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Looking to add a ladder rack to your truck or van? Check out our wide selection, including various styles, materials, and more!
Benefits of Adding a Ladder Rack to Your Truck or Van
Ladder racks are a stable and secure means of transporting oversized cargo with your truck or van. Objects like lumber, pipe, and–you guessed it–ladders that won’t fit in your pickup’s bed or van’s cargo area can be a nightmare to haul safely…without a ladder rack, that is!
Ladder racks maximize the cargo space of your pickup or van, freeing the bed or cargo area for gear and smaller supplies while allowing you to carry oversized items on/above the roof! Ladder racks also protect your vehicle from scrapes and gouges while loading and often even ease the loading and tying-down process.
How to Choose a Ladder Rack
Choosing the right ladder rack can be a hassle, especially with so many styles and materials available! However, keep the following considerations in mind to ease your decision.
Fit For Your Vehicle
Ensure the ladder rack is compatible with your style and particular vehicle; you’d hate to waste money on a product that doesn’t fit!
For pickups, consider a premium ladder rack like the Weatherguard Steel Truck Rack; for vans, we’d recommend the Hauler Universal Rack System. Also, consider the implication of vehicle-specific vs. universal racks. Vehicle-specific styles will typically offer a less labor-intensive installation and a better fit-and-finish. On the other hand, universal racks often require additional effort and don't net the aesthetics you desire.
Ladder racks are typically manufactured from one of two materials: aluminum or steel. While aluminum racks are lighter-weight and corrosion-resistant, they generally aren’t as robust as comparable steel racks. Aluminum also isn’t magnetic, meaning magnetic accessories won’t be compatible.
Steel Racks, on the other hand, are extremely durable and robust. Most steel racks are finished in a corrosion-resistant powder coat, epoxy, or enamel paint; however, keep in mind that steel will quickly corrode if abraded or left unfinished!
It’s helpful to know your preferred style when shopping for a ladder rack. At RealTruck, we offer numerous ladder rack styles, including:
Low-profile: Protrudes minimally, and provides a sleek appearance.
Drop-down: Specialty van racks, like the Kargo Master Drop-Down Rack, allow you to easily load and unload ladders and other cargo from the vehicle’s side.
Permanent: Solid-mounted ladder racks that typically involve drilling into the roof or bed; ex: ProRac Permanent Mount Rack.
Removable: Simple, easy-to-remove designs, like the Weatherguard Weekender.