Dodge Dakota Quad Cab Owners Web Page.
Pick Up Bed
- These pages will cover information on adding
accessories to your Dodge Dakota Quad.
- There's a lot of stuff out there for you to put
on and into your Dakota, from useless to the
practical, from gaudy to smart dress. I've got my
style and you got yours, so I wont put down stuff
I don't particularly care for and will try to
give all the stuff a fair shot.
If you have an opportunity, check out your nearest
pickup truck accessory dealer, as you can see in the
picture below, there's a lot of tempting goodies.
- Here's the first installment:
- The first accessory that I will be covering in
part, will be what you can put on top of the bed
to protect the stuff that you put in your bed.
- Being a contractor, I throw my tools in the back
of my the quad cab, into three large plastic
containers (about 18" x18" x 4' each)
to be exact. ( what about a
liner?) I don't particularly care to have my
tools borrowed permanently out of the back of my
pickup when I'm not around. So, I've been looking
over my options, which boils down to installing a
tonneau cover, fiberglass lid or a fiberglass
Tonneau cover on a Nissan pickup.
- Tonneau covers come in tarp like construction.
Lids or Caps are generally made of fiberglass.
Though the least expensive of the above options,
Tonneau tarp style covers seem like they would be
highly vulnerable to sharp objects, let say,
something like a knife.
- Well, I think my decision boils down to the fact
that whatever I put on it, it ought to be made
out of fiberglass. Now my next decision is to
figure out whether to get the fiberglass lid or
the fiberglass cap..
- The fiberglass lid cover in my opinion, allows
the the pickup to keep its resemblance to a
pickup truck. The cap cover, again in my opinion,
transforms the pickup look to that of an SUV or
that of station wagon. The lid weights
considerably less than the cap, making it easier
to get your spouse to help you remove it for
those times when you have to haul bulky items.
- Honestly, at this point time I haven't really
made a solid decision on which to get. The
Fiberglass Lid looks sporty and secure, while the
cap has the storage volume. If I had the money I
probably get both, using the lid the majority of
time and the cap for extended travel.
You should know that name brand lids can only be
purchased from dealer/distributors, I imagine this is to
assure a good installation for which the manufacture
(A.R.E in particular) can offer a lifetime warranty. I've
heard (gossip) that fiberglass lids can be order my
mail/freight, but I'm not sure of the manufacture or of
- After doing a little shopping around I found that
a A.R.E. fiberglass lid installed, costs $585. +
tax, about $300 more than a $880.A.R.E.
fiberglass cap installed . I guess I'm going with
a fiberglass lid. I haven't seen any on a Quad
Cab to date, as a matter of fact I haven't really
seen that many Quad Cabs on the road.
- Below is a picture of a A.R.E. Fiberglass Lid on
a Toyota pickup. It looks to be made quite well.
When I get my lid, I'll post the story here.
To continue, click the link below.
Lid - Ordering
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