Do you drive a dump truck? Do you own dump trucks? You know that you need to protect the bed on your dump truck from constant use and abuse. Using Durabak 18 dump truck bed liner you can get the protection you need for a price that makes sense. You’ll love Durabak.
Dump Truck Protection
If there was ever a piece of equipment that needed serious durable protection the bed of a dump truck has to be near the top of that list. You can be shifting rocks, gravel, asphalt or who knows what else. You need that to work in the sun and the rain, snow and hail, dump trucks shouldn’t get days off.
As the rocks and cargo loads scratch away at the manufacturer protection on the dump truck bed, the weather can get in and cause rust. Rust is when the Iron in your truck bed turns to an orange powder, Iron Oxide. Obviously a powder is not as strong as solid metal, so if it rusts too much, your dump truck bed will develop holes. These holes not only make you lose cargo, they also compromise the structural rigidity of the bed.
When dumping large loads the bed gets lifted and there’s only support from the ends, that’s when rust can leave your dump truck aching for help. The real problems start when rust holes let your load spill through and mess with the hydraulics – then you’re in real trouble.
So now that we’ve established the harm of not protecting your dump truck bed, let’s discussing avoiding it. You can go and pay some fancy company a small fortune to put in some fancy liner, but those things are not for real men. If you want a job done, you gotta do it yourself.
Durabak Dump Truck Bed Liner
When you want to get the best, for a price that makes sense, you need Durabak. Used by the US Navy on their Nuclear Aircraft Carriers, it doesn’t get tougher than Durabak. unlike those liner shells Durabak can easily be applied all by yourself. Durabak is also easy to patch up in small spots, but it’s so tough that you’ll probably never need to.
Durabak is the perfect dump truck bed liner. Not only can you choose from loads of colors, you can build up the Durabak coats as thick as you want. Prep is simple too, you just need to clean the bed, scuff it with 60 grit and wipe down with Xylene or Solvide. You can also use Durabak on the outside of your dump truck bed. If you want an awesome look go ahead and paint the cab with textured Durabak – it makes a great scratch-guard.
Durabak has so many uses, you can use it as an undercoating, it’s totally water and salt-spray resistant, so you can be corrosion free. Or, just go ahead use the leftover Durabak on your wheels, have fun with it. Textured Durabak is also great for the steps into your cab if you want some extra anti-skid. Do don’t worry about buying too much, there’s always something to do with Durabak.
If you have any questions about using Durabak please go ahead and call us on 303-690-7190
If you have an enclosed trailer which is suffering from the abuse of heavy cargo this article will tell you exactly what you need to know to get it sorted.
Wearing Out Wood
Wood is a great material, not only is it cheap (literally grows on Trees) but it’s also strong, hard and easy to work with. Wood is really lots of cells that have dried and are now holding onto each other biologically and mechanically in the best way possible, the way Nature designed them. Now we have all seen trees snap and topple in high winds, but think of the abusive and harsh weather that wood goes through for tens or even hundreds of years!
Unlike the wood on a tree, the wood in your trailer isn’t protected with an ablative layer of bark. The bark is a brilliant design by nature to protect the wood underneath from abrasion and wear. As you surely noticed, bark is relatively easy to break off and is soft enough to cushion the tree from impacts. The plywood or chipboard in your enclosed trailer doesn’t benefit from this, what you are left with as a very hard material without the layer of protection it grew up with.
Different types of wood panels are made up of tens of thousands, even millions, of fibers, cells, splinters or chips. The chips, although held in strong with glue (natural or man-made) will eventually lift, chip off or fall off after repeated impact and abrasion. This will lead to worn out, scratchy, splinter giving, and all round nasty enclosed trailer floors and walls.
Protecting the Wood
The best way to protect the wood is to add a protective layer coating it in all areas where it will be hit, scratched, chipped or go through any abuse or abrasion. Ideally a protective layer will bond strongly to the wood, but also repel any and all chemicals and liquids from seeping through and weakening the wood’s structure.
Wood experts, namely woodworkers with decades of experience know all this and choose to protect wood they work with to avoid these issues. The very best way to protect wood is not with waxes, oils or varnishing, but to embellish them with a layer of rubbery polyurethane.
Durabak is recommended by woodworking veterans who recognize it’s unique array of features. Durabak will seep into the wood panels to embed in them a layer of rubber like protection, and layers on top will bond to form an impermeable membrane to protect the wood from any and all contaminants.
