How to choose a Tonneau Cover for an All-Terrain Truck?

If you don’t drive a pickup truck with pigs, hay and manure in the back, you have plenty of reasons to get a cargo cover. And if you do, then all the more reason…
In recent years, the US market for pickups has grown so much that there is not only a whole subculture associated with this type of transport, but also its subspecies. Accordingly, there is a demand for caps of completely different types. We have collected the most popular ones in our review, without setting a task to compare them. Especially since the main purpose – to close the body from bad weather and unconscious citizens – they all successfully perform. And the way of fastening too, strange as it may seem, one – with clampings and overboard. Most models can be removed within a few minutes, but quickly return them to the place will not come out: have to adjust, otherwise there will be gaps, or the cover will be badly locked. On the other hand, there are also those that are designed for quick installation.

A very important part of the lid is locks. In our country, a lid that does not close is nonsense. Therefore, the design of locks is very important. Especially in view of winter and the possibility of freezing after washing.

The length of the body allows the lid itself to be used as a loading surface, so you should pay attention to its strength and the presence of fasteners on top. The strongest specimens can withstand two quads at once. However, the sides of the body are already rented out here…

DiamondBack

Suitable for all pickup trucks on the US market.

Made of durable aluminum alloy 3003 with a mirror surface resistant to climatic conditions. Also available with Line-X coating, a very strong black polymer that does not lose its appearance over time. Depending on the modification, the metal thickness of the caps is different: in LT – 1.6 mm, SE – 2.0 mm, HD – 2.5 mm. The model consists of three parts, two of which are opened. Each part has its own lock. Galvanized steel rods (crossbars) go under the board and securely lock the lid.

  • Simple and tight.
  • All lids are fastened by a simple method – by clampings.
  • Don’t steal it.
  • The original design of the lock does not give the intruder a chance

The cover panels are easy to remove without assistance: simply detach the two rods and tilt the panel 90 degrees. For pickups with long enough bodies there are kits that allow you to transport two ATVs at the same time.

Afcarfiber Grandbox

Suitable for Toyota HiLux

It is made of fiberglass, perfectly matches the pickup body and is easy to install. Equipped with four LED lights, which are connected to the parking lights and stop light. The rear window is electrically heated, luggage compartment lighting on the inside of the cover.

  • It’s like a sedan.
  • It looks like a real car trunk.

Extang Solid Fold

Suitable for Dodge Ram, Ford, VW Amarok, Toyota Tundra, Tacoma, HiLux, Nissan Navara, Frontier, Titan, Mitsubishi L200

Folding hard cover is one of the best bed covers for RAM 1500, which is easy to install. Lightweight and durable. Made of aircraft aluminum. The textured surface is qualitatively painted, and the inside is covered with thermal insulation. The original clamping system provides quick access to the cargo area when the cover is opened. The connecting hinges of the sections are designed to prevent water ingress. Finally, according to the manufacturer, the aerodynamic design provides fuel savings of up to 10%.

  • It’s airtight.
  • The lid mount will not let water pass.

NIIS

Suitable for Mitsubishi L200

The frame and ribs are made of aluminum, and the handles of the SUV body cover are made of metal and covered with plastic, which allows you to open them in winter without fear of frostbite. The model consists of two halves rising along the body, which is convenient for transporting cargo that does not fit under the lid. To facilitate the lifting of the sashes are installed shock absorbers, which also keep them open at an angle of 90 degrees. Moreover, jumpers can be installed between the raised shelves, giving the structure rigidity. In the future it is even possible to cover the sides which have been so thickened with an awning. The jumpers also serve as guides for long goods weighing no more than 60 kg and can be positioned where required. The cover handles are made of metal and covered with plastic, which allows opening them in winter without the risk of frostbite.

  • Flexible volume.
  • The design of this lid makes it possible to turn a pickup truck into a van.

Aeroklas

Suitable for VW Amarok.

Made of ABS plastic – lightweight, durable and durable material of new generation. Unlike metal, ABS-plastic keeps its shape well even after severe deformation. The cover opens at an angle of 45 degrees, it is easy to install. Simple and very reliable model.

  • There is no need to lose weight.
  • Despite its frail appearance, the cover can easily withstand human weight.

Aaron Evans