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If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, you’re probably looking for the perfect one to meet your needs. Needs to be road worthy, road-trip worthy, and able to handle the different terrains and strains of some epic journeys!

At the same time, your needs could change over time.

For example, you might be thinking about a roadtrip in something that allows you to extend the bed of your pickup truck. Or, you might be looking for lights you can place near your floor mats.

And in the future your travel style, and roadtrip style may change.

There are a lot of options today in terms of truck upgrades, which make it possible to improve your existing vehicle for the next trip you’ll take. Here are some considerations.

How To Select Truck Upgrades for Your Next Road Trip

Do You Have the Right Wheels?

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The first thing people typically think of when looking for upgrades are the wheels. You need to pay attention to the traction you get between your car and the road, and may be driving through environments which need extra thought. 

For instance, can your wheels handle snow? Can they handle desert? Are you planning on driving through bodies of water like river beds?

Most commonly, wheel upgrades are to improve your traction if you go off-road, but remember that some vehicles have larger wheels than others, and not every part is going to fit every type of wheel.

Important to make sure that your upgrade is tailored to your specific vehicle, ie one which includes 2015 f150 accessories and parts. Because not every wheel or part fits every truck.

Will Your Upgrades Come With Your Warranty?

Before you purchase upgrades and accessories for your next road trip, you need to think about the warranty as well.

You may spend a lot of money finding the right upgrades for your travel trip, and if they break, you need to make sure that you can get them replaced.

A strong warranty is a sign that the company has a lot of confidence in the quality of the products they provide. If you have questions about the jargon included in the warranty, you may want to reach out to a local shop or expert who can help you.

Can You Increase Your Storage Space?

Road trips mean you need space; space for luggage, gear, maybe you’re even thorowing your bike or paddleboard in the back.

There are plenty of ways that you can increase your storage space, ie with an extender for your pickup truck. Or, you might be interested in a cabin shell that you can deploy around your truck bed. Roof racks are another idea.

Remember that the upgrades or accessories will impact the value of your vehicle, and while this is a plus if you’re thinking of selling, you should also update your car insurance policy so they know about any big additions. 

Some parts and accessories are more valuable than others, so always think about how your upgrades will impact the value of your vehicle before you install them.

How Easy Are the Travel Upgrades To Install?

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You need to think about who will install the parts prior to the road trip. There are some parts that you might be able to install on your own.

You might have some new floor mats that can prevent mud, snow, and water from staining the interior. These are very simple to essentially just throw down on the floor.

On the other hand, though, anything technical which requires being properly attached for safety, should be done by a professional who knows what they’re doing – god forbid a roof rack flies off your car.

Important to give yourself plenty of lead time if you want to install travel upgrades that require professional installation. Many mechanics are booked solid and overwhelmed with work so there may be a waitlist to get an appointment.

Think about not only the quality of the parts but also the installation process. It can make a major difference.

Do I Need Better Visibility During My Road Trip?

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Finally, make sure that you think about your wipers, windows and lights as well.

As you get your car ready for your next travel trip, you need to ensure you can see the road clearly under all conditions, as you’re a lot more vulnerable when you’re driving in rough conditions on roads you don’t know well.

You might want to get a better set of windshield wipers that can make it easier to see the road in a thunderstorm. Or, you might be interested in fog lights that can help you see better under adverse conditions.

As you evaluate your options, ensure that the parts have been built to last. If you have cracks in your windows replace them before you hit the road.

Remember that these parts are an investment, and you need to treat them as such.

Find the Right Upgrades for Your Vehicle Before Your Next Road Trip

Clearly, there are a lot of modifications and upgrades you can make to your vehicle before your next road trip.

The right parts for one vehicle are not necessarily going to be the right parts for yours. That is why you need to think carefully about what will fit well with your vehicle, what will work well during your road trip, and what parts will last for years to come.

Customize your vehicle to your needs, and your travel style, and if you’re unsure of exactly what you are looking at, there are always professionals who are friendly and ready to help.

Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 100+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.


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