For most people, trucks are one part heavy-duty equipment and one part comfortable vehicle. While you want your truck to be rigid and tough when you need it to be, you don't want it to look like this. Protecting the bed of your truck is one way to keep your truck looking good.
The Problem With Damage
Understand that damage to the bed of your truck isn't just a cosmetic issue. Depending on the type of damage, problems can quickly travel to other areas. Consider a deep scratch that penetrates the clear coat, for instance. When the clear coat is removed, moisture can then reach the metal surfaces of the vehicle, which can lead to rust development over time. The primary problem with rust is that it rarely stays in the same area. It instead travels and spreads, creating a much larger problem.
What You Can Do
Secure Your Loads
Prevention is always the best method of protection. When a load isn't secured, it shifts all around during the transport process. This constant movement increases the risk of damage. This is even the case if you're transporting something as innocent as boxes. You can avoid this damage by ensuring that all your loads are secured before transport.
Install A Bed Liner
One of the best ways to protect your truck is to install a truck bed liner. Bed liner options range from a carpet-like material (drop-in liner) to a rubber-like surface (spray-in liner). The goal of these options is to create somewhat of a barrier between your loads and the bed of the truck. With a liner, even if you do transport a rigid load, the liner will absorb the damage instead of your truck.
Rely On A Trailer
Even if you have a liner installed, it's still wise to be mindful of the type of load you plan to transport. If it's something especially sharp or rigid, don't hesitate to relay on a trailer. Instead of placing the items in the back of the truck, you can attach a hitch and transport them in a small cargo trailer. It might feel like somewhat of a hassle to connect the trailer, but protecting your truck is well worth the effort.
Your truck isn't just your vehicle; it's also an investment. By protecting the bed of your truck, you also protect your investment. A professional installer can assist you with selecting the right bed liner option for your needs.