Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Truck Power Inverters - Knowing Which Is Your Model

If you are the kind of person who brings his or her truck out on long journeys and you are ready for a way to maximize the amount of energy you can use, cut cost, and also have the power to power larger devices such as computers and televisions, then you can be sure that you can benefit from truck power inverters that will help to get the most out of your tips and also to be prepared for emergencies. Some people use these inverters around their homes too. When you think about the problems of using too many power tools or other electrical devices in your yard or garage then you can see why this kind of inverter can be a great help. As a matter of fact, when you are interested in this kind of powering device, you can be sure that you have a great variety to choose from.

First, let's look at the ways in which you can use your truck power inverters. You can use them for helpful traveling devices, such as GPS devices. You also can use inverters to power larger lights that you might need when trying to draw attention to your vehicle in the dark. People use their inverters for a whole variety of reasons, however, and many of them are for comfort and entertainment. As a matter of fact, you might talk to people who bring their inverters out on camping trips, this way their kids can have a television or computer at night for games. You also can be assured of communication when you have this kind of inverter to depend on for electrical power.

One question that people always have then it comes to truck power inverters is about the wattage. How much can they plug into their inverters? How much can they handle? This really is going to depend on a number of factors. For example, if you are thinking that you would like to use your inverter to power your GPS and maybe a handheld device or two, such as a smart phone, then you can probably get away with a 225 or 250 machine. This is the kind of inverter that you might have for emergencies or communication devices.

If you are the kind of person, however, who has big plans, then the truck power inverters with 1,000 wattage levels and higher might be what you're looking for. These are great for powering large electrical devices, such as big televisions, laptops, and large tools.

By Mark Andrew Plummer

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Saturday, April 26, 2014

New 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab Short Box 4-Wheel Drive SLT

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali: Quick Drive

Luxury pickup trucks are a purely American phenomenon, one that friends in foreign lands have a hard time understanding. But honestly, when you have a big cattle ranch or own a construction company, what are you going to drive to work, a BMW 7 Series?

Of course not; it wouldn't look right.

Instead, the choice for hundreds of thousands of people has been big, expensive luxury trucks from U.S. manufacturers. When you think about it, given the prices, capabilities and luxury equipment, the top-line full-size pickups are the ultimate American luxury vehicles. Much of it started with the model seen here: the Denali trim for the GMC Sierra. It's pretty much the fanciest GM pickup you can buy now that the Cadillac Escalade EXT is history. The Sierra Denali represents the latest high-zoot trimmings and technology from GM.

We've already driven the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500; it did well in our 2013 Light-Duty Challenge, coming in third place and ahead of its counterpart Chevrolet Silverado. We were impressed with many of its characteristics; the Sierra won two of the 13 quantitative contests and came in second in four of them. We also liked it more than any other for exterior styling, and were mightily impressed with its new interior. And this was just the SLE trim, not the luxury Denali trim. See our review of the 2014 GMC Sierra here.

Pony up some extra cash, and you get an even nicer truck than the SLE. Outside, the signature Denali chrome mesh grille is prominent, nestled atop a Denali-specific body-colored bumper and flanked by the standard projector beam headlights that come on all Sierras. Twenty-inch chrome wheels are part of the package, as is a polished stainless-steel exhaust outlet. The look isn't quite as distinctive as it used to be, or perhaps we're just getting used to seeing high-dollar pickups with acres of chrome on lesser models, but it's still dramatic.

Inside, the Denali gets special embossed leather seats, bright door sills and real aluminum metal trim for the dashboard. Again, it looks good, but not all that different from the already upscale interior in lesser Sierras.

The Sierra Denali does feature a few exclusive features, however, including an 8-inch customizable display screen in the gauge cluster that can be tailored to show a variety of things at the driver's preference. The Denali also comes with a standard 8-inch touch-screen featuring GMC's Intellilink, five USB ports for various personal electronics, a Bose audio system, heated and cooled seats, a heated steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors, and a power sliding rear window with defroster. Given that this is the top trim level for the Sierra, it makes sense that it comes loaded.

