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Study Shows that Bigger, Heavier Vehicles Are Safer

gibson2In recent years, truck manufacturers have worked hard to increase the family-friendliness of their trucks. With more accessible backseats, added cup holders, and built-in car seat buckles, Lakeland used trucks are no longer just for the jobsite. Now that trucks are becoming a “family car”, many people have been considering the safety of trucks compared to other brands like Volvo and Toyota. While trucks seem safe, it never hurts to have definitive proof, and the University at Buffalo set out to do just that.

Researchers conducted an intense scrutiny of 360 vehicles, including small and large pickup trucks. They looked beyond the conclusions of industry testing reasoning that those tests don’t always simulate real world scenarios, like a crash between a small car and large truck. The research included vehicle models from 2010 to 2012 and focused on the insurance losses, information that is tracked by the Highway Loss Data Institute, which is a non profit funded by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Once all of the data was in and tabulated, the team presented their findings at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine in San Diego. Their research did confirm that vehicles with the fewest person-injury claims were large, heavy, pickup trucks and SUVs. The resulting research also showed a correlation between overall vehicle price and safety. They were able to summarize that for every $10,000 spent on a vehicle, injury claims were reduced by 12% and for every 1,000-pound increase in vehicle weight, injury claims were reduced by 19%.

In the end, the research did show what many people had already assumed that bigger, heavier vehicles are safer. So why is it important to have these figures tabulated and confirmed? There’s piece of mind, of course, but more than that, these numbers can now be viewed as facts, which can end up impacting vehicle insurance rates.

If you’re in the market for a Lakeland used truck, start looking beyond just what it can do for you on the job, and start to consider how it fits into your whole lifestyle. Safety is always a concern when purchasing a vehicle and a larger, heavier truck can certainly tow more, but it’s also safer for you and your family. For more information about the safety of Lakeland used trucks, or selecting the right truck for your lifestyle, browse the Gibson Truck World blog, or contact one of our truck specialists at (866) 442-7667 today.

Ways to Use Your Truck to Make Money

gibsonIf you, or your teenager, are looking to make a little extra money then look no further than your pickup truck. Plenty of people have the need for a pickup truck on occasion but renting one can be a hassle. You can help them out in a variety of ways with very little overhead. So, wash your used trucks in Orlando, and print up some business cards to start taking advantage of these simple ways to use your truck to make money.

  • Yard Sale Help: This is a particularly great idea in neighborhoods that have community-wide yard sales. Drop your card off with homeowners having a yard sale and offer to deliver large, bulky or heavy items to their customers. This is especially helpful for people that want to purchase items like tables or dressers but have no way to get them home. You can even offer to haul any unsold items away at the end of the day.

  • Bulk Goods Deliver:Get in touch with local businesses that sell bulk goods like mulch, sand, firewood, fill dirt, hay, or even animal feed and let them know you’re available for small delivery runs. Many of these types of businesses are equipped to deliver large orders for farms and companies, but the occasional homeowner may be purchasing from them too. You can take care of those smaller deliveries for a rate that’s more economical than sending their larger trucks out.

  • Light-Duty Towing: Adventurous homeowners taking care of some yard or home DIY projects may need to rent equipment like tile cutters or yard tillers. These items are too large for a normal car trunk but can be easily transported on a trailer. There are also great opportunities for towing large items that people have purchased at flea markets. Leave your number on local bulletin boards or with flea market dealers to get the word out.

  • Junk Hauling: When people clean out their attics, basements, or garages, there is always a pile of items the garbage service won’t take. Offer to haul these items away for homeowners by posting notices on Craig’s List or on local bulletin boards. You could even connect with flea market dealers to sell the items to for a cheap rate.

There are lots of great ways to make a few extra bucks with your pickup truck. Make sure you charge enough to cover your fuel and always take every safety precaution necessary when hauling or towing. For more ways to get the most out of owning a used truck in Orlando, check out the Gibson Truck World blog.

Summer Activities for You & Your Used Pickup Truck

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Pickup trucks are one of the most versatile vehicles on the road today. Owning a pickup opens up a world of possibility when it comes to DIY and home improvement projects. Towing or hauling is a breeze but are you using your truck to its fullest capacity? Your Ocala used truck can take common events and make them even better. We’ve compiled our favorite summer activities for you and your used pickup truck to try this season.