Durabak for the enclosed trailer
Durabak forms a substantive layer of protection over surfaces, and it’s hard wearing surface will keep the trailer in great condition for many years. Durabak is available both in textured and smooth variants. That means that if you want to add some grip inside your trailer to prevent cargo or equipment from sliding around too much you can go with Textured Durabak which has actual granules of rubber in it. If you just want a smooth and easy to clean surface that still offers plenty off grip for your boots you should go with Smooth Durabak.
Durabak is super easy to apply by yourself. On a wooded surface all you need to do is clean it thoroughly to remove any spills or contaminants, then sand it down with 60 grit and finally wipe it all down with Xylene or Solvide. As soon as that’s dry you can roll on the Durabak, and as soon as the first coat is tough dry you can roll on the second coat and likewise for further coats.
Durabak makes your life simple as it’s sold with texture, color, and hardener all in one can so no mixing or measuring required. It’s also available in 16 mixable colors, or you can save money and use the indoor product for your enclosed trailer available in 12 colors.
If you read our blog, it’s already assumed that you have a passion for pickup trucks. With that said, sometimes you just can’t afford the top of the line dually. That’s why you have to search for the cheapest new truck models that still have what you need.
Buying one of the least expensive trucks doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice towing, hauling or plowing capability. Modern trucks have come a long way and offer far more for the money than ever before. Generally, the price goes up because of the technology inside. If you just need a workhorse, you can save yourself a lot of dough with a base model.
Evaluating all the new models could take you some time. That’s why we outlined the top five cheapest new trucks for quick reference.
5. 2019 Toyota Tacoma SR 4×2 Access Cab (MSRP $25,550)
In 2016, Toyota released the third-generation Tacoma. Since then, the company continued to add new content each year. For 2019, standard features include a 2.7-liter I-4 engine that produces 159 horsepower. This pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel ABS, electronic stability control and driveline traction control.
The base SR model has room to hold four people and features a 6-foot-1-inch bed. It also features forward collision avoidance, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning. Inside the cabin, you’ll receive a mount for your GoPro camera, three USB ports, Bluetooth and Entune infotainment system with the 6.1-inch touch screen.
While it doesn’t offer the same towing capacities as the other trim levels, it can still pull up to 3,500 pounds. Considering the price and amount of features, we believe the Tacoma is a great value.
4. 2019 Ford Ranger XL 4×2 SuperCab 6′ Box ($24,300)
Everyone was thrilled to hear about the new Ford Ranger. The fact that it is one of the cheapest new trucks is just a bonus for enthusiasts. The standard engine is Ford’s EcoBoost 2.3-liter intercooled turbocharged I-4. This produces 270 horsepower and pairs with a ten-speed automatic transmission.
This new pickup also comes with four-wheel ABS, air conditioning, driveline traction control, power windows, electronic stability control, 16-inch wheels and AdvanceTrac w/Roll Stability Control. Unfortunately, to tow up to 7,500 pounds with this truck, you will have to upgrade to the towing package.
On the standard Canyon model, you get a 200-horsepower 2.5-liter 1-4 engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission. It also comes standard with four-wheel ABS, 16-inch aluminum wheels, driveline traction control and a four-way power driver seat.
This is the cousin to the Chevy Colorado but is a little more upscale. That’s why the price jumps up slightly. Inside the cabin, you’ll also receive a six-speaker sound system, USB port, seven-inch touch screen plus Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
This truck can only tow up to 3.500 pounds and there are some downsides. First of all, if you want to do anything heavy-duty, you’ll want the Duramax Diesel or V6 engine instead. This is going to increase the price and means you’ll no longer have the cheapest new truck. Furthermore, the base model is an extended cab, but there’s no rear seat included.
2. 2019 Chevrolet Colorado Base 4×2 Extended Cab (MSRP $20,500)
The standard engine on the Colorado Base is the same 2.5-liter I-4 that’s found in the Canyon. You get many of the same features as well, but with a lower price tag. What you won’t receive is a USB port, rearview camera or Bluetooth capability.
If you want to increase passenger space to four, you would need to move up to the WT Trim. This starts at $23,700 but adds your back seat and some other options. In addition, the max towing capacity on this specific setup is 3,500 pounds. You will have to determine if it’s more valuable to you to upgrade capability or buy the cheapest new truck.
1. 2019 Nissan Frontier S (M5) 4×2 King Cab (MSRP $18,990)
We’ve reached the cheapest new truck on our list. The Frontier S uses a 2.5-liter I-4 engine that pumps out 152 horsepower. You only receive a five-speed manual transmission with the standard package, but there are some other features. This model contains air conditioning, cruise control, driveline traction control and ABS.
