Choosing the right one.
At Stylin' Trucks, we recognize that there are many tonneau covers to choose from. We also realize that selecting the right bed cover for your truck may seem a bit overwhelming. But don't fret - we'll break it down nice and easy for you.
No matter who the manufacturer is or what style tonneau you purchase, most any truck bed cover offers weather-resistant cargo protection and gas savings. However, there are still some important things to consider when selecting your tonneau cover: Looks, Security, Operation. The following guide is designed to help you choose the right tonneau cover to meet your needs.
Tonneau Cover Looks:Based purely on looks, a custom-molded, color-matched hard-top tonneau cover like those manufactured by Gaylord’s and Armor Lid provide a cleaner, more-finished look than most traditional soft tonneau covers. If you’re building a show truck or rarely use your truck for hauling large loads, a hard-top tonneau makes a great choice.
But let's not forget the soft top bed cover. Their looks have come a long way since the early days. Long gone are the bed covers that look like a flattened covered wagon. Today's soft top tonneau covers are smooth, sleek, and modern-looking.
Bed Cover Versatility & Security:The next question you need to ask yourself when trying to decide between a hard top bed cover and a soft top tonneau cover is, "How will I be using the bed of my truck?"
The security provided by a hard tonneau cover can't be beat. A smooth fiberglass bed lid from Gaylord's, an aluminum canister-style tonneau from Pace Edwards, or a lightweight, super-strong composite bed cover from Armor Lid are all great choices for cargo protection. They are manufactured out of strong materials and feature built-in locks to keep cargo safe.
While they do tend to provide a cleaner look and added security, hard top tonneau covers can be challenging to remove if you haul oversized cargo. Exception: The Pace Edwards roll-up style tonneau cover is a hard tonneau cover that operates like a roll-top desk, sliding forward and rolling into a storage canister at the front of the bed.
If it's cargo versatility you're after, you should definitely choose a soft top tonneau cover. They easily roll up to provide full bed access for oversized cargo.
Exception: The Pace Edwards roll-up style tonneau cover is a hard tonneau cover that operates like a roll-top desk, sliding forward and rolling into a storage canister at the front of the bed.
For added protection and total bed security be sure to secure your bed with a tailgate handle lock. This product prevents people from opening your tailgate, regardless of which tonneau cover you have installed. It's just one more level of security to ward off would-be thieves.
Tonneau Cover Operation:Your final areas of concern should be, "How easy is this cover to install/remove?" and perhaps the most important question, "How easy is this cover to use?
These days, just about all tonneau bed covers use some sort of clamp-on installation hardware. In fact, most covers are easy enough to install that one person can have the cover on his or her truck in as little as a half an hour, with no drilling and only a handful of tools.
Now you might be wondering, “What’s the deal with all of these different side sealing/opening options?” So, here’s a quick overview of some of the more popular styles:
Bed Cover Sealing Options:There are many different bed covers on the market and they all secure themselves to the bed sides in some fashion. Here are some popular options.
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