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7 Innovative Truck Accessories That Will Upgrade Your Pickup

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Accessorizing your truck at the dealership can be quite expensive. Whether you're customizing the seats, rims, or lighting, you know it can make a difference when it comes to those monthly payments. These cool truck accessories are budget-friendly and will take your truck to the next level. Whether you drive a GMC Sierra, Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado, or even an old pickup truck passed down from your grandfather, you can make use of these aftermarket truck accessories for the interior or exterior.

We rounded up truck accessories that are perfect for outdated seats (or stained upholstery), and even a few tech items that are perfect for parties. LED truck lights aren't just fun accessories for traveling at night, but they also make a great party addition if you're throwing a fun kickback on the ranch. They'll light up the night as you blast music from your truck. Maybe you love everything else about your truck, but just want a few accessories that would make truck camping feel more like home. We recommend a truck bed mattress that's just as comfy as your mattress at home. Not only will you use it for truck camping, but it'll also come in handy for sleepovers and movie night at home. Get our favorite mini projector and portable projector screen or pin a white sheet on the garage door (or anywhere you can) for movie night in the truck bed. The opportunities are endless.

1. Faux Leather Seat Covers for an Upgraded Interior

If that auto upholstery quote sounds like it's too much, then it probably is. Consider these leather seat covers for your truck. This kit includes two front bucket covers, one bench cover, and five headrest covers. They're under $60, which isn't bad at all. Plus, they're side airbag compatible for safety. They're easy to wash (just wipe them down and let them air dry). Since they're a universal fit, they'll fit most trucks, cars, and SUVs.

2. LED Lights for Lifted Trucks

MustWin LED Lights - Amazon, $45.99

LED lights aren't everyone's cup of tea, but they sure do look nice on lifted trucks. They are waterproof, so they'll shine bright even through unexpected storms. Customers are raving about the quality and how they light up truck beds! Download the app to control the lights. Which colors are your favorites? The pink and blue colors look awesome. These would look amazing off-roading. Feel free to put some on cars, ATVs, motorcycles, boats, and more.

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3. A Heavy-Duty Storage Box for Tools

A toolbox is a must for truck owners. It's one of the most anticipated truck bed accessories for new truck owners. If you need a space-saving storage solution, then consider this Undercover SwingCase storage box. This made-in-the-USA toolbox is easy to install. If your truck has a bed rug, you might have to cut slots in the material. Storage boxes are a must, especially if you work with tools! (It has a key-lockable lid, so use it!). Perfect for preventing theft and keeping items protected from the elements.

4. Mud Guards for Cruising Down Backroads

These mud flaps aren't universal, so be sure these truck accessories are compatible with your model. If they are, you're in luck! They're durable, impact-resistant and made of all-weather thermoplastic material. They're also not too pricey. These mud flaps are under $70, and Amazon customers love them. A five-star review says, "If there were 10 stars I would give 10 stars because of Transaction, Price, Ease of Installation, Product quality and Fit/Looks." Another customer gave them a five-star review and raved that it only takes a few minutes to install each mud guard.

5. A Truck Bed Organizer for Frequent Travelers


Last Boks Full Size Truck Bed, Cargo Box Organizer - Amazon, $199.95

How many times have you put something loose in your truck bed only to have it slide all the way to the back of the cab? With a catch-bucket, that won't be a problem anymore. This easy access organizer anchor hooks to your truck ties to keep everything close and accessible from the tailgate. A cargo box organizer comes in handy for traveling or anyone who appreciates organization — and makes the best truck accessories for the travel or anyone who loves to organize.

6. The Best Truck Bed Mattress for Camping & Outdoor Movie Nights

Pittman Outdoors PPI-PV203C AirBedz Lite Truck Bed Air Mattress - Amazon, $179.99

Pittman Outdoors created the original truck bed mattress for campers and truck lovers. This comfortable mattress has a coil system built to distribute weight evenly, so you sink into it. It comes with a portable air pump so you can inflate it using your truck's 12v DC socket. It's puncture-resistant and can comfortably sleep up to three people. It's a 12-inch mattress that's compatible with full-size truck beds, so be sure to double check your truck before buying a Pittman Outdoors mattress.

7. A Mini Projector for Movie Nights in the Truck Bed

Mini Projector, FATORK 5G WiFi DLP Smart Portable Movie Projectors - Amazon, $289.99

Use this WiFi supported projector from home and enjoy movie night in your truck bed. There are so many ways to make this possible. Project movies onto your garage door or get a portable movie screen from Amazon. The mini projector can play videos for 2.5 hours on one charge, so watch your favorite movie or a couple episodes of Yellowstone. It has HDMI and USB ports for playing media but you can also connect it to your smartphones, laptops, and tablets. Customers say this mini projector packs a punch. One customer wrote: "I'm impressed with the FATORK mini projector. The picture is great. The sound is good. The wireless connection is solid."

This post was originally published on July 20, 2020.