This specific model only handles 3,500 pounds of towing capacity. If you need more, you will have to upgrade to a different trim which could give you up to 6,720 pounds instead. Of course, most people agree that for the price, you really can’t beat the style, features and capability.
Cheapest New Truck for You
What are your thoughts? Are any of these inexpensive new truck models right for you? Would you rather save money, or invest a little extra and get everything you want? We would love to hear from you.
It’s estimated that more than 3 million trucks were sold in 2018. With prices as low as these, it’s possible that number will rise in 2019. At Durabak, we can help you protect your investment. Give us a call at 303-690-7190 to discuss your next project.
If you are out looking at new 2019 pickups, you might be wondering which models are the most reliable. You have your standard selection of all the big names for this year, but some of them excel above the others in terms of dependability. Let’s evaluate the top three pickups to determine which one is the most reliable truck for you.
Most Reliable Truck: 2019 Ram 1500
No matter what brand you are loyal to, it would be tough to argue that there’s anything better right now than the 2019 Ram 1500. Not only did it receive the title as Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year, but Edmunds also listed it in the top of all full-size trucks.
The ride quality is superb, the cabin is comfortable and it features a higher towing and hauling capacity than most rivals. Plus, the automaker just redesigned the 2019 Ram 1500. The changes increased the capacity by 20 percent and there’s a new mild hybrid system to choose from.
Other new additions include the lighter weight, 12-inch touch screen, driver assistance aids and wireless device charging. Even though the Ram has had a rocky past when it comes to reliability, we have confidence that this newly built pickup will outshine the competition.
Honorable Mention: 2019 Ford F-250 Super Duty
If you need a reliable heavy-duty pickup that goes beyond your standard full-size truck, you will do well to consider the Ford F-250. After all, the F-Series lineup has been America’s favorite for decades, so you have to admit Ford is doing something right.
There are even two engine options available to you. Choose from the 385-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 or 450-horsepower 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel. For maximum reliability and capability, the F-250 offers up to 25,700 pounds of towing capacity when properly equipped.
Keep in mind, you do need to drop more than $60,000 to get behind the wheel. However, it’s worth it to many people that want a reliable pickup truck.
Honorable Mention: 2019 Honda Ridgeline
Car and Driver did a study of the 2019 Honda Ridgeline over eight months and found it to be extremely reliable. In fact, they drove this midsize truck for more than 22,000 miles. In that time, it only needed about $400 worth of service. Granted, they did spend $3,500 in repairs from an accident, but none of that was the truck’s fault.
The Ridgeline is a great option for hauling, towing, camping and enjoying your daily drive. The unibody construction offers a different ride than you are used to with a pickup. Plus, Honda has long been known for its reliable vehicles and resale values.
The Honda Ridgeline is perfect for the person that wants a truck without the feel and utility of a pickup. In addition, if you desire a quality investment that won’t let you down, the 2019 Ridgeline might be the right choice for you.
What 2019 Truck Do You Think is Most Reliable?
If you’ve recently purchased a new 2019 pickup, we would love to hear your thoughts. Tell us which model you think makes the most reliable truck for 2019 and why.
Don’t forget; after you purchase your new or used truck, you want to protect it and boost the value with Durabak. After all, the truck is no good to you if it can’t help you get the job done right. Our formula is UV-resistant, durable, waterproof and helps you maintain your truck bed for years. Give us a call at 303-690-7190 to discuss your next project.
You spend time maintaining your truck and working to make it look its best, so why do the headlights become cloudy and covered with haze? Even the most conscientious truck owner faces this concern, which is why we put together a step-by-step guide teaching how to clean truck headlights with three diverse methods.
Start by giving your truck a good washing. If that doesn’t work, you’ll want to move on to further treatment. Let’s take a closer look at some in-depth remedies.
How to Clean Truck Headlights with Toothpaste
You might think this seems silly, but people online swear by it. The best part is that you already have toothpaste in your home, we hope. Toothpaste is great for removing stains on your tooth enamel, and apparently, it does the same for your headlights.
Start by gathering the materials you need, including:
Clean the area with soap and water first. Then, rinse them off with water. Allow the headlights to air dry and then protect the surrounding areas with some masking tape. Put on your gloves and put some toothpaste on a damp, clean cloth.
