In order to properly secure your freight, the vehicle has to be properly prepared first. Almost every pickup truck has a procedure that entails ways to tie tarpaulins to the vehicle, but of course they are all specific to that particular model. While this is quite important to the owner, there are still some additional items that may help out with this process.
The extra amenities can include such things as a bedrail. The most important thing is to protect the vehicle itself from the numerous dents and scrapes that normally occur from carrying freight. However, it is also an important safeguard that will keep freight secure – especially when it is actually higher than the sides of the truck bed.
Another good idea is to obtain a skid-proof liner for the bed. The majority of these devices are composed of plastic composites and provide protection for the truck bed. With a wide variety of bed liners to choose from, truck owners can choose to have one installed with their purchase or get one that can be taken out. Either way, freight is much more secure and won’t move around when stopping or turning corners.
Bed tracks are also a smart way to tie truck tarps to the vehicle. For the most part, manufacturers have already included post gaps in their full sized pickup trucks. This design has been prevalent for a number of years, going back in time to when most of these vehicles were used exclusively for carrying a large amount of freight. Although it is not quite as common, vehicle owners can easily accommodate some vertical members in these gaps and connect them with boards to increase the capacity of their trucks for additional carrying space.
For truck owners who plan on ferrying heavy objects, extra core bolts can be added to the frame. Many different sources now carry these types of anchors, and they can be easily adapted for the specific truck line or purchased exclusively for securing one type of freight. There is a drawback to drilling additional holes in the vehicle and that is the integrity of the rust prevention shield may be altered. This can lead to some premature corrosion and may devalue the vehicle for resale.
With the limited cab space, many owners also choose to keep a large cooler in the truck bed to carry food items and such. Not only does it keep perishables from spoiling, but they prevent them from ruined by rolling around the truck bed. Original equipment manufacturers and third party suppliers offer a wide variety of these items. It is almost impossible not to find one that will fit your requirements, but in some extreme cases, one can be completely customized to fit your vehicle.
Finally, a cover can be added to the truck bed as a permanent addition. They offer a number of advantages, including protection against the element, improved air flow and a secure space for freight. The only drawbacks are the expense incurred (since they are not cheap) and any cargo that is tall cannot be transported.