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Truck Racks Aren’t Just For Contractors – 8 Ways to Use a Truck Rack

When most people think of truck racks, they envision contractor’s trucks — often beat-up pickups with precariously mounted metal racks in their beds. While truck racks are well suited to a contractor’s needs, they are also very versatile, practical accessories with many different uses.
To give you a taste of why truck racks are so popular among pickup truck owners, here are 8 ways to use a truck rack.

1. Hauling ladders and lumber.
As already noted, truck racks are the perfect solution for a contractor’s needs. Strong ladder racks provide a way to haul ladders and lumber horizontally without hanging them off the end of the bed. Painters, auto glass installers, and similar professionals may also find that truck racks make it easier to haul their equipment and supplies.

When purchased to suit a contractor’s needs, truck racks need to be very sturdy and reliable. Most likely a rack that features a permanent type of installation will work best for these purposes.

2. The cyclist’s best friend.
Cycling is a popular sport in many areas, but unless you have an awesome network of bike routes in your city, you probably have to drive to get to the trailheads. Therefore finding a way to haul bikes is an issue for many people.

Truck racks make a great way to haul bikes — much more appropriate than some of the other options, such as trunk racks for sedans. While bikes tend to bang around a lot when hung on the end of a trunk, truck racks enable you to secure them better — often without having to take off the front tire, either.

3. Hitting the slopes.
Skis are another piece of sports equipment that is large and unwieldy, making transportation difficult. Leaving your skis loose in the bed of the truck to rattle and bang around isn’t good for either your skis or your truck, and most sedans don’t have enough room inside to carry skis safely. Truck racks and roof racks for sedans and SUVS solve this problem by enabling you to fasten your skis securely to the rack.

4. Four-wheeling glory.
Four-wheelers and ATVs — small vehicles that people often drive on trails and across rough terrain in parks and open space — are another type of sports equipment that must be hauled to your destination. Believe it or not, you can haul ATVs on truck racks and ladder racks — the racks are made to withstand heavy loads such as an ATV, and keep the vehicle level and steady during transportation. Truck racks also make it fairly easy to load and unload ATVs, giving you more time to have fun when you reach your destination.

5. Carrying kayaks and canoes.
There is seemingly no end to the sports equipment that can be hauled on a truck rack! For obvious reasons, kayaks and canoes need to be transported to your destination, unless of course you live in Venice or happen to have a river running through your backyard. No matter how graceful these boats are in the water, they are heavy and unwieldy out of it. Truck racks provide a strong, secure method of transporting kayaks and canoes from point A to point B!

6. A place to put your luggage.
Whether you are taking your family on a road trip or run a shuttle service, truck racks and roof racks for vans and SUVs provide a great place to stash luggage. If you have four or more people in your family or if you have full occupancy in your shuttle, interior space will be at a premium, so why not move some of the luggage to the exterior? Luggage racks can help cut down on sibling squabbles during road trips — or, for the shuttle owner, they can help to create a more organized and professional appearance to appeal to riders.

7. Saving space with cargo boxes.
Even when you are not taking a road trip or taking on passengers, space inside a vehicle — particularly a truck — is at a premium. Just thing about all the things you take with you when you leave the house — things that quickly pile up inside the car — and you will understand what I mean.

A truck rack offers a practical solution to this problem, as it can carry a couple cargo boxes. Instead of keeping things you rarely use inside the truck, you can put them inside the cargo boxes, and save the cab space for more important things — like your friends and family.

8. Just for looks!
Of course, you really don’t need to have a practical reason to put a truck rack on your truck. Many people buy truck racks just because they like the way they look. Many truck racks — such as certain models of headache racks — are compatible with light racks and other truck accessories, making them ideal choices for anyone who wants to improve the appearance of their truck.

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