  • Adventure Cruising: Grab the kids and take them on a quick adventure cruise. A pickup truck is built to leave those common paved roads and make its way through off-road trails and rugged terrain. They’ll have a great time bouncing along dirt roads and holding their breath as you ascend steep hills. Be sure to plan ahead for your off-roading adventure to make sure things stay safe and secure.

  • Tailgating Party: Tailgating isn’t just for parking lots before the big game. Get a group of friends and meet up in a beautiful location for an afternoon tailgating party. Bring some music and food, and let the good times unfold as everyone sets up their trucks for a great tailgating party.

  • Stargazing: This is a great date night activity. Leave the kids at home for this one and after a nice dinner, head out to a remote location where the city lights won’t block the light of the stars. Lay some blankets down in the bed of the truck, turn on the radio and lie in the back of the truck gazing up at the stars.

  • Family Picnic: Grab the whole family, even the dogs, and head out to the country for a picnic. Do a little hiking and then come back to the truck for a truck-bed picnic. Lay a plank of wood across the truck bed to make a quick table for everyone to gather around. Pull out the cooler of sandwiches and drinks to enjoy an easy and fun picnic afternoon.

Pickup trucks are certainly made to work hard but don’t forget to play hard with them too. If you’re in the market for an Ocala used truck, don’t forget to consider all of the fun activities you can use it for after the workday is done. For more great ways to use your pickup truck, browse the rest of the Gibson Truck World blog.

How-to Make Your Ram Get to 300k Miles

8b66e574e4a64cb493bc06fb56c87368If you’re the type of truck owner that buys and “drives ‘til it dies”, then getting 300k miles out of your Ram truck is definitely on your goal list. While we can’t all expect to be as lucky as Howard Clayton, whose Ram is heading toward the 1.7 million mile mark (and the record books), we can do our part to help the engine in your used Dodge truck in Orlando. Our expert service technicians have come up with this easy how-to guide to make your Ram get to 300k miles.

1. Go Diesel: If you haven’t purchased a Ram truck yet, and you’re looking for longevity and an engine that will easy tick away the odometer, choose a diesel. These engines are known for their ability to easily surpass 300k miles…when properly cared for. You can also extend the life of your diesel engine by giving it a few minutes to heat up in the morning after being off for at least 8 hours.

2. Regular Oil Changes with the Right Oil: If you already own a Ram truck, there are things you can do to extend the life of it. Getting the oil changed regularly will help prevent wear and tear on the engine. Just getting the oil changed isn’t where it ends; you’ll also need to make sure that you’re using quality oil and filters. Finally, be sure that you’re changing the type of oil you use based on the season and temperatures outside.

3. Don’t let the Little Things Wait: If you notice any lack of performance or strange noises/smells coming from your engine, take it to a service shop immediately. Even minor problems can cause the engine to work harder and that knocks miles off of its life.

4. Drive like You’ve got Nowhere to Be: Your driving style can also affect your Ram’s engine life. Hard stops, quick starts, high speeds and generally aggressive driving all take a toll on your engine’s health. If you’re doing a lot of highway driving, take your time and don’t keep the pedal to the floor the whole way.

Follow these tips, and you’ll be on your way to 300k miles with your Ram. If you’re looking for other ways to extend the life of your used Dodge truck in Orlando, check out the rest of the Gibson Truck World blog. Also, we love to talk trucks and would be happy to help you find a truck that will go the distance. Give us a call at (866) 442-7667, or just stop by the lot to chat with one of our truck experts.

Ford F-150, F-250 & F-350 Breakdown

b983501fdfe245febe7fbf1952748bceThe Ford F-Series pickup trucks have been popular since they were introduced back in 1948. There have been several generations and changes over the years, but the F-150, F-250, and F-350 still remain top sellers. In fact, the F-150 has earned the title of the Best Selling Truck in America for the past 32 years. So, what’s the difference between these great used Ford trucks in Orlando? Our truck experts put together a breakdown for the Ford 150, 250, and 350 so you’ll have all the info you need.

