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The photographers of Smith-Walton Productions spend a lot of time testing and providing magazine coverage of pickup trucks towing trailers, which provides plenty of photo opportunities. photo of dune camping.

Manufacturers selling towing related products and magazine editors covering stories on towing look to Smith-Walton Productions for images of trucks towing trailers.

One of the coolest things about specializing in towing is being around enthusiasts of a number of different activities who use pickups and SUVs to pull trailers with the things they need to pursue their passion. Hunters, fishermen, contractors, horse owners, boating enthusiasts, dune riders, ATV enthusiasts, side-by-side owners, racer car drivers and motorcycle enthusiasts are among those who hook up and head out on adventures using pickup trucks and trailers to get there.

Check out these towing galleries from Towing, Horses, Boat Towing, HD Pickups in Recreation photo of horse trailer towing.
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The Plus Rack X50

 The Plus Rack X50

We saw this well-designed rack at SEMA 2012

Los Angeles, California – November 16, 2012 – Plus Rack’s X50 collapsible truck rack is the ultimate solution for all pickup truck owners. The Plus Rack X50 has a patented design to carry up to 1500 lbs. in weight, making it the strongest rack on the market. This unique truck rack is fully collapsible, made from 6061 aluminum and can withstand all sorts of weather conditions.
The Plus Rack X50 recently made its debut at SEMA 2012 in Las Vegas. The feedback received from the SEMA show was absolutely positive. Contractor Dave Bradson stated: “I can’t wait to buy the Plus Rack X50. I will no longer need a work truck and a weekend car. I can just use my truck all the time, this is definitely amazing.” It was thrilling for everyone to find out that there is finally a truck rack that is heavy duty, collapsible and is 100% rust proof.
The X50 is designed and made in USA as well as easy to install. The adjustable side bars provide the rack with maximum versatility so that one size fits all trucks. The X50 truck rack utilizes standard stud holes; therefore, eliminating the need to drill into your truck bed. Since the rack is made from 6061 aluminum and anodized, it will never rust. The rack is available in the following colors: black, blue, gold, red or silver.
This exclusive truck rack is valuable to all pickup truck owners; whether you own one truck, hundreds or thousands of trucks. Once assembled the truck rack can carry up to 1500 lbs. in one load. By carrying larger loads in fewer trips, the Plus Rack X50 can definitely save a lot of time and money. Conventional truck racks can limit access to subterranean or other types of garages due to height. However with the X50 truck rack, once the work load is done, it only takes minutes to fully collapse the rack into the truck bed. Additionally, there is no more noise while driving on the freeway or wind resistance as you drive.
The Plus Rack X50 is available for retail as well as wholesale. The X50 is a collapsible truck rack that is light weight yet heavy duty, fits all trucks, will not rust and is set to revolutionize the pickup truck industry from coast to coast.



With a broad range of body styles and proven, fuel-efficient powertrains, the 2013 Silverado 1500 can tackle just about any job a truck owner can imagine – from hauling equipment and a crew to a job site to towing a camper for a family vacation.

Reflecting the importance of low cost of ownership to full-size pickup customers, Silverado continues to offer proven V-8 power with an EPA highway estimate of 21 mpg for mainstream 2WD or 4WD models, and a 22-mpg highway estimate for the Silverado XFE.

Silverado’s capable, efficient powertrains have helped make it the most dependable, longest-lasting full-size pickup, backed by a five-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.

Silverado 1500 offers a full lineup of pickups to meet almost any need, including WT, LS, LT, XFE and LTZ models, as well as the unique Silverado 1500 Hybrid – the industry’s only hybrid full-size truck. Silverado 1500 models are available in three cab styles – regular, extended and crew cab – as well as three cargo box lengths: 5 foot 8 inches (short), 6 foot 6 inches (standard) and 8 foot (long).

Powertrain grade braking is now included in all six-speed automatic transmissions. This feature reduces brake rotor temperatures 100 degrees Celsius on grade tests by downshifting transmission gears, thereby reducing brake applications on long downhill conditions.

