Should I Buy a Truck Cap or Tonneau Cover for My Used Truck?

By Product Expert | Posted in Accessories, Trucks on Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 at 9:20 pm
Truck Cap VS Tonneau Cover on diamond plating

Pros and Cons of Using a Truck Cap or Tonneau Cover for Trucks

So, you just bought yourself a used truck from Poulin Auto Sales – congratulations! Many of our trucks come with accessories that the precious owner used in order to make that truck do more for them. However, you might find yourself wanting to add a couple of additional accessories to make the truck your own. One popular accessory that many truck drivers purchase is some sort of box covering. A truck cap or tonneau cover is by far one of the most useful accessories because it helps keep your cargo protected from theft and Mother Nature. Now the question is, which style is right for you? We have weighed out the pros and cons of using a truck cap or tonneau cover for your truck and we are excited to share our thoughts with you!
Pickup truck outfitted with a truck cap

Should I Buy a Truck Cap for My Used Truck?

Many truck drivers choose a truck cap/shell (a hard-bodied and windowed cargo covering that is usually the same height as the truck’s cab) for several reasons. A truck cap gives your truck an SUV styling and makes it a great place to sleep during camping trips in Vermont and beyond. The extra height and protection provided by a truck cap can help keep taller pieces of cargo dry. However, the height of a truck cap can backfire on you because it has its limits. Say if you attend an auction and find the perfect piece of furniture – but it is too big to fit within the bed and cap. You might be forced to miss out on that bid with a few tears rolling down your eyes. If you ever decide to remove the truck cap, you will definitely need some help from friends or family – and you will need to dedicate a substantial amount of garage space to store it.

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Ford pickup truck outfitted with a tonneau coverOr is a Tonneau Cover Better Than a Truck Cap?

We have to say, we see tonneau covers more frequently on pickup trucks these days. It might be due to the fact that a tonneau cover allows the truck to retain its beloved truck style (the cover is flush with the top of the box) while protecting cargo. Tonneau covers are available in both hard and soft materials – and they both have their advantages and disadvantages. Hard-material tonneau covers are lauded as being more durable and come available as one long piece that lifts up or as multiple pieces that slide or fold back. Unfortunately, one-piece hard tonneau covers offer limited flexibility for tall pieces of cargo or and can limit rear-view visibility when lifted. Soft-material tonneau covers might not be as durable, but they are definitely more flexible because all you have to do is roll it back. The main downside to having a tonneau cover (hard or soft) is that it will not be able to cover tall pieces of cargo – so you will want to keep a few tarps handy for rainy or snowy days.

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Our Verdict is…

Honestly, you really can’t go wrong with either a truck cap or a tonneau cover for your used truck – it all really depends on what your needs and lifestyle are. Happy driving!

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