At the most basic level, the difference between each model is the payload and towing capacity. The F-150 is a great all-purpose, light-duty pickup truck and is offered with several engine sizes. The F-250 and F-350 are considered super-duty trucks and can tow and haul heavier weights. Everything that goes into building a truck that can tow and haul different amounts is where you’ll start to see the little differences.

While an exact apple-to-apple comparison is difficult due to finer nuances of each vehicle, this is a basic breakdown based on the maximum loaded trailer weight:

  • F-150, automatic transmission, 4×4, conventional towing, 6.2L 2-Valve V8 engine: 11,200 pounds

  • F-250, automatic transmission, 4×4, conventional towing, 6.7L V8 Turbo Diesel engine: 14,000 pounds

  • F-350, automatic transmission, 4×4, conventional towing, 6.7L V8 Turbo Diesel engine: 14,000 pounds

After seeing that, you may be wondering why someone would choose an F-250 if the F-350 appears to be exactly the same? While they are similar trucks, there are some differences, mainly the ability to add towing packages and dual rear wheels to the F-350, all of which can get you a maximum trailer weight of up to 22,800 pounds. All of this capacity and the power needed to move it equate to a heavier truck, a bigger engine, and less fuel economy.

If you don’t need the extra level of towing and power that the F-350 can offer, then the F-250 is a great alternative. You’ll get more towing capacity than the F-150, but not so much more that your truck is guzzling fuel unnecessarily. Start your new truck search by considering the towing capacity you’ll require. This way you won’t be driving more truck than you need.

With so many options to choose from, finding the right truck can be a daunting task. To help out, we have more used Ford trucks in Orlando buying tips in the Gibson Truck World blog. We also have truck specialists available to help any time online or at the lot. They can help you narrow down the brands and models that will meet your needs so you can find the right truck for your lifestyle.

Guide to Knowing When to Replace Your Truck’s Brakes

highway-409125_1280A vehicle’s brakes are one of the most important safety features it has, and it’s important to keep them in good condition. This is especially true for a Lakeland used truck because as truck owners, we often haul and tow extra weight that needs a good set of brakes to stop it. Don’t just count on your regular maintenance routine as a guide to knowing when to replace your truck’s brakes, consider these warning signs too.

  • Pulling: If your truck starts pulling to the side when braking, it could indicate a couple of problems with your brakes. There may be debris in your brake fluid, and it’s causing a blockage in the brake line. It may also indicate that your brake lines are wearing unevenly and an adjustment is needed.

  • Vibration: If you feel a vibration or pulsing in the pedal when braking, it is often a sign of warped rotors. While this can also be a sign that your truck is out of alignment, it’s best not to delay having it checked.

  • Grinding: If you hear a grinding sound like metal on metal, you may have completely worn down your brake pads. The noise you’re hearing is most likely the disc and caliper rubbing together. This can lead to severe damage to the rotors and an impaired braking ability.

  • Lack of Response: If you push on the brake pedal and it doesn’t engage as quickly as it used to or it just sinks to the floor without slowing the vehicle, there could be a leak in your brake system. The truck could be losing brake fluid or air could be getting into the system through a hole in the brake hose.

If you notice any decrease in your truck’s braking capability, have it checked immediately. You can also keep an eye on your braking system. When the truck is in park and off, look through the wheel rim and you’ll be able to see your brake pads. In general, there should be at least ¼ inch of pad. If not, have them replaced immediately.

Any time you tax your truck’s braking system through a series of hard and sudden stops or descending down a steep grade, consider having your brake system inspected. Your brakes are not something you want to let go and allow to degrade. If you’re looking for more information on keeping your Lakeland used truck safe, browse the Gibson Truck World blog. Our truck experts are always writing up new ways to keep you and your truck safe.

Your How-To Guide for Proper Off-Roading

road-791160_1280There are plenty of reasons to take your truck off-road: scouting a job site, getting to a secret fishing hole, or just for some good old-fashioned fun. Before you start heading out to play in the dirt though, there are a few things you should know to prevent damage to your Ocala used trucks and keep everyone safe.

1. Consider the Terrain: Different trucks have different off-roading capabilities based on their tires, engine, drivetrain, etc. Consider the type of terrain you’ll be off-roading on so you can get through it safely.

