It’s time to put a lid on your all-new Chevy Silverado, and the aftermarket experts at American Trucks are here to help. The team has created a video showcasing five of the best options for those looking to keep the contents of their pickup’s bed under wraps, and away from prying eyes.
Bed covers not only keep the contents in the back of a pickup clean and dry, but they also help prevent theft, and due to their aerodynamic design, have been known to improve fuel mileage by up to 10-12%. Being that we’re talking about a Silverado, fitment is fairly universal, with options covering virtually every truck bearing the badge, as well as both short and long-bed models.
There are several types of tonneau cover, all of which have their pros and cons. Roll-up covers are lightweight and affordable, but aren’t as durable, especially if you get snow in your region. Folding covers, on the other hand, are far sturdier, thus providing higher levels of protection against the elements and mishaps. Their downside is that they tend to cost a bit more. Hinged covers are the toughest (and priciest) of the bunch, creating a solid plane that can pivot upwards and then latch back down near the tailgate when not in use. You also have the retractable tonneau cover, which can disappear almost entirely but is not known for its strength.
To cover the top options on the market for the 2019 and 2020 Chevrolet Silverado, American Trucks’ Sara Riordan stepped forth to produce a YouTube episode of “The Haul,” where she discusses which bed cover might be the best fit for your lifestyle. Bed cover styles discussed in the video include soft roll-up, hard tri-fold, hard roll-up, retractable, and hinged. Sara not only discuses each tonneau style, but she also covers ease of installation, perks and drawbacks, and final thoughts on each product.
“There are so many bed cover options for trucks now that it can be overwhelming when it comes to choosing one for your Silverado,” Riordan explains. “I took the time to break it down by each style to make it a little easier, so you can see firsthand the pros and cons of each cover, and pick the style that works for you and your truck!”
The American Trucks’ top picks for tonneau covers include:
- Extang EnCore Hard Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover (19-20 Silverado 1500 w/ Short & Standard Box)
- Truxedo TruXport Soft Roll-up Tonneau Cover (19-20 Silverado 1500 w/ Short Box)
- BAK Industries Revolver X4 Roll-Up Tonneau Cover (19-20 Silverado 1500 w/ Short Box)
- UnderCover Elite Hinged Tonneau Cover – Black Textured (19-20 Silverado 1500 w/ Short & Standard Box)
- Retrax RetraxPRO XR Tonneau Cover (19-20 Silverado 1500 w/ Short & Standard Box)
Being that American Trucks is revered as one of the nation’s top online aftermarket retailers for truck and SUV accessories, pro tip videos such as these are quite useful for truck enthusiasts. Owned and operated by a team of truck experts, the Philadelphia-based company is a fantastic starting place for anyone looking to upgrade their pickup. That said, you can find these, and many more Silverado bed covers at the American Trucks website, many of which are currently in stock and ready to ship.