Don’t you think the back of your shiny new truck seems naked without a cover? In addition to the cool style that a tonneau truck bed cover gives your vehicle, it is also very practical and actually saves you money. It’s definitely not just another “pretty” accessory. Putting one on your truck today is one of the best upgrades you can add to your rig. Here’s why:
- Prevent theft: Keep your personal items such as tools, equipment, groceries, and anything else that you might place in your truck bed hidden from view. Think “out of sight and out of mind” when it comes to preventing theft.
- Protect your personal items: Tonneau pickup covers protect the items in your truck bed from Mother Nature— snow, rain, dust, dirt, bird droppings, and the sun. Plus it keeps items from blowing out or rolling around and breaking as you drive.
- Save money at the gas pump: Some truck bed tonneau cover manufacturers claim an average savings of around 6% to 8% by boosting your aerodynamics, preventing drag in the tailgate of your truck bed.
- Look cool: In addition to protecting your property from thieves and the weather and saving money on gas, a tonneau truck bed cover just looks great! It adds sleekness and style, especially when you’re not carrying any large cargo.
The most inexpensive style you can buy are roll up tonneau pickup covers from fabric or vinyl. A rib-like structure supports the fabric and keeps it taut. Roll up tonneaus are opened by rolling the cover up toward the cab of the truck to gain access to your truck bed. A soft roll up tonneau truck bed cover folds in 3 sections and allows easy access to cargo. A hard folding cover also folds in 3 sections but offers tougher, more durable and strong protection. Hinged truck bed tonneau covers come with a hinge behind the truck cab so your cover can be lifted just like the lid of a toolbox.
Another common style is a retractable tonneau cover is mounted at the front and sides of the bed and retracts from the tailgate towards the cab. Usually there is a small rectangular canister attached at the front of the bed to store the tonneau cover when retracted. The retractable tonneau is typically made of vinyl, plastic or aluminum. Retractable tonneaus are convenient to use because they don’t involve assembly or disassembly and are usually lockable. It’s a more expensive option, but will make your truck look like a luxury vehicle!
Whether you prefer a soft or hard tonneau cover, a roll up or retractable style, a tonneau cover increases gas mileage, protects your valuables and looks razor sharp on your rig!