Alternative Truck Uses: Creative Ways to Put Your Pickup to Use

Alternative Truck Uses | Huntsville, TX

Trucks aren’t just for moving furniture or towing boats. These versatile vehicles can be put to use in so many ways, from adventure to commerce. Start looking for more ways to make the most of your truck, starting with these ideas for alternative truck uses.

Truck bed camping

The next time you go camping, bring your truck along — not just for the off-road capability, but for the comfort of the truck bed. You can buy a special truck bed tent that will fit your pickup perfectly, and provide a cozy, water-proof shelter for your nights outdoors.

Mobile produce or lemonade stand

You’ve heard of tailgating for an athletic event, and have maybe even used your truck bed and tailgate as a surface for a bar or buffet, but have you considered using your truck bed as a mobile way to sell things like produce or lemonade? This method will make it quick and easy to pull up to your local farmer’s market with a setup that’s nearly ready to go.

Drink cooler for parties

Speaking of tailgating parties, you can take yours to the next level by turning your entire truck bed into a giant cooler for drinks. If this is too much work, consider buying a truck storage box that doubles as a cooler.

For versatile pickup trucks that you can use every day, browse the inventory at Wiesner of Huntsville.

The 2020 Sierra 1500 Offers a New Turbo-Diesel Engine

2020 GMC Sierra | Huntsville, TX

The GMC Sierra 1500 has a number of engine options available for the 2020 model year, including the new Duramax 3.0-liter Turbo-Diesel engine. This motor nicely balances power with fuel-efficiency.

Power and capability

The Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine connects with a 10-speed automatic transmission to achieve 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. As such, the available engine allows you to have smooth drives on adventures both on and off the road.

When properly equipped, the four-wheel model can haul a maximum payload of 1,830 pounds and tow up to 9,100 pounds. While in Tow/Haul mode, the exhaust brake and transmission can help you maintain stability when traversing steep hills.

Fuel-efficiency

When you opt for the two-wheel-drive model, the engine gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.* The engine can accordingly help you save money on fuel over time. In addition, its block is comprised of lightweight cast aluminum alloy, which leads to a 25 percent savings in mass when compared to a cast-iron engine block.

The Turbo-Diesel engine utilizes start/stop technology so that the engine can turn off when you’re at a red light. Active Thermal Management helps the engine stay at the optimal temperature to further reduce fuel consumption.  

Learn more about the Duramax 3.0-liter Turbo-Diesel engine when you test-drive the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 at Wiesner of Huntsville.

 

*Requires available 3.0L Turbo Diesel engine. EPA est. 23 city/30 hwy mpg (2WD).

GMC Sierra All Terrain X – This is What Off-Roading is About

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GMC has launched a limited-edition off-road version of the Sierra pickup truck called the Sierra All Terrain X. Forget what the competition is offering: this is what off-roading is all about.

The 2016 GMC Sierra All Terrain X features aggressive off-road styling and capability, with design cues taken from past pickup trucks, including a sloping back connecting the roof line with the edge of the truck bed.

It comes equipped with 18- by 8.5-inch black aluminum wheels as well as black mirrors, moldings, and pillars to enhance its aggressive looks. Meanwhile, a set of Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac MT tires grant superior traction in gravel, dirt, and mud, and the famed Z71 off-road suspension package with hill-descent technology make it nigh-impossible to lose control on a hill.

“Styling is the biggest influence on Sierra customers and the new Sierra All Terrain X builds on that with a more aggressive, personalized appearance that complements its exceptional capability,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC sales and marketing.

The 2016 GMC Sierra All Terrain X will be hit our showrooms at Wiesner of Huntsville this spring.

New 2015 Sierra Carbon Editions Elevate GMC Truck Lineup

You might not have thought that the GMC Sierra, one of the most popular and capable full-size pickups on the market, could even get any better. But the folks at GMC, as usual, have proved that idea wrong with the all-new 2015 Sierra Carbon Editions. These new trucks, the standard Carbon, Carbon 20, and Carbon 22, all add much more style and sex appeal to an already robust and powerful truck.

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“The beauty of the new Sierra lies in its strength and sophistication,” said Stuart Pierce, Sierra marketing manager. “But for customers wanting to stand out and make a strong statement, the Sierra Carbon Edition models are the answer.”

Each version of the 2015 Sierra Carbon Edition comes with its very own charms and bells and whistles, but they all feature some of the same things—such as a black painted grille, many other exterior body accents, and a uber-cool cargo lighting box. To see these cool trucks for yourself, come visit us here at Wiesner of Huntsville!

