How to keep the trail out of your rig
We all spend a significant amount of time maintaining the mechanical workings of our trusty rigs, but do we pay the same attention to the interior? Hey, there's nothing worse than the interior of a rig that smells like feet, an old corn chip, and trail rot. Undoubtedly you know exactly what we're talking about. While the Bouquet de Landfill is a bad thing, the good news is that it can be avoided by applying some common sense items to the interior of your truck. After all, it's guaranteed that whether you use your rig for work or play, dirt and crud will find its way inside.
There are two ways to fight back against grime and odor. The first is to not let them get a foothold inside your vehicle by installing stuff like washable seat covers and floor mats. The second is to regularly attack them with high-strength cleaners. The result will be a rig that you and your friends won't mind riding in, and you won't have to wear a clothespin on your nose and wipe your feet when you get out. Following are a few items that will help you keep the interior of your rig livable.
The cargo area of your SUV can be protected from stains and spills with the aptly named Cargoliner. This unique system is made from OE-grade vinyl, and is custom-tailored for specific vehicle applications. Its patented fitted-edge design provides complete protection, from the rear side panels to the top and back of the rear seat. Velcro fasteners make it a snap to install and ensure a snug fit. Cargoliners are guaranteed for the life of your vehicle and are available in Gray, Beige, or Dark Gray.
Contact: Cargoliner, 805/521-1104, www.cargoliner.com.
Seat Protector Covers
Perfect for providing seat protection for those occasional off-highway forays or when you're wet, dirty, or grimy, these slip-on/slip-off no-hassle covers are made of 420-weight Denier nylon and they're 100 percent water-resistant. Seat Protectors are available for all SUV and pickup bucket seats and some split-bench applications. Bucket models come with a self-storing pouch, and a variety of colors are available.
Contact: Cerullo, 909/392-5561, www.cerullo.com
Wet Okole Seat Covers
Once seats get wet, they forever emit funky odors. You can avoid this nauseating experience by installing a set of Wet Okole waterproof seat covers. They're made from neoprene wetsuit material, and they're now available in the classic European "full pipe" style. Unlike the old OE-style plastic-core piping that eventually cracked, Wet Okole pipes are made from super durable neoprene-covered flexible cord. Wet Okole also offers Realtree camo patterns. In order to keep the seat covers looking and smelling fresh, they also offer a Cover Care Kit. It includes concentrated shampoo, odor eliminator, and UV protectant.
Contact: Wet Okole, 888/246-5653, www.wetokole.com
Not only will these seat covers protect your bench or bucket seats from slime and grime, but they also help avoid wear and tear as well as damage caused by harmful UV rays. They are washer/dryer-safe, and the polycotton drill weave fabric "breathes" so you don't get stuck to the seat. All Seatsavers feature overlapped and double-stitched seams and most front seat backs include a handy built-in map pocket at the rear. Further, the fabric is protected with a DWR (durable water repellency) finish that blocks most accidents from reaching the seats. Seatsavers are available in Misty Gray, Gray, Navy Blue, Wet Sand, Tan, Charcoal Black, and Taupe.
Contact: Covercraft Industries, 800/426-8377, www.covercraft.com
NXT Generation Glass Cleaner
It's amazing how much of the trail can get pitched onto the inside of your rig's windows. Don't just smear it around--use this specially formulated cleaner which quickly cleans windows and is guaranteed to leave a streak-free finish. Its non-ammonia formula is safe for window-tint film too.
Contact: Meguiar's, 800/347-5700, www.meguiars.com