How to Make a Truck Bed Cover

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How to Make a Truck Bed Cover
(http://www.shelter-systems.com/gripclips/truck.html)

Truck bed covers are ideal for keeping items locked up safe in the bed of your truck. They provide protection for your belongings from wind and rain. A truck bed cover even saves fuel by providing less drag. A truck bed cover can be solid, a roll-up, folded, hinged or even just a tarp laid over the top of the bed and secured. If you need a lot of safety and protection, then having a manufacturer install a heavy duty cover on your truck bed is probably the way to go, but if you just need a way to hold down leaves and debris, you can easily make your own truck bed cover.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Tarp
  • Grip clips
  • Rope

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Lay a big blue tarp over your truck bed.

  2. 2

    Attach a heavy duty grip clip (see Resources) to each side and each corner of the tarp. The grip clips are made to attach to the tarp snugly so that it doesn't pop off while you drive.

  3. 3

    Insert a rope into each hole on the grip clips all the way around your truck.

  4. 4

    Pull the rope tight to keep it secured to the truck bed. Tie the ends of the rope to the anchor sites found either inside, or on the outside, of the truck.

  5. 5

    Keep the tarp folded up under the seat of your car when it is not in use. You will have easy access to it whenever you need to cover the bed of your truck.

Tips and warnings

  • Because the grommets sewn into the tarps do not always line up with the truck bed anchor sites, it's hard to rely on them for proper security. Using a grip clip means you can put one anywhere on the tarp that an anchor site is found. This enables you to insert the ropes on the tarp in the best possible places.
  • The rope must be pulled tight in order to keep air from getting underneath and lifting the tarp. The leaves and debris are kept down under the cover, but only if it is installed correctly.

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