Silverado 1500 offers a comprehensive array of features that make it an excellent choice for towing and hauling, including:

  • StabiliTrak with trailer sway control and hill-start assist
  • Tow-haul mode for automatic transmissions
  • The new-for-2013 powertrain grade braking (both in and out of tow-haul mode)
  • Available Integrated trailer brake controller
  • Available max trailering package (10,700-pound / 4,853 kg maximum trailer weight rating)
  • Available rear vision camera.

Silverado’s full-size truck architecture enables a smooth ride and confident handling, without compromising the capability that is so important to pickup customers. A lineup of powerful small-block V-8 engines and six-speed automatic transmissions complement the strong chassis by enabling a maximum payload capacity of 1,937 pounds (838 kg). When equipped with the available max trailering package and the 6.2L V-8, the Silverado 1500 can tow up to 10,700 pounds (4,853 kg).

For customers looking for enhanced fuel economy, the Silverado XFE (2WD crew cab) delivers an EPA-estimated 22 mpg on the highway, thanks to unique aerodynamic enhancements, a 5.3L/six-speed automatic powertrain and other details. It also boasts a towing capacity of 7,000 pounds (3,175 kg).

The Silverado Hybrid returns for 2013, delivering segment-leading fuel economy estimates of 20 mpg city/23 mpg highway, while offering the Silverado’s traditional capabilities – including a 6,100-pound (2,767 kg) towing capacity. Please see the separate Silverado Hybrid release for complete details and specifications.

Two new colors are added for 2013: Deep Ruby Metallic and Blue Topaz Metallic.

Silverado design and exterior features

Silverado’s chiseled design and broad-shouldered stance reflect the no-nonsense capability that have defined Chevy trucks for nearly 95 years, and give Silverado a confident, firmly planted stance. Design details include a power dome hood, flared rear fenders, vertically stacked reflector-optics headlamps and Chevrolet’s iconic bow tie emblem in the grille.

A chrome bumper is standard on LS, LT and XFE trim level models, while LTZ trim level models receive body-color front bumpers. The large, grab-style door handles are designed for easy use with gloves.

Highlights of Silverado’s standard and available exterior features include:

  • Fog lamps are standard on LTZ and available on LT and XFE
  • Heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors including auto-dimming, integrated signal indicators, ground lights and curb-tilt feature are standard on LTZ
  • Heated, power-adjustable vertical camper-style outside mirrors are available on LT, XFE and LTZ. Manual-folding camper-style mirrors are available on WT
  • EZ-Lift tailgate (spring-loaded) is available on WT, LT, XFE and LTZ models.
  • Locking tailgate is available on WT, LT, XFE and LTZ models
  • A range of 17-inch, 18-inch and 20-inch wheels is offered. Seventeen-inch wheels are standard on all models. Eighteen-inch wheels are included with the Z71 package. Twenty-inch wheels are available on LT, XFE and LTZ
  • Dealer-installed accessory wheels include 20- and 22-inch designs
  • LS Package is available on WT models and includes chrome-styled steel wheels, chrome front bumper and chrome grille surround
  • Chrome Essentials Package is available on LT and LTZ models. Content includes a polished exhaust tip, chrome recovery hooks, chrome door handles, chrome mirror caps and chrome-clad aluminum wheels
  • Exterior color choices include: Black, Blue Granite Metallic, Blue Topaz Metallic, Deep Ruby Metallic, Summit White, White Diamond Tricoat, Victory Red, Silver Ice Metallic, Mocha Steel Metallic and Graystone Metallic.

The Z71 appearance package is available on LT and LTZ extended cab and crew cab models. Content includes the Z71 suspension package, 18-inch aluminum wheels and all-terrain tires, fog lamps, body-color lower front fascia and grille, outside mirrors and door handles, unique Z71 decal, bright aluminum Chevrolet sill plates, Z71 gauge cluster, chrome recovery hooks, and Rancho front and rear shocks.

Dealer-installed accessories are available for Silverado 1500, including tonneau covers, chrome packages, bed liners, utility racks and more.

Silverado interior standard and available features

Silverado features two interiors to meet the diverse needs of customers. The WT, LS and LT trim levels feature the “pure pickup” interior and the LTZ trim level features the luxury-inspired interior similar to Chevrolet’s full-size utilities.

