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Expert-Level Towing Tips

When you own an Ocala diesel truck, towing and hauling are often common expectations from family, friends, acquaintances or even the occasional stranger! Ask any seasoned truck owner if they believe they’re expected to help move or tow anything, and they’ll tell you that once they bought their first new or used truck, that vehicle also came with the unofficial title of: moving and towing aficionado.

You may have bought your truck for the sole purpose of towing and moving heavy equipment, or perhaps you bought your truck for another reason and have recently discovered the need to tow; either way, using your truck for heavy lifting is a common and useful quality. Whether you’re a seasoned expert or a towing beginner, we want you to know your truck’s towing capabilities and how to move large objects safely.

We’ve given you some tips to make sure you’re safe and happy while you’re towing with your Ocala diesel truck. Now, here are a few expert-level towing tips to keep you towing like the pros.

  • Weight distribution. Don’t just jam all your items on your trailer until it’s full. The front of your trailer should bear more weight than the back, keeping a majority of the load close to the hitch.

  • Keep an eye on the little things. Pay close attention to your oil levels, temperature, and any warning lights when towing. The extra weight will make your truck work harder to maintain a steady speed.

  • Brake early. Give yourself plenty of room for braking. Try to brake in a straight line so that your items are not off balance.

  • Be cautious when going in reverse. Reversing with a trailer can be a bit of a hassle for beginners. Start by moving backwards with the truck and trailer in a straight line, then turn your wheel in the opposite direction of the way you want the trailer to move. Make sure your turns are slow and slight to avoid jackknifing.

If you keep these tips in mind while towing, you’ll impress everyone on the road with your skills. Let the used truck experts at Gibson Truck World help you ensure that your truck is ready for towing and hauling.  Learn more driving and safety tips at our website today.

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When Should You Trade Your Truck?

There comes a time in every truck owner’s life when their truck is no longer making them happy. The vehicle may no longer be functioning at peak performance or maybe it’s just old and you desire something a little newer, either way, there are many things you should consider when trying to decide whether it’s time to trade-in your truck and seek out a new-to-you Orlando used truck.

For starters, if the principal, interest, maintenance, and operating costs of your current vehicle are higher than the comparable costs attached to a newer vehicle, then it’s probably time to consider purchasing a new truck. However, sometimes it is difficult to determine if it’s a good time to move forward with a purchase, or if it’s really necessary. Luckily, there’s a business calculation known as the Economic Break Even Point (EBP) that is used to determine whether you should seriously consider a trade-in.

When calculating your truck’s EBP, first look at its function. If you use your truck for towing, you first must calculate the truck’s cost-per-hour. To find this estimate, add the total parts cost to the total labor costs. Divide this number by the total hours of operation–that figure represents your vehicle’s cost per hour.

Now, we need to find the break-even point. This figure displays the lowest possible cost per hour that your truck is capable of achieving throughout its life. If your truck’s break-even point is $2.00 per hour, and your run the vehicle at $3.00 or more per-hour, than you’re spending more money per hour than you should or could be spending. While a $1 may not seem like too much of a waste, consider how many hours per day you operate your truck. Now consider how many hours per month and year that you operate your vehicle. By calculating your Orlando used truck’s cost-per-hour and EBP, you can figure out how much you should/could save by investing in a new vehicle.

It’s essential that you know when it’s time to get rid of your old truck. At Gibson Truck World, we will help you estimate your EBP and cost-per-hour. We will help draft two budgets so you can visualize how much you could be saving. Come to Gibson Truck World to discuss your possible savings today.

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Tips To Keep Your Truck Running Right

Keeping your truck in the best possible operating condition can, no doubt, same you a good deal of money, time, and maybe even your life. Every Tampa used truck owner should keep certain items in mind to help keep their truck in great condition.

First things first, plan on following your preventive maintenance (PM) schedule based on the miles you’ll rack up and the conditions of the wear and tear of your truck. The more distance you drive the sooner you’ll have to check your truck. For instance, if you haul heavy loads through mountainous terrain, the wear and tear on your truck will be much greater than on a vehicle that consistently drives on flat, paved surfaces. To help identify which maintenance schedule is best for you, consult your vehicle’s maintenance manual. These manuals usually have a list of schedules that will allow you to identify the best schedule based on your use and situation.

