Ask This When Buying Truck Covers

A truck bed cover is a great addition to any truck! Truck bed covers make it easy and safe to haul valuable items, no matter where you are headed. These covers, called tonneau covers, are made to fit nearly all brands of trucks of all sizes. The cover will protect your payload from the weather and will keep it from falling out of the truck as you drive. They may be hard or soft and are typically adjustable. A truck bed cover can also be locked, turning your truck bed into a trunk. Hard-shell covers are lifted up like lids, while soft truck bed covers can be rolled up. Some have doors or window-like openings. The best deals on these covers can be found at Autozone, Walmart, and Amazon. While people often want to touch and see what they buy, the truck bed cover is made to fit, so it is relatively safe to buy one online with the confidence it will fit your vehicle. Ask these questions to learn more.

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What's available at Autozone?

Autozone has an Extang Tonneau Cover going for about $300. This one is easy to install and has a black frame. It has fiberglass snaps and is adjustable. It is a roll-up type and has bows that are spring loaded. Weighing just over one pound, this truck bed cover is very easy to handle. It is a black tarp made of vinyl, aluminum, and fiberglass with nylon. You may have this delivered to the store or to your home, or it can also be installed at Autozone. Installation is rather simple, and the cover can be taken off easily when needed.

What's available at Walmart?

One of the cheapest bed covers out there is a Mesh Cargo Tarp from Walmart that goes for $79. It is a black cargo net made of nylon. It attaches easily and fits most trucks. The tarp has connectors made of metal that you can connect to your truck's holds. There is nothing to install. You only have to connect it to your truck as you would any tarp. The attachment straps and buckles come with the cover. This is a good basic cover for when you just want to keep things in place while you drive down the road.

Can I find covers on Amazon?

If you want the very best and something that looks like it is part of your vehicle naturally, the Undercover Lux Hinged Tonneau Cover is a good bet. It is available on Amazon starting at $879. This is a hinged hard cover that has to be mounted. It is made of strong ABS composite material. It is painted at the factory to match your vehicle. It may not be an exact match on older trucks, but they can get close. It is light at about 65 pounds. It has a concealed hinge, so it looks like a natural top for your truck bed. It has a nylon pull strap for closing the cover. It is also easy to remove, and when it is off, your truck looks like it did before you installed it. It is weather resistant and will protect your cargo. You may also lock this hard shell cover and it becomes a trunk. This cover is also able to take a beating with a strong understructure to back up the hard shell exterior.

What's the best retractable cover?

For retractable covers, one of the best on the market is the Trident Fast Track Retractable Tonneau Cover. The Trident doesn't have the temporary look of most covers in that it retracts forward to the cab. And since there is no drilling to install it, there is nothing to keeping it in place. In fact, the maker boasts that it's one of the easiest on the market to install. Online prices are normally under $1,000.

Should I consider a hinged cover?

The Undercover Tonneau Cover features a hinged top that that makes every inch of your bed easily accessible. Further, not only is this cover among the lightest weight, but it features quick release hardware and an integrated LED which makes it one of the best selling covers on the market today. Online prices hover around the $1,000 mark.

What can you tell me about the Bak Revolver X2 Tonneau Cover?

The Bak Revolver X2 Tonneau Cover is made of industrial strength aluminum, which adds some real tenacity to your bed. Better yet, the Bak Revolver X2 Tonneau Cover is tough enough for the long haul but light enough to make it easier to work with on a day to day basis. The design allows the Bak Revolver X2 Tonneau Cover to be low profile, which does not detract from the overall look of your truck, but gives you the added security of protecting your property from things that make possessions walk away when unattended. Add to this the locking capability, and you have a winning bed cover. Online prices are usually higher than other covers, but are still in the $1,000 level.

What are most covers made of?

Most truck bed covers are made of vinyl. This makes them water resistant, though not necessarily waterproof. While they can keep your truck bed dry, they will become subject to wear and tear. A positive is that they will be resistant to rusting. 

Am I worried about aesthetics?

If you want something that is simply functional, you probably won't need a high-end cover that could cost you up to $1,000. But if you are concerned about the look of your truck, youmight want to consider an aluminum cover.

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