  • Mud – Mud can wreak havoc on your truck, especially if you don’t know how deep it is. It’s best to avoid mud when you can. If you do need to cross a muddy area, keep your speed up and maintain a forward momentum to avoid getting stuck.

  • Water – Similar to mud, it’s best to avoid it all together. Just 10” of rushing water can sweep your truck away. If you’re attempting to get through water, make sure the deepest part of the water is at least a few inches shy of your air intake and keep your revs up to avoid water flowing into your exhaust outlet.

  • Sand – One of the most common terrains in Florida is sand and the best way to get through it is to air down your tires. You may need to go as low as 12 or 15 psi depending on the tires. Be sure to bring something to inflate them again once you reach sturdier terrain.

2. Consider the Angles: Geometry is your friend when it comes to off-roading safely. Before attempting to cross any steep terrain, consider how much clearance you’ll need on the approach (the angle from the bottom of your front bumper to the bottom of the tire). Next, will you have enough clearance on the break over as your truck pivots from an upward trajectory to a downward one? Finally, is there enough clearance between your rear bumper and the ground for your truck on the descent?

3. Consider an Escape Plan: You may get stuck while off-roading, so it’s good to have some options, like bringing an off-road buddy in another vehicle. You’ll also want to have a winch, a shovel for digging tires out, and a saw for cutting up large branches you may get hung on.

No matter what terrain you’re attempting to cross, always be sensible. Don’t drive too fast, and don’t attempt to pass obstacles that are overtly dangerous. If you need to do a lot of off-road driving and are looking for the best Ocala used truck for the job, chat with our truck specialists at Gibson Truck World. We know our trucks and can recommend the best option for you. You can call us at (866) 442-7667.

10 Ways to Detail Your Truck Like a Pro

red-255110_1280For many of us, our truck is another tool in our arsenal; it helps us get the job done day after day. When it starts to look a bit dingy and not as shiny as it used to be, it’s time to clean it up. We’ve put together our list of 10 ways to detail your Ocala used trucks like a pro so it looks just as good as they day you bought it.

1. Clean Your Ducts: Use a portable air compressor to blow dust and dirt out of your air ducts and get rid of any musty odors. Replace your cabin air filter (if your truck has one).

2. Start Inside the Truck: Use the air compressor to blow dirt out of hard to reach places, then vacuum your truck and use a stiff bristled brush to scrub your floor mats.

3. Tires Before Paint: Use an acid-free degreaser to clean and scrub your tires. Wash your tires before washing your truck so that any product over spray will be scrubbed away when you clean the rest of the truck.

4. Get Washing: Rinse any excess dirt or debris off of the paint before scrubbing it down. Use a soft sponge and soap formulated for washing trucks (not dishes) to hand wash your truck.

5. Remove Stubborn Debris: After the truck is washed and dried, run your hand over it to find any stubborn debris that hasn’t been removed yet. Use paint-cleaning clay that is lubricated with cleaner wax to scrub away any remaining debris.

6. Buff and Polish: Use an osculating polishing machine to smooth the paint’s surface and bring it to a high shine.

7. Protect Your Paint: Apply 1-2 coats of paste or liquid wax to your truck. This will provide a temporary barrier to protect your truck’s paint from minor scratches and dings.

8. Protection Touch-Ups: Between full wax applications, use a liquid spray wax to extend the protection of your truck’s paint job.

9. Get a Streak-Free Shine on Glass: Use a microfiber cloth and an ammonia-free glass cleaner to clean up your windows, and inside and outside the truck.

10. Final Detailing: Roll the windows down a bit to ensure you got the tops of them, and check the doorjambs and running boards for spots you may have missed. After you’re satisfied, apply a coat of Rain-X to the windshield and follow the directions implicitly.

If your truck has scratches that go down to the metal, then it’s time to see a professional truck detailer. They can fix the scratch and blend it into the paint job. If you’re looking for more ways to care for, and extend the life of your Ocala used trucks, browse the Gibson Truck World blog. And if you’re in the market for a dependable truck for a great price, contact one of our truck specialists at (866) 442-7667 today.

