If you’re serious about buying the best fiberglass tarp cover, then you’ve heard of Gaylord truck bed covers. They may be good, but with their high price tag, are they really worth it? Here’s a review of what’s on offer and what you’ll get for your hard-earned money.
The company offers several models that are designed to provide different functionalities; from sports aesthetics to functional solutions for work. So, no matter what you have in mind, the company will have a truck tarp cover to suit your needs. Here is a quick overview of the different models.
Gaylord TL Series Tonneau
This is perhaps the most popular model. It can be installed on its own and requires no special tools or drills. The lid is hinged in the cab and is equipped with two hydraulic struts on the side that make opening and closing it extremely easy; the system really helps to open the lid. And, when open, the struts will hold the cover in the open position. Double neoprene seals keep the truck bed airtight and the entire lid is securely locked with a single lock (an optional extra is a remote lock control). Other optional extras include interior carpet and aerodynamic wing positioned over the tailgate.
Gaylord X-2000 Tonneau
BASF’s automotive paint finish is among the best in the industry. If you want a cover that perfectly matches the color of your truck, you won’t find better. Another style topper is a wraparound rail design that will complement the contours of your truck.
Gaylord Speedsturr Tonneau
The rear spoiler on this model gives the truck a distinctive sporty look. The Speedsturr is an available option on other models such as the X2000, the Toolbox Lid, and the Traditional.
Gaylord butterfly barrel
Definitely designed for the truck that works for a living. There are two hinged doors along the center of the truck bed that allow access from both sides. The top of each side cover is equipped with a pop-up handle so that when closed, the handles are flush. Of course, when you use a truck to work, there are times when you need to completely remove the cover. This is made easy by a patented clamp-on crossbar mounting system.
Gaylord El Caminos and Classics Tonneau
If you have a classic truck, this is the model to follow. These beautiful, custom-made covers add, rather than detract from, the truck’s sleek curves and lines.
So far, you haven’t heard anything but the good points of these Gaylord fiberglass tonneaus, but there is something wrong with them. Well, being made of fiberglass means the deck is heavy. Unless you have experience installing them, installation is definitely a two-person job.
Weight is also a consideration if you are going to remove the cover frequently. Although removing and reinstalling the cover is straightforward, its weight makes it problematic; again you’re going to need a helping hand.
You also have to think about storage. You will need a large area against a wall in your garage to store the cover when not in use.
These points aside, buying a Gaylord canvas sleeve is a good investment. They are undoubtedly among the best fiberglass covers you can buy and they just look splendid when attached to any truck.