WT, LS and LT trim levels feature larger controls and door handles that are easier to use with gloves. A large-capacity, double glove box is part of the instrument panel. LTZ models feature a luxury-inspired interior with a unique instrument panel, door panels, larger-capacity center console that offers 20.1 liters of undivided storage and other distinct trim.

A stadium-style rear seat with a 60/40-split design and folding center armrest is standard on crew cab models and available on extended cab models. It can be easily folded up with one hand, without using a release handle, to provide an uninterrupted load floor. Alternatively, either section of the split seat can be stowed independently, allowing room for both cargo and a rear-seat passenger.

Rear access doors open 170 degrees for easy entry to the rear seat/storage area of extended cab models. Power-operated rear side windows lower completely into the 170-degree access doors, providing 100-percent openness on LT and LTZ models. Additional interior features include:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard on LTZ and available on LT and XFE; single-zone manual climate control is standard on WT, LS, LT and XFE
  • Navigation radio with AM/FM stereo, MP3-compatible CD/DVD player and USB port is available on LTZ models
  • Bose premium speaker system with subwoofer mounted in the center console is standard on LTZ and available on LT and XFE
  • Rear-seat entertainment system is available on LTZ crew cab and includes a rear-seat DVD player, remote control and two sets of wireless headphones
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on LS, LT, XFE and LTZ models and available on WT. SiriusXM NavTraffic feature is available on LT, XFE and LTZ
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity is standard on LTZ models and available on WT and LS
  • Power-adjustable pedals are available on LT, XFE and LTZ models
  • Two auxiliary 12-volt power outlets are standard on all models and mounted on the instrument panel
  • Remote vehicle starter system is standard on LTZ and available on LT and XFE models
  • Leather-trimmed front seat trim is standard on LTZ and available on LT and XFE models
  • Front bucket seats with 10-way power driver and passenger seat adjusters are standard on LTZ models. Front bucket seats with six-way power adjusters are available on LT and XFE models
  • Rear 60/40-split folding bench seat is standard on crew cab models
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel is standard on LT, XFE and LTZ models and available on WT and LS
  • Power-operated sunroof is available on LTZ crew cab models
  • Power-operated rear sliding window is available on LT, XFE and LTZ models.

Silverado’s interior color and trim combinations include Ebony, Light Cashmere/Dark Cashmere, Light Titanium/Dark Titanium and Dark Titanium.

Silverado powertrains

Silverado models are powered by an efficient lineup of proven engines, led by Vortec small-block V-8s. These engines build on 57 years of V-8 experience and billions of real-world miles, while also including advanced technologies such as Active Fuel Management (AFM) and variable valve timing (VVT) to optimize performance and efficiency. Three FlexFuel engines are available – and partnered with fuel-saving AFM – giving customers the choice of powering their truck with E85 ethanol, gasoline or a combination of both fuels.

Silverado 1500’s engine offerings include:

  • 4.3L V-6 (LU3), rated at 195 hp (145 kW) and 260 lb.-ft. of torque (351 Nm).
  • 4.8L V-8 (L20), E85-capable with iron block; rated at 302 hp (225 kW) and 305 lb.-ft. of torque (412 Nm).
  • 5.3L FlexFuel V-8 (LMG), E85-capable with iron block and Active Fuel Management, rated at 315 hp (235 kW) and 335 lb.-ft. of torque (452 Nm).
  • 5.3L FlexFuel V-8 (LC9), E85-capable with aluminum block and Active Fuel Management, rated at 315 hp (235 kW) and 335 lb.-ft. of torque (452 Nm).
  • 6.2L V-8 (L9H), with E85 FlexFuel capability, an aluminum block and variable valve timing, rated at 403 hp (300 kW) and 417 lb.-ft. of torque (565 Nm). This engine is available in crew cab and extended cab models.

Silverado chassis and suspension

Built on GM’s full-size truck platform, the Silverado incorporates features such as a fully boxed frame – with a hydroformed front section – coil-over-shock front suspension and rack-and-pinion steering.

Silverado is offered with five suspension systems, each tailored to suit specific driving requirements:

  • Z83 – Delivers a solid, smooth ride with monotube front and twin-tube rear shocks
  • Z85 – Designed for enhanced handling and trailer towing, with monotube front and rear shocks
  • Z71 – Delivers enhanced off-road capability; features monotube front and rear shocks
  • Z60 – Designed for maximum street performance and offered with 20-inch wheels
  • NHT – Designed for maximum towing capacity; it includes monotube rear shocks, 17-inch wheels and off-road tires, and high-capacity rear springs.

