Why You Need a Tonneau Cover

If you're tired of worrying about all of your stuff flying out of the back of your pickup truck and getting wet when it rains as you're traveling down the highway, a tonneau cover will help you out considerably. It can also help improve your gas mileage. And we definitely want that these days!

Which Tonneau Cover is Right for Your Needs?

Sometimes referred to as a bed cover, tonneau covers come in many different styles, so determining which one would work best for you is what you need to think about first. You might ask yourself these questions:

1. What are the weather conditions in your area?
2. Are there any security issues?
3. How easy is it to install, operate, and remove?
4. Do you need full or partial access to the contents in the bed of your truck?
5. What will be your typical load size?
6. Is look and style important to you?
7. Which models are within your budget?

Based on how you answered the questions above, you'll need to determine which cover is right for your needs. You can choose from several styles:

Roll-up tonneau covers
Folding tonneau covers
Undercover hard tonneau covers
Folding hard tonneau covers
Retractable roll truck bed covers

Things You Will Need

Internet access
A measuring tape
The year, make, and model of your truck
A credit card or PayPal account

Step 1

Tri-Fold Vinyl Tonneau Cover

Measuring Your Truck Bed for a Tonneau Cover

When measuring your truck bed for a tonneau cover application, it's important to make sure the measurements are correct and taken at the proper places on your truck. There are two ways you can measure:

The first way is to take your measuring tape and put the end of the tape on the bulkhead railing right behind the cab and measure from there to the very end of the tailgate. (Measuring the width of the truck bed isn't necessary for this type of measurement-taking.) The second way is to measure the inside dimensions of the truck bed. You can choose which method is easiest for you. Once you have your measurements, it's time to go shopping!

Step 2

Where Do I Find Tonneau Covers?

There are several aftermarket websites offering tonneau covers, but details such as the time and cost of shipping the cover and how the representatives treat you and your order are as important as the price of the cover.

For this application, we went to TruckChamp.com because it has a great reputation and the prices are considerably lower than other retail stores on and off of the Internet.

Step 3

Extang Trifecta Install on a 1972 Chevrolet

Why the Extang Trifecta Tonneau Cover?

For this article, we've chosen an Extang Trifecta soft folding tonneau cover, which is made of vinyl and can be installed in about two minutes and removed in about one. The unique folding design allows access to 100% of your truck bed and offers unparalleled strength and stability. Among other benefits and features, it's been tested and proven that this particular model improves gas mileage by 10%.

Next you'll need to choose the proper version of cover for your specific truck. For this step, you'll need to input the year, make, and model of your truck into TruckChamp.com's model selector section. You're almost done!

Step 4

Placing the Order

To order your new "toy," you'll need your credit card or PayPal account information. TruckChamp.com's easy ordering on the Internet is so simple and only takes minutes to complete. But, if you prefer to talk with a live representative, there's also a toll-free number you can dial.

Congratulations, You Have Yourself a New Tonneau Cover!

Now that you have your new tonneau cover, you can begin to enjoy the benefits: Protection from weather elements, security and theft protection, organization and safe transport, and improved aerodynamics and gas mileage.

Tips & Warnings

Things to Take Note of When Your Tonneau Cover is Delivered

Make sure you have all the pieces and parts of your tonneau cover before you install the unit. Oftentimes, if you're missing one little part, the company you ordered the cover from requires you to return the entire product. It's a good idea to check the policies of the company you are dealing with before you unpack the item.

Problems with Installation?

If you run into any problems at all while installing your new tonneau cover, just call the company you ordered it from; they should have a technical assistant to help you. At TruckChamp.com, the online store we've chosen to order from for this article, they have plenty of experienced parts gurus who definitely know what they're doing. It's also possible to call the manufacturer, in this case, Extang. Just visit their website; they should have contact information available there.

Let Everyone Know About Your Great Experience!

Finally, make sure to tell your friends and family about the great experience you had ordering your new tonneau cover. Tell them you found out how to do it by visiting this article on InfoBarrel.com and that the company you ordered from, TruckChamp.com, is a great, trusted online store.