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How to Pick the Right Pickup Shells
If you own a pickup truck, you know that customizing it to meet your specifications is almost as fun as choosing the truck you wanted in the first place. You can add rims and other accessories that create the look you want, but you are probably also going to invest in some functional customizations eventually. One of the best investments you can make for your truck is selecting a shell to cover its bed. A pickup shell will allow you to protect your truck bed and its cargo from the elements and secure items you are hauling. With these benefits, it’s an obvious decision for most truck drivers, but which shell to choose isn’t quite so apparent. Here are a few tips for choosing the pickup shell that will best suit your needs.
You will find that there are many different types of shells available. One of the most popular is the tonneau cover. These versatile shells come in a wide range of styles and materials, though they are most commonly hard and lay flat across the top of the truck bed. One of these may be the best option for you if you want a secure covering that can easily be locked. You will be able to store anything in your truck’s bed that fits within the confines of the cover, and it will be kept safe by the secure lock.
Canvas covers are another common choice that offer some different benefits than tonneau covers. Unlike tonneau shells, canvas covers cannot be locked, so they do not provide the same level of security that other shells may offer. They do provide more flexibility, however, in terms of storage abilities and accessibility. Because tonneau covers are most often hard, they restrict access to the truck bed, and they are difficult to move. Canvas covers protect your truck bed’s contents, but they can be easily removed or rolled up to maintain unrestricted access to the bed. This also makes them optimal for removal and storage if you do not wish to keep a shell on your truck at all times.
Fiberglass pickup shells are perhaps the most permanent of all choices. These typically extend above the top of the truck bed to the truck’s cab. They can by locked securely, like tonneau covers, but they offer more room and a tougher exterior.
There are many different pickup shell options to fit the unique needs of you and your truck. Visit this website for more information about pickup shells in San Diego.
Justin is a certified car nut and writes about all car topics. He has a special interest in performance parts, wheels and rims. Share his enthusiasm at Storify blog.