Exclusive to the Denali and SLT trim levels is the biggest engine available in the latest GM pickups, the 420-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8. It's a monster, providing impressive thrust and 12,000 pounds of maximum towing capacity. My week with it didn't include any towing, but freeway passing and stoplight acceleration was done with ease, accompanied by a throaty soundtrack and fuel economy that hovered right around the 16 mpg mark (the EPA rates the two-wheel-drive version with this engine at 15/21/17 mpg city/highway/combined). Certainly not exactly hybrid levels of efficiency, but for a truck this size with these capabilities, it is as expected.

Driving the Sierra Denali is a serene experience; a lot of attention has been placed on creating an extremely quiet interior. The leather-covered seats are big and cushy, but the super-wide center console actually makes the interior feel more cramped than competitors like the Ram 1500 or Ford F-150. Ride is nicely damped for a big, unladen pickup, and steering is unperturbed by pavement imperfections or even the massive craters that have opened up around Detroit this winter. Just like in lesser Sierras, there's plenty of room in back for passengers as well; nobody has a bad seat in the Denali.

The Sierra Denali is easy to use as well, with the big displays on the center stack and the gauge cluster displaying anything and everything you could possibly need, with simple controls on the multimedia center allowing for quick operation of everything from the navigation system to one's plugged-in iPod. There's still a column shifter for the Sierra, but that frees up room in the center console for more storage, so the rather anachronistic placement isn't a burden.

All that bling and brawn comes at a hefty price, but not one that's outside the competitive realm of luxury pickups. My test truck started at $51,060 including a hefty $1,095 destination fee, adding $450 for the driver alert package (lane departure warning, forward collision alert, rumbling safety alert seat), $1,995 for the 6.2-liter engine, another $995 for a moonroof, $255 for an off-road suspension package, $230 for an integrated trailer brake controller and $200 for all-terrain tires. The grand total for this luxo truck came to $55,185, right in line with competitors like the Ford F-150 Platinum or Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn. For buyers in the market for the ultimate expression of American luxury trucks, the new Denali still hits all the right marks.


by Mark Williams | April 20, 2014 photos by Aaron Bragman

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Chevrolet and GMC Announce CNG Pricing Options

DETROIT Bi-fuel options, allowing either compressed natural gas or gasoline to power the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD pickups, will start at $9,500. A dedicated CNG option on the 2015 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana cargo and passenger short-wheelbase vans starts $10,825 for the three-tank system and $12,090 for the four-tank system.

“Based on current average fuel prices, CNG is more than a dollar cheaper than an equivalent gallon of gasoline, giving drivers and businesses an incentive to use CNG to power their vehicles,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, General Motors Fleet and Commercial. “Given the consistent cost savings and expanding infrastructure, both commercial and individual interest in CNG vehicles continues to grow.”

The bi-fuel CNG option will be available on all 2015 Silverado and Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD single-rear-wheel models. The Express and Savana vans have fully dedicated CNG fuel systems – available in three- or four-tank models on cargo vans and exclusively with the three-tank design on passenger vans. 

GM warrants and validates the fuel systems on all of its CNG trucks, vans and the upcoming bi-fuel Chevrolet Impala sedan through its five-year/100,000-mile – whichever comes first – powertrain limited warranty. All major components associated with the CNG system also carry GM service part numbers for availability throughout the largest dealer network in the United States.

CNG versions of the Silverado and Sierra 2500HD double cab and crew cab and the full-size Express and Savana vans are on sale now. The Silverado and Sierra 2500HD regular cab and all 3500HD pickups go on sale in July.

About Chevrolet
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at

About GMC
GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, and is one of the industry's healthiest brands. Innovation and engineering excellence is built into all GMC vehicles and the brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC is the only manufacturer to offer three full-size hybrid trucks with the Yukon, Yukon Denali SUVs and the Sierra pickup. The Sierra Heavy Duty pickups are the most capable and powerful trucks in the market. Details on all GMC models are available at, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Ladder Pro Plus - An Attractive and Removable Pick-up Rack

Unit can quickly be broken down
to its simplest form - a Standard or
Deluxe series headboard.

