Just like our wives can never have enough closet space for their clothes, we can never have enough storage space for our tools. Even though the bed of our trucks can haul a lot of things, if it’s not protected or secure, it’s too easy for our things to disappear.
This issue of Diesel Tech focuses on the products that allow our things to remain safe and in place. From under-the-seat containers to pivoting tool boxes, there are plenty of ways we can increase our storage and protect our cargo. Here are just a few of the better ways to increase your truck storage.
Have you been trying to decide between a retracting bed cover and a solid one-piece bed cover? Don’t. The DoubleCover by A.R.E. allows you to have quick bed access with its heavy-duty front hinge, but also achieve optimal bed access with its retracting feature.
Your truck’s tailgate lock acts as security for the retracting application, while a center handle with lock secures the hinged operation. As the DoubleCover is retracted, it rolls up into a canister located at the front of your bed. Recessed handles on both the driver and passenger side of the cover ensure that no matter how you use the cover you have easy access.
A quick twist of the rear center handle opens the cover on its heavy-duty front hinge, which runs the width of the cover. Additional standard features include a battery-operated center-mounted LED light. Price: $1,950. Website: www.4are.com.
Extang Solid Fold 2.0
The Solid Fold 2.0 is an ultra-strong hard folding cover that has been Extang Engineered from the inside out. The Solid Fold 2.0 includes Extang’s exclusive, patented Jaw-Grip and EZ-Lock clamps, 1-inch thick EnduraShield panels, revolutionary snap-on perimeter seals that protect from the elements, and integrated corner and hinge seals.
The Solid Fold 2.0’s EnduraShield panels feature an automotive-grade polymer that resists dents, scratches, and UV induced fading better than aluminum or fiberglass panels. Extang’s professionally engineered aluminum frame and hinges are powder-coated to match your truck’s bed caps for an integrated cohesive appearance and incredible protection from wear. Solid Fold 2.0 is also available in a toolbox edition and a UTV edition. Price: $1,180. Website: www.extang.com.
TruXedo Sentry CT
Introducing the Sentry CT by TruXedo. This hard roll-up truck bed cover includes a premium matte black woven fabric, heavy-duty black aluminum slats and an Xtra-low profile look.
When rolled up tightly to the cab, Sentry CT provides full bed access without blocking rear view visibility or the third brake light. When closed, the flush mount profile delivers a sleek look that is sure to impress. An extra security latch is located towards the center of the cover for enhanced protection so you can rest in the fact that your cargo is safe and sound.
Installation is quick and easy and does not require the use of special tools or drilling. The Sentry CT is made in the USA and comes backed by a 3-year warranty. Price: $959. Website: www.truxedo.com.
BedRug Impact Liner
The Impact Liner is the most unique and innovative truck bed liner on the market. Made from a combination of our Impact TPO and BedRug Fiber materials, the Impact Liner offers good looks and durable bed and cargo protection.
The BedRug Fiber material on the Impact Liner is 100 percent polypropylene, making it rugged enough to stand up to any punishment you put it through, and at the same time, it's gentle enough to protect your most precious cargo. The Impact TPO material on the bed floor is bonded to a 100 percent polypropylene foam backing.
The non-abrasive backing will not damage the finish of your truck bed. Its ¾ inch of closed cell foam padding provides impact resistance not available with spray-in liners. From gravel and cinder blocks one day to antiques and camping equipment the next, the Impact Liner handles it all. Price: $439. Website: www.bedrug.com.