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4 Essential Things to Know About Truck Caps and Cargo Boxes

Truck Caps and Cargo Boxes
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Trucks are not known for having huge amounts of space in the cockpit, so creating a way to keep things organized in the back of your truck can be a lifesaver. How do you choose whether to go with a truck cap or a cargo box? There are benefits for each, and which one you need really depends on how much space you need for storage versus hauling, how you will be using your truck, and how often you’re accessing your extra “stuff.”

Truck Caps

Truck caps come in a variety of different styles, but are most often used to close in a truck to make it more similar to an SUV. They are available in a range of materials from fiberglass to aluminum, in a range of colors to match your vehicle and can be outfitted for your particular needs.

Cargo Boxes

Cargo boxes or toolboxes are a relatively inexpensive addition to your vehicle, and they can go a long way towards keeping your tools and other gear from shaking loose in the bed of your truck. Locking cargo boxes are also available if you keep high-dollar tools and equipment in your truck. Cargo boxes can contain a number of different tray configurations that will help you stay organized when you’re on the road.

Trucks for Hauling

If the main reason that you need a truck is for hauling materials such as gravel, dirt, mulch and other large and loose payloads, then you probably want to consider going with a cargo box. Since many cargo boxes can be easily removed, they will allow you to keep your gear from sliding around without taking up huge amounts of space and also give you the flexibility of removing them yourself when you need more room in your truck bed for storage.

Trucks for Work Use

When you need lockable storage space added to your truck, then a truck cap may be the way to go. They are also a big favorite of contractors as they allow the addition of specialized boxes and bins. Installation of this specialized is best performed by a professional.

Whether you need to keep a few tools organized or make your living out of the huge quantity of items you’re storing in your truck, truck caps and cargo boxes both give you options for storage without going out and purchasing a new vehicle.

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