Many new trucks come with a host of features and accessories to help make your hauling life easier. However, one particular area that’s often overlooked is the truck bed itself. It’s not uncommon to purchase a “fully loaded truck” only to find the bed of the truck is bare and unprotected. Fortunately, we carry a variety of bed liners to protect the bed surface, and one of the largest selections of tonneau covers to secure your equipment from the elements and potential thieves. Combining these two accessories finishes the job you wish the factory had.
Combining a Truck Bed Liner and a Tonneau Cover
If you choose to add both a bed liner and a tonneau cover to your truck bed, you’ll want to make sure they’re compatible with one another. Tonneau covers work with all below-the-rail bed liners and spray-on or paint-on bed liners. Using a bed liner that extends over the top of the bed rails prevents access to the mounting points used by most tonneau covers, and may result in improper installation. A simple solution to this problem is to notch your bed liner. This involves cutting small reliefs, or notches, into the liner in the same location where the tonneau cover rail clamps attach. This allows the clamps to properly secure to the underside of the bed rails, meaning you can use both accessories at the same time.
The Benefits of a Truck Bed Liner
Truck bed liners are a protective barrier between your truck bed and your gear. These liners not only cover the bottom of the truck bed, but provide coverage along the walls and wheel wells. Installing a truck bed liner adds the peace of mind that you won’t scratch your bed and damage your gear. A bed liner also makes it easier to reposition items in and out of your truck bed.
Another protective alternative is a drop-in rubber truck bed mat. One major difference is that bed mats only cover the bottom surface of the bed, while liners provide complete coverage up the side. Bed mats are often made from durable materials, like Nycord rubber or polypropylene foam. These materials are designed to last through all of your truck’s projects, big or small. We carry a wide variety of bed mats, allowing you to choose from the most-trusted names in the industry – like BedRug, Dee Zee and Lund. Also, check out what our customers are saying in hundreds of bed liner reviews here on our site.
The Benefits of a Tonneau Cover
Tonneau covers provide the ultimate protection for your payload. Not only do they keep Mother Nature from wreaking havoc on your gear, but they also secure your belongings from potential thieves. Many styles are available, from the popular retractable tonneau cover to the tri-folding Bakflip F1 Tonneau Cover. Adding a tonneau cover to your truck bed is a sure way to complement its utility and complete its protection. Our large selection of tonneau covers includes top brands like Extang, Pace Edwards and UnderCover tonneau covers.