If you want to keep the tools or equipment stored in the back of your ute as safe as possible, you clearly need to install an adequate cover. Yet while security is important, you won't want a clunky cover that can just get in the way or make life more difficult when you're in the middle of a busy project. So, what features do you need to look for as you scour the market for the best solution?
Working Out Your Requirements
It's a good idea to create a list of things that would quickly make you fall out of love with your unit cover, so you can prioritise what's important.
Folding covers are not always ideal, as when they are partially deployed, they may still block access to a large part of your usable bed. You may find yourself grasping around in the dark as you try to reach a tool in the furthest recess.
Making The Most Of The Space
Retractable lids are ideal, but many solutions on the market will only go so far, and a section of the cover may still protrude into the workplace. If you need every square centimetre of your usable space, this may compromise your efficiency.
Keeping Out Of The Way
While many retractable lids will roll into a canister mounted to the back of the cab, how big is the canister itself? Again, it's best to choose something as diminutive as possible and much smaller than the average size of canister in the market. So ideally, you'd get a roll top that fully retracts into the smallest available canister for the best of all worlds.
Lighting The Subject
During the hours of darkness, you may need to shed some light on the subject when you are choosing tools or packing equipment into the bed of your unit. An integrated, full-length LED light mounted to the outside of your canister would be perfect.
Lastly, how easy will it be for you to operate your roller cover when you approach your ute with your hands full? Here, how about a remote control with a voice-activated mechanism that will automatically open your roller cover upon your command?
Making Your Selection
Now that you have a shopping list of ideal features, talk with your accessory supplier for their advice. They'll point you in the right direction and ensure you are as happy as possible with your choice. For instance, they may offer a 4x4 Dual Cab HSP Roll R Cover or similar products.