Firmly rub your headlights with this cloth, moving in small circles. It’s okay to add more toothpaste and water if needed. It shouldn’t take you more than five minutes per light.
Rinse off the toothpaste and allow your headlights to dry. If you want to protect the lights, consider adding a layer of car wax followed by another rinse.
How to Clean Truck Headlights with Automotive Polish & Glass Cleaner
If you aren’t interested in sharing your toothpaste with your truck, we’ve got another option. Gather these materials to get started:
Protect the surrounding areas with some tape just like before. Spray the headlights with your glass cleaner and wipe off. Then, apply the automotive polish and rub the surface in a circular motion. Add more polish when needed and spend about five minutes per light. If you have a rotary buffer, you could use that instead.
Rinse off the polish with water and apply some wax for further protection.
How to Clean Truck Headlights with a Polishing Compound Kit
There are products on the market designed to deal directly with the fogging issue. Start by gathering these materials:
Car wax (some kits include a sealant)
Mild soap (or the cleanser in the package)
An array of sandpaper (from 600 and 2500-grit)
Start again by protecting the surroundings with some masking tape. Wash the headlights with the mild detergent and rinse with some plain water. Apply the kit’s polishing compound with a clean cloth. Work it in with small, circular movements. Again, you’ll need to allow about five minutes for each light.
Then, wet sand each light. Start with the smallest grit and run it in cool water. Firmly rub it back and forth on each light. Don’t allow the sandpaper to become dry. Do the same action with each set of sandpaper, moving to the largest grit.
Rinse off the headlights with water and apply your wax or the kit’s sealant for additional protection.
If these methods fail to bring the results you desire, it’s time to seek out professional support. We believe that one of these sets of instructions will bring you the bright headlights you hope for. When you’re done fixing the lights, you’ll want to further accent and protect your truck with Durabak. Contact us today.
Whether you need a heavy-duty truck for work, or you plan to tow your camper, it’s essential to evaluate the best trucks for towing. With every manufacturer looking to claim the title as The Best, how do you tell which one is worthy of your money?
We’ve evaluated the top sources to find you the best trucks for towing according to the experts.
2018 Ford F-150
U.S. News & World Report lists the 2018 Ford F-150 at the top of their Best Trucks for Towing list. This has been a winner for numerous years in a row and is a fan favorite. It’s no wonder that it continues to be one of the best-selling trucks in America.
It currently features one of the highest towing capacity in its class but has some exceptional hauling ability as well. The max towing is rated at 13,200 pounds. Aside from that, it’s also one of the most efficient with 25 mpg highway gas mileage figures.
It’s rugged and capable of handling your toughest workload, but also offers drivers with a full line of technology for the downtime. The interior seats are also supportive and spacious, ideal for the whole family.
Let’s face it; you don’t always need the most rugged truck on the market. Sometimes you just want to take your girl into town for a night out. The Ford F-150 gives you the best of both worlds.
2019 Ram 1500
Completely redesigned for 2019, the Ram 1500 made the Best Trucks for Towing list in second place. Its max towing is rated at 12,750 pounds, which is only slightly less than the F-150. The base model has a V6 engine that produces 305 horsepower, but you’ll want the V8 with 395 horsepower for the best results.
While the new Ram 1500 features a luxurious cabin and plush seating, you’ll want to be wary of the fuel economy. It seems to use a little more fuel than the other options, but Ram enthusiasts don’t appear to mind.
2018 GMC Sierra 1500/2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Tied for third place in the Best Trucks for Towing list is the 2018 GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado. Clearly they have many of the same characteristics since they are essentially the same truck. Both have a 12,500-pound max. towing rating for superior performance.
The Sierra has an upscale cabin and low starting price. It also received excellent safety ratings and comes with some new tech features like the seven-inch touchscreen. With all the good, there’ve still been some complaints regarding the handling ability.
The Silverado, on the other hand, received high marks for luxury, comfort, hauling and towing. The base model comes with a six-speed automatic transmission, but you’ll want to invest in the eight-speed instead. It’s built with better gear spacing, ideal for towing.
2018 Nissan Titan XD
Edmunds also chimed in with their picks for the best trucks for towing. Some of their top picks were the same as U.S. News & World Report, but there were a few others that surprised us. One of the best additions is the 2018 Nissan Titan XD.
It does have lower payload and tow ratings than some other heavy-duty pickup trucks. With that said, it’s built solid, offers superior braking performance and comes with the unique five-rail cargo tie-down system.
