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ATV Tonneau Cover

Load an ATV on your Tonneau Cover

So you want to haul an ATV on your Tonneau cover. Most Tonneau covers can NOT haul an ATV. Generally, a full-sized truck with a long bed is forced to carry an ATV or a smaller UTV in the truck bed. Compact trucks can usually only carry youth sized ATVs. Having the truck bed full limits the capability to store the needed ATV gear and accessories.

There is only one heavy-duty truck cover that CAN haul an ATV, and that’s the Renegade Bed Cover. It has a sleek and durable tri-fold design that can fold up and be removed completely within seconds, and can secure motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs, and more. So how exactly does it work?

F-150 on a dirt road hauling a ATV on a Renegade truck bed cover with mountains

What to know before loading an ATV on your Tonneau Bed Cover

First, you want to start by making sure that your bed cover can handle the heavy payload of an ATV. The Renegade cover can haul up to 2,000 lbs, and the average weight of an all-terrain vehicle is 500 lbs.

Second, determine the ATV’s dimensions to see if the truck bed can carry it. Even though you may be able to fit a bigger ATV on top of your truck bed cover with the tailgate down, you have to be careful that you are not putting too much weight on the tailgate. You could risk breaking the cables, which may damage the tailgate and truck bed cover.

How to load an ATV on top of a Tonneau Cover?

Below are the steps to correctly and safely load an ATV on top of the truck bed cover.

Note: (Renegade Covers does not take any legal responsibility for any damage done to ATV, Truck, or Cover if loaded incorrectly)


1. Make sure the Renegade Tonneau Cover is in the locked position.

2. Attach a winch to the cab section of the cover, or use the winch that is attached to the ATV.

3. It is recommended to have the headache racks in place.


4. Open the tailgate. This step is very important as many of the newer tailgate designs are not flush with the cover. If you do not open the tailgate before attaching the ramps you may damage your tailgate.

5. Attach the ramps to the bed cover. Line each ramp up on the bed cover with the ATV’s wheels. Make sure the ramp is securely attached to keep it from falling off when loading.

You can find a plethora of ramps on the market. Be sure to pick a good set from a reputable company designed to take the amount of weight you are applying.

6. Attach the winch cable to the ATV or cover, and pull the ATV on top of the cover.


7. Now that the ATV is on the Tonneau Cover, attach the quick release tiedown rings and then strap it onto the cover. Renegade Tonneau Covers recommend using Shock Straps. These straps will not lose tension while in transit, and they are heavy-duty enough to give you peace of mind that the payload will not move.

Conclusion

Before loading an ATV on top of your tonneau cover, you need to consider several factors, including the ATV’s dimension and the truck bed cover’s strength. Be sure to religiously follow the proper steps when loading the ATV onto the truck bed to ensure safety and avoid damages on both the truck bed and ATV.

ATV on a Tonneau Cover

Best Truck Bed Cover a Beginner’s Guide.

Truck bed covers are an excellent way for truck owners to shield the inside of their truck bed while maintaining easy access to it. Of course, it highly depends on the truck owners’ tastes and needs. This article guides you through what you need to know before purchasing a truck bed cover for your truck.

Hard top truck bed cover with multiple tiedown points

Why You Need a Truck Bed Cover

Still not sure whether to buy a truck bed cover or not? Here are three essential reasons why truck owners should get one:

  • Protect your valuables from the environment: When the truck bed is left exposed to the environment, anything you put in it might be dirtied or damaged due to snow, rain, and dirt. Tonneau covers help keep these elements out. Also, they help keep the items inside safe and secure from malicious individuals. Without covers, people can easily walk up and grab small items. When looking to buy a bed cover, be sure to get an idea of the weatherproofing used. This includes looking at the seals, material used, and reviews.
  • Retain the truck bed’s full versatility: One key benefit of an open truck bed is its versatility in hauling big items. However, some versatility is lost with conventional camper shells, particularly for items that rise above the cab. That is when a bed cover might be a better option.
  • Fuel-efficient: While the best truck bed cover will not transform the truck into a hybrid, it can increase fuel economy. The aerodynamics of a truck is impacted by an open bed. This is because the wind is hitting the tailgate causing wind drag. A tonneau cover will help wind pass along the top of the bed more smoothly, this allows the truck to work less and consequently use less fuel in the process. Renegade customers report up to 13% better fuel economy while using their Tonneau Cover.

What Features To Look For When Selecting a Truck Bed Cover

Before buying a truck bed cover, you should consider the following key features:

  • Protection: The primary reason to purchase any truck bed covers is to protect valuable tools and gear from the weather and thieves. The cover should seal the sides and corners. Some high-end covers come with a drainage system that can direct water away from the truck bed.
  • Security lock: You should choose a bed cover that has an excellent security mechanism. There are many options are the market, soft roll tops, hard roll tops, retractable, clamshell, and trifold design. Read more about aluminum locking tonneau cover options.
  • Durability: Apart from choosing a hard or soft cover, the material it’s made of is crucial when determining its overall longevity and durability. Hardcovers give more rigidity, whereas soft covers offer more flexibility. Regardless of the type of material, the covers’ exterior should also be strong enough to withstand elements like UV radiation, snow, rain, and small scratches or impacts.
  • Stow Away Method: Most hardcovers have a retracting mechanism to allow access to the truck bed. Two common forms are folding and retractable. The most common is a trifold design.
  • Accessories: Most truck bed covers are limited with accessory compatibility. The Renegade cover has multiple accessories such as racks, hooks, headache stops, RipTide pressurized water system, and more.
  • Price: Truck bed cover prices vary from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars depending on the design and brand of the cover.

The perfect bed cover is different for each truck owner. You must first identify primary goals for your bed cover; durability vs flexibility, secure belongings in the truck bed, if accessories are desired, and finally what the budget allows.

What Are The Applications?

Truck bed covers are simple to use and offer weather protection and security that keep cargo in the bed safe.

The applicable use of a bed cover is determined by the cover’s design. A soft tonneau cover keeps items in the truck bed from being vulnerable to weather and dirt, and from being seen by thieves. These work great for camping, and everyday use. Hard covers are durable so they can hold construction materials, a person standing on top, and even atv’s or snowmobiles. These covers are compatible with accessories and are great for off-road adventures, overlanding, and construction.

Whatever hobby you do with your truck, there’s a perfect truck bed cover to match. For help determining what type of bed cover you should purchase, contact Renegade Bed Covers.

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