- What are the benefits of installing bed rail caps?
For Dodge truck owners, bed rail caps give the sides of the truck bed, particularly the top edges, a layer of protection against scratches and dents. These accessories are especially recommended for trucks that have heavy cargo traffic, as they can easily wear out the paint on the truck bed. In addition, bed rail caps can serve as a decorative accent, which can make the truck’s rear stand out.
- What’s the difference between bed rail caps and bed rails?
Unlike bed rails, which are steel rods mounted along the length of the sides of the truck bed, bed rail caps are strips of material that are mounted flush on the surface of the truck’s sides. Also, while bed rails are typically made of steel and bolted in place, bed rail caps are made of ABS plastic, aluminum, steel, or a combination of any of these materials and are mounted via clips, bolts, and adhesive tape.
- Are bed rail caps compatible with all types of Dodge trucks?
There are bed rail caps specially designed for specific Dodge vehicles, with each one measured to the exact length of the truck bed and, in some bed rail cap models, have clips that attach to a stake pocket of a specific truck. So before you get a pair of rail caps for your Dodge vehicle, make sure that it is compatible with your truck’s make and model.
- What are the advantages of bed rail caps over bed rails?
Because they sit flush on the sides of the truck, bed rail caps have a seamless, unobtrusive design than bed rails. Plastic bed rail caps are also more resistant to scratches and dents than a pair of standard steel rails.
- Can I install bed rail caps along with bed rails?
Depending on the style and installation method, installing a pair of bed rail caps along with bed rails is possible. In fact, it is recommended to have both bed rails and bed rail caps installed on Dodge trucks because they offer increased protection on the truck’s sides and provide additional traction, especially for caps that have a diamond-patterned surface.
- Should I get plastic or steel caps for my truck?
Choosing between plastic or steel bed rail caps for your Dodge should depend largely on whether you are looking for looks or functionality in a bed rail cap. Steel caps, which are usually made of either stainless or aluminized steel, have a shiny, chrome finish and come in a variety of patterns. Plastic caps, on the other hand, are more resistant to dents and scratches and are completely impervious to corrosion. If protection is what you want from bed rail caps, a pair of ABS plastic caps is the way to go. But if you are looking for stylish accent to your truck, you will have better options with steel caps.
- Can I combine bed rail caps with a tonneau cover?
It is possible to install a tonneau cover along with an existing pair of bed rail caps provided that the caps are thin enough without hindering the mounting or function of the tonneau cover. The tonneau cover must also not be mounted flush onto the truck bed, or else the caps will not mount properly no matter its thickness.
- What are the benefits and drawbacks of no-drill bed rail caps?
As the name implies, no-drill bed rail caps do not require drilling and are instead mounted via industrial-grade mounting tape. These types of bed rail caps are very easy to install and do not require extensive tools to mount, but they are not as effective in securing the caps onto the truck bed’s sides as drilled caps. Also, removing the tape may also leave sticky residue on the surface.
- What are the cutouts along the tops of the bed caps for?
The square or rectangular cutouts found on most bed rail caps today are meant to cover the stake pockets on the truck bed. If the stake pocket is needed, the cutout can easily be cut and snapped off without needing to remove the entire cap from the truck bed. Keep in mind, however, that the stake pocket must be covered when not in use, as dirt and water may enter through the stake pockets.