Summer Cross-Country Road Trip: Prep Your Truck

street-238458_1280For any summer cross-country road trip, you will need to prep your Lakeland used trucks and pack properly to avoid headaches later. Whether you’re taking the family, a group of friends, or making the trip solo, here are a few things you’ll want to do before hitting the road.

1. Get an Oil Change: Even if your regularly scheduled oil change isn’t due for a while, you’ll still want to get the oil changed if you’re going cross-country. You’ll be working your truck’s engine hard, and making sure the oil is in top condition will lessen the wear caused by 10 hours of driving day after day.

2. Inspect Under the Hood: Open up the hood and take a look at all of your engine. Are all of the belts and hoses properly attached, and in good shape? If not, replace them now so you don’t end up stranded along the side of a road in the deserted Arizona landscape. While you’re under the hood, top off any fluids as well.

3. Check Your Battery: How old is your truck’s battery? It may be time to replace it if it’s near the end of its life cycle. If the battery doesn’t need replacing, take a moment to inspect the terminals and clear them of any build-up or debris.

4. Test Your Windshield Wipers: If they’re in good working order, but still a little on the old side, you may want to bring a backup pair. They’re often easy enough to replace in a gas station parking lot.

5. Check Your Lights: Have someone help inspect all of your truck lights to verify they are in good working order. There’s nothing worse than being three states away and getting a ticket for a burned out brake light.

6. Pack Properly: When packing your truck, use ratchet straps to secure anything that’s been placed in the truck bed. If you have lighter items, like suitcases, it’s also a good idea to secure them with cargo nets. Don’t forget to bring extra packing gear for bringing home any souvenirs.

Sometimes the best part of a road trip can be the unexpected surprises, but save those for getting lost and finding the best peach stand ever. Breaking down and dealing with maintenance issues are never fun, and that’s what this trip is all about: having fun! For more tips on securing a load properly or inspecting your truck, browse the Gibson Truck World blog. If you’re in the market that perfect Lakeland used truck, please contact the truck specialists at Gibson Truck World at (866) 442-7667 today.

The 2014 Chevy Silverado and its Towing Capacity

e1512fe12dd44cfda12c6818fc0b600dAs a dealer who carries used Chevrolet trucks in Orlando, we know that the Chevy Silverado has been a hit with truck owners since its debut over 16 years ago. In late December 2012, at the North America International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, Chevrolet unveiled the third generation of this iconic vehicle. More than two years later, truck owners are still talking about the 2014 Chevy Silverado and its towing capacity.

Many truck owners invest in a pickup truck specifically for the legendary towing capacity this type of vehicle can offer. At the most basic level, engine size along, with gross vehicle curb weight, determine how much horsepower and torque a truck has. The 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 is offered with three EcoTech3 engine size options:

  • the 4.3-liter V-6

  • the 5.3-liter V-8

  • the 6.2-liter V-8

The three engine options all offer different advantages, so it’s able to fit the needs of a variety of owners and jobs.

The towing capacity for any vehicle can vary, depending on the agency conducting the tests. In general, a double-cab, standard bed length 2014 Chevrolet Silverado towing capacity (assuming the vehicle has been properly equipped) breaks down like this:

  • 4.3 L EcoTech V6 Engine – has a max towing capacity of 6,000 pounds with a max cargo payload of 2,015 pounds and will produce about 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque.

  • 5.4 L EcoTech V8 Engine – has a max towing capacity of 12,000 pounds with a max cargo payload of 2,101 pounds and will produce about 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque.

  • 6.2 L EcoTech V8 Engine – has a max towing capacity of 12,000 pounds with a max cargo payload of 1,944 pounds and will produce about 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.

The different Chevy Silverado body styles, engine sizes, and towing capacities can handle the needs of most drivers. If you’re considering getting a truck to tow anything from work equipment to a boat, be sure to get a truck rated for the weight of the item AND the trailer it sits on.

If you’re interested in seeing what the 2014 Chevy Silverado can do, stop by the Gibson Truck World lot, or give one of our used Chevrolet trucks in Orlando specialists a call at (866) 442-7667. We have truck experts that can show you our large variety of 2014 Chevy Silverado trucks so you can get to know this versatile truck even better.