Can You Put a Tonneau Cover on a Truck With Bed Rails?

Truck bed rail covers, or tonneau covers, are an important accessory for anyone looking to get the most out of their pickup truck. Tonneau covers are designed to protect the cargo in the truck bed from the elements and provide a more secure way of transporting items.

But can you put a tonneau cover on a truck with bed rails? The answer is yes, but there are a few important considerations you should keep in mind.

Type Of Cover

The type of tonneau cover you choose will depend on the type of bed rails your truck has. If your truck has standard factory rails that run along the sides and back of the truck bed, then you can use any style of tonneau cover, such as soft roll-up covers or hard folding covers. If your truck has aftermarket extended side rails that run along the sides and top of the truck bed, then you’ll need to look for a tonneau cover specifically designed to fit these types of rail systems.


In most cases, installing a tonneau cover on a truck with bed rails is no different than installing one on a standard truck without rails. However, if your rail system requires special mounting hardware or brackets, then you will need to make sure that these parts are included with your tonneau cover before attempting to install it. It’s also important to double check that all bolts and mounting hardware are securely tightened before driving with the cover in place.


Yes, it is possible to put a tonneau cover on a truck with bed rails. However, depending on the type of rail system your truck has, you may need to purchase a specific type of tonneau cover designed for this purpose and make sure all necessary hardware and mounting brackets are included before attempting installation.

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Karen Watkins