Looking to get a bed liner installed into your work truck but not too sure about which way to go?
You’ve got a lot to think about when it comes to choosing the right bed liner, but your service technician specialists at Camco Wheel & Axle have got you covered. As your local Rio Grande Valley providers of commercial truck parts and accessories, we have plenty of years of knowledge and expertise to help you make the choosing process a little easier.
Here’s what you need to consider.
1. Your Budget
Determining your budget is the first thing you need to consider when it comes to choosing what kind of bed liner you want (and need) for your work truck.
For a great value, drop-in liners are the best way to get a decent amount of protection at a minimal price. On the same token, they aren’t a permanent solution. Spray-on liners, on the other hand, are often your best bet if you have a bigger budget and are looking for durability.
Regardless, first things first – sit back and open up your books to see what you can afford to install.
2. The Materials
Bed liners are constructed in a variety of different materials, and depending on your job and application, certain materials may be better than others.
In many circumstances, fleet managers will want to apply a bed liner that prevents corrosion. Spray-on bed liners take care of this concern perfectly, keeping the moisture and salts out which cause corrosion.
If you need a material that can stand up to heavy-duty jobs that require you to haul heavy and/or hazardous cargo, you’ll need a bed liner that is built with rubber, making a drop-in bed liner your best option.
Explore the different types of materials to see if they align with the job you need it to do.
3. The Installation
For all of our DIYers, installing a drop-in bed liner can be complicated, but it could save you additional money that can be allocated elsewhere within your business. It will require for you to drill holes into your truck bed and rails, and if it isn’t installed correctly, the bed liner can become loose and end up scratching the paint. Dust, water, and other debris can then seep into the scratches and cause rust and corrosion under the bed liner.
If this is what you are planning, ensure that the measurements you have to complete the job done are correct. Just keep in mind that you get what you pay for; skipping out on professional installation can lead to your bed liner deteriorating faster than you intended.
Installation for spray-on bed liners, however, is more intricate and best left to a professional. The truck bed must be inspected for rust or other types of perforations and prepared according to manufacturing instructions.
Our service technicians at Camco Wheel & Axle have years of experience in installing bed liners at a price you cannot beat.
4. Consider The Types of Loads You Will Be Transporting
Considering what types of loads your work truck will carry is important when determining what type of bed liner you need.
Will you be hauling solid objects on a regular basis? A drop-in bed liner will do you just fine. If, however, you will be hauling chemicals, other liquids, or soil, a spray-on bed liner is necessary because it will provide an impenetrable, watertight seal that can protect your truck bed’s surface from damage from these types of materials.
Making sure that your bed liner is still effective takes some work, no matter which one you choose. Of course, it all depends on what type of work you are doing.
Spray-on and brush-on liners will wear down and need to be reapplied eventually, and drop-in or mat liners will have to be removed from the bed of the truck, cleaned out, and inspected for rust and/or corrosion.
Consider the amount of work and downtime your work truck will need to get this kind of maintenance done and then see if that aligns with your business needs.
Camco Wheel & Axle: Over 30 years of providing quality truck parts and accessories.
If you need the experience of knowledgeable service technicians and upfitters to service your work truck or fleet, look no further than the experts at Camco Wheel & Axle.
Contact us today at (956) 781-4800 for more information on how we can better serve you.