A stiff frame reduces vibrations transmitted to the passenger cabin, while the strength and accuracy of the fully boxed frame also enable precise mounting and tuning of chassis and suspension components. Wide front and rear tracks – 68.1 inches (1,732 mm) front/67 inches (1,702 mm) rear – enhance handling and vehicle stability for a more confident road feel.

Additional chassis and suspension details include:

  • A coil-over-shock front suspension delivers linear handling characteristics on all road surfaces
  • A rack-and-pinion steering system provides precise control and strong on-center feel
  • A Hotchkiss-type rear suspension provides superior isolation and ride with a splayed arrangement for the shock absorbers
  • Four-channel ABS is standard on all models and is linked to the StabiliTrak electronic stability control system to help mitigate rollover crashes
  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control with electronic trailer sway control and hill-start assist is standard on all models
  • Autotrac electronic transfer case is standard on LT and LTZ models and available on WT and LS
  • A GM segment-exclusive automatic locking rear differential is standard on XFE and LTZ models and available on WT, LS and LT models
  • Integrated trailer brake controller is available on all models (except when equipped with the 4.3L engine).

The Z71 suspension is available on LT and LTZ models. Content includes high-pressure, gas-charged monotube shocks, on/off-road tires, off-road jounce bumpers, front recovery hooks (2WD), a durable skid plate and high-capacity air cleaner.

The NHT max trailering package is available on LT and LTZ extended cab and crew cab models. Content includes the 6.2L V-8 engine, heavy-duty automatic locking rear differential, Z85 suspension, 9.5-inch rear axle, 3.73 axle ratio, 17-inch aluminum wheels and on/off-road tires and four-wheel disc brakes.

Silverado safety and crash-avoidance features

Silverado has a strong body structure to absorb crash energy and provide a protective “safety cage” around occupants. Standard head curtain side air bags with rollover protection are featured for all seating rows, while standard seat-mounted side-impact air bags for driver and right-front passenger provide thorax and pelvic protection. The roof-mounted head curtain air bags include design features that provide increased rollover protection and occupant containment.

Additional safety features include:

  • Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control system helps reduce the risk of rollover crashes by keeping the vehicle in the driver’s intended path by applying throttle, braking or a combination of both
  • Available rearview camera system designed to provide the driver with
    a view of people or objects in the rearward path of the vehicle
  • Standard high-capacity brake system with four-channel ABS featuring smooth, quiet operation, longer pad life and more resistance to brake pulsation
  • Standard front safety belt pretensioners minimize forward movement during a collision. Load-limiting retractors cinch the belt more tightly
  • Standard tire pressure monitoring system
  • Standard remote keyless entry (RKE) system provides a second function for the red panic button. Drivers can use it to locate their vehicle without sounding the panic alarm.

OnStar details

Six months of OnStar Directions and Connections service is standard on Silverado. OnStar is the global leading provider of connected safety, security and mobility solutions and advanced information technology.

OnStar’s RemoteLink Mobile App allows smartphone users to control vehicle functions, access vehicle information and send directions directly to the vehicle. A new, opt-in service called FamilyLink allows subscribers to stay connected to loved ones by checking the location of their vehicle online or by signing up for vehicle location alerts.

Silverado also features new OnStar button icons. Drivers will notice an updated look for the Hands-Free Calling button, blue OnStar button and red Emergency button.

More information about OnStar can be found at


Husky’s Center Line Hitch System Best in Show


Center Line System recognized for innovation, design and quality.

Dallas, TX – The editors of ProPickup Magazine honored Husky Towing Products for their “Rock Solid” Center Line Towing System, which was awarded for its innovation, design and quality.

The ProPickup editors presented the Rock Solid Award to Husky at ProPickup Truck Expo 2012 in Dallas, Texas.

“We based our selection on a number of criteria,” says Bruce Smith, ProPickup’s editor. “New products showing innovation, design, durability and functionality in making pickups used in the heavy construction/contracting trades more efficient and better performing received the award,” Smith says.

