Otherwise known as tonneau covers, the choosing the right pick-up truck cover for your rental work trucks can add an extra dimension of protection or versatility to your vehicle. Tonneau covers are not standard when you get your pick-up from the dealer or your rental company. It’s up to you to decide whether to pay extra to get one for your truck bed or not.
Tonneau covers are very useful for guarding against the elements. While some covers are better than others, generally, they provide a barrier that you can place over the truck bed that will protect your truck as well as cargo from moisture, grime, dust, or excessive heat. You can keep cargo in your rental work trucks’ bed even in severe rain or snow storms and it will not be damaged.
Pick-ups have some of the worst aerodynamics because of the truck bed. To help improve the fuel economy, a pickup truck cover can help reduce drag and save you more money.
Sometimes, a simple cover can keep prying eyes from peering into your cargo bay thereby reducing the probability of theft. Some covers can offer even stronger protection if securing your valuables are a top priority.
Here are a few guidelines to help you choose the right tonneau cover for your rental work truck :
There are several cover options available depending on your budget and the intended use. Cheaper options use materials such as canvas or vinyl while more expensive variants would be made from either fiberglass or ABS plastic. If you require easy installation and quick access to the interior, a softer cover might be more practical. If security if your priority, the harder materials will definitely provide more protection.
Rolling (Soft) Covers
These tonneau covers can be easily rolled up and are lighter than the other types. Installation is quick, with no tools required.
Hard Folding Covers
Made with ABS plastic or fiberglass, these rigid covers are segmented so opening them requires that each segment be folded to provide partial access to the bed. These are also heavier and require more time and tools to install.
This cover works much like a window shutter or slatted doors. You simply slide the cover open either manually or electrically. They are usually made from aluminum and installation takes up to an hour or more because of the complexity and parts involved.
This is like a hard cover but with an integrated rack that towers over the passenger roofline. It is intended for carrying oversized cargo that would not otherwise fit on the bed. These need to have strong reinforcements attached to the truck so installation can be quite tedious.
Care and Maintenance
Tonneau cover care and maintenance are also factors to consider. Some materials are easier to clean than others. Cleaning may require use of special cleansers to prevent it from cracking, fading or even hardening. If you plan to place heavy objects on top, make sure that you check which type can handle the weight. Some cover options provide UV rays protection that will prevent it from fading but will come at a higher cost.
Tonneau covers have a price tag of between $300 – $1,000. This wide range will allow you to choose from various configurations depending on material and type. Prices can also vary depending on the rarity or ubiquity of the truck it will be used on.
Tonneau covers may be a pricey accessory but choosing the right pick-up truck cover can offer convenience and lead to great savings in the long haul.
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