesel that will come with 2016 Canyon/Colorado pickups are still unavailable. There’s all sorts of rumors and speculation on how much power it’ll have, but we’ll just have to wait.

And if you want to see how big these trucks are, here’s a GMC Canyon next to a Ram 1500.

Speaking of rumors, folks in Detroit are whispering that Chevrolet is working on special off-road version of the Colorado that would compete with Ford’s Raptor.

As for the full-size trucks, starting with 2015 models the trucks with the 6.2L V8 will get eight-speed transmissions.


Last month, it sounded like Nissan had a new truck for us. It turns out, it has a new truck for everyone but us (for now).

Nissan’s big reveal was the NP300 Navara for the global market. Some think it’s what to expect from the next Nissan Frontier. Maybe. Maybe not.

For now, we can wonder if the next Frontier will have the diesel engine Nissan’s been teasing about. Here’s a video of The Fast Lane Truck taking that concept for a test drive:

Lucky guys.

Father’s Day gift ideas for children of pickup owners

Father’s Day is coming up. If you’re stretching for ideas on what to get him, ask yourself: Does my dad own a pickup? If the answer is yes, then any of these gift ideas could work for you.

Father's Day Gift Idea No. 1
EZ-RETRIEVER® II Cargo Reaching Tool. MSRP: $19.95

#1. EZ-RETRIEVER® II Cargo Reaching Tool

One reality of truck ownership is that cargo loves to work its way up to the front of the bed while you’re driving. This makes it unreachable from the tailgate and a pain to get by reaching over the bedrail.

This is why the EZ-RETRIEVER® II Cargo Reaching Tool is so nice. It’s five feet long and makes it easy to reach and get whatever gear is out of reach.

As a father myself, I’d love it if my daughter bought me one of these. Then again, I’d be very confused, because she’s 22 months old and has no concept of money.

Father's Day Gift Idea No. 2
ACCESS™ AA Battery LED Light. MSRP: $39.95

 #2. ACCESS™ AA Battery LED Light

Does your dad ever gripe about how he needs more light somewhere, be it in his truck, his toolbox or his closet?

Give him an ACCESS™ AA Battery LED Light. This battery-powered light uses a strong 3M adhesive to stick most anywhere you need it, and the automatic shut-off means your dad won’t kill the batteries if he forgets to turn it off.

Here’s a video that shows how to install this light, and many ways it can be used:

Also, if your dad is into doing his own electrical projects, you can consider the ACCESS™ LED Lights, which come in four different lengths and can be hooked into any 12-volt power source.

Father's Day Gift Idea No. 3
ACCESS® Cargo Management Kit. MSRP starts at $44.90

 #3. ACCESS® Cargo Management Kits

Remember that EZ-RETRIEVER® II Cargo Reaching Tool from item 1? Take that, and add a set of our ACCESS® Truck Bed Pockets G2 and you’ve got an ACCESS® Cargo Management Kit.

The kit uses the Truck Bed Pockets to create useful storage for smaller items behind the wheelwells of the truck bed. The pockets also have notches that hold the EZ-RETRIEVER® II Cargo Reaching Tool to create a fence at the back of the truck bed to keep larger items organized.

Also, if you want to give your dad the absolute best in cargo management, you can upgrade to the ACCESS® Cargo Management HD Kit, which includes the diamond plate ACCESS®Truck Bed Pockets HD and an extendable EZ-RETRIEVER® Cargo Reaching Tool.

Father's Day Gift Idea No. 4
ACCESS® Limited Roll-Up Cover: MSRP starting at $602

#4 ACCESS® Limited Roll-Up Cover

OK then, you really want to blow your dad away with an upgrade for his truck? Get him an ACCESS® Limited Roll-Up Cover. It’s our premium tonneau cover and it comes with a special group of accessories.

Along with the tonneau cover, you get:

And if you really want to surprise him, you could pitch in and help with installing everything. Here’s a video that details all the steps in installing an ACCESS® Limited Roll-Up Cover and all the accessories: