Dodge Ram 1500 Tonneau Cover
Tips on How to Extend the Lifespan of Your Dodge Ram 1500 Tonneau Cover
Truck owners usually choose this type of vehicle for its utility. So it isn't a wonder that they also think the same way when deciding on truck add-ons to purchase. Among the most practical add-ons you can get for your Dodge Ram is a tonneau cover. It enhances your truck's functionality by allowing you to transport goods on your truck bed without worrying about them getting damaged by natural elements or flown off the truck as you speed off. It also improves the truck's aerodynamic qualities.
If you already have a Dodge Ram 1500 tonneau cover, the next thing you have to worry about is how to make it last, so you can make full use of it. Below are some tips in maintaining the tiptop condition of your Ram's precious tonneau cover:
- Clean your tonneau cover often.
It is a must that you maintain the cleanliness of your tonneau cover, including the rails. Dirt doesn't only affect the functions of your truck bed cover but also take away from what is otherwise a handsome-looking truck. After a long-distance trip, your tonneau cover, along with your ride, deserve a good wash. In case the cover caught some bird poop or tree sap during your travel or while you are on an adventure, you can spot-clean it to prevent them from hardening and becoming difficult to remove and from causing serious damage on the tonneau cover material.
- Use only the right kind of cleaner and protectant.
When using a cleaner and a protectant, make sure they are designed for the type of material the cover is made of. If you've got a vinyl tonneau cover, go for a vinyl cleaner. It would be wise to pick a cleaner and protectant that's non-toxic and with biodegradable formula that can safely be used on various types of materials and surfaces. Also, it pays to go for a protectant that does not streak and doesn't have silicone contents. By applying a protectant, the tonneau cover usually becomes easier to clean next time.
- Regularly check the tonneau cover for signs of damage.
Another way to make your Dodge Ram 1500 tonneau cover last long is to regularly examine it for dings, nicks, bumps, corrosion, looseness, or any other sign of damage. Also check the bolts, clamps, and other mounting hardware to be sure that they aren't loose and are securely in place. The rails, on the other hand, should be free of nicks and debris to ensure smooth closing and opening of the tonneau cover. If you feel any resistance while you slide the cover, you can apply lubricant to restore the cover's smooth movement.