2019 Summer Buyer's Guide

The Best Auto Accessories of 2019

Turn your vehicle into an adventure-mobile

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ARB Weekender Recovery Kit ($131)

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(Courtesy ARB)

A basic kit like ARB’s is essential for overland travel (even just down rough remote roads), to be freed from a sticky situation or to help someone else out of a jam. It has a tow strap, work gloves, and two shackles for attaching the strap to a vehicle.

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Thule ProBars ($150)

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(Courtesy Thule)

The ProBars are rated to 220 pounds—ideal for taking an awning, a cargo box full of toys, or kayaks on the road.

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Decked Truck Drawers ($1,150 and up)

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(Courtesy Decked)

These will change your life. They’re made from burly plastic, hold up to 200 pounds of stuff, and support 2,000 more on top. They’re also weatherproof and lockable, so gear stays dry and secure.

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Icon LifeSaver 20,000 UF Jerrycan ($230)

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(Courtesy Icon)

The Lifesaver is a filter-equipped water container that can hold 18.5 liters and sift out 99.9 percent of bacteria, viruses, parasites, and cysts.

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MaxTrax Mini Recovery Board ($100)

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(Courtesy MaxTrax)

Bring some peace of mind down rutted two-track. The MaxTrax Mini provides a hard plastic surface with lugs for a tire to grip when there’s no purchase to be had.

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Viair 400P Automatic Air Compressor ($250)

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(Courtesy Viair)

Get a better ride on dirt by airing down your tires. When you return to pavement, reinflate with Viair’s 400P, which fills a 35-inch tire from 15 to 30 PSI in three minutes.

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Rhino Rack Batwing Awnings ($649 and up)

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(Courtesy Rhino Rack)

Step into your comfort zone. Rhino Rack’s Bat­wing and Batwing Compact awnings are easy to deploy: unfold the tarp, drop the legs, and stake the guylines for shade.

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Dometic PLB40 Battery ($850)

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(Courtesy Dometic)

If you’re heading far off the grid, the PLB40 will power a portable fridge—like Dometic’s CFX 50W ($1,000)—for 40 hours. It also has USB and 12-volt DC ports for charging devices. This battery is a dynamo, weighing only 16 pounds and taking up minimal space.

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BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 Tires ($145 and up)

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(Courtesy BFGoodrich)

The single most impor­tant upgrade for boosting traction on dirt, the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 has tread and shoulder patterns that are de­signed to maximize grip even on gravel and snow. And it won’t kill fuel economy or get noisy on the highway like many off-road tires do.

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The 2019 Summer Buyer's Guide