How to protect the truck bed is a common and important question for the truck owner. While all of the products here provide protection for the interior of the truck bed, they have different features and strengths that can make one better than another.
Using a bed mat was one of the earliest methods of truck bed protection. A bed mat will cover the floor of the truck bed, but not the truck’s walls or wheel wells. Bed mats work well for truck owners who carry limited cargo, want to keep their cargo from sliding in the truck bed, and don’t need protection for the truck’s walls and wheel wells.
For many years, bed mats were only available in a rubber material. The rubber bed mats from Tri-County are made from a heavy, premium rubber, reinforced with sturdy fibre for exceptional toughness and durability. The mats are a custom molded fit with a knobby underside promoting air flow, and drainage to help keep the truck bed dry.
In addition to the rubber mat, Tri-County now offers the BedRug Mat. The BedRug mat protects the same area as a traditional rubber mat, but is made from 100% polypropylene. The BedRug Mat will withstand exterior use, and has a closed cell foam floor that will not absorb water. The mat looks like carpet and provides an ultra tough surface that is resistant to bleach, oil, and even battery acid.
The BedRug Mat is soft to the touch, easy on the knees, and protects the bed from any impact damage. The carpet-like texture also prevents cargo from sliding or shifting during transportation.
Fiberglass cap manufacturers have been expanding their commercial truck cap offerings in the last several years. The demand for commercial fiberglass caps has grown as the molded design of a fiberglass cap is better able to complement the more sophisticated styling of today’s trucks.
Manufacturers are offering multiple models and the menu of available options has expanded. Manufacturers are offering both cab high and high rise models. Commercial fiberglass caps are now being offered with the following: extensive tool box options, multiple roof rack choices, interior lighting, and full rear door options.
Folding covers have grown in popularity in recent years because of their ease of use. Soft folding covers, like the Extang Trifecta, allow for easy truck bed access and cover removal. Hard folding covers, like Extang’s Solid Fold and the BakFlip G2, feature the same ease of use, but also add an element of security when the vehicle is equipped with a locking tailgate. Depending on the specific cover, these may sit above the truck bed or relatively flush giving a clean appearance.
Because these covers provide easy access to the truck bed, they are especially popular with truck owners who routinely carry taller cargo. Truck owners with ATV’s appreciate the BakFlip G2 and its ability to provide almost complete access to the truck bed without cover removal.
Retractable covers are unique in that they retract into a canister at the front of the truck bed. They also are available in a wide assortment of different materials. The cover exterior can be a vinyl, aluminum or polycarbonate surface over a retractable reinforcing structure. For example, the Retrax Retractable Cover has tempered aluminum i-beams imbedded into the polycarbonate sheet for strength. These covers are relatively flush providing a clean appearance.
Retractable covers provide locking security and the benefit of a cover that doesn’t require removal for truck bed access. Truck owners with in-bed fifth wheel and gooseneck hitches can do their towing, reach their destination, unhook their trailer and close their retractable cover securing the truck bed. Some retractable covers can also be secured when partially open – a feature not typically found in other types of truck covers.
High impact Plastic Lids – the industry leader being Undercover – are one of the most popular choices in a flat locking cover. When locked, the cover secures the truck bed and prevents the tailgate from being opened.
The Undercover is lightweight, easy to remove, very strong and durable. The cover weighs less than 60 lbs and can be removed in minutes providing complete access to the truck bed. The Undercover includes wall mount hardware for storage when the cover is off the truck.
This Undercover is popular with the truck owner that wants a locking flat cover that is easy to remove when hauling taller cargo. The cover has clean lines and a black textured finish that complement any truck.