Ladder Pro Plus

Side bar easily mounts via
our added strength

By popular demand, Rack-it has expanded on our classic headboard. The Ladder Pro Plus includes both front and rear headboards, and left and right side clamp-on side rails to create a sturdy, fork lift loadable, cargo area rack with a removable rear bar. Side bars and rear headboard can be removed when the rack system is not required, leaving the front headboard in place for cab and/or rear window protection. Front headboard can be ordered with or without mesh. Fit is truck specific for most domestic and foreign made trucks. Works with most SureFit accessories. Hardware included.

Gusseted joints for added strength

• Modular design allows for 3 different rack configurations.
• Forklift Loadable.
• Rope hooks allow for quick and easy tie downs.
• Available with headboard mesh behind cab.
• Removable rear bar.
• Black powder coat finish.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Review

The Sierra is a four-wheel-drive SLE double-cab Z71 truck with the stronger pulling 3.42:1 gears and base 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V-6 rated at 285 hp and 305 pounds-feet of torque. Base pricing for the well-equipped SLE 4x4 is $37,065. Our test unit had the SLE Convenience Package (power pedals, park assist and sliding rear window) for an extra $665 and the SLE Extra Value Package ($1,620) that offers power seats, remote start, dual-zone climate control and a trailering equipment setup. The SLE also included an 8-inch screen for navigation and IntelliLink ($795), and the Z71 Off Road Suspension Package ($775), which includes aluminum wheels, high-capacity air cleaner, monotube shocks, extra skid plating and hill descent control. Finally, the truck had a trailer brake controller ($230) and all-terrain tires ($200), for a total of $41,595, which includes destination of $995.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

GM’s ‘Climate Declaration’ Speaks Louder than Words

Achievements in past year include energy savings, increased use of renewables

DETROITIn the year following the Climate Declaration signing, General Motors continues to prove there is economic opportunity in tackling climate change.

Organized by sustainable business advocacy group Ceres and its Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy coalition, the Climate Declaration reinforces the economic benefit of addressing clean energy, energy efficiency, cleaner transportation and reduced carbon emissions. GM remains the only automaker among 750 signatories.

“The world is changing and we are making bold moves to ensure we remain relevant to customers and conserve the resources our industry relies on,” said Mike Robinson, GM vice president of Sustainability and Global Regulatory Affairs. “We are restructuring our entire portfolio to maximize vehicle efficiencies with the intent of setting a new standard in fuel economy and reducing carbon emissions around the globe while we meet a variety of customer needs.”

GM’s fuel-efficient and electrified vehicle lineup complements the company’s environmental commitment to responsible manufacturing, from using renewable energy to increasing energy efficiency. On April 3, for the second consecutive year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized GM with a 2014 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for superior energy management.

GM also ranked among the top 10 percent of companies reporting in the CDP Global 500 Climate Change Report 2013, demonstrating leading practices for measuring emissions and energy and transparency for its climate change strategy.

GM communicates the business case for addressing climate change with employees and suppliers, helping it receive the EPA ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Climate Communications Award for raising consumer awareness of climate change. It also joined the voluntary EPA SmartWay Partnership to drive benchmarking of fuel consumption and reduction of emissions by freight shippers and carriers.
Since signing the declaration, GM has taken action to address climate change:
·         Introduced two new electrified vehicles, the Chevrolet Spark EV and the Cadillac ELR extended-range electric vehicle. They join the Chevrolet Volt, the best-selling plug-in electric vehicle in 2013 and 2012.
·         Met the voluntary ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry at nine additional plants for an industry-leading total of 63 facilities worldwide. These combined efforts saved GM $162 million in energy costs.
·         Recognized by the Solar Energy Industries Association as a “Solar Champion” for significantly impacting the establishment of a strong U.S. solar industry.
·         Invested $24 million to use 14 more megawatts of landfill gas at Fort Wayne and Orion assembly plants to avoid 23,000 metric tons of CO2 per year and save a combined $10 million in energy costs annually.
·         Contracted to turn solid municipal waste from Metro Detroit into process steam to heat and cool portions of Detroit-Hamtramck assembly, removing coal-fired boilers.
·         Completed Ohio’s largest rooftop solar array, a 1.8MW installation at GM Toledo Transmission.
·         Earned four new LEED certifications for a total of six worldwide.
·         Participated in U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings, Better Plants program to achieve 25-percent combined energy use reduction at 25 plants by 2018 for a savings of $7 million.
·         Earned ISO 50001 certification for energy management at two facilities in Argentina and Mexico for a total of nine worldwide.
·         Cut energy use by more than 20,000 metric tons of CO2 at three buildings recognized in EPA’s National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings, saving $1 million.
·         Announced partnerships with Honda and U.S. Army advancing fuel cell system and technology development.
·         Applied the first “real-world” use of OnStar’s Smart Grid solutions by teaming with TimberRock to use a fleet of electric vehicles to help regulate energy flow.

