Many new trucks come with a host of features and accessories to help make life easier while hauling your gear. However, one particular area that often gets 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 left bare and unprotected. Fortunately, AutoAnything carries a variety of bed liners to protect the bare 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 complements where the factory left off.
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 are 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 can prevent access to the mounting points used by most tonneau covers. This can prevent you from properly installing your cover. There is however a solution to this problem, you can simply notch your bed liner. This involves cutting small reliefs, or notches into the liner in the same location where the tonneau cover rail clamps need to attach. This will allow the clamps to properly secure to the underside of the bed rails, allowing both accessories to be used at the same time.
The Benefits of a Truck Bed Liner
Truck bed liners provide 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 as well. Installing a truck bed liner adds peace of mind that you wont scratch your truck and damage your gear. A bed liner also makes it easier to reposition items in and out of your truck bed.
Another available option to protect your bed is a simple drop in 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 of the bed. 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 to help make your buying decision easier.
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.