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There are a few precautionary steps to take before you install your new tonneau cover.
You've spent the money and the time to give your truck bed the protection it needs, but how do you protect the truck bed cover? It does not matter whether your truck bed cover is made of canvas, leather, vinyl, fiberglass or metal; it needs to be protected.
A Truck Cap is a more highly evolved truck bed cover. Unlike the Cover, Caps are raised and can be used for hauling and protecting larger cargo. You can have your Cap customized to satisfy your needs. Just let the dealer know size, height, doors, shelves, tool bins and material, you'll be all set.
Do you haul equipment and material with your pick-up? (Why else would you have one, right?) Does your bed ever fill up with snow or rain? (Your truck bed, that is.) Does stuff ever fly out of your truck bed while you're tooling down the highway? If you answered yes, then you may want to get yourself a Tonneau Cover or Truck Cap. These babies will protect your cargo and your truck, secure your valuables, increase your gas mileage and save you a lot of time shoveling snow out of your truck.
Soft Tonneau Covers are made of vinyl, like an Access Tonneau Cover, which can shrink in cold weather, (like many of us.) To compensate for this, some cover systems come with tension controls. Hard Tonneau Covers and Truck Caps are not affected by the weather. They are made of lightweight, durable fiberglass. Lightweight, of course, is a relative term. Your standard fiberglass Tonneau can weigh between 80 and 120 lbs., depending on the size of your truck bed. Some companies have patented their own material. One company has introduced a hard Tonneau Cover that weighs 58 lbs. for a full-sized truck that is as durable as fiberglass and less expensive. You may run across Truck Caps are made of aluminum. They are lightweight, easy to take off, cost less, but they dent more easily.
The first step in choosing a truck cover is to think how you use your truck. If you need storage space, height, insulation, lighting and window options for easy access, a Truck Cap is the ticket. If you only use your truck for carrying the occasional heavy load, you'll probably want a Tonneau. It is less expensive, provides good protection against the elements, (except Plutonium 238) and can be easily removed if you need to haul big stuff.
When you cover your truck bed, you are in essence, making a trunk. Nobody can see what you got inside. This is a good thing, especially if you are carrying valuables you want to keep. Soft covers can conceal your valuables, of course, but if you want to be sure they stay secure, take the extra precaution of putting a secure locking system on your Truxedo Tonneau Cover or Truck Cap. Hard Tonneaus, (or is it Tonneaux?) come with locks and provide a stronger exterior against damage and theft. Soft Tonneaus don't. Even the most basic Truck Cap, though, will have a locking rear door above the tailgate. If your truck does not have a locking tailgate, have a full cap door installed in its place. Your truck will be more secure, and you'll sleep soundly ever after.
A Tonneau Cover is a flat cover that can be secured to the top of the truck bed. Like a technologically advanced tarpaulin. A Tonneau protects your truck bed and smaller cargo from the ravages of weather. Most Tonneaus (or is it Tonneaux?) can be removed easily. Tonneau Covers come in several sizes to fit different truck beds and are closed by snaps, a hard cover or a roll cover. Soft Tonneau Covers are made of vinyl, which can shrink in cold weather. Be sure to ask about tension control, some covers have systems that compensate for weather conditions.