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BradW

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Posted: 11/26/04 07:36am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Plastic Drop-In Liner Pros:
- Better distributes the force of impacts, better at protecting the bed from dents
- Less expensive than sprayed-in liner
- Easily removable
- Can be installed by owner

Plastic Drop-In Liner Cons:
- Slick surface allowing camper movement
- Not repairable
- Water tight which can let plywood camper bottom sit in 1” – 3” of standing water
- Very difficult to use with the HappiJac style front anchors
- Water, salt, sand, grit, etc still get under bed liner and cause damage
- Liner vibration will damage truck bed paint
- Liner reduces distance between wheel wells by 1” to 2”
- Too easily removable, with tailgate down, some can blow out

Sprayed-In Liner Pros:
- Can be repaired
- Rough surface helps limit camper movement
- Works well with the HappiJac style front anchors
- Seals the bed surface, water, salt, sand, grit, etc cannot get under bed liner and cause damage
- Bed drain holes are left open so rain drains from the truck bed
- Works well with heavy-duty rubber bed mat

Sprayed-In Liner Cons:
- Less affective at distributing the force of impacts and protecting the bed from dents
- More expensive than drop-in liners
- Not removable
- Cannot be installed by owner

Note: Apparently some drop-in plastic bed liners now come with a sprayed on non-skid surface on the top side of the liner to reduce sliding. Not sure if this is also on the underside of the liner to prevent the liner from sliding in the truck bed surface.

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Posted: 11/26/04 08:09am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think you missed the main "pro" of plastic liners. They distribute the force of impacts protecting the bed from dents and scratches. I have never had a spray in liner so I don't know if they are effective at stopping the dings and dents from shifting loads or objects. I have seen plenty of them all scratched and gouged, though.

My factory plastic liner is coated with a rubbery compound that makes it much more resistant to slip than a regular drop in liner is. It is still slick enough that I can slide and drag heavy stuff around without a lot of difficulty and I don't scratch the bed either. And, with a rubber mat on top, the camper goes nowhere.

I think a coated plastic liner works great for the truck camper owner.


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Posted: 11/26/04 08:20am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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I think you missed the main "pro" of plastic liners. They distribute the force of impacts protecting the bed from dents and scratches.


Excellent point. I went back and added it to the original post above.

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Posted: 11/26/04 09:22am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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vibrate and will wear the paint off your bed

Another good point.

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Main con for drop in liners is that they vibrate and will wear the paint off your bed.

Second con is they are slick.


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Posted: 11/26/04 08:25am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My plastic liner has problems fitting the camper. Doh.

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Note a need to edit line 3 here. I think you mean plastic drop in liner.

Yes, that is what I meant to say!
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Spray in liner and heavy duty rubber mat gets my vote.
I have that on two trucks.

I did the plastic liner in the past...I think it's the worlds largest piece of sandpaper. (taking the paint off my bed)
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Sprayed-In Liner Cons:
- Less affective at distributing the force of impacts and protecting the bed from dents
- More expensive than sprayed in liner
- Not removable
- Cannot be installed by owner


Brad, Note a need to edit line 3 here. I think you mean plastic drop in liner.

Another con to drop in bed liner. They eat up more room than a spray in liner, which can be very significant, especially at the wheel wells.




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Posted: 11/26/04 09:23am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I HAVE THE "BED RUG" LINER IN MINE, AND I THINK IT IS GREAT.


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