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With so many accessories available on the market, it can be a challenge to choose the best tonneau cover for your pickup truck bed. Many different manufacturers want your time and attention, so it’s difficult to identify with certainty which option is right for you.

For that reason, as you are in the process of selecting a tonneau cover, you should keep a few things in mind.

How to Choose the Best Tonneau Cover: 8 Things to Look For

1. It should withstand the elements.

One of the main purposes of a tonneau cover is to protect the items in your truck bed, so it certainly should be able to withstand snow, rain, heat, falling leaves, and anything else Mother Nature can send its way.

2. The truck bed cover should open and close as easily as possible.

You don’t want to fuss with rolling or flipping truck bed covers. If you choose a tonneau cover that opens and closes with a simple push of a button, you’ll save time and energy.

3. Look for something that includes a toolbox feature – without obstructing the driver’s view.

Some items belong in your truck day after day because you’re more likely to need them on-the-go than at home or at the shop or office. A traditional, large, metal truck bed toolbox can be clunky and rust easily, so choose a convenient and durable tonneau cover / toolbox combo that doesn’t block the driver’s view.

4. It should be easy to install and remove.

You should be able to install the tonneau cover and the entire cargo management system yourself with just a few household tools.

5. It should be durable.

Whether the pickup truck owner is a mechanic or busy mom, the tonneau cover should hold up to normal wear-and-tear, and much more.

6. Look for something that is easy to maintain.

You should clean and wash your truck and its accessories regularly, sure. But you don’t want a truck bed cover that stains easily or that attracts dirt and debris.

7. It should be safe and secure.

It’s extremely important that the cover and overall cargo management system has a secure locking device – for your safety, for the safety of other drivers, and for the protection of the contents of your pickup truck bed. A secure truck bed cover also protects your gear from theft. In short, the best cargo management system doubles as a reliable toolbox and tool theft deterrent.

8. Choose a truck bed management system that looks good.

No one likes to see a rusty, metal toolbox clanking around in the bed of your pickup truck, but you don’t want the truck’s accessories to appear flimsy either. The system you choose should appear sturdy but attractive at the same time.

Contact Stowe Cargo Systems to Learn More

When you consider all of the above, you can come to only one conclusion regarding how to choose the best tonneau cover: go with Stowe. Only a Stowe Cargo System provides you with all the features you need for truck bed storage, including the ability to open and close the cover with the push of a button, a toolbox feature, and durable automotive-grade vinyl.

Contact us through our Stowe Cargo Systems website or by phone at (248) 795-2240 to learn more about how our 2-in-1 truck bed cargo management system can help you work and play more efficiently.