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Bedliners Vs. Bed Mats: Which One Should You Get?

If you’ve owned your truck for even a short period of time you know how quickly the bed of a truck can develop scratches, dents, and other damage from the elements, along with hauling any type of cargo. Due to the ease in which truck beds manifest damage, many truck owners buy some sort of protection for their truck bed, either in the form of a bedliner or bed mat. Since all truck bed protection accessories are designed with a durable surface created to protect and dissuade cargo from moving, choosing between a bedliner and a bed mat can sometimes be confusing.

Below, you’ll find relevant information regarding bed mats and bedliners and the advantages and disadvantages that each offer.

Truck Bed Mats

Truck bed mats can be defined as mats that are designed to fit in the bed of your truck constructed from material such as plastic, rubber or carpet. Well executed truck bed mats can offer long lasting protection from the elements and help to reduce cargo from shifting around. Additionally, truck bed mats are easy to clean as they can be removed relatively easily. Generally speaking, since truck bed mats were only created to protect the bed and not the sides of the truck bed, mats are usually more affordable than their truck bedliner counterparts. The simple design of a truck bed mat makes for a hassle-free installation and removal process. No matter the make or model of your truck you can have a truck bed mat customized to fit the specific dimensions of your truck.

Truck Bedlinersbedliner

Truck bedliners are becoming more and more popular as people are beginning to see the numerous benefits of a bedliner. For truck bedliners, you have a couple different options; spray-on bedliner or a drop-in bedliner. Each of these bedliners has its own set of pros and cons as you’ll soon find out.

Spray-On Bedliners

Spray-on bedliners are becoming more popular with the off-roading community, as many truck drivers are seeing the numerous benefits that a spray-on bedliner can offer. One of the biggest reasons for so many choosing to have a spray-on bedliner as opposed to the other options available, is because it is able to protect the bed of the truck while still maintaining and preserving the contours of the truck. Spray-on bedliners are also ridiculously effective in preventing scratches from cargo, oil and other chemical spills, along with elemental damage from harming the metal of the truck. Plus, unlike any other type of bedliner, you never have to worry about rust or water damage impacting the bed of your truck. The only real disadvantage of a spray-on bedliner is the price. However, many people are willing to spend a little extra upfront if it means higher quality protection and value retention for their truck.

Drop-In Bedliners

Just like spray in bedliners, drop-in bedliners offer a truck bed full protection, including the bottom all three sides and usually the tailgate. Drop-in bedliners are typically made with plastic or a thermoplastic/rubber composite blend. These type of bedliners are fitted for specific makes and models. Drop-in bedliners can be drilled in place or installed via adhesive strips, depending on you preference and where you get your bedliner. The main disadvantage with these types of bedliners, as well as mat bedliners is the potential to succumb to water damage, especially if not installed properly. Like truck bed mats, drop-in bedliners are fairly easy to remove.

What Bedliner Is Right For You?bedliner

Knowing the various advantages and disadvantages of each type of liner, can assist you in making the right decision for your needs. Ask yourself the following questions to determine which of these bedliners is the best choice for you.

  • How big is your bedliner budget? Are you on a tight budget?
  • Are you planning on selling your truck in the future?
  • Do you care if your truck bed gets damage from cargo, chemicals, or the elements?
  • Do you need your entire truck protected or just the bottom?

Ordinarily, if you are working with a tight budget and aren’t too concerned about the sides of your truck bed, a truck bed mat is the best route to go. Although, if you don’t mind making an investment up front, you will reap the rewards of an actual bedliner. Spray-on and drop-in bedliners are in about the same price range, so the decision to get a spray-on or drop-in bedliner is usually based on personal preference. Do keep in mind though, if you go with the drop-in bedliner, you do run the risk of potential water damage, rust, and corrosion developing underneath the bedliner, as more often than not they lack a watertight seal.

Why a Quality Spray-On Bedliner is Worth Every Penny

Knowing that the only real disadvantage of a spray-on bedliner is the price, let’s explore why it does demand such a higher price than the alternative truck bed mat. Spray-on bedliners are:

  • Tough and Durable – If we’re talking LINE-X spray-on bedliners (which we are). You’ll be equipping your truck bed with a higher tensile strength that the competition just can’t match. This means you’ll have unsurpassed protections against gouges, rips and tears.
  • No Lost Cargo Space – With no cargo space lost, camper shells, 5th wheel hitches, tie downs, utility boxes, bed lids, etc. still have an excellent fit since LINE-X precisely molds to the contours and design of your truck bed.
  • Sound Dampening and Impact Absorbing – Less road noise? No rattle? Yes, please! Spray-on bedliners offer a sweetly quiet ride compared to an unprotected or even drop-in bedliner protected truck bed. Spray-on bedliners from LINE-X can also protect cargo from shifting about thanks to the optimum thickness and texture impact-absorbing surface provided by the bedliner.
  • Permanent Bond – Spray-on bedliners permanently bond to your truck bed leaving you with a factory-eque finish that contours around every angle and curve to preserve your precious cargo space all the while creating a watertight seal.
  • Value Added – Professionally applied LINE-X Spray-On bedliner contains durable polymers that were engineered to withstand years of heavy duty hauling in the scorching heat or the frigid cold. An added bonus to these bedliners is that they add value to your truck , along with its resale value at trade-in time.

