RCI Bed Rack For Toyota, Ford, Dodge & More – Off Road Tents

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How RCI Bed Rack Works With For Your Vehicle & Tonneau Covers

You came across this article because you are still doing your research and evaluating what are the bed racks that meet your standards and budget. I've in your shoes before, doing the same thing, and now, I’m writing this recommendation based on my experience as a piece of additional information that could help you decide whether to purchase a bed rack or not.

Well, you’re on the right page today because I will be highlighting one of the best providers of bed racks in the market: RCI Metalworks. Not only that! You will get to know how the rack works perfectly fine with your rooftop tent and tonneau cover.

I don’t want us to keep running around the bushes and waste our time because we all have bigger fish to fry. Without further ado, let’s go ahead and talk about the elephant in the room.

Who is RCI Offroad?

Company Profile: RCI Off Road is a Colorado-based company owned and operated out of Loveland, Colorado. They specialize in the manufacturing of aftermarket automotive accessories. They are passionate about what they do and the products they build, which is why each of their products is carefully designed and thoroughly tested to ensure an innovative solution that will meet the needs of the customers.

RCI is one of the leading manufacturers of the best truck bed racks in the market and the country today. All of their bed racks are built with American workmanship and purely 100% made in the USA. They also utilize state-of-the-art equipment and technology, ensuring that their products meet the highest level of quality and value in the industry at a competitive price.

Take note that aside from the cargo-carrying rack, they also fabricated rock sliders, skid plates, and other vehicle accessories.

How does the RCI truck bed work with Rooftop tents?

It’s simple. RCI truck bed rack is universal. Meaning, you can install a rooftop tent anytime and wherever you want. The bed rack system is compatible with some tonneau covers and can carry up to 750 lbs in static weight capacity (when the vehicle is not in motion). Not only that; you can uninstall the rooftop tent and organize the equipment that is large such as kayaks, surfboards, etc.

How does the RCI truck bed work with Tonneau Covers using the RCI’s adapter brackets?

With RCI's Tonneau Cover adapter brackets, you don't have to make sacrifices for most rail-based tonneau cover systems. RCI's Adapter Brackets bolt right onto your RCI Bed Rack of choice and feature multiple mounting options for your truck's bed rails so that you can still use your high-priced tonneau cover. The C-Clamp tonneau adapters are compatible with both RCI 12" and 18" adjustable bed racks, though they do add 3" of height onto whichever bed rack you're using.

Since we already have a glimpse of who RCI is and the products they are manufacturing, I want to focus our discussion on their truck bed and what vehicles are compatible to work with their cargo-carrying rack together with rooftop tents and tonneau covers.

First on the list:

Truck Bed Rack for Toyota Tacoma

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Vehicle
Model & Year
Specifications
Price Range
 Weight Capacity
Toyota
Tacoma 1995-2001
Tacoma 1995-2001

18” Adjustable Bed Rack

12” Adjustable Bed Rack

$814.00

$819.00
750 lbs.

 

Bed Rack for Toyota Tundra

 

Vehicle

Model & Year

Specifications

Price

Weight Capacity


Toyota


Tundra 2007-2021


18” Bed Rack


$814.00


750 lbs.

 

Bear in mind that for Tacoma 1995 to present, it has a 12” to 18” option. While for Tundra it only has an 18” option. We should know the slight difference between these. The 12” option will sit lower in the bed while the 18” will sit fairly level with the top of the cab. Whether you choose the 12” or 18” option, both of them are capable of carrying your rooftop tent.

It doesn’t matter what brand of the RTT since the RCI bed rack is versatile and can work with any rooftop tent. Not only that! It also works just perfectly fine with tonneau covers.

Second on the list:

Bed Rack for Ford

Vehicle
Model & Year
Specifications
Price Range
 Weight Capacity
Ford
F150, F250, F350, & Ranger Pick-up Trucks
18” Bed Rack $815.00
750 lbs.

  

This cargo-carrying rack by RCI is also compatible with Ford F150 from 2009 to 2020, Ford F250 and F350 from 2017 and 2018, and the Ford Ranger from 1998 to 2011 and from 2019 to 2021. The 18” truck bed rack is compatible to work with different models and years of Ford due to its versatility; and it’s designed to accept rooftop tents, tonneau covers, and other heavy gears.

It also maintains complete visibility through the back window of most trucks due to its added height from the bed rail to the top of the rack.