Following your PM schedule will help you avoid situations such as having your truck towed off the highway or getting a new transmission sooner than necessary. Every time you purchase a new or used truck, it’s very important that you read its manual to help you plan your PM schedule. These are some normal maintenance items that you should keep an eye on to prevent some unnecessary disasters:

  • Every 3000 miles you should change your oil, check the air filter, and hoses (as they can rot from the inside out).

  • Every 30,000 miles you should check your front brakes and your spark plugs.

  • Every 60,000 miles check your transmission system, spark plugs wires, distributor cap, and rotor.

  • Tires and cooling services may vary widely. Based on the condition of the tires and the type, you may change it sooner than others. As far as the cooling system, it will mainly depend on the cooling type you use. If it’s a good one, it may last up to five years.

Remember to always read your truck manual! Treat your truck right to keep it running right. A regular maintenance schedule can save you lots of time and money.

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Is it Time for Some New Tires?

When you really stop to think about it, tires are perhaps the most important component of your Jacksonville used truck. The proper maintenance of your tires (or the lack thereof) can mean the difference between a safe or a disastrous outcome. There comes a time when tires are no longer safe and need to be replaced immediately. Even routine trips in your truck can put a great deal of stress on your tires. With that in mind, it is important to keep your tires in top condition for your safety and the safety of other drivers around you.

Knowing the signs that alert you of the need for new tires will prevent future problems on the road. Tread wear, weather conditions and tire age can be responsible for your tire’s condition.

  • Tread wear: As long as you have 2/32 of an inch of tread depth remaining, you should be good. An easy way to check if your treads are shallow and worn is by grabbing a penny and inserting it in different tread grooves across the tire. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s face, it’s time to change your tire.

  • Weather conditions: Hot Florida temperatures can cause a great deal of damage to your truck’s tires, and may even cause them to lose their shape. Keep an eye on your tires and if their structural integrity is being compromised, contact a professional for new tires.

  • Tire age: Most tire manufacturers recommend to have your tires changed every 10 years. Next time you purchase some new or used ones from a manufacturer or dealer ask them when would be the right time to replace them.

When purchasing a Jacksonville used truck, it is very important that you watch out for dried or rotten tires. Check out our video from our website on how to spot them so you don’t get fooled. Call us with any questions–the experts at Gibson Truck World want all your trucking experiences to be safe and fun.

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Pros of Having a Bumper to Bumper Warranty

When buying a used truck it’s important that you consider getting a warranty to have your truck covered in case some part fails or you just need to have it checked. Out of the three most common types of truck warranties that exist, bumper to bumper warranty is probably the most useful choice for its benefits and price. As the name indicates, this type of warranty covers almost everything between your Ocala used truck’s front and back bumpers. If your engine quits or oil starts leaking, you can take the car in for repairs at no charge.

Some of the things that your bumper to bumper warranty generally cover are fuel system, brakes, power steering, sensors, audio system, lights, seatbelts, airbags, and climate control. Things like third party electronic devices such as DVD players and headphone systems will carry a warranty but won’t be tied to your truck’s warranty. Other parts that normally a bumper to bumper warranty won’t cover will be tires, which most of the time comes with their own manufacturer’s warranty, and headlights–burnt-out bulbs come with full cost.

However, not every bumper to bumper warranty includes the same coverage. The coverage changes from manufacturer to manufacturer, model to model, and year to year. That’s why it’s important that you always read the fine print and ask all the appropriate questions regarding your coverage..

Generally speaking, bumper to bumper warranties make things easier when the time comes to have one of your truck’s parts fixed. If your warranty covers the problem, the truck is fixed at no cost. Because you’re dealing with the dealership and manufacturer directly, there is far less paperwork involved in warranty work than an insurance claim, making this a much faster process.

If you want a safe, professional, enjoyable, and fair experience regarding your truck purchase and warranty–where you can make friends and get a good deal–consider the advantages of Gibson Truck World. At Gibson Truck World, we provide a one year real bumper to bumper warranty for all of our Ocala used trucks valid across the United States, meaning that no matter where you are in the US, we’ve got you covered. To get more information about this and other types of warranties, give us a call. Share this post to help inform your friends of the importance of knowing what their bumper to bumper warranty covers.