The maximum towing capacity with the 5.6-liter V8 engine is 11,600 pounds, but upgrade to the 5.0-liter V8 and you see that number jump to 12,640 pounds. There’s also a diesel engine that is less expensive than the gasoline models. Plus, there’s even an off-road trim available with the diesel engine.
Of course, if you desire luxury instead, you’ll want to sit behind the wheel of the Platinum Reserve model, which is an upgraded version. It costs less than many of the other luxury models, but it’s made with higher-end materials.
2018 Ram 2500 Diesel
Most people who plan to tow heavy loads look toward a diesel model. The Edmunds list offers some diesel solutions for the best trucks for towing. What’s unique about the Ram 2500 Diesel is that it comes with an inline-six instead of the typical V8. Even still, the towing capacity is at 17,980 pounds which places it with the other comparable trucks but allows for better fuel economy.
It’s also the only heavy-duty on the market with an available manual transmission. Choose the Off-Road package and you gain access to Bilstein shocks plus a protective transfer case skid plate.
2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty Diesel
Yes, the gasoline version of the F-250 offers 385 horsepower with a maximum tow rating of 15,700, but you can take that up a notch with the diesel model. The powerful 6.7-liter V8 provides 450 horsepower, 935 lb-ft of torque and out-tows the gasoline version any day.
It even beats the Silverado 2500HD with its maximum towing capacity of 18,000 pounds. Aside from its towing ability, it also offers a compliant ride and tranquil interior.
Picking the Best Trucks for Towing
Modern pickup trucks offer the comforts of a car along with the ability to tow large hauls. That’s what makes them attractive to most people. The average consumer isn’t exactly sure what to look for when evaluating the different options. There are some things you’ll want to consider when shopping for the best trucks for towing.
Typically, asking yourself some simple questions helps to reveal the truck that’s right for you.
The best place to start when looking to purchase any new vehicle is to read through the customer reviews. Choose some trusted sources like we did and see what their top picks are.
You must choose a pickup truck that can handle your trailer’s total weight. Make sure you know these numbers prior to starting your search. While some people claim it’s okay to tow above that rating occasionally, we recommend picking a truck that features more than what you need.
Light Duty vs. Heavy Duty
There are some light-duty trucks that have towing capacities over 10,000. Normally, someone with a big trailer, gooseneck, or fifth-wheel will do better with a heavy-duty truck instead. Obviously, you have to consider how often you’re going to use it. If you plan to go camping twice a year, then paying the extra few thousand might not be worth it for you.
There are other times when a light-duty truck might work. If you only tow a light utility trailer or small boat, then a light-duty pickup should be sufficient to your needs.
Gas or Diesel
This is the biggest question to answer when buying one of the best trucks for towing. Diesel is the clear winner when it comes to towing capacity. They also provide lots of low-end torque which offers you some better efficiency at the higher speeds.
Diesel engines usually are only available in a heavy-duty pickup, with some exceptions. It’s important to note that they also frequently make the price jump significantly. If you aren’t towing anything most of the time, it might not be worth the extra cost to you.
On the other hand, if you tow often, then the investment might be a good option. Some of the newer diesel trucks also offer some better fuel efficiency which might save some money at the pump.
Do You Need a 4×4?
Having a 4×4 truck is handy and useful for pulling a trailer. What many people don’t realize is that a four-wheel drive truck often has a lower towing capacity than their two-wheel drive competitors. That’s because of the extra weight the four-wheel drive adds to the pickup.
They also tend to be less fuel efficient when compared with a two-wheel drive pickup. While the towing capacity might be less, you could end up in a world of trouble trying to get up the slippery boat ramp or a hill with loose gravel with your two-wheel drive truck. Even driving on soft ground could mean trouble for these vehicles.
If you can handle the lower towing ability, the four-wheel drive pickup is your more capable option. Any of those above situations should be no issue for your 4×4. Even with the trailer in tow, you should be able to climb right out of a sticky situation.
If you plan to go off-road at all, you have no better option than a four-wheel drive pickup truck.
Picking the best truck for towing goes beyond what the tow capacity is. There are many more factors to involve in the decision-making process. With so many factors to think about, it’s crucial you take the time to make the choice that works best for your needs; not necessarily what the popular reviews are.
The only time that the numbers should trump your other needs is if you’re pulling heavy trailers on a consistent basis. The best trucks for towing are the ones that are rated to haul your load and offer the solution to your other needs as well.