2015 GMC Sierra Denali Adds Magnetic Ride Control

The 2015 GMC Sierra Denali, already a beautifully-designed, massively capable, and luxurious full-size pickup, has gotten even better for the new year model. GMC engineers have added magnetic ride control to the Sierra Denali, which grants drivers and passengers a smooth, premium driving experience. The new Sierra Denali will be the first full-size truck to ever offer the technology.

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“With magnetic ride control, the 2015 Sierra Denali delivers a smoother, more confident driving experience without sacrificing the capabilities customers expect from a GMC truck,” said Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer. “The responsiveness of the system makes this full-size truck feel and drive like a luxury vehicle – and one that’s more comfortable on long trips, especially when trailering.”

Magnetic ride control will come standard on all Sierra Denali half-ton models, both the 5.3L engine version and the 6.2L engine version, the latter of which is the most powerful engine in the full-size truck segment. The Denali trim of the Sierra was designed to bring untold luxury and technology options to the full-size truck market, and magnetic ride control is simply the next great innovation added to the segment’s best and smartest truck. Come in to Wiesner of Huntsville today to check out the Sierra and the rest of the GMC lineup today!

GM Trucks Take Home Top Safety Scores

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Following a recent 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for the 2014 Buick LaCrosse, General Motors has yet again scored another win (or two). GM trucks have officially taken the safety lead. The all-new 2014 GMC Sierra and the 2014 Chevy Silverado recently earned 5-Star Overall Vehicle Scores for safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Both trucks scored big on their New Car Assessment Program.

All cab configurations for the Silverado and Sierra each have the highest possible Overall Vehicle Score under their belt, making them the first pickup trucks to win these safety scores since the requirements were made more difficult to achieve (in 2011). Regardless, we couldn’t be prouder of our GM trucks.

With the power you want to finish your toughest job comes safety features you need to stay secure in your truck. Just a few of the safety features you’ll find in the Silverado and Sierra include:

    • Lane Departure Warning
    • Steel frames throughout
    • Standard lap belt pretensioners
    • Four-wheel antilock disc brakes
    • Available OnStar services and capabilities
    • Six standard air bags with a 360-degree sensor system

What are you waiting for? Check out the all-new 2014 GMC Sierra or Chevrolet Silverado today at Wiesner of Huntsville!

General Motors: The King of Trucks

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Everyone knows there are only a few big players in the pickup truck industry, and with numerous years worth of awards behind its belt, it’s undeniable that General Motors (GM) is the one and only, ultimate reigning, official King of Trucks.

Of course, we wouldn’t say this without showing a little more proof behind the name. Recently, GM has earned the crown for most horsepower in a mainstream pickup truck with a 6.2-liter V8 engine, making them the maker of the most powerful light-duty truck engines. This monster engine is available in both the Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra, both notable big-time players in the pickup industry. The engine pushes out an incredible 420 horsepower with 460 lb-ft. of torque, running right past big competitors like the Dodge Ram and Ford F-150.

If you’re in the market for one of these heavy-duty trucks, expect to go with trims including the LTZ or Denali, but rest assured that your towing capabilities will be out of this world. Get your hands on a bad boy with this engine, and you’ll be riding high with 12,000 pounds of towing capability behind you. Unbeatable.

Stop by Wiesner of Huntsville today to test drive the Chevrolet Silverado or the GMC Sierra, or both!

The 2014 GMC Sierra is a Truck to Consider

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If you’re looking for one of the most fuel-efficient pickup trucks out there, look no further than the 2014 GMC Sierra! With 24 miles per gallon and a standard 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V-6 engine, this pickup cannot be beat. It is absolutely the class leader in fuel efficiency and style. And, to top it all off, the Sierra recently ranked highest among large light-duty pickups in the 2013 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study.

EPA highway estimates for the 2014 GMC Sierra are strongly competitive with that of the Ram HFE. The Sierra offers 22 miles per gallon for 4×4 models and 24 miles per gallon for 2WD models. That’s among the best of any full-size pickup.

The strong EcoTec3 engine technology is what helps this truck achieve such efficiency. It is encompassed with direct fuel injection, variable valve timing, and Active Fuel Management technology all to help the truck save fuel while saving you big bucks at the pump. You can’t find that kind of advanced technology just anywhere. The Sierra also features 285 horsepower with 305 ft-lb. of torque. Find out more about the 2014 Sierra from GMC.