Companies that make truck bed covers include TruXedo, BAKFlip, Tonno Pro, Pace Edwards and American Tonneau. Types of truck bed covers include roll up, retractable and fiberglass.
Truck bed covers are also called tonneau covers. The covers can be made from a soft material, such as cloth or vinyl, or a hard material, such as plastic or aluminum. They can be purchased from a local truck dealership or through a shop. Warranties on the covers vary, from as little as one year to as much as a lifetime.
Truck bed covers serve several purposes, including safety, cargo protection and efficiency. Covers keep cargo in the bed during heavy wind or high speeds. They can also protect the cargo from the elements, such as rain, hail or heat from direct sunlight. Covers keep potential thieves from knowing what is in the truck, and certain covers include a lock. Fuel efficiency is increased because of the reduction in wind drag.
Depending on the cover, it may be attached through clamps, hinges, Velcro or another method. Certain covers are colored to match the truck. Other available features include pre-set tension controls to ensure tightness, and speed clamps to open and close the cover more quickly.