"GM has come a long way in adapting to today's market and environmental climate," said Anne Kelly, director of the Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy coalition at Ceres. “We look forward to GM's continued proactive, collaborative action to turn sustainability challenges into economic opportunities.” 

For more information on GM’s environmental commitment, visit its sustainability report and environmental blog.

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at  

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

2015 GMC Yukon: The Golden Sound of Silence

No need to shout inside all-new SUV family 

DETROIT – It’s only natural that when we speak, we want to be heard and when the volume around us goes up, so do our voices. Just ask those on road trips or parents of young children how tiresome this can become over time.
The interior quietness of all-new 2015 GMC Yukon can provide some relief. A calming and tranquil environment result from premium materials used to craft the smooth and confident ride in the new Yukon and Yukon XL full-size SUVs.  
Media and customer feedback highlights the SUV’s serene interior. Obtaining this result was a pillar from the inception of the new Yukon and the effect of countless hours spent tuning by engineers like Michell Shippy, performance engineer for noise, vibration and wind noise.
“Having two young kids that never sleep through the night, I have a strong desire to enjoy peace and quiet on my commute,” said Shippy. “That also helps give me a sharp ear to hone in on the fine details. We’ve made extensive improvements on the new Yukon and the interior quietness is a feature noticeable enough to grab your attention. The Yukon is truly a pleasure to drive.”
More than two dozen enhancements advance quietness in the all-new 2015 Yukon. There is no quieter SUV in its class.
Beginning at its core, a fully boxed frame comprised of more than 75 percent high-strength steel lays the solid foundation for its quiet ride. Connecting the body – also made with high and ultra-high strength steel – to the frame are new shear-style mounts act like a shock absorber while significantly improving stiffness.
New inlaid doors now fit into the body side openings, rather than over the top of the body, which significantly reduces wind noise and variation. This construction also allows for triple-sealed doors and a tighter fit, minimizing gaps that result in more consistent wind noise performance.
“We paid a lot of attention to the doors,” Shippy said. “It’s an area that is highly sensitive to varying tolerances and so close to the driver and passengers. Sealing them correctly and consistently is a tough yet critical task.”
The triple seals include an acoustic water deflector and a full seal around the latch and outside door handle. Acoustic baffles in the door headers and acoustic laminated front door glass and an acoustic laminated windshield also enhance quietness.
Shaping and sealing of the exterior mirrors improved noise performance and made the most of aerodynamic performance.
Shippy and the noise and vibration team left no detail untouched. The list of improvements includes a special acoustic headliner, acoustic wheel house liners, acoustic hood blanket, dash mats on both sides of the front of dash and fender-to-body baffles. Even the way existing body sealers applied to keep out water and dust were analyzed to further isolate noise.
“The GMC customer is looking for a vehicle that’s a notch above the rest in all aspects, but especially in refinement,” said Duncan Aldred, U.S. vice president of Buick and GMC. “Interior quietness is an essential element to refinement and we keep hearing how impressively silent our new Yukons are. It’s really something to experience.”
The all-new Yukon family is built at GM’s Arlington, Texas assembly plant and arriving at GMC dealerships now.
GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, with innovation and engineering excellence built into all GMC vehicles.  The brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC’s highest-volume vehicle, the Sierra pickup, is the most fuel-efficient V-8 light duty pickup truck on the market, and the first full-size pickup to receive the highest possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changed its New Car Assessment Program for the 2011 model year. Details on all GMC models are available at, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at