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Tonneau Covers & Why You Need One

Don’t let the name confuse you, if you’ve ever ridden in a car or truck chances are you’ve seen a Tonneau cover on the bed of truck.

Tonneau covers are a simple aftermarket accessory for your truck that offers many benefits. Designed to protect your cargo from the elements, Tonneau covers can also increase your off-road or daily drivers aerodynamics. An added bonus to purchasing a quality tonneau cover to protect your cargo is that it adds a sleek design element to the bed of your truck. Find out why and what kind of tonneau cover you need for your truck below.

Why You Need A Tonneau Cover

Tonneau covers are so essential to protecting and securing your cargo, that this truck accessory should be required on all trucks, alas they are not. But lucky for you, Red Desert Off-Road sells top quality Tonneau covers for any make and model of truck. Here are some of the benefits that a quality cover can offer:

  • Protection Against The Elements – Even if you have your truck bed lined with the best of the best truck liners, like LINE-X, you can’t always protect your cargo from damage from the elements, like wind, rain, snow or even the sun. For example, how irritating is it hauling groceries, furniture, or anything really in the rain or snow, only to have it soaking when you bring it inside or worse fly out because it’s so windy! With a Tonneau cover, you’ll never have to worry about that again. Additionally, if you don’t have a truck bed liner installed in your truck, this same damage can ruin your beloved ride even after just one year, sometimes even less.
  • Protection Against Theft – Truck beds have been known to become a type of “catch all” for everyday items like coolers, tools, rope, flashlights, ladders, etc. When your truck isn’t protected by an off-road truck accessory like a Tonneau cover this can seem like an open invitation for people to come and steal your stuff. Avoid this by getting a cover for your truck bed today.
  • They look good – Let’s face it, no one wants to put something that is unpleasing to the eye on the truck they use as their daily driver or for off-roading excursions. Keeping this in mind, Tonneau cover manufacturers have designed a multitude of handsome looking covers that fit every budget and style. You can check out what type of covers are offered for your truck, here.

Types of Tonneau Covers For Your Truck

Now that you’ve seen the irrefutable information regarding why you need a Tonneau cover for your truck, let’s take a look at the types of Tonneau covers or rather the materials you can choose from when selecting the right cover for your off-road truck.

  • Hard Cover – Usually made out of metal, fiberglass or plastic a Tonneau hard cover acts as an extended trunk for your truck bed. These covers can be painted to match the color of your vehicle and some are even retractable! For the most part, high quality Tonneau hard covers are designed to offer unparalleled, durable protection while remaining light enough as to not weigh your rig down.
  • Soft Cover – Designed from a fabric type of material such as vinyl, Tonneau soft covers are versatile and usually come with a rubberized coating to protect water and other elements from seeping through the fabric. Depending on the type of brand you choose for your cover, you may be able to snap the cover on and off or for even more added convenience, roll it back to reveal the truck bed. Soft covers are a great option for people who want to save money, but still want to protect they’re truck. However, a soft cover won’t protect your items as much as a hard cover Tonneau cover will, especially from would-be thieves.

If you’re ready to outfit your truck with the latest Tonneau covers from Red Desert Off-Road come see us today! You can also contact us at anytime for any questions or concerns you may have about purchasing a Tonneau cover.

Off Road Trails

The Top Five Off-Road Vehicles for 2018

Do you dream of off road adventures, free of paved roads and never ending horizons? Do you need a vehicle that is rugged enough to handle unknown terrain and conquer unforeseen obstacles? Even though it’s common knowledge that today’s 4x4s don’t pack quite the same punch as their predecessors did 10+ years ago, today’s models will still allow you to enjoy the road less traveled-and in style, no less. The five off road vehicles we’ve rounded up can be found on countless lists all over the internet. We decided to stick to just five of the best options available (and yes, that includes the infamous Jeep Wrangler) because at the end of the day it’s about quality, not quantity.

 

Colorado ZR2Off-Road Vehicle

A smaller substitute to the Ford F-150 Raptor (another awesome off-road vehicle), the Colorado ZR2 is just one of the many special editions created for Chevy Colorado. Designed for the Raptor and Tacoma TRD crowd, the ZR2 features a wider wheelbase, upgraded suspension, electronic locking rear and front differentials, and driver controlled traction control. This capable midsize off-road truck has an available Duramax® 2.8L Turbo-Diesel engine,standard 3.6L V6 engine with best-in-class horsepower, as well as hard-core gear and segment-exclusive components.

Starting price for a 2019 Colorado ZR2: $42, 500.

 

The Ram Rebel

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As the most capable member of the Ram 1500 family, the Ram Rebel means series business. The Rebel has a distinctive front grille, that incorporates a dynamic hourglass body design, with steel bumpers and black inserts for an overall aggressive concept. This beast of an off road vehicle, offers a full frame with independent front suspension and a solid rear axle – to handle any off road terrain. Air suspension in all four corners supplies better highway gas mileage and unsurpassed off road ground clearance.The Ram Rebel is offered in either a crew or quad cab design. Both options possess standard V6 power (with optional V8 engine), skid plates, and 33 inch Goodyear tires.

The 2019 Ram Rebel cost? $44,695

Land Rover Range RoverOff Road Vehicle

Since the original model’s first debut in England in 1970, the Range Rover has continued to seamlessly combine luxury and off-road capability throughout the years. Choosing a Range Rover as your off-road vehicle is a bit of an investment upfront, but definitely worth the extra dough in the end. Starting at $84,000 this sleek off-road king offers off-road enthusiasts pure off-road power and better fuel economy then past models. The latest models are constructed from weight-saving aluminum and come with smaller engines, thus making them more efficient on mileage. Other off-road features you’ll enjoy include,  2.93:1 low-range gearing, optional locking rear differential (great for climbing), adjustable and long travel air suspension, and a computer-controlled Terrain Response four-wheel drive system. Additionally, the Land Rover Range Rover can be raised on it’s springs for over a foot of ground clearance.

Toyota 4Runner TRD ProOff Road Vehicle

If there’s one thing Toyota excels at, it’s always offering the public an off-road vehicle that has outstanding off-road capabilities, the Toyota TRD Pro is no exception to this rule. Where the TRD lacks in efficiency as daily driver it makes up for in primo off-road features, such as the Fox Racing shocks you’ll find in all 2019 models.

The TRD model comes equipped with Toyota’s Crawl control (off road cruise control)which  make this a mountain climbing juggernaut. The taller Eibach coil suspension adds an extra inch of wheel travel, which can make all the difference. Being able to tackle desert trails and climb mountains, makes the reasonable starting price of $43, 000 totally worth it.

 

The Jeep Wrangleroff road vehicle

As one of the most iconic off-road vehicles in America, no list would be complete without the Jeep Wrangler. The Wrangler is one of the most affordable, adept, and most fun off-road 4x4s, and is a great option for many motorists who may wish to make modifications in the future. (stock Jeeps can still handle off-road trails).

Most off-road enthusiasts opt for the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, which features “rugged 33-inch tires, an 84.1:1 crawl ratio and easily accessible switches for engaging 4×4 capabilities, the Rubicon is tailor-made for all kinds of boundary-breaking experiences”.

Jeep has created a more urban friendly design with their fourth generation models, delivering comfortable handling and better visibility, including blind spot monitoring with cross traffic alerts.

A 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon will only set you back about $41, 445.