Monday, March 30, 2015

Rack-It Truck Rack Dealer in Salem, OR - Salem Off Road Center -

Salem Off Road Center is a Rack-It Truck Rack Dealer

Founded in 1974 in the Willamette Valley, Salem Off Road Center has been the premier four wheel drive shop serving Salem Oregon for over 35 years. Our knowledgeable  friendly staff has the resources, enthusiasm, and over 60 years combined experience, to serve our customers every need and ensure their complete satisfaction.

We understand the vital role vehicles play in our lives. We rely on our trucks, SUV's, and even cars from business to pleasure, and our dedicated, non-commissioned sales staff can assist in outfitting your vehicles with the top quality components and accessories needed for each specific application.

From Suspension and Lighting products, to Body Armor and Winches and Recovery Equipment, Salem Off
Road Center has a complete selection of products to keep your rig getting you where you want to go. While catering to everything from Jeeps to Full Size rigs, Salem Off Road Center also offers a wide selection of accessories for your car and RV as well!

We offer installations by our experienced and conscientious installers, of virtually all the products we sell. With our modern showroom, state-of-the-art on-site installation facility, huge inventory, and local ownership, combined with our competitive pricing and our enthusiastic staff with decades of experience adds up to one thing: Customer Satisfaction.

You may find us at:
Salem Off Road Center
2953 Silverton Rd NE
Salem, OR 97301

Phone: (503) 399-7691
Fax: (503) 399-1816

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

How Ford Switched Gears for the All-New F-150

Ford redeveloped its F-150 plant for a complete restructuring of the famous truck line.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

GMC Pickups 101: Alphabet Soup of Acronyms

Explaining the GVWRs, the SRWs and the DRWs

Editor’s Note: For more than 100 years, GMC pickups have come in many varieties to suit a wide range of customer demands. From that have come a number of acronyms for various capacities and features. This third in an occasional series of “GMC Pickups 101” features explains those jumbles of letters.

DETROIT – Nearly every full-size pickup owner has a unique use for his or her truck. And considering the GMC Sierra’s 19 different cab and box combinations, the veritable alphabet soup of models practically has its own language of acronyms.

Some of the most important truck acronyms for owners to know are gross weight ratings. Exceeding any of a truck’s weight ratings is unsafe, and it’s a driver’s responsibility to know and avoid exceeding them.
“Nearly every vehicle performance attribute is designed and tested to one or more gross weight rating,” said Robert Krouse, General Motors trailering engineer. ”Body and chassis structural durability, powertrain and driveline durability, handling, braking, thermal and propulsion performance are all validated to specific ratings. That’s why it’s so important for owners to understand those limits.”
  • GAWR, or Gross Axle Weight Rating, is the maximum amount of weight that can be placed on either a truck’s front or rear axle, including the weight of the truck, driver, passengers, equipment and cargo. A higher front GAWR generally means more capacity for accessories like plows, while a high rear GAWR relates to a higher payload.
  • GVWR, or Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, is the maximum amount of weight for the entire truck and everything in it. This number isn’t simply each axle rating added together; for that to work, the owner would have to precisely load so that each axle weight rating is met just as the overall vehicle rating is met, which isn’t possible in real world conditions. As a result, GVWR is always lower than the sum of each axle to account for changes in weight distribution.
  • GCWR, or Gross Combined Weight Rating, is the maximum weight of a truck and an attached trailer, plus everything in each of them. Some of a trailer’s weight is supported by the truck – this is known as tongue weight – a GCWR isn’t simply the GVWR plus the trailer’s weight. When attaching a trailer, an owner should factor tongue weight into a truck’s payload capacity.
“It’s very important that drivers observe these limits to maintain safe stopping distances,” said Krouse. “Not only that, overloading a truck causes excessive wear on suspension and brakes and could lead to engine or transmission failure.”

The 2013 Sierra’s highest GCWR is 30,500 pounds for a 3500HD Duramax DRW model. DRW, another truck acronym, applies only to 3500HD one-ton pickups. It implies a “dual rear wheel” option, as opposed to a “single rear wheel,” or SRW.

The option adds not only higher payload and weight limits, but also better stability with a large trailer attached. For a 2013 Sierra 3500HD 4x4 Crew Cab, a DRW option adds 5,700 pounds of available trailer weight rating and 1,011 pounds of payload capacity.

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

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Sunday, March 22, 2015

P.A.W. Bear Proof Trash Enclosures by Rack-it

Rack-it has been manufacturing high quality products for over 25 years. Our line of P.A.W. Bear Proof Trash Enclosures built with the same highest quality that has made us world-famous for our truck racks. From design to completion, each P.A.W. Box is built with precision machinery, parts and materials to ensure you’re getting the best on the market. Check it out...

T 1 -800-445-7666
3910 Dividend Drive
Shingle Springs, CA 95682

  •  Heavy Duty 12 gauge Steel Construction - Strongest Available
  • Dormer style roof design prevents snow & water from running down the container walls, protecting the powder coat finish 
  • Narrow Profile, Weld-on bullet hinges
  • Heavy Duty 2-Pt Latching System with child safety release lever inside
  • Reinforced single access door with square key entry keeps Bears out!
  • 6” Structural Steel Pipe Pedestal - Maximum structural integrity
Basin Bin:
  • (L x H x D) | 48.5. x 46 x 28
  • 350 lbs | 12 gauge Steel Construction
  • Holds Two - 32 gallon Trash Containers
  • Child Safety Release Lever
  • 1 Year Structural Warranty
  • Choose Brown or Green Finish
  • $950.00
Sierra Slider:
  • (L x H x D) | 48.5. x 46 x 28 365 lbs | 12 gauge Steel Construction
  • Holds Two - 32 gallon Trash Containers
  • Child Safety Release Lever
  • 1 Year Structural Warranty
  • Choose Brown or Green Finish
  • Unique, full-extension, ball bearing base slide allows for trouble-free access
  • $1175.00
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Friday, March 20, 2015

2015 Ford Aluminum F150 Line X Bedliner Install

We take a 2015 F150 to Great lakes Line X for a new Platinum bed liner.
I would recommend Line X over any other bedliner product.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Rack-it HD Schedule 10 Pipe - See the Difference!

Just because our racks look pretty and look like metal tubing, they are and they are not. They are pretty, but they are not tubing, they are made of HD schedule 10 pipe. The difference is everything when it comes to strength (the one on the left, of course. . .). Yet with our unique design, they look so attractive on your truck, you hardly notice it has a rack at all.

Rack-it, since 1986.