The Center Line System features a unique combination of weight distribution, sway control and trailer centering technologies. Compression cylinder action and torsion spring bars work together to distribute weight and oppose trailer sway before it begins, keeping a trailer straight and on center during all driving conditions.

“Husky Towing Products is committed to continually providing innovative products to improve the towing experience,” says Steve Holt, Director of Brand Marketing, Husky Towing Products. “The Center Line System is a great example, the most technologically advanced towing solution in the industry.”

About Husky Towing Products: Husky Towing Products designs, manufactures and distributes a complete line of hitches, electrical products, and accessories for the towing industry. We are committed to providing our customers with innovative products and excellent technical and customer support. Husky products are distributed throughout North America. For more information on Husky Towing Products, please visit our website at or e-mail us at

The ProPickup Truck Expo 2012 is a trade-only show focusing exclusively on full-size pickups, and all related accessories and services. It is presented by the Randall-Reilly Construction Media Group’ ProPickup magazine. ProPickup has a circulation of more than 200,000 owners and fleet managers in the heavy construction, landscaping, utility companies and municipalities.

Yukon at SEMA


Spin Free Kit improves fuel mileage.

I stopped by the Yukon booth at SEMA 2012 to check out the Spin Free Kit we are planning to install in Jason’s truck at Mobile Diesel Service in Oakland, Oregon.  I had the girls in the booth sign one of their calendars for the guys at Mobile Diesel while I was there.

About SEMA and the SEMA Show
The SEMA Show is a trade show produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a nonprofit trade association founded in 1963. Since the first SEMA Show debuted in 1967, the annual event has served as the leading venue bringing together manufacturers and buyers within the automotive specialty equipment industry. Products featured at the SEMA Show include those that enhance the styling, functionality, comfort, convenience and safety of cars and trucks. Additional details are available at or, 909/396-0289.


Snow moving solutions


18 sizes of snow pushers that are cost-effective tools for clearing snow from large areas

CLEVELAND – August 2012 – ScoopDogg snow pushers from Buyers Products offer durable snow moving solutions for loaders, backhoes, skid-steers and compact equipment.

The ScoopDogg line includes 18 sizes of snow pushers that are cost-effective tools for clearing snow from large areas.

Loader and backhoe ScoopDogg models feature an exclusive extreme-duty H-beam design with 12-inch push beam for superior support. Extreme-duty upper and lower posts and wear shoes on both models support the snow pushers, giving them exceptional strength and long product life.

Skid-steer and compact models are designed with extra-durable inside posts that are fully welded to provide exceptional push strength. Both models are equipped with premium rubber compound cutting edges and universal, quick coupler attachments.

“ScoopDogg snow pushers are compatible with a number of loader, backhoe, skid-steer and compact equipment so that our customers can easily convert their existing industrial vehicles into snow removal machines,” said Brian Smith, marketing manager at Buyers Products.

ScoopDogg snow pushers are made with durable materials with a safety orange powder coat finish, providing corrosion resistance. All ScoopDogg products are designed for extreme-duty operation, making them ideal for clearing snow from airports, shopping malls and other large lots.

ScoopDogg snow pushers are proudly made in the U.S.

About Buyers Products

Established in 1946, Buyers Products Company is a leading manufacturer of products for the mobile equipment industry. Buyers manufactures a full line of truck accessories and equipment including its SnowDogg line of snow plows, ScoopDogg line of snow pushers, SaltDogg line of salt spreaders, DumperDogg dump inserts and a comprehensive line of toolboxes. For more information, visit

GOJO Professional Gloves


Protection against cuts and lacerations in applications where dexterity and hand protection are both critical

AKRON, Ohio – GOJO HITACTILE Professional Technician Gloves are designed to provide protection against cuts and lacerations in applications where dexterity and hand protection are both critical.

The premium GOJO HITACTILE Professional Technician Gloves feature a CHEMTRILE Nitrile palm coat that repels oils and liquids.  They have a breathable and lightweight MAXFLEX weave with multi-directional stretch for comfort as well as ergonomically shaped fingers for excellent fit and dexterity.  Extended cuffs deliver a snug fit with additional wrist protection.