Don’t forget –once you purchase the best truck for towing – make sure you protect it with Durabak. We have more than 18 colors to fully customize your vehicle with. Our weather-resistant, waterproof and durable formula can’t be beaten. Just ask the United States Navy who they trust.
Pickup trucks are what we live for; not only do they carry our families around, but also all the cargo we need. These workhorses are indispensable to businesses and families everywhere. The only problem that remains is many of them have an open truck bed, which means cargo isn’t secured. If you are handy, it’s possible to build a truck bed cover out of plywood.
Follow our instructions and keep your gear safe while in transit.
Step #1 – Take Measurements & Cut
You’ll need the measurements of your truck bed’s length and width on each of the four sides. Then, cut two pieces of 2×4 with a saw so they equal the length of your bed. After that, you’ll need an additional 2×4 that measures the width of your truck bed.
Take a ¾-inch piece of plywood and cut a section to the dimensions you measured for the truck bed. To do this, just draw your pattern on the plywood and use a saw to cut along your lines.
Start at the top of your side edges and measure ¾-inch down. Mark the spot with a pencil. This is the place where your 2×4 pieces should go.
Then, measure 1 foot along that line you marked, moving toward the center of the gate and cab. You’ll make two marks, each an inch apart. These are the spots you want to drill holes. They should be 1-inch below the line for your 2×4 pieces on the side.
In total, you’ll have eight marks – putting two on each end of each side of your truck bed.
Step #2 – Assembly
Drill holes into the side of your truck bed with a ¼-inch metal drill bit. Do this at the marks previously made. Then, measure 1-foot alongside the 4-inch side of each side piece. Make your marks to correspond with the holes drilled into the truck bed.
Once you drill your holes through your 2x4s, attach your side pieces to your truck’s bed. To do this, just place the 2×4 over your area featuring the holes.
Put a fender washer on top of the holes, between your truck bed and 2×4. Then, put another one over the hole on the opposite side of your board. Put a locking washer on top of your fender washer. Then, place a 3-inch bolt into the 2×4 and attach this to your truck.
You’ll need to repeat this process for all eight holes. Make sure you fasten all the side rails to your truck bed. When it’s done, they’ll sit about ¾ of an inch from bed side top.
Then, you need to cut a notch measuring 2×1-inch in both ends of your 2×4 piece. This should be done by the size of the truck bed’s width.
Once you’re finished, the completed pieces resemble a “T.” They should also fit on the side rail tops and measure even with your bed’s top. You’ll recognize that this is your cover piece brace.
Once you’ve verified the accuracy, screw the piece down to your side rails. Do this by driving a screw into each side of your brace, into your side rails.
Step #3 – Completion
Take three T-hinges and screw them to the top part of your cover brace. Then, you’re ready to attach the plywood to your hinges. This creates a truck bed lid that swings upwards toward your truck cab.
When the lid is closed, it covers the bed completely, if done correctly. Now, you can step back in pride and tell people you know how to build a truck bed cover out of plywood.
If you wanted to paint the cover, Durabak makes an excellent choice, especially since it’s available in numerous color options.
Build a Truck Bed Cover Out of Plywood – Keep This in Mind
As you make your way through the process to build a truck bed cover out of plywood, there are several things you want to keep in mind:
There might be factory-drilled holes already in your bed. If that’s the case, simply use them to attach your side rails instead of drilling holes on your own.
Make sure you take measurements on all of the truck bed’s sizes. Some beds don’t measure uniformly with their width. If that happens to you, your lid might not fit properly without all of the measurements.
We are always available to help! If you need further guidance or suggestions on how to make the most of your truck – contact us today.
Your truck bed is subject to lots of abuse; probably more so than most other parts. That’s because it sees many of the elements like hail, rain and snow. It’s also where you put all the heavy cargo you carry which scratches and bruises the bed. That’s why we’ve put together these five tips to maintain your truck bed.
Why Maintain Your Truck Bed?
While there are many reasons to care about your truck bed, the most important is related to the resale value. If you allow the truck bed to get scratched, worn, rusty or otherwise unpleasant looking, you are going to pay for it later when you try to sell it.
Follow our steps and maintain your truck bed so it can take care of you.
1. Use a Tonneau Cover
If you aren’t familiar with a tonneau cover, they are placed over the bed and protect your cargo. Not only are they great at keeping your load safe, but they also keep the elements off your truck bed. Another reason to use them is to protect your gear from thieves.
You can find tonneau covers in many forms. Some come made of soft materials while others are harder and constructed from fiberglass. There are also retractable varieties or models with hinges. If it’s done right, a tonneau cover can also give your truck a new, stylish appearance.
