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Protect Your Bed From Abuse

Posted in How To on August 1, 2000
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Bedrugs come in two pieces—the floor and tailgate plus the sides and bulkhead. You’ll see that when you turn the entire thing over. The two are joined with a heavy-duty nylon zipper, starting in the left rear corner and ending at the right rear. Notice the two magnetic strips near the cab end that serve to hold the ’rug down against the floor in the wind-whipped area of the bed. Also visible is how the foam is formed to match the ridges in the bed. Bedrugs come in two pieces—the floor and tailgate plus the sides and bulkhead. You’ll see that when you turn the entire thing over. The two are joined with a heavy-duty nylon zipper, starting in the left rear corner and ending at the right rear. Notice the two magnetic strips near the cab end that serve to hold the ’rug down against the floor in the wind-whipped area of the bed. Also visible is how the foam is formed to match the ridges in the bed.
Hook-and-loop fasteners are used to secure the Bedrug to the bed and sides, so there’s no drilling or other actions that could promote rust. The foam has marks molded into it that show where to attach the self-adhesive fasteners; that position is easily transferred to the bed. Here, one of the last placed fasteners is about to be stuck to the tailgate. Hook-and-loop fasteners are used to secure the Bedrug to the bed and sides, so there’s no drilling or other actions that could promote rust. The foam has marks molded into it that show where to attach the self-adhesive fasteners; that position is easily transferred to the bed. Here, one of the last placed fasteners is about to be stuck to the tailgate.
The finished installation shows a fully covered bed that looks as if it was made to be there—which it was—rather than something barely hanging on to the sides as we had expected. Although we installed ours in the early afternoon, the Bedrug looked and felt so inviting we wanted to curl up and catch some z’s on it. Also, it took a while to get used to the idea of tossing dirty cargo onto the plush surface. Since the Bedrug doesn’t absorb water, it’s no biggie to hose it off and convert a dirty bedliner to a clean one again. The finished installation shows a fully covered bed that looks as if it was made to be there—which it was—rather than something barely hanging on to the sides as we had expected. Although we installed ours in the early afternoon, the Bedrug looked and felt so inviting we wanted to curl up and catch some z’s on it. Also, it took a while to get used to the idea of tossing dirty cargo onto the plush surface. Since the Bedrug doesn’t absorb water, it’s no biggie to hose it off and convert a dirty bedliner to a clean one again.

There are a large number of products intended to make the already very versatile pickup bed better. One that’s a bit different is the Bedrug. Made from marine carpet, which is impervious to oil, gas, solvents, and even acid, the Bedrug seems able to take whatever you throw at it. When the nonwoven polyester carpet gets dirty, you just hose it off. That part is great for protecting the paint from abuse, but there is more meaning to the Bed in Bedrug; below the carpet is ¾-inch closed-cell polyethylene foam, molded to fit the contours of the pickup bed. That gives you a flat and cushy floor to sleep on. Together with the sides, bulkhead, and tailgate part, the Bedrug creates a relatively nonskid surface that covers the entire box, which looks and feels more like something from a bedroom than a pickup bed.

Installation is both fast and easy, with no holes to drill. Bedrugs are available to fit most pickups from the ’50s up and also for SUVs and vans. Made by Wise Industries, exclusively for Auto Custom Carpets, the ’rug is an interesting alternative to traditional pickup bed coverings.

Sources

Auto Custom Carpets
Anniston, AL
800-352-8216
http://www.accmats.com

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