“At GOJO, we’ve always believed that a technician’s most valuable tool is his or her hands, and while our complete line of hand hygiene products effectively cleanse and condition the skin, GOJO HITACTILE gloves take high-performance hand protection one step further,” said Diana Costanzo, vice president of sales, automotive.  “These durable gloves are longer lasting than Latex or Nitrile gloves, plus they’re reusable and machine washable, making them an excellent value for technicians.”

The GOJO HITACTILE Professional Technician Gloves, which are available in large and extra-large sizes, are available at select auto parts retailers and hardware stores.

For more information on GOJO HITACTILE Professional Technician Gloves, visit, contact your GOJO distributor or call 800.321.9647.

About GOJO

GOJO Industries, Inc., inventors of PURELL Instant Hand Sanitizer, distributes PURELL in consumer and away-from-home markets throughout the world.  In addition, GOJO manufactures and distributes a full line of products under GOJO and PROVON brand names.  GOJO has a 64-year history of leadership in improving well-being through hand hygiene and healthy skin.  GOJO has products and programs to kill germs on hands and solve skin care-related problems in a variety of markets, including healthcare, foodservice, food processing, manufacturing, automotive, education, government and military.  GOJO is a privately held corporation headquartered in Akron, Ohio, with offices in the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Japan and Brazil.

NTEA SCEMC Requests Public Comment


SCEMC wishes to solicit any public comments that may enhance the quality of Best Practices Guidelines for Snow Control Equipment Manufacturers within its stated scope and purpose

Farmington Hills, Mich. (Aug. 28, 2012) – The Snow Control Equipment Manufacturers Committee (SCEMC), an affiliate division of the NTEA – the Association for the Work Truck Industry – announces a period of public comment for Best Practices Guidelines for Snow Control Equipment Manufacturers.

The SCEMC wishes to solicit any public comments that may enhance the quality of Best Practices Guidelines for Snow Control Equipment Manufacturers within its stated scope and purpose. The deadline for public comment submissions is December 31, 2012.

To view the draft of the Best Practices Guidelines for Snow Control Equipment Manufacturers<>, as well as access the Public Comment Submission Form<>, visit the SCEMC page on<>.

For consideration, all comments on the draft must:

*  be submitted in writing (either typed or legibly written using the Public Comment Submission Form<>)

*  include a reasonable and rational explanation for the change(s) based on sound engineering principles, proposed/revised language and accepted business practices   where applicable

*  include your contact information in case questions arise

*  be sent via certified mail to:

Attn: SCEMC BPG Sub-Committee – BPG001


37400 Hills Tech Drive

Farmington Hills, MI 48331-3414

Should you have any questions about the process, please e-mail<>.


The SCEMC<> has operated as a product-related organization under the NTEA since 1979. Its goal is to promote the manufacture and use of safe and efficient snow control equipment. The Committee also addresses any regulatory and technical issues that pertain to its specific industry segment.


Established in 1964, NTEA<>, the Association for the Work Truck Industry, represents more than 1,550 companies that manufacture, distribute, install, sell and repair commercial trucks, truck bodies, truck equipment, trailers and accessories. Buyers of work trucks and the major commercial truck chassis manufacturers also belong to the Association. NTEA provides in-depth technical information, education, and member programs and services, and produces The Work Truck Show<>. The Association maintains its administrative headquarters in suburban Detroit and a government relations office in Washington, DC.

Kinekt Gear Ring

Kinekt Gear Ring

Distinct design, stainless steel and moving parts

The Gear Ring by Kinekt is the perfect accessory for the true motorhead. The Gear Ring is “complex enough to play with, yet simple enough to wear,” says creator, Glen Liberman. New Jersey based Kinekt Design offers the ring for $165.00, which includes a lifetime warranty and free shipping/handling.

The Gear Ring is fabricated from 316L grade stainless steel, which is the highest quality surgical stainless steel in the jewelry market. Stainless steel has properties which make it highly durable and resistant to tarnishing, fading, scratching, and rusting. It will not bend or break and is hypoallergenic for those with metal allergies.

The Kinekt Gear Ring is available for men and women in sixteen different ring sizes 5 to 20. Custom versions in different colors (PVD or electroplating) as well as real gold (with or without diamonds) can be ordered.

Kinekt Design;; 888-600-8494