2. Use a Truck Cap
Similar to the tonneau cover, a truck cap might be a good solution. They are also referred to by some people as a camper shell. Basically, it tops the truck while covering your bed and cargo. The difference from the tonneau cover is that a cap rises above the truck bed where the cover lies flat on top.
Match your cap with the height of the truck cabin for the best look. With the cap, you’ll have superior protection from the elements. Another perk you might experience is better fuel economy as the cap reduces the drag.
3. Remove the Snow
If you live in an area that experiences snow, you must keep it off the truck. The best thing you can do is keep your vehicle in the garage when it’s snowing, but we know that isn’t always possible. Any snow you allow to sit in the bed will eventually lead to rust, so get it out as soon as you can.
Even if you don’t have the truck out in the snow, you can still get some in there just from driving on snowy streets. This might be more dangerous because it could contain road salt which is a corrosive agent. Even AAA says that road de-icers lead to more than $3 billion in vehicle rust damage each year!
4. Apply a Bed Liner
This is our favorite solution! Bed liners are miracle workers if you use the right one. You can opt for either a drop-in or spray-in, but there are some significant differences. Drop-in liners are easy to install and remove, but they are less durable. In addition, the snow and road salt can get trapped underneath, causing issues you aren’t even aware of.
Yes, a spray-in liner will cost you more and there’s some work involved with the application, but it’s like an insurance policy for your truck bed. They also won’t crack if your cargo gets jostled around.
Bed liners, like Durabak, also offer another advantage; they protect your truck bed from dings and scratches that are caused when loading or unloading gear. It’s the best way to maintain your truck bed and easy to keep clean.
5. Take Care of the Underside
Don’t just think about the bed itself when you work to protect it. The underside is just as important. It could rust and cause just as many issues. Keep the undercarriage clean and free from road salt at all times.
The best way to protect it is to use bed liner as an undercoating. They keep the rust away because they use a rubberized texture that allows dirt and grime to bounce off. Another benefit is the sound-deadening quality you receive which lessens road noise.
How Do You Maintain Your Truck Bed?
Now that we’ve shared our best tips with you, it’s time to tell us how you maintain your truck bed. Leave us a message and share your tips on how you care for your pride and joy.
When you spend time out in the sun, you know the effect it has on your skin. Your truck is no different. It sits in the sun day in and day out, so it’s no wonder that the color begins to fade and the paint starts to chip. We are going to fill you in on how to prevent sun damage to your truck so that you can protect your investment.
Prevent Sun Damage to Your Truck – Interior Tips
Whether you know it or not, the interior of your truck takes a real beating in sunlight. Here are some ways to prevent sun damage.
Park your truck in the shade – This is the easiest way to protect it. By removing the direct sunlight, you prevent cracking and drying. You could also crack the window to let out some of the heat if you are in a safe environment to do so.
Use a sun protector – While they may look out of place in your manly truck, they are great at preventing sun damage to the interior. They’re also easy to use.
Wipe the interior with a microfiber cloth – Dirt and dust cause scratches on your dash. Over time, these scratches become worse. That’s why you want to remove all dirt or dust with a soft, microfiber cloth. You may also consider a low-gloss detailing product which adds further protection.
Protect your leather seats – Using a conditioner on your seats protects them from heat and sun. Make sure they remain clean and apply your conditioner often.
Install seat covers – You know how warm your seats feel when you first get in. That’s damaging to the fabric. Install some seat covers and you’ll protect your seats and your bottom.
Prevent Sun Damage to Your Truck – Exterior Tips
The exterior of your truck sits in the sun all day and receives the grunt of the abuse. That’s why you want to follow these tips to prevent sun damage to your truck.
Wash it regularly – The heat and sun fade your paint over time. It will even crack eventually. By washing the truck on a regular basis, and hand drying it, you remove the dust and dirt that lead to scratches.
Wax the truck – When you’re finished washing it, you’ll want to protect the truck from ultraviolet rays with a quality wax.
Watch your tires – You might not immediately think of tire damage as a result of the sun, but it’s common. Underinflated tires combined with the hot pavement are a deadly combination. It could lead to a blowout. Even a good set of tires often loses about a pound of air each month, so you want to check them regularly.
Apply a protective coating – The best way to protect your paint is with a polyurethane coating. It will provide a UV shield for your paint and also resist heat and weather damage.
