Odds are, you invested in a truck because you either enjoy the versatility offered and the access it grants to explore unknown places. Or perhaps you simply have too much stuff to transport inside a standard car. Either way, you’re probably using its truck bed for all types of purposes. Therefore it’s important that your tools, toys and other truck cargo stays protected where ever you go. To avoid damage, scratches, and in a worst-case scenario, a total loss of your assets, make sure to take the following steps.
Truck cargo safety and security.
1. Establish protection against Mother Nature.
When transporting expensive tools or a sensitive piece of machinery, the last thing you want is wet cargo. So establishing protection against the elements is paramount. At times, depending on the load, a simple tarp can handle the job. If your truck cargo is more valuable, however, you may want to go the route of a tonneau cover, which extends over the entire back of the truck bed and helps prevent theft in addition to protecting your pricey belongings.
2. Prepare the truck to bear the burden of its load.
The last thing you need is to damage your cargo by having it smash around in your truck bed. Which is exactly what our tie down anchor points are designed to prevent. Not all anchor points are created equal, however. Whether your truck comes pre-equipped or you install them, it’s critical you consider how much weight your anchors must hold. This way you can make sure your anchor points are up for the job. Any reputable truck tie-down or anchor point available for purchase will have a rated capacity, so make sure the ones you buy are in line with your transportation needs.
3. Consider additional security features.
While a tonneau cover can offer your cargo additional protection, there are several other accessories and add-ons you may want to consider if your needs and the value of your cargo warrant it. A bed rail is a great option if you feel you could benefit from additional anchor points and added security. If damage to the surface of your truck bed is a concern, you should consider a truck bed liner. Non-skid bed liners protect the bed surface, and also keep your cargo in place, preventing it from shifting around.
So, that’s it – these are the three easy steps to securing your cargo for safe transport. With a little effort and research, you can effectively protect your truck and your gear. This will help to enhance their resale value and helping preserve the quality of both.