To find out more information about how to get your truck fitted with a top of the line spray-on bedliner from LINE-X contact us today. We’ll discuss what options are best for you rig and get the liner installed for you in no time at all.

 

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.

Off Road Lighting

Illuminate The Trail With Premium Off Road Lighting

At Red Desert, we know that no two off-road vehicles are created equal, this is why we provide premium options for off road lighting, for every trailblazing vehicle. From Trucks and Jeeps to motorcycles and ATVs, illuminate the trail with these state of the art lights designed by leading industry juggernauts. Not sure what lighting system will look best on your rig? Check out our Interactive Garage, enables you to see how any of these lights would look mounted on your Southern Utah off-road vehicle.

Heretic StudioOff Road Lighting

Based just outside of Salt Lake City, we are honored to work with our fellow off-road lighting in southern Utah enthusiasts, Heretic Studio to bring design conscious, premium off-road lighting to our customers. Choose from Heretic’s Wraith Series light bars for your off road jeep or truck or the RZR 1000 Custom LED headlights for an upgraded look and performance lighting. Just a few top of the line products you will discover created by Heretic Studio, include:

  • Quatro LED Light
  • 10”, 20”, 30”, 40”, and 50” Heretic Light Bar (Wraith Series)
  • Can Am Maverick X3 Shock Tower Mount with LED Light Bar
  • LED Halo Kit for RZR 900S/1000
  • Polaris RZR XP1000 / 900S Headlights
  • Polaris General 1000 Headlights
  • Yamaha YXZ Headlights
  • Polaris RZR 1000/900s Headlight/Tail Light Combo

Baja Design

With LED Light Bars that can be used as high power fog lights, for off road driving or regular daytime driving, Baja Design offers off-roading lighting for adventure enthusiasts from all walks of life. Red Desert happily supports Baja Design by offering their one of a kind light systems, as an option for our customer’s off-road lighting needs. Find exactly what you’re looking for, from some of the following quality products created by Baja Design:

OnX6 LED Light BarOff Road Lighting

Available in six unique configurations (OnX6, Hi-Power, Racer Edition, Arc Series, Arc Series Racer Edition, and Dual Control Series), this light bar also comes in 10″, 20″ 30″ 40″ and 50″ sizes.

LED Auxiliary Lights

Designed to fit all types of vehicles, Baja Design offers 12 powerful LED lights that can be mounted on bumpers, other light bars and the roll cage of your southern Utah off-road vehicle.

Infrared Lighting

These military infrared LED lights are available in 850nm and 940nm and are perfect for enhancing night vision effectiveness, hunting and security by providing a dynamic covert IR light source.

Lifetime LED

Backed by their famous lifetime warranty, all of Lifetime LED’s lights are created to take a beating and stand the test of time-just like your off-road vehicle. We know that you will boldly take your off-road vehicle to places that no man has been before and you need effective lighting to take you there. Lifetime LED carries a variety of off-road lighting options, such as:

  • 6” Single Row LED Light Bar
  • 7.5” Amber/White LED Light Bar
  • 13” Light Bar 24 LEDs
  • 20” Mini Light Bar, 54 Watt
  • 20” Brightest Phantom LED Light Bar
  • 40” Phantom Sun 588W Light Bar
  • 50” RGB LED Color Changing Light Bar
  • 4.5” Round Lifetime LED Lights
  • Color Changing LED Light Strips

Rigid Industries

We are proud to carry Rigid Industries off-road lighting for our customers at our Southern Utah Off Road showroom. Below are some of the high caliber series created by Rigid Industries to take your vehicle to the next level:

AdaptOff Road Lighting

Introducing the world’s first ever off-road lighting products that actually change to adapt to the conditions instantly. Select from 8 different beam patterns in a single fixture including, broad short distance to focused long-distance. Adapt series light’s also include RIGID’s new Active View™ Technology, which adjusts the beam pattern as the vehicle’s speed increases or decreases.

E Series Pro

One of Rigid’s most versatile off-road lighting series, the E Series Pro has gone through recent branding enhancements, along with several upgrades to improve both the look and performance of the series. The new blacked out circuit board design gives the lights a more sophisticated edge than ever before.

D Series Pro

An excellent choice for when you need a powerful light in a small space. These professional grade lights are versatile enough to be used for handlebar lights on motorcycles or atvs, flood lighting, reverse Truck lights, and more.

Other Series we offer:

  • Radiance Plus Curve
  • Midnight Edition
  • SAE Compliant
  • Reflect
  • Ignite
  • A Series
  • SR Series Pro
  • Site Series
  • UV Kits
  • Trolling Motor Mounts
  • Flashlights and more!

For more information on Off-Road Lighting, be sure to contact us! We’d love to help you get set up with the high quality, performance lighting and other accessories that your off-road vehicle deserves.