Some accessories are just nice to look at but don't really do much. If you want something useful for cargo hauling and something that can give your truck a nice touch, you can never go wrong with bed rails. These rails can give your all-around utility vehicle added functionality. They can shield the truck's surface from scratches, dents, and chips. The rails also provide some anchor points when tying down some stuff, especially those that are large and oddly shaped. It also doesn't hurt that the rails can give your truck a bit more style. They make the cargo bed look more customized, sporty, and rugged at the same time. The look, of course, would depend on the bed rail design. But overall, these accessories do add some .ready to haul. attitude to your truck.
Those steel tubes that make up the bed rails can be mounted along the back of the truck, behind the cab, or on the sides. Their mounts come in different styles as well. Pick whatever looks best on your truck and what makes better sense when loading and unloading some cargo on your truck bed.
Rails may also be outfitted with lights. LED lights can be plugged into the running lights and turn signals so they'll come on automatically. These lights will definitely increase the truck's visibility and will make it safer to drive during low-light conditions. With lights on rails, you can amp up the style of your truck, making it look even more personalized, dazzling, sensational, or stylish.
Bed rails come in full length and toolbox length. Bed rails in toolbox length are used when a cross bed toolbox is added at the back of a truck, while rails in full length are installed to take full advantage of the truck's entire length when hauling some cargo. These rails can be used for varying cargo-hauling needs.
Common options for the rail finish include stainless steel finish, black chrome, and black coat. Stainless steel finish gives a mirror-like shine. If you want something shiny and somewhat reflective, rails with this finish might be a good choice. For those who want to keep it simple and elegant, there are black chrome rails that feature a metal finish with black tint. If you're looking for a coated surface, black-coated rails might be something you'd want to look into. These rails provide better grip than other types. Whatever rails you choose, make sure that they've been treated to resist rust, corrosion, and weather elements.
Bed rails are typically made of stainless steel, which comes in different grades. Rails that are manufactured from 304 stainless steel can handle regular loads. If you have a larger truck that does a lot of heavy-duty tasks and carries heavier loads, rails made of a stronger 302 or 303 stainless steel would be a better option. Check the stainless steel specifications or anything about the material to find rails that are durable and strong enough to handle your truck's loads and tasks.
These accessories can be installed on the truck bed without drilling or any tedious modification. If you want something that fits, look for bed rails that are compatible with your vehicle. These can be easily mounted or attached through the existing stake holes, which can be round or square.