If you routinely use your pickup truck to transport equipment, then you know just how important cargo capacity is. With the right tools, you can maximize the space and significantly reduce the number of back and forth trips you need to make to complete a project.
One of the most efficient pieces of equipment you can bolt onto your pickup truck is the ladder rack. Not only can ladder racks make the transportation of material safer, but they can also help you make the most of your time.
Let’s take a look at how you can choose the best ladder racks for your pickup truck.
Know Your Options
If you want to choose the right ladder racks for your needs, then you need to know what options you have. That means understanding the difference between the types of racks available.
- Over Bed Racks: Your pickup truck bed is perfect for carrying light equipment, such as your toolbox or gas cans. But, if you regularly need to carry a large cargo, then an over bed rack is the right solution. These types of racks can add up to 1000 lbs. of cargo capacity. They mount over the truck bed in a matter of minutes, so you can easily take them down when you don’t need them.
- Slide Mount Racks: A slide mount rack is the perfect addition for transporting long equipment. If you transport ladders, pipes, or other long equipment, then this type of rack will ensure you do it safely and efficiently.
- Over Cab Racks: Over cab racks can transform your pickup truck into a double decker, maximizing the available space and making it easy to haul bulky equipment. With over cab racks, you can add over 1200 lbs. of cargo.
Pay Attention to Features
Another thing you should pay attention to when choosing ladder racks is their features.
First of all, you need to make sure that the ladder racks are versatile, meaning that they should allow you to transport a variety of materials, whether bulky or very long.
Another thing you should pay attention to is safety. A ladder rack that is unsafe can become a hazard during use, endangering both your safety and the success of the project. Inspect the ladder racks before purchasing them to ensure they attach securely during transit. Look for locking mechanisms that are simple, yet sturdy and reliable.
Sturdiness and durability are other important aspects you should consider. The last thing you want is to have to replace your ladder racks every couple of years because they corrode. Sure, a quality ladder rack is going to be pricey, but you’ll actually save money in the long run.
Installation Is Also Important
After careful consideration, you’ve decided on some ladder racks that you are certain will make your life easier. Now, comes one of the most important parts – mounting them over your pickup truck.
It might seem like a simple enough task, but you’ll be surprised to learn how many people can damage the racks and their trucks during this part. That’s why we recommend that you have a professional install them for you.
If you need help choosing or installing ladder racks for your pickup truck, then don’t hesitate to contact us. Our skilled mechanics can help you make the right choice and boost your hauling versatility and productivity.