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Tuff Truck Bag: How to Keep Bed Items Dry and Secure

Stuff It

Jan 23, 2017
Photographers: Jason Gonderman
One of a truck’s greatest assets is its bed, which gives it the ability to transport all sorts of things for both work and pleasure. Unlike a closet, where items can literally be thrown in and piled to the brim with the greatest risk being a startling and annoying “avalanche” upon item retrieval, the risks of haphazardly packing a pickup bed come with greater consequence for the driver, fellow road mates, and cargo. This fact, coupled with potential exposure to all the elements Mother Nature has to offer, means you better have a solid plan for cargo. After all, the only thing worse than missing cargo is soggy cargo. Luckily, the OE and aftermarket industries are full of bed accessories to help organize, secure, and protect contents, including hard and soft tonneau covers, tie-down systems, caps, racks, cages, boxes, and so on. We can all rest assured there is a practical solution for most reasonable cargo needs.
Photo 2/5   |   The Tuff Truck Bag measures 50 inches (L) x 40 inches (W) x 22 inches (H), totaling 26 cubic feet of storage. It’s perfect for midsize and fullsize truck beds, allowing for coexisting unbagged items in larger beds. It retails for $199.95, weighs about 10 pounds, and comes with a one-year warranty to cover faults or defects. It’s made from waterproof, heavy-duty (but lightweight), non-breathable PVC material, and the seams are watertight sealed using heat fusion and epoxy. What does this mean? Your stuff isn’t going to get wet!
It’s safe to say, however, that the traditional blue tarp is a lousy solution, neither securing nor weatherproofing contents. We’ve all been there: the tightest tarp tie-down job (normally done during a downpour) begins to fail as soon as the first wisp of air gets trapped underneath. Slowly but surely, the glorious blue kite noisily sets sail as your eyes become glued to the rearview mirror instead of the road. Wet contents are free to slip, slide, and escape. Enter a solution you may not have considered: a cargo bag.
Let’s not over-complicate the concept: The Tuff Truck Bag is ideal for items that would physically fit into the bag that need to be contained and stay dry. While it won’t keep items from falling over or shifting, per se, it will keep them dryly contained within the confines of the bag. Baggable items to consider include helium balloons, loose tools, work clothes, bags of stuff, cement bags, corded tools, luggage, and so on. There are hundreds of applications for the working-guy-turned-weekend-family-man. And if you can’t think of a use offhand, it can’t hurt to keep the bag tucked under the rear seat just in case. When that threat of rain hits, or when you need to transfer stuff into the bed to hold more passengers, you’ll be glad to have a Tuff Truck Bag handy.
Photo 3/5   |   Heavy-duty metal rings are fused into all eight corners of the bag, although only the top four rings and the four supplied low-tension, adjustable bungee cords are needed to secure the bag. Hopefully, your truck bed has appropriate tie-down locations like our GMC Denali does. Roll the bag out fully so it lays flat in the bed. Loosely hook one side of the adjustable bungee strap to the truck bed after sliding the other hook end through the bag corner and looping the cord. Load the bag, close the zipper, and adjust the straps. Note that the straps do not require a lot of tension, so use common sense here. Too much tension can damage the bag. Only use the supplied bungee cords.
Photo 4/5   |   The bag has a 40-plus-inch commercial-grade zipper opening on the front, rounding the corners so as to give a large-mouth opening. This is the bag’s only opening. A triple-layered foldover flap covers the zipper. The bag itself acts as a theft deterrent by concealing cargo, but throw a lock on the zipper for added security. Always lock your tailgate.
Photo 5/5   |   The bag collapses and rolls up, fitting comfortably into an included tote bag. The fit is loose enough that even an impatient orangutan could succeed. When not in use, roll up and store out of the elements. When in use, always close the zipper—you don’t want to invite any insect friends or accumulate any dirt inside. Speaking of friends, don’t put people or animals in the bag.

Sources

Tuff Truck Bags
877-535-8833
tufftruckbag.com

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