Why We Say No to Some Trucks

We all make mistakes at one time or another. Usually, when poor choices involve big ticket items, trouble and stress result. Here at Gibson Truck World, we work tirelessly to provide you with a great selection of the highest quality used trucks. While this is a novel idea, you may be wondering how we ensure that every used truck we showcase in Sarasota, FL, is of the highest quality and standard. It’s simple, every week at Gibson Truck World we reject an average of eight to ten trucks because they are not up to our standards.

At Gibson Truck World we are very transparent with what we do. Before selling any truck we test it and do an  inspection of it in our body shop. We perform this inspection to ensure that we only select the best used trucks for our clients. We don’t base our purchases on lies or deceit.

Generally speaking, trucks that have been in an accident will most likely have several intense injuries that will affect the rest of that truck’s life. A good example of this issue among dealers happened to us once when we received a truck that, although good in appearance, was missing the catalytic converter, tank, and had an EGR bypass. These damages would have caused the future owner of the truck over $7000.

We strive for the best quality trucks, and to help you in this matter, Gibson Truck World provides you with a list of all those trucks that we have declined due to poor quality or illegal conditions. Don’t be fooled by unethical dealers and always look for a dealer with an in-house body shop–that way, they’ll be able to check the truck’s condition for themselves.

For more information on our extensive inspection process or to view our expansive selection of quality used trucks in Sarasota, FL, visit our website today. Share this post and educate your friends and family of the importance of knowing your used vehicle’s history. Also, give some of your suggestions of what to look for when doing you own used-truck inspection.

Necessities for Every Truck Driver

In life, you really do need more than the “bare necessities” to get by. In fact, when you’ve got a job to do, it’s important to have your truck prepared with the proper necessities in order to succeed. Whether you use your used truck in Sarasota, FL, for heavy-duty hauling or just for everyday use, here are a few necessities that no truck driver should leave home without:

  • Keep some spares near by. First, keep a container of spare parts handy. This container should include liquids like antifreeze and lubricants as well. Don’t forget a couple of extra hoses and belts just in case. You should also always have a spare tire on hand.

  • Always have a toolkit for quick fixes. To go along with your container of spares, keep a basic toolkit in your truck. This way, if you do have an emergency, you’ll be able to perform a quick fix to keep your vehicle going until you can reach a repair shop.

  • Keep medical equipment in an accessible location. It’s always a good idea to keep a first aid kit in your truck. These kits usually have everything from bandages to road flares for a variety of medical emergencies.

  • Make sure you have a flashlight handy. Keep a flashlight with you at all times in case you run into truck troubles or have to make an emergency stop at night. This will help you stay safe and informed of your surroundings!

  • Keep a fire extinguisher in your vehicle. Finally, keep a small fire extinguisher in your truck. Not only will this stop car fires, it can break window glass in case you’re ever stuck inside the cab.

The experts at Gibson Truck World want all your trucking experiences to be safe and fun. Always keep the necessities in an accessible location within your used truck in Sarasota, FL,  so your travels will be safe and carefree.

Are you new to the truck ownership world, or perhaps you’ve been a longtime truck owner? Either way, the knowledgeable staff at Gibson Truck World can help you with whatever needs or questions you might have. Learn more at our website today. Share this post and tag us in a post describing an event in which one of these truck necessities helped you most. Help us spread the word of safe and happy truck travels to all.

Safety Tips for Off-Roading in Water and Mud

There are so many fun things to participate in this summer, and for Ocala used truck owners, off-roading is often a sure path to an exhilarating adventure. While off-roading on a dry trail is fun, going through water and mud can be so much more exciting! Due to the recent heavy rains, your favorite trail probably has some standing water and undisturbed mud, waiting to be disheveled. Before throwing your truck into four-wheel drive and romping on the trail, there are several safety considerations you should review first. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind when off-roading in wet conditions:

  • Take water depth into consideration. Take note of the depth of the water in front of you. You should not try to forge through any standing water that is higher than your Ocala used truck’s stock air box; otherwise, you run the risk of hydro-locking your engine. Try to stick to water that is lower than your bumper.

