Today there are several choices that the informed buyer will consider. Some of the “new” bed liners choices include carpet bed liners, one piece plastic tub bed liners and hybrid bed liners. I found that there was really only one bed liner choice that offered the highest level of scratch protection, dent protection and cargo protection. The hybrid bedliner is called the Dual Liner bed liner system and is the only bed liner that uses two different technologies rolled into one bed liner.
The first bed liner I would like to talk about is the carpet bed liner. This type of bed liner requires the most time for installation usually about 45 minutes to an hour. They use double sided tape and Velcro to secure the bed liner to the truck, and the pieces of the bed liner are held together by zippers. I would not attempt to put this type of bed liner in without being very mechanically inclined. I found that if you haul any heavy cargo it has a tendency to pull out the liner with the cargo. Also if the cargo has sharp edges this type of bed liner does not offer much protection against scratching. The rug type bed liner also claims to be stain resistant, if this is same type of stain resistance that my carpet in my house offers, I would hate to spill anything like oil or grease on it. Sure you may be able to get the stain out eventually, but carpet is more difficult to clean thoroughly as compared to the drop in bed liners or even the hybrid bed liner.
Next up I would like to go over the features of the Drop in type of bed liners. The plastic tub drop in is fairly easy to install, that is if you have a friend to help you. Drop ins are big, bulky and very inefficient to ship directly to the consumer. So if you live in a rural area you are going to travel to a retailer. The biggest draw back to a drop in that I found out after years of use is the fact that they are a universal fit. That doesn’t sound that bad right? Wrong. Since these are universal bed liners they are built to fit more than one model of truck, usually they fit several brands of trucks, for instance the eight foot drop in fits the Ford, Chevrolet, GMC, and the Dodge all with eight foot boxes. This makes it impossible to fit each models different shape and contour exactly, leaving room for the bed liner to first collect dust and dirt underneath the bed liner, then shifting back and forth eventually wearing your trucks finish off. We all know what happens to bare metal when it is exposed to water, it rust. For this reason we would not recommend the drop in bed liners to anyone that is looking to protect their truck, as it actually does more harm than good.
Another draw back to the drop in bedliners is the fact that the plastic floor (expecially when cold) acts like a skating rink. I had a sledge hammer in the back and when ever I hit the brakes I got a resounding “BANG” coming from the front of the box (right behind me). It served as a constant reminder as to why I would like a bed liner that would keep my stuff from sliding around. So for this reason I would not recommend the drop ins to anyone with any kind of heart condition (It really would scare me half to death). That was a joke by the way (but I was not totally kidding).
Last but definitely not least I would like to invite you to learn about the only bed liner on the market that preserves your trucks box, leaving it in the same condition that your trucks box was, previous to installing the bed liner. This hybrid bed liner is the Dual Liner, it does not permanently alter your truck in any way and you are able to take it out at any time that you may wish. The Dual Liner bed liner system uses High Grade Vacuum Formed polypropylene. This manufacturing process insures that each piece will fit each specific model of truck exactly, No poor fitting universal pieces here. Each of the sidewall pieces interlock and fit tight against the contour of the trucks box so dust and dirt will not collect behind the bed liner panels. These panels “snap” into place insuring that they wont shift back and forth like the drop in bed liners. Because each model and make has its own mold they are designed to give you full access to the tie downs and only takes up the actual thickness of the liner, leaving you with more space for extra cargo. The Dual Liner Bed Liner system uses a Zero Skid Floor system that is 3/8ths of an inch thick, providing your trucks bed the highest level of protection. While protecting your truck the Zero Skid Floor also protects your cargo from getting damaged caused by sliding around. The bed liners that I had in the past were skid resistant and I thought those actually acted more like a launch pad. I got my Dual Liner directly from the factory and they shipped it right to my door. It took me about fifteen minutes to install by myself and I would think that almost anyone could do it too. I found that there is a big difference between a bed liner and a Dual Liner bed protection system, that being that only the Dual Liner actually preserved the condition of my trucks box and the other bed liners did not. The price of the bed liners in this article were all less than $400.00. The best value by far was the Dual Liner system giving you the best paint protection, the best dent protection and the best cargo protection. The Dual Liner also come with a lifetime warranty giving you peace of mind that your bed liner will provide years and years of trouble free truck bed protection. It is nice to see a product that has been so well thought out, giving a great choice to those looking to protect their investment. It is very clear when you look at the bed liners offered side by side, the Dual Liner BedLiner stands out.