Third on the list:

Bed Rack for Jeep

 

Vehicle

Model

Specifications

Price

Weight Capacity


Jeep


Gladiator


12” Bed Rack


$819.00


750 lbs.

 

The bed rack system compatible with the tonneau cover will also work with Jeep Gladiator. This specific bed rack is 12″ tall from the bed rail to the top of the rack where you can also maintain visibility through the back window despite the low overall rack height. Using this rack will minimize the aerodynamic drag normally associated with rooftop tents by keeping it largely below the roof-line.

Aside from these vehicles that I’ve mentioned above, this bed rack by RCI is also compatible with Chevy and Dodge RAM.

At this point, we will include other brands of tonneau cover that are compatible to work with the RCI bed rack.

 

BAK Revolver X4 Tonneau Cover

 Company Profile: BAK Industries developed a line of tonneau cover products that can handle any type of adventure. They offer BAKFlip, the Revolver rolling series, and the Rack Integrated BAKFlip Contractor Series. Each is designed for a different need, but they all share the hallmarks of BAK Industries products: durability, reliability, and quality.

How it works with RCI truck bed:

If you have this type of tonneau cover or you are thinking to get one, then it’s the perfect pair for the RCI truck bed. The Revolver X4 is a hard rolling cover that secures the full length of the bed on both sides, providing unrivaled strength and security against all elements. The truck bed of your truck is still accessible 100% where you can securely arrange all your valuable goods and equipment. The weight capacity of this tonneau cover, where you can organize excess gears on top, is 550+ lbs.

In case you wanted to add height with your truck bed from the tonneau cover, the bed rack tonneau adapters are the perfect solution. It raises the overall height of the bed by 3” and it also allows the compatibility of certain tonneau covers with any of the RCI adjustable bed racks.

 

Retrax Pro XR Tonneau Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Company Profile: Retrax® is founded in 1996, and takes pride in its company’s reputation for providing innovative and quality products backed by superior customer service and prompt product availability. For over 20 years, they experienced growth and it’s expected to continue because they thrive on the disciplines of design, development, and manufacturing, and they take great satisfaction in striving for excellence in the retractable, truck bed cover market.

How it works with RCI truck bed:

In this particular tonneau cover, you surely need the bed rack tonneau adapters to be able to install a truck bed. Keep in mind that you still have an access to the truck bed 100%. These adapters will give you an option to install your rooftop tent on top of the RCI truck bed or organize other items such as kayaks, surfboards, and the likes.

 

LEER Latitude ™ Tonneau Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Company Profile: LEER is founded in the 1960s. They are known throughout the truck accessories industry for their outstanding warranties, product design and quality, and reliable customer service.

How it works with RCI truck bed:

The goal of the Latitude tonneau cover is to protect your cargo safe inside of the truck bed. However, you can maximize this truck cover if you install a cargo-carrying rack of RCI with the help of the bed rack tonneau adapters. This tonneau is not the same as the BAK Revolver or the Retrax Pro XR. It has a unique latching system, which makes it easy to open the cover from either side with 2 fingers. It also has an adjustable catch plate, which allows for mounting the system close to the tailgate for easy access.

 

GATORTRAX Tonneau Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Company Profile: Gator Covers was born to help truck owners take an already versatile platform and do even more than they imagined. All of their products are 100% made in the USA. They manufactured a comprehensive line of covers that are tough and highly functional.

How it works with RCI truck bed:

Whether you use a bed rack tonneau adapters or not, you can still install an RCI truck bed. Same with the other tonneau covers, it has the functionality to carry and protect your gears, golf course equipment, kayaks, and even surfboards on your truck bed. GatorTrax also has a locking handle that gives a level of added security. It also allows you to operate the cover independently of the tailgate; and, another advantage of the handle is that it can lock the cover in any position between open and closed for maximum versatility.

Conclusion:

The RCI truck bed cover is a piece of world-class equipment that displays versatility, quality, user-friendliness, and economically. It will level up your off-road adventures and give you an option to mount your rooftop tent together with your tonneau cover and organize other gears, equipment, and accessories on top.

The RCI is the major player in the market right now that stays committed to manufacturing products that meet all standards and expectations of the customer. If you already have a truck bed rack and don’t have a tonneau cover or the other way around, this is the time to consider maximizing and unleashing the potential of your vehicle.

If you are still undecided about what you will choose and has a couple of questions before smashing the add to cart button, feel free to reach out and send us an email to: info@offroadtents.com, or call us at 844-200-3979 for quick help.

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