How to Pick Rain Guards for Trucks
Whether you’re a commercial driver or just have an older truck, rain guards for trucks are useful whether on a trail or just a typical road.
In this article, we discuss what makes them useful and what you need to know before you make a purchase.
- 1 WHAT ARE RAIN GUARDS FOR?
- 2 WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF RAIN GUARDS FOR TRUCKS?
- 3 HOW DO YOU FIT RAIN GUARDS?
- 4 WHERE DO YOU MOUNT THE RAIN GUARDS?
- 5 WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF RAIN GUARDS FOR TRUCKS?
- 6 HOW MUCH ARE RAIN GUARDS FOR TRUCKS?
- 7 CONCLUSION
WHAT ARE RAIN GUARDS FOR?
Rain guards protect your truck’s interiors from being wet by “deflecting” or keeping water droplets out. They’re usually placed above truck doors and serve as mini roofs, where water just bounce off. That’s why, they also go by other names like:
- Rain visors
- Window visors
- Window deflectors
No wonder they’re also a popular Toyota Tacoma accessory.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF RAIN GUARDS FOR TRUCKS?
There are many benefits to installing rain guards on your truck. While the main one is preventing your truck interior from being soaked, some of the other perks include:
- Reducing wind noise.
- Eliminating the use of air conditioner.
- Reducing vehicle “drag” to improve gas mileage.
HOW DO YOU FIT RAIN GUARDS?
The size of the rain guards needs to exactly fit into the top window area of your truck. This is because if your rain guards are installed incorrectly, they can rub against or scrape your doors every time you open them. While confirming the rain guards’ size may vary from one vehicle type to another, this is basically the common rule of thumb:
The detailed info can be found in FTspeed’s Channel.
WHERE DO YOU MOUNT THE RAIN GUARDS?
Some rain guards attach directly onto the truck cab or bed while others are made with suction cups that adhere directly onto any surface with ease. What makes the mounting flexibility of rain guards so important is they prevent water from being splashed not only on your carpets but also on your side mirrors which can get blurry and hinder your rear vision.
Putting them in a place that effectively protects your vehicle’s vital components is also a must because once water seeps inside, it’ll automatically invite molds and rust which can eventually damage your truck.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF RAIN GUARDS FOR TRUCKS?
There are two types of rain guards which are determined by their style or how they look like when they’re mounted:
- In-channel rain guards – have collars or clasps that go in between the window roof and main window.
- Tape-on rain guards – attach on the window roof for easy installation.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IN-CHANNEL AND TAPE-ON RAIN GUARDS?
In-channel rain guards appear to be smaller as opposed to tape-on rain guards that are larger and more pronounced when installed. Other differences between the two are found below.
HOW MUCH ARE RAIN GUARDS FOR TRUCKS?
The normal price range for rain guards is around $50-$100. This depends on the composition since there are those made of plastic, chrome plated, steel, etc., which determine their durability, and the brand or manufacturer that makes them.
Picking rain guards for trucks can be confusing at first. But doing it is an easy process when you know where and what you’re looking for. Tell us what other tips you have in getting rain guards by leaving a comment below.