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Car culture is thriving with innovative new products for the pro and weekend mechanic.
Once you get past the smell of burning rubber and the sound of 800-hp Mustangs doing donuts in the parking lot outside the Speed Equipment Manufacturing Association (SEMA) show, you’ll find more than 2,400 exhibitors showcasing the newest add-ons for cars and trucks. Here are ten of our favorite new products we spotted at SEMA 2018. (Note from PRW: click here to see the other 8)
Dometic PLB40 Portable Battery
Want to go camping without really roughing it? The Dometic PLB40 provides clean 12V power to your portable fridge, and unlike the 12V plug in your vehicle, the Dometic will protect you from pesky power drops.
The PLB40 uses a lithium-iron phosphate battery (known as LiFeP04), which comes at a premium but makes the unit lightweight and compact and provides more stable power. With this power source you can keep your CFX or new CFF fridge running all weekend. Available January 2019.
Yakima OutPost HD Truck Rack
Vehicle rack-maker Yakima is going after overland adventurers with a slew of new products to help travelers haul rooftop tents and off-road accessories. The OutPost HD truck rack provides a low center of gravity, easy accessibility to gear, and an ideal platform for a rooftop tent. Available in spring 2019 for $500.
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3 Replies to “SEMA 2018: Popular Mechanics Editors’ Choice Awards – Yakima & Dometic”
What are the mounts that allow you to use the recovery track mounts on the Yakima Outpost HD without hitting the crossbars?
Hi Brandon, the Recovery Track Mounts pictured here are mounted to the Yakima SideBar. The instruction video for the Recovery Track Mounts shows installation onto the SideBar. The SideBar is an accessory that works with both the OutPose HD and OverHaul HD and gives extra mounting locations for gear to your truck setup. The SideBar really helps makes the most of any #AdventureMobile. Thanks!
Here is the Yakima SideBar featured in the Recovery Track Mount installation video.