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A buyer's guide to truck ladder racks

Truck ladder racks are metallic structures which can be attached to pickup trucks or vans to support one or more ladders. When you use a ladder regularly for whatever reasons, tying the ladder to your truck with rope is not safe or secure. This article will provide a guide to truck ladder racks.

Truck ladder racks: Things to consider

Truck ladder racks can also help you to manage your truck space better, carry more cargo and secure the latter. The following are some of the aspects that you need to consider when purchasing truck racks: - The number of ladders you normally need to carry - The weight of the ladders you normally carry to determine the weight capacity - Whether you need the racks for regular use or just as a temporary solution - The maximum space that the ladder racks can occupy at the back of your truck - How easy you can install and remove the ladder rack

Truck ladder racks: materials

Truck ladder racks are made of different materials which can influence the price, the weight of the racks, the weight that the racks can carry and the installation. - Black powder coated truck ladder racks: sound, heavy, average price, and resistant to corrosion - Aluminium ladder racks: light weight, easy to install racks, multiple removable bars, average price, medium resistance - Galvanised steel ladder racks: long lasting, sound, rust free, more expensive than other racks

Types of truck ladder racks

Ladder racks are produced for all needs and expectations. They are separated into different categories according to different criteria. Side ladder racks Side ladder racks are attached most of the time to the side and to the bed floor of the truck taking up only one side of the truck. The ladder can be easily accessed from the truck and from outside the truck. Side ladder racks have adjustable load racks. Cap ladder racks Cap ladder racks are also installed in the bed of the truck, but they extend from one side to another, sometimes going even on the top of the cabin. The back bars are usually removable so that the space can be used when you don’t need the ladder.

Truck ladder racks: Installation

Truck ladder racks Truck ladder racks come with different mounting systems for installation. They can be temporary or permanent. Permanently installed truck racks will require more work. - Ladder truck racks that are directly attached to the bed rails of the truck with compression clamps. - Ladder truck racks which are installed using bolts. This involves drilling a number of holes either in the bed floor or/and on the side of the truck.

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