Even though it came with a factory-sprayed bed protector, at the moment I have a piece of old carpet that I use as a bedliner in my late-model pickup truck.
The spray-in material does a great job of protecting the sheetmetal, but its abrasive surface can make sliding things into and out of the bed a challenge, plus the old carpet provides a softer surface for the grandchildren who think my truck bed makes for a nice play area when I visit their home.
The carpet has been in the bed long enough that it’s really becoming ratty looking, but I think I found a much more attractive and effective replacement while checking out the new products showcase at the recent SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
At the Specialty Equipment Market Association’s annual trade show, TrailFX introduced its Vintage Bed Mats line of liners. They are made of recycled rubber — 100 percent U.S. recycled rubber, the company notes. The mats are 3/8 inches thick, Trail FX promises they won’t crack or break (there’s a lifetime warranty), and they have a woodgrain pattern molded into the rubber.
Prices range from $139 to $179, depending on the width and length of your truck’s bed.
Matching tailgate mats are available as well.
Based in Exeter, Pennsylvania, TrailFX is part of LKQ Corporation, which, according to its website, was founded in 1998 when several wholesale recycled products companies joined together. LKQ subsequently acquired Keystone Automotive Industries, Euro Car Parts Holdings Ltd. and others.
In addition to TrailFX, which has pickup and Jeep products, LKQ offers SpeedFX with chrome dress-up accessories for engines and FX Wheels, which produces aluminum wheels.
For more information on the Vintage Bed Mats, see the TrailFX website.