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Vacation locally to save big this summer
By Sentinel News Service
Published May 14, 2009

With a down economy and the potential for higher gas prices this summer, many Americans are looking to take a more budget-friendly trip. Taking a “staycation,” instead of a traditional vacation, is a great option to save money. A staycation means you spend your vacation exploring what your city, county and state have to offer instead of traveling far and spending an excessive amount of money.

Many state and county parks and recreation sites offer the opportunity to go kayaking, canoeing, sailing, biking and fishing, or just rent a cabin and relax. To find what your area has to offer, simply conduct an online search for your state’s tourism department. This will reveal all the travel destinations and activities available to you, so you can best plan your staycation this summer.

Bringing essential gear with you instead of buying or renting it when you reach your destination is another way to save money. Make a list of needed supplies, including food items, clothing and other gear you’ll need and pack your vehicle ahead of time.

If you’re hauling kayaks, a boat or any other large recreation items, you’ll need to use your pickup. Your truck bed is a great place to store items during your road trip, but you’ll want to make sure those items are protected from the elements and prying eyes. One way to protect your gear is with a roll-up truck bed cover.

These affordable roll-up covers are easy to install and will give you 100 percent bed usage for hauling your gear. You simply roll up the cover to retrieve items in your truck bed. A high quality and budget-friendly option is the Access Roll-Up Cover, manufactured by ACI (Agri-Cover, Inc.), a North Dakota truck accessory company.

This soft roll-up cover is made of heavy-duty, double-coated vinyl material that holds up to the elements and numerous years of use in all different weather conditions. The roll-up cover installs quickly and easily with a clamp-on installation and is designed specifically to fit your truck model. When not in use, the cover can be rolled up behind the cab and never has to be removed when hauling your gear, making it a great option for your summer road trip.

A truck bed cover can also provide you with immediate gas mileage improvement, which may come in handy as gas prices tend to increase during the summer. A truck bed cover will help you save at the pump by reducing drag and making your vehicle more aerodynamic at high speeds. Most truck owners can see as much as a 10 percent increase in their fuel economy.

One Access Cover owner found the truck bed cover to come in very handy while on vacation. “Incredibly well made and functional product. If I would have carried a dozen of these with me on vacation I could have sold them all,” says Mike C. of Carpentersville, Ill.

For more information on the Access Roll-Up Cover or the Access Roll-Up Cover & Rack, visit or call (888) 874-7205.

–Courtesy of ARAcontent

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