A drop in Bedliner is one among many options to protect your truck bed. What plastic liners have going for them is they are very tough, but not very expensive. If you really intend bedliner to run with your truck, the plastic bed ship is a solid choice. There are a few problems to watch for though. Here’ how to get the right ship.
A good fit is key to having a ship you’ll like to use. An inadequate fitting ship will move as you go down the road. Maybe it doesn’t move much, maybe it’s more like just vibration. The problem this causes is that bed paint gets rubbed off over time from the movement. That gives that you simply bare spot and you know what that means. Rust. Bare spots under the ship mixed with a little water and you get a corroded bed, all hidden away under the ship. No good.
That’s why you will want good tight, custom fit.
The other problem to watch for is another water related challenge. Water easily pools under a plastic ship and then just sits there. There’s another spot for rust and rust to line in and slowly destroy a truck all hidden from view until it’s too late. You can’t have a ship that tiger traps water. That’s terrible…
Both these problems can be fixed. After all, a plastic bed ship is just as tough as you can get for really rough hauling. You just have to have a good fitting ship that lets the truck bed strain properly.
One solution to these problems is the multi-piece ship. See, usually a drop in bed ship is made without trouble. The other way to build a ship is in 5 sections. That is the section for front, back, sides and the bottom of the bed. DualLiner makes a ship like that. With multiple sections, you can get a better fit and better drainage too.