Prevent Sun Damage to Your Truck – Under the Hood Tips
Many people only think to protect the exterior and interior of the truck, but there’s so much more involved. With the sun comes heat that can easily harm components of your truck. Consider these tips to prevent sun damage to your truck.
Cooling system protection – You need to ensure that your engine doesn’t overheat. Keep it in top working order by having the belts checked often. You’ll also want to drain and replace your antifreeze on a consistent basis. Just follow the schedule supplied by the truck manufacturer.
Don’t forget the other fluids – There are many fluids you need to take care of. When they run low as a result of evaporation or leakage, you could hit some trouble. Check your power steering fluid, oil, brake fluid and transmission fluid. Top them off when needed and replace them as your manual recommends.
Air conditioning – Not only will your air conditioning keep you comfortable, but it also keeps you alert behind the wheel. If your cabin isn’t cooling off, have it checked out by a professional.
Battery performance – The higher temperatures of summer and spiked accessory loads from air conditioning surely take a toll on your battery life. That’s why you want to check the charging system often to ensure it functions properly. It’s wiser to get a new battery before it dies than get stuck in the Walmart parking lot.
Your truck is an investment that needs to be protected. Whether it’s on the top of the line car wash, seat covers or paint protection, your truck deserves the best. The better you treat it today, the better it will take care of you in the future.
Take the time to prevent sun damage to your truck and you’ll find yourself in good shape when you go to sell in a few years.
Want to feel extreme power while heading down the road? Nothing helps you to accomplish that faster than looking down on the other vehicles on the road. You are proud of your truck and you want to show it –we get it. Lift kits are designed to raise you up but you must examine the pros and cons of having a lift kit prior to buying one.
Body Lift Kits vs. Suspension Lift Kits
The first thing to realize is that there is a difference between a body lift kit and a suspension lift kit. Body lift kits use a nylon spacer placed between the body of your truck and your frame. It lifts the vehicle about two to three inches higher than before.
A suspension lift kit allows you to lift your truck as high as you want, but they are considerably more expensive. Many truck enthusiasts enjoy sitting behind the wheel that’s high up in the sky. That’s why the aftermarket manufacturers have created many kits available for your purchase.
Before you pick the one that’s best for your truck, let’s dig deeper into the pros and cons of having a lift kit.
Pros of Having a Lift Kit
Talk to any lifted truck driver, and you’ll hear them rave about all the benefits. Here are some for you to consider:
Visibility – You’ll see more of the road in front of you. This is great especially when you find yourself in congestion. Not only will you be able to see better, but other drivers will notice you. That helps you to avoid an accident.
Larger Tire Sizes – Driving a truck with the stock suspension forces you to use shorter, narrower tires. These tend to have grooves that aren’t aggressive and you might get stuck in snow or mud. With a lift kit, it’s easy to upgrade your tires to suit your needs.
Easier Towing – If you tow on a stock suspension, you might start “squatting.” A heavy load often makes the truck bottom out, but that doesn’t happen with the right lift kit.
Appearance – Have you seen a lifted truck done right? There’s nothing more to say about that.
Here’s something important to consider between body lift kits versus suspension lift kits. A body lift kit doesn’t change the quality of how your truck rides and they aren’t typically costly. You also won’t need to purchase new shocks. With a suspension lift kit, you’ll be able to go as high as you want. This allows for bigger tires and a more articulate suspension.
Cons of Having a Lift Kit
Even if you think having a lift kit is the best thing since sliced bread, there are still some cons to consider.
Poor Gas Mileage – Having a bigger tire size means that you need more power to move. This leads to poorer gas mileage.
Center of Gravity – Your center of gravity raises the higher your truck goes. That makes it difficult to handle a sharp turn easily and might lead to a rollover.
Voids Warranty – Many manufacturers aren’t warrantying your vehicle once you modify the suspension. You’ll want to talk to your dealer before you do anything.
Now let’s take a quick look at the cons that are specific to body lift kits versus suspension lift kits. With a body lift kit, you’ll invest some time installing it. That’s because you must lift the body and bolt it back in place. Your frame is also more visible than before.
With a suspension lift kit, you have to consider how you are getting in and out of the beast. This type of equipment also requires some maintenance. You might need to replace some parts down the road, so prepare for those costs as well.
Is it Worth Having a Lift Kit?
Only you know what’s best for your truck needs. Once you’ve evaluated the pros and cons, you’ll be able to make the best decision. One thing is for sure; you can make the appearance of your truck better just by applying some Durabak. Not only that, but your truck will have better protection.