Satellite radio has emerged from its troubled financial status of just a few years ago to finally post solid quarterly gains in both revenue and subscribers. The high cost of acquiring subscribers combined with actually launching and maintaining a network of satellites broadcasting digital music from space took their toll on America’s only two satellite radio players – XM and Sirius – forcing them to merge in 2008 into the entity known as Sirius XM radio. The company broadcasts over 150 channels of music, news, talk and sports to subscribers who have added the service to their homes or vehicles.
Full disclosure: I am a former long-time XM subscriber who had multiple accounts with the service. I ended my subscription after the merger due to the fact that the Sirius XM channel list was largely homogenized and removed many of the stations that I had enjoyed listening to, particularly those that focused on non-mainstream genres such as electronic music.
That being said – satellite radio does have a lot to offer listeners who don’t mind the fact that some of its more eclectic content is missing in action. Let’s take a look at three reasons to install satellite radio in your Toyota Tundra:
A lot of Toyota Tundra owners opt for a hard-shell bed cover for one simple reason: security. If you’ve got cargo to protect, then a soft top cover just isn’t going to cut it, and neither will many of the rollback tonneau covers that aren’t able to stand up to a determined attack from a tool-wielding thief.
Roll-N-Lock has been building truck accessories for close to 20 years, and their latest and greatest product is the Roll-N-Lock retractable tonneau cover. This special unit combines an aluminum structure with a vinyl laminate in order to provide the best balance between looks and protection for all of the gear that is stowed in your truck bed. Its special construction allows it to offer the versatility of a rollable cover that is stronger than most typical fiberglass options.
The Roll-N-Lock cover comes in two flavors – M-Series and E-Series. Both feature the same retractable cover that automatically rolls up into a housing mounted at the front of the bed, and both feature a key lock that integrates with the tailgate to keep both the cover and the cargo bed’s rear opening secure. The housing itself is claimed to be the smallest in the industry, taking up a maximum of eight and a quarter inches of cargo bed depth on long box pickups (seven and a quarter on short beds).
The Monday following Thanksgiving is known as “cyber Monday” in the world of e-Commerce, and according to all the experts it’s the busiest online shopping day of the year.
In an effort to capture as many sales dollars as possible, some of our favorite auto accessory websites (as well as some others) are offering special discount codes, free shipping, etc. Here’s a list for next week:
The aftermarket industry provides almost infinite options for you to dress up your Toyota Tundra, and in some cases even seems to answer questions about your vehicle’s exterior appearance that you might never have thought to ask. A perfect example are caliper covers, which are designed to slide over existing stock calipers and hide them from the eyes of would-be brake component style critics.
While high end sports cars often feature attractive caliper designs that are painted so as to draw attention rather than deflect it, truck calipers fall squarely into the function-over-form category. Fortunately, for those bothered by this state of affairs there is now a caliper cover option available for pickups.
We’ve rounded up some of the most popular gifts from years past as well as some new stuff we saw at this year’s SEMA show below. If you own a truck (or know someone who does), this is good place from some gift ideas.
1. Heavy-duty floor mats for front and/or rear seats. Every year, heavy-duty floor mats are one of the best selling Toyota Tundra accessories available. WeatherTech Extreme-Duty Floor Liners are the top choice because they’re precisely matched to your truck, they have a “reservoir” that will trap dirt, mud, and water, and they extend right up to the door panel, so you can empty them out without spilling any gunk on the carpet.
If you want to spend a little less, check out Husky’s WeatherBeater mats which have many of the same features.
2. A truck bed tent. Truck bed camping gear is a nice gift for the adventurous truck owner. Setting up camp in your pickup means that