  • Keep a steady speed until you get comfortable. Try to stay at about 5MPH when going through high water until you are comfortable with the area. Never go below 5MPH or stop or else you could lose traction.

  • Examine your surroundings. If you’ve run into a particularly muddy part of your trail, take a moment to stop and look for warning signs. If you see tracks leading to a mud pit but no tracks leading back out, you should probably find another way to cross.

  • Keep from losing traction. If you begin to lose traction in mud, try slightly turning your steering wheel from side to side. This will keep you moving forward and help you maintain traction.

Whether on the road or off the road, in the mud, or in the water, always take safety precautions very seriously when you are on an off-roading excursion. Are you in the market for a used truck that will double as an off-roading vehicle as well? Contact the experts at Gibson Truck World for a great deal and warranty on the Ocala used truck of your dreams.

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What You Should Know About Heavy-Duty Truck Tires

Tires are arguably the most important aspect of all used trucks in Ocala, FL. Safety, longevity, balance, steering, fuel efficiency–the list could go on and on as to the benefits of having the proper tires. But are there different tires that can serve different purposes?

Tire selection is important because the wrong pair of tires could prevent your truck from reaching its peak performance. Whether you live in a region of the country where cold and snow are commonplace, or in the heat and moisture of the south, knowing what tires are preferable for your terrain can be important. Heavy-duty truck tires were developed to help your truck across any terrain under even the most severe weather conditions. When your truck has heavy-duty tires, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

  • Check for proper tire inflation. Always keep your heavy-duty tires properly inflated. Underinflated tires experience an abundance of heat buildup, which is particularly damaging to heavy-duty tires as compared to regular passenger tires.

  • Break in your tires. Heavy-duty tires have a break-in period of about 500 miles. During this period, use easy acceleration, and be aware that the tires may not respond as quickly as your worn-in ones did.

  • Keep a spare. You should keep a full-size heavy-duty tire on hand as your spare. When you get your tires rotated, switch out the spare every time so that all tires get the same wear on the tread.

  • Monitor payload capacity. Upgrading to heavy-duty tires will not increase your truck’s carrying capacity. Even if your new tires are tougher than the ones that were on the truck before, the other components of the truck won’t be able to withstand additional weight.

Heavy-duty tires are a great solution for people who regularly haul heavy loads and go through rough terrain. Even if you’re not a hauler or an off-roader, when it comes to safety; tires are a great place to start in your maintenance routine. Learn more about the best tips for used trucks in Ocala, FL, from Gibson Truck World today. Share this post if you have heavy-duty truck tires and let your friends and family know the difference between heavy-duty and standard.

Stop Killing Your Diesel Engine

When it comes to truck ownership, you should be proactive with the constant upkeep of your vehicle. The care with which you give your Tampa diesel truck will dictate whether it’s an ongoing expense, or an economical pleasure–the choice is up to you which of these will be the norm regarding your truck ownership experience.

Perhaps the most important component of your truck is the engine. You may not know it, but replacing your diesel engine is often just as expensive as purchasing an entirely new diesel truck. By avoiding these common mistakes, you can ensure your engine lasts for years to come.

  • Keep it clean. Believe it or not, keeping your truck clean is an important way to prolong its lifespan. Though your rust spots are minimal now, they have the potential to become a huge problem in the future. Touch up any spots right away, and be sure to have your truck waxed at least three times a year.

  • Keep an eye on your fuel filters. If you don’t replace your fuel filters often enough, especially in Florida, harmful gums and sediment can block up your injectors and cause engine failure.

  • Don’t forget tire maintenance. If you don’t pay attention to your tires, your Tampa diesel truck may be in for some bad news. Under-inflated tires combined with poor alignment can create uneven patterns of wear and decrease fuel efficiency, causing your truck to die sooner.

  • Let your vehicle warm up. Finally, don’t rev your engine before it has time to warm up. Running your truck while it’s still cold can cause different components to function unevenly, leading to leaks and gasket failures.

Take these simple precautions and your truck should be in great shape for years. If you’re in the market for a new Tampa diesel truck, visit Gibson Truck World today. We have a variety of vehicles to choose from and each one of our vehicles comes with a one-year-bumper-to-bumper warranty. Learn more helpful diesel truck tips on our website today, and share this post if you or someone you know has a well-maintained diesel truck.