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Buyers Guide: Choosing a Bed Rack To Fit Your Needs

April 28, 2020

So, you just bought a truck and now it’s time to outfit it with some new accessories. You have probably already looked into getting a Lift Kit, Rock Slidersand a Winch. You are just about ready to hit the trails but there is one other accessory that would truly increase the versatility of your rig, a Bed Rack. Whether you are an adventure enthusiast searching for Overland Bed Racks or a truck owner looking to increase the carrying capacity of your bed, there is a Bed Rack to fit the need. With so many choices available, it can easily become overwhelming trying to decide which option is the best for you. That’s where our crew comes in; we are going to take you through the different options to consider so that once you hit the trail or the pavement, your build is unique to you.

Key Features to Consider

When you set out to buy a Bed Rack it’s important to consider how you will utilize your truck bed. Are you looking to haul large items such as kayaks or lumber? Do you want to be able to utilize the truck bed itself still? We have a Bed Rack to fit your lifestyle. Here are some quick points to consider.
  • Overall weight of the Truck Bed Rack itself.
  • Weight capacity of the Truck Bed Rack.
  • What are you hauling?
  • Do you require the ability to mount accessories such as water storage cans, tools, recovery devices?
  • Is minimal road noise important?
  • Do you still want to be able to haul large items in the bed?
  • Is a Roof Top Tent in your future?
  • Tonneau Cover compatibility.
  • How much of an investment are you wanting to make?
These are just a few of the questions to ask yourself as you prepare to make a decision. While your needs may vary, we have prepared a couple of selections to help guide you through the process.

Best Value Bed Rack

RCI Universal Bed Racks (also known as the RCI Adjustable Bed Rack) would be a perfect place to start. RCI Bed Racks are available in a 12 inch and 18 inch height, allowing you to choose the height that will best fit your needs. In addition, this is one of the only bed racks in this category that offers tonneau cover compatibility. This further adds a layer of versatility to this rack. To top it off, as mentioned, this is a universal fitment…meaning that if you decide to change rigs this RCI Rack can go with you. No need to reinvest and reconsider your options. As mentioned earlier, this is a versatile rack capable of accommodating a Roof Top Tent, fire extinguishers, spare tires, lights, RotoPaX, MAXTRAX, Bicycles, and much more. With a low cost of initial investment, versatility, and a 750lb static weight load; the RCI Bed Rack gives some bang for the buck.

RCI Offroad 18" Universal Bed Rack

Best Bed Rack for the Weekend Outdoorsman

While Overlanding is a lifestyle of its own, we do understand that you are probably using your truck to support both work and play. During the week your truck can serve as the work horse that gets the job done but on the weekend, it is time to explore. CBI Offroad Bed Racks fit that bill. CBI Bed Racks are a versatile option that comes in a cab height configuration. This allows you to grab the lumber you need for the job site during the week while accommodating a roof top tent or kayak on the weekend. With many integrated tie down points to choose from; securing your cargo will be a breeze. In addition, the CBI Offroad Cab Height Rack can also accommodate MAXTRAX Recovery Boards, RotoPaX Containers, Hi-Lift Jacks, Shovels, Axes and anything else you may need for the weekend adventure. The construction of this rack is CNC cut, formed from steel and receives a 2-stage powder coat finish to ensure maximum durability. From the job site to the camp site; this rack will prove itself.

CBI Offroad Tacoma Roof Rack Height Bed Rack


Bed Rack for the Off-Road Warrior

For the person that lives and breathes Overlanding; Leitner Designs is your go to. While Leitner Designs offers both the Leitner ACS Classic and the Leitner ACS FORGED, we will be focusing on the latter today. The Leitner Designs Active Cargo System FORGED Bed Rack allows for an impressive static weight capacity of 1,400lbs with an on-road weight rating of 800lbs and off road of 400 lbs. Years of design has allowed Leitner to develop unparalleled durability, modularity and customization. This rack is sure to handle anything you or the road ahead throws at it. What really sets this bed rack apart from the competition is the vast variety of accessories that it can accommodate. The Leitner Active Cargo System works flawlessly with the Leitner Gear Pod, Leitner Gear Pod XL, a variety of Roof Top Tents, RotoPaX fuel and water containers, tools, and more. In addition, the rack features a sliding load bar that allows you to haul larger items such as a dirt bike or the occasional couch when a buddy asks you to help move. For versatility, functionality, and durability, the Leitner Designs Active Cargo System FORGED will handle anything you encounter on the trail ahead.

Shop the Leitner Designs FORGED ACS System.Shop the Leitner Designs Active Cargo System Classic

Truck Brigade is proud to be a leading authorized dealer for many Truck Bed Racks from industry leading names such as Leitner Designs, RCI Offroad, CBI Offroad, upTOP Overland, C4 Fabrication, and Rago Fabrication. This includes the Leitner Designs Active Cargo System Classic as well as the all-new Leitner Designs FORGED ACS Bed Rack. So, if you are looking for the best rack for a roof top tent or how to step into the world of Overlanding; please call or chat in. We would be happy to help point you in the right direction.