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3 Essential Hitch Accessories You Need for Your Truck


Do you enjoy camping in the fall or winter or going fishing? Whatever the case may be, you may need to pull an RV or a boat behind your truck. In most cases, your truck may surprise you at just how much weight it can pull behind it.

If you are looking to spruce up your trailer hitch a bit or potentially make certain situations a little easier on yourself and others, you should consider installing a trailer hitch accessory before you hit the open road again.

Hitch Covers

Your truck's receiver is probably left open at all times, exposing a hitch tube. This leaves it exposed to various dirt and debris that could enter into the receiver. This debris could cause a clog or damage, including rust.

If the receiver isn't left open, you probably leave your ball mount in it so that you don't have to mess with sticking it back in each time you want to hook up to something and go. However, ball mounts are bulky and can result in people hurting their shins from running into them, especially at night.

With a hitch cover, you will remove the ball mount and keep it inside the truck for when you need it, eliminating the possibly of anyone banging their shin on your hitch. At the same time, it protects the hitch tube from getting dirty and rusting.

When selecting your hitch cover, you don’t have to choose one that is plain and simple, as you can select one that fits your personality. For example, you can find one that has the logo of your favorite sports team on it or various other designs.

Hitch Lights

As the temperatures drop and it gets later in the year, the sun is going to go down earlier than it did during the summer months. As a result, you need to be able to see where you are going with your trailer, boat or RV when it is pitch black outside. The best way to do this is by installing some hitch lights.

Many hitch lights are available in LED, which burns brighter and longer, and you can choose lights that are waterproof. As a general rule, hitch lights will hook into your truck's electrical system and automatically light up when you shift gears into reverse.

These types of light simply offer you better visibility at night —on and off the road — so that you don't have to worry about any unnecessary mishaps if you decide to tackle a rugged off-road route. Of course, hitch lights are not only used for the road, as they can also be used to help light up your campsite, work area or other areas on your travels.

Hitch Steps

Every once in a while, you just need a little additional boost so that you can get deep into the bed of your truck or reach your roof racks. When this is the case, you need a hitch step. With one of these, your receiver turns into a step ladder, which makes life a lot easier.

These hitch steps come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles. This includes some that are designed with a slip-resistant surface (helpful in rainy weather) so that you don't slip and fall as you are climbing up the steps. Some are also designed to be able to fold down. The fold down hitch steps are a regular hitch cover at first glance, but you fold it down when you need to have a step.

If your truck is in need of some trailer hitch accessories or if you are interested in tricking your truck out with other accessories, Leer Truck Accessory Center is happy to provide assistance and ensure that your truck is ready to tackle whatever obstacles may stand before it. Contact us today to learn more.