Pickup Truck Covers - Informative Details
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Amongst many different pickup trucks and custom cabs, beds, and car accessories, how does one tell which car cover will be the best custom fit that fully stretches over the entire truck? Here is a list of pickup truck categories and terms that may help you find what you are looking for.
Types of Pickups and/or Sizes:
Compact-Sized Pickup trucks:
Usually fitted with V6 engines or lower, compact pickup trucks generally have short beds and can have various types of cabs. Originally called Nissans, compact trucks were popularized for their easier manuverability, sporty look, and hauling power.
Popular Compact Pickups: Ford Ranger, Mazda B-Series, Isuzu Rodeo, Mitsubishi Triton, Nissan Navara, and Toyota Hilux.
Full-Size Pickup Trucks:
While many know that full-size pickups usually come with names such as 1/2 ton, 3/4 ton, or 1 ton because of how much of a maximum payload the vehicle can have, full-size pickups can have a payload anywhere between 1,000 lb up to 6,000 lb.
Popular full-size trucks: Chevrolet (Chevy) Silverado (a.k.a GMC Sierra), Dodge Ram, Ford F-Series (Ex: F-150, F-350), Nissan Titan, and Toyota Tundra.
To make things clearer, a payload is where you calculate the how much the weight of a truck, car, SUV, van, station wagon, motorcycle, or any other vehicle, including gasoline, diesel, oil. fluids, accessories, cargo, passengers, tools, etc. Then, you subtract the total weight by the vehicle's actual weight. The final number will tell you its payload. For example, if your pickup's total weight was 4,000 lb, and the pickup actually weight 3,250 lb, your truck would have a payload of 750 lb!So, when a car says it can has a payload capacity of 1,000 lb, just remember that your truck is also carrying along a few extra 1,000 lb.
Knowing how much your truck can carry is not only helpful when moving, but also helps increases safety and keeps your truck in top condition.
Mid-Size Pickup Trucks:
Starting off as one of the pioneers for V6 Engine pickup trucks amongst compact trucks with smaller engines, today most of the mid-size pickups are purchased in the US.
Popular Mid Size Pickups: Chevrolet Colorado (a.k.a GMC Canyon), Dodge Dakota (a.k.a Mitsubishi Raider), Ford Sport Trac, Honda Ridgeline (closer to a SUT), Hummer H3T, Nissan Frontier, Suzuki Equator, and Toyota Tacoma.
Muscle Pickup Trucks:
What makes a truck a "muscle" pickup? Not every truck is a muscle car, some older truck models can reach 0 o 60within 7 to 9 seconds, while the newest trucks can even go 0 to 60 in under 6. Although the term "Muscle car" can apply to any vehicle, whether a car, SUV, truck, van, or motorcycle, anything that has "muscle" has fast accelartion and speed.
Sport Utility Trucks (SUT):
Primarily a marketing term, an SUT is a truck with a blend between an SUV with four doors, but has an very short open bed.
Popular Sport Utility Trucks: Honda Ridgeline, Hummer H2 SUT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Ford Explorer Sport Trac, and the Cadillac Escalade EXT, SsangYong Musso and SsangYong Actyon.
Our inventory carries truck covers for all types of trucks from classic pickups to F-350s. If you need any help finding your exact truck with all the specifications, feel free to contact our customer representatives at 1-800-221-0718 or by email using our Inquiry form or at Info@thecarcover.com
Types of Cabs:
A 2 door truck with one row of seats.
The same as a standard cab truck except with extra space behind the chair.
(Quad Cab, Dually Cab, Super Crew Cab,
and Double Cab):
A 4 door truck with 2 rows of seats.
Introduced by Dodge, this cab can fit up to 6 people with a large amount of space and room.
Types of Beds:
Roughly 6ft or 1.8m long, short beds happen to be the most popular bed for pickups. A full-size short bed can reach up to 6.5ft or 2.0m in length.
Between 7ft and 8ft in length, long beds tend to be used more commercially because of the larger size and ready availability as a full pick up.