Granted, we safeguard our homes with security systems, strategically placed lights, cameras, locks and smoke/carbon monoxide detectors. We use bug spray to ward off potential sickness and disease from insects. We lather ourselves in sanitizing lotion to kill germs and for some god-awful reason, I’m taking fish oil capsules twice daily. Perhaps, they’ll successfully cure my incessant desire to buy fishing tackle? Who knows. However, aside from defensive driving tactics and following the letter of the law to a T, we are still vulnerable in our vehicles even with all of the wonderful safety advancements and technology features that automakers are incorporating into them.
So, returning as a guest this week on our radio program is a man you are all well acquainted with, Mr. Jerry Courtney, Ranch Hand’s Vice President of Marketing. Jerry is a darn good friend and he enjoys a tasty brew, now and again, as do I. Moreover, Jerry is a diehard truck guy that prides himself in the fact that Ranch Hand, a family owned company, handcrafts the finest American made truck accessories that not only look killer, but save lives, as well.
As most of you have seen, I installed a Ranch Hand Legend Grille Guard on my Ford F-150 earlier this spring to specifically aid in protecting my truck and family in the off chance we encounter a deer. Plus, it looks awesome. Additionally, 89% of WVC’s occur on two-lane roads and I happen to live twenty miles down a two-lane road and 6 of those miles are dirt. And since WVC’s are more prevalent on straight dry roads, that makes every stretch of interstate, highway, county or township road in Kansas a potential hot spot for deer activity and collisions.
The Ranch Hand Grille Guard I have is one fully welded piece of steel that mounts directly to the frame of my F-150. Its durability comes from its hardy 12-gauge steel tubing and Ranch Hand refuses to use expanded metal due to its inferior properties. The Legend Grille Guard hugs the front end of my F-150 as if it’s OEM and provides unparalleled protection against any unforeseen dangers that may be lurking. As Jerry points out, in many WVC’s, the struck animal has a tendency to come up and over the hood of your vehicle and into the windshield which is highly dangerous for the occupants and costly to repair. But with a Ranch Hand Grille Guard or replacement Bumper, these accessories will often fold the deer over pushing it under your vehicle or off to the side of the road and out of the way.
Stepping up in protection from a Ranch Hand Grille Guard is Ranch Hand’s offerings of Bumpers. They make a Summit Front Bumper, the Legend Front Bumper, Sport Front Bumper, Horizon Bullnose Bumper and more. Depending on your make and model, each Bumper is precisely designed and manufactured to perfectly fit and match your ½, ¾, 1 ton, or greater truck. Specifically, Jerry notes how the Ranch Hand Legend Front Bumpers are the ultimate in strength for ¾ ton or larger trucks. The Legend Front Bumper has a 4” schedule 40 pipe running horizontally through the heart of it and features diamond plate steel.
Comparatively, Jerry runs thru the specs of the Horizon Bullnose Bumper and how its smooth skin is comprised of 7-gauge solid steel in a matte black finish. Its sleek refined design is timeless and rugged, and I personally have dubbed the Horizon Bullnose Bumper the “Sam Elliott Mustache of Bumpers!” It’s ultra-cool, tough as hell, and won’t take crap off any one - Period! Now, the Horizon Bullnose Bumper does not come with a complete attached Grille Guard, it has a really neat Bullnose riser across the front portion of the bumper. So, if you’re wanting full coverage from your headlights to grille and everything between, I’d explore the Summit Front Bumper, the aforementioned Legend Front Bumper or Sport Front Bumper.
In the same fashion, Ranch Hand offers a tremendous line of rear Back Bumpers, the Legend, Sport and Horizon. As Jerry illustrates, rear end protection is vital, as well, and rear end collisions are all too often overlooked. I recommend y’all going to www.ranchhand.com and hovering over the “About Us” tab, center top of the page, and click on the testimonials link. Ranch Hand’s customer written entries and photos will leave you utterly shocked. Here shortly, I will be installing a Ranch Hand Sport Back Bumper on my F-150, all the while carefully detailing the installation process to share with y’all. During that same time period, I will be switching out my factory running boards for a set of Ranch Hand Running Steps. I want 360-degree protection and good looks on my truck and Ranch Hand is going to help me achieve this.
Lastly, Jerry will comment on SEMA Show 2018 and how they will be showcasing Ranch Hand’s commitment to quality and why their accessories are so effective at providing superior protection. Most notably, Ranch Hand’s “Impact Tour” will take centerstage and for good reason. Seth Spiker, a Texas native, was given a second chance at life when his truck shot off a 40-foot overpass traveling 75 mph and vertically landed nose down on the pavement below. His only saving grace was his Ranch Hand Legend Front Bumper which successfully stopped his engine from crashing thru the firewall and crushing him completely. Leading up to SEMA Show 2018, Ranch Hand has spent much of its time traveling the countryside sharing Seth’s remarkable story with his horribly mangled truck in tow. Spectators and Ranch Hand lovers alike can witness Seth’s truck in person on the “Impact Tour” and see how Ranch Hand’s Bumpers are predominately and factually, outstandingly, good-looking lifesavers.
Above all, I guess it’s worth mentioning that the average WVC is hovering around $6,000 per claim. Whereas, a Legend Grille Guard is roughly $650. Oh, and if you listened to the entire interview below with Jerry Courtney, Ranch Hand’s Vice President of Marketing, you obviously heard Ranch Hand is coming to market with an all-new accessory come the first of the year. I know, I’m miffed at Jerry, too! He’s such a product tease and he should have told us what it is. He forced our hands, so let’s just pester him until he releases the information we want :)
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