Would you like to construct your very own truck bed cover, also known as a tonneau? The price at places like tonneau covered might be prohibitive, so this is a great option if you’re handy with some basic tools. Although these are relatively inexpensive, usually priced between $200 and $500, you might want to consider spending even less than that. If this is a truck that you use for work, you might want to consider using some type of tarp that you can secure to the bed of the truck itself. However, you will want to make sure that it does serve its purpose of protecting your merchandise in back, and also increase your gas mileage, by diminishing when resistance. Let’s look at a few options that you have when it comes to creating your very own tonneau cover.
What Is A Tonneau Cover?
Even though these are more commonly associated with pickup trucks, they can be used on convertible vehicles as well. They are simply a type of cover that is soft or hard, that serves the purpose of covering either the backseat area or the bed of the truck. Those that are soft can be rolled out into place where as hard ones are typically stationary. More expensive tonneaus that are made of fiberglass can actually be designed to roll out into place.
How To Make Your Own?
If you are doing this for a pickup truck, these are actually very easy to make. Instead of using fiberglass or aluminum which is common with most modern solid tonneaus, you will instead choose a piece of foam board that will be reinforced with an inch of aluminum channel.
Does this seem difficult?
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Purchasing all of this will cost you less than $100, and will probably not take more than four or five hours to complete. If you have a standard 6 foot bed on a standard pickup, you are going to cut the foam board at about 57″ x 30″ to completely cover the bed of the truck. You will need two of these because they are going to go from rail to rail. The idea is to make sure that it is able to rest inside what are called the bed caps which are located on the rails. If the bed of your truck is not linear, perhaps curving in at the top toward the tailgate, you’re going to need to use some type of razor blade to cut the appropriate size. To connect the two pieces, this is where the 1 inch aluminum channel comes in. You also want to have foam board adhesive to connected together.
Finishing The Next Day
It will take 24 hours to drive, so using some type of masking tape, or even duct tape, can hold it in place until the glue has time to set. The following day, you will want to test it out to see if it actually fits. Once the glue has solidified, it will be solid all the way across. You also want to use some type of duct tape or gorilla tape to make a makeshift hinge so that you can easily take your homemade tonneau on and off by simply folding it and pulling it off the bed of the truck. Finally, you will also need to have for latches that you can install into the foam board on the edges so that you can secure this to the rails of the truck. These will be located beneath your tonneau, latching under the lip of the rails on either side. If you decide to paint it, this will be easy to do with either spray paint from a can or using a sprayer that you own. The final product is going to be a very sturdy homemade tonneau that will stay secure, even during the windiest conditions and also at high speeds.
This basic overview of how you can create your very own tonneau cover should motivate you to give it a try. If you are on a budget, and you do have some do-it-yourself skills